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Wexford Youths went on scoring spree in the second-half as they eventually wore down a stubborn DLR Waves outfit to take the spoils after a free-flowing Só Hotels Women's National League encounter in a rain-sodden Ferrycarrig Park.

The visitors got their noses in front early on through Sophie O'Donoghue, but the Wexford Youths response was instant as Ciara Rossiter quickly had them back on level terms.

The home side then gained the initiative late in the first-half, as a 37th minute penalty from the boot of Rianna Jarrett saw them leading 2-1 at the break and Edel Kennedy grabbed their third after the interval, before an own goal put them firmly in the driving seat.

DLR Waves didn't allow their heads to drop, however, and Niamh Prior pulled a goal back in style with 20 minutes remaining to give them a faint glimmer of hope, but that flicker was soon extinguished when Jarrett scored her second of the game and Lauren Kelly then turned their lights out with a late double.

There was just ten minutes on the clock when DLR Waves drew first blood when O'Donoghue made space for the shot before confidently firing the ball past Maeve Williams.

However, the celebrations had barely died down when Wexford drew level two minutes later. The ball sat up nicely for Ciara Rossiter about 25 yards from goal, and she fired a sweet strike to the right-hand corner of the net that was too hot to handle for former Youths shot-stopper Sophie Lenehan.

In the 35th minute Rianna Jarrett whipped a cross across the face of goal but the inrushing Fiona Ryan failed to get a stretched leg on it at the far post.

Two minutes later the Slaneysiders were in front. Ryan sent Jarrett on her way down the left wing and after showing some neat footwork in box, the Irish international was taken down for a penalty.

Jarrett took the responsibility herself and arrowed the spot-kick into the left-hand corner of the net.

Wexford began the second-half brightly enough and Fiona Ryan wasn't too far away with a speculative long-range effort seven minutes after the change of ends.

Seconds later Jarrett found Kylie Murphy with a good delivery, but the Youths captain's header was clawed around the post by Lenehen.

Waves had a sight of goal in the 57th minute when Leeann Payne got her head to a Sinead Gaynor cross, but her effort was straight at Williams and the visitors suffered a big blow moments later when Wexford grabbed their third.

Rossiter floated a free-kick into the danger zone and Edel Kennedy rose highest to expertly guide a header inside the left-hand upright.
The rampaging Rossiter caused the visitors all sorts of problems down the left flank and in the 63rd minute she teed up Jarrett at the edge of the area, but the striker's effort was off target.

Rossiter was then the architect of their fourth goal as her in-swinging corner was headed to her own net by the unfortunate Katie Burdis.

The Dubliners enjoyed some decent spells and they got further reward for their endeavour in the 70th minute when Niamh Prior curled in a beauty from the edge of the area.

Seven minutes later Tom Elmes' side restored their three-goal advantage when substitute McKenna Davidson crossed for Jarrett and the striker swept the ball to the net.

Davidson then had an opportunity to get on the scoresheet herself when she was found by Blessing Kingsley, but she shot straight at Lenehan, while Jarrett was narrowly off target with a stinging effort seconds later.

Lauren Kelly then made it six of the best with five minutes remaining as she turned home a Jarrett cross, with Lenehen allowing the greasy ball to escape from her grasp.

The visitors kept plugging away and Kerri Letmon saw her late effort turned away for a corner, but Wexford had the final say in injury time when Rossiter's corner fell to the feet of Kelly and she finished from close range.

Wexford Youths: Maeve Williams, Lynn Craven (Becky Cassin 80), Nicola Sinnott, Orlaith Conlon, Ciara Rossiter, Fiona Ryan (McKenna Davidson 56), Edel Kennedy, Kylie Murphy, Aisling Frawley (Blessing Kingsley 71), Lauren Kelly, Rianna Jarrett.

DLR Waves: Sophie Lenehan, Jenny O'Keeffe, Niamh Prior, Ally O'Keeffe, Fiona Donnelly, Orla Casey, Sophie O'Donoghue, Sinead Gaynor, Katie Burdis, Kerri Letmon, Leeann Payne.

Referee: Patrick O'Connor (Kilkenny).

 

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