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Wexford Youths Womens suffered their first defeat of the season as they were comprehensively beaten by Cork City womens at Bishopstown on Saturday evening.
A Kylie Murphy strike had given Wexford the lead going into the break but goals from Saoirse Noonan, Stacey Paul and a brace from Clare Shine ensured Cork secured their third win in as many games.
But it was the visitors who made the brighter start to the game as Jess Gleeson tested the Cork City goalkeeper within the first minute but Amanda Budden was equal to her long range strike.
Wexford again went close to taking an early lead moments later but Claire O’Riordan could only direct her header from a Kylie Murphy free just wide of the far post.
City’s shot stopper Amanda Budden had to be at her very best after six minutes as winger Aisling Frawley looked certain to break the deadlock.
Frawley raced on to Claire O’Riordan’s pin point through ball but her powerful strike across the goal was tipped wide by the outstretched Budden to keep the scores level.
It was all Wexford at the beginning of the first half but they continued to struggle in front of goal as striker Claire O’Riordan drove an attempt wide of the far bottom left corner after being picked out with a sumptuous through ball from Aisling Frawley.
Cork eventually settled into the game and they had their first shot in anger just shy of the quarter of an hour mark but Clare Shine’s long range effort was easily dealt with by Youth’s Sophie Lenihan.
City soon took control of proceedings but it was Wexford who remained the most threatening as they looked to hit the home side on the break.
It was from such an attack that they almost ended the stalemate but after good build up play involving Aisling Frawley and Orla Casey, forward Claire O’Riordan drilled her low effort wide of the far post.
O’Riordan was desperately unlucky not to give her side the advantage minutes later as her clever lob over the on rushing keeper struck the left post, allowing a relieved Budden to gather.
But Wexford finally got the opening goal that their performance merited just before the half time interval.
O’Riordan turned provider as her exquisite through ball sent Kylie Murphy bearing down on goal and the midfielder remained calm before expertly rounding the goalkeeper and rolling the ball into the empty net.
City, to their credit, failed to let that set back affect them and it took them less than a minute into the second half to snatch an equaliser.
A superb cross from the right by Clare Shine found her striker partner Saoirse Noonan unmarked in the middle.
And Noonan made no mistake, heading into the bottom right corner despite the best efforts of the keeper.
That goal gave Cork the boost they needed and they completed the turnaround on the hour mark when Stacey Paul controlled a fine long pass before tucking the ball under the keeper from close range.
The hosts continued to pile players forward in search of more goals and they were duly rewarded when Clare Shine scored their third, volleying Meghan Bourque’s corner into the far, bottom right corner.
And City made sure of the victory with 20 minutes to play as Claire Shine added her second and her sides fourth of the match, becoming the clubs joint leading scorer of all time in the process.
Shine latched onto a long ball in behind the Youth defence before slotting the ball past the goalkeeper to seal her side’s third win of the season.
CORK CITY WOMENS: Amanda Budden, Nathalie O’Brien, Danielle Burke, Ciara McNamara, Stacey Paul (Danielle Sheehy 64), Katie McCarthy, Evelyn Daly, Meghan Bourque, Saoirse Noonan, Clare Shine, Maggie Duncliffe.
WEXFORD YOUTHS: Sophie Lenihan, Orlaith Conlon, Nicola Sinnott, Jenny O’Keefe (Amy Wilson 71), Linda Douglas, Jess Gleeson, Kylie Murphy, Becky Cassin, Claire O’Riordan, Orla Casey (Aoibhin Webb 64), Aisling Frawley.
Referee: Sinead Forde.

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