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Victory at Raheny clinches crown

WEXFORD Youths Women were crowned FAI Continental Tyres Women's National League for the first time after a 2-1 victory over reigning champions Raheny United at Morton Stadium tonight.

Goals from Amy Walsh and Claire O’Riordan confirmed Willie Doyle’s side as champions with two games remaining in this year’s season.

It was a cagey opening with Youths knowing victory would seal the title while defending champions Raheny United needed victory to stay in the race.

Youths had the game’s opening chance when Ciara Rossiter got behind the Raheny rear guard on 17 minutes as her pull back found O’Riordan.

Niamh Walsh’s diving lunge blocked O’Riordan’s effort with Pandas keeper Niamh Reid Burke beaten from attempting to stop Rossiter.

The hosts had the best of the first half chances. Sarah Rowe's attacking run opened up a chance for Siobhan Killeen with Ciara Rossiter’s block saving Youths.

Rebecca Creagh’s dipping volley swerved just wide of the post with Mark Kelly Rose at full stretch having gone full length across the goal.

Youths took the game to the hosts from the restart. Amy Walsh’s cross came off the Raheny crossbar after Lauren Dwyer's attempted interception.

Carol Breen was next to try her luck from 30 yards as Youths piled forward playing with a strong breeze. Her shot skimming wide.

A magic six minutes erupted in Santry as Siobhan Killeen’s lay-off set Irish under 16 player of the Jamie Finn in on goal to calmly open the scoring for the home side.

Finn’s goal singled the end of heavy rain which had engulfed Morton Stadium just before half time and four minutes later Wexford were on level terms.

Amy Walsh’s expert 30 yard free kick flew into the Raheny net to send the large visiting support in pandemonium.

Two minutes later Amy Walsh slipped in Claire O’Riordan to grab her 16th goal of the season and seal the 2014-15 FAI Continental Tyres Women’s National League title.

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