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Wexford Youths captain Kylie Murphy wasn't overly downbeat after her side surrendered a two-goal advantage before picking up a point against one of their major title rivals Peamount United in their Continental Tyres Women's National League match at Ferrycarrig Park.

The Slaneysiders looked to be sitting pretty at the break, leading 2-0 with Murphy plundering the opening goal and Becky Conroy doubling their advantage, but after the break Peamount showed just why they are many people's favourites to lift the crown this season with goals from Eleanor Ryan-Doyle and Amber Barrett earning them a share of the spoils.

Although it's never nice to drop points from a winning position, Murphy says they won't beat themselves up over it too much and they'll take the point and move on.

“We'll take it. It's a point against a super team. They have signed a lot of fantastic players, so we were expecting them to come strong and hard. We were probably a little bit lucky to be 2-0 up at half-time considering the fact that they were putting us under an awful lot of pressure. It's a learning curve for us and we need to be managing games a little bit better and not letting teams get back into it when you're 2-0 ahead but it's early days and we'll take the point,” she said.

The visitors were well on top in the early stages and when Murphy headed in Claire O'Riordan's cross at the far post it was rough justice on Peamount. However, the goal really sparked the Youths to life and within ten minutes they had doubled their tally thanks to a beautiful Becky Conroy strike and Murphy agreed that it took the goal to stir them from their slumber.

“We woke up a little I suppose. For the first 20 minutes we were all over the place. They started so strongly, we were probably just trying to find our feet a little bit, but we kind of woke up after we scored the first goal and we got the second one not too long after that,” she said.

It was certainly an exciting game to watch, a match that Murphy enjoyed being a part of, and although it could have gone either way she believed the final scoreline was probably a fair reflection of the game as a whole.

“I think it was a fantastic game. It was end to end stuff. They scored their two goals and then we went up the pitch and nearly scored straight away. It was an inch away from Claire's head. There was great chances. We could have won, we could have lost, so a draw is probably a fair result.”

“We knew their strike force was going to be fantastic. Amber (Barrett) is a powerful up front for them and the rest of girls around her are a real danger. Peamount and Shels will probably be our biggest competitors so to take a point off them now is not bad,” she said.

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