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Champions Wexford Youths simply sauntered to a facile win over a depleted Kilkenny United side in a one-sided Continental Tyres Women's National League encounter in Ferrycarrig Park.

An early own goal and a double from the ever-dangerous Rianna Jarrett had the Youths 3-0 to the good at half-time and there was no let-up after the break, with Katrina Parrock and Orla Casey adding to their handsome tally before Jarrett completed her hat-trick.

Underdogs Kilkenny could only muster ten players for the tie so it was always going to be a damage limitation exercise from the off.

If it was eleven versus eleven, Kilkenny would still have expected to be in for a torrid afternoon, but going into the game a player shy gave them absolutely no chance of stemming the pink tide.

It was wave after wave of attack from the Wexford girls and from the get-go it was crystal clear that it was just going to be a case of how many.

Katrina Parrock was first to threaten in the ninth minute when she gathered a pass from Claire O'Riordan and showed some neat footwork to turn well at the edge of the box but her shot drifted wide of the right post.

The hosts did get their noses in front a minute later when Rianna Jarrett tried to control an O'Riordan cross and the unfortunate Shauna Martin turned the ball into her own net.

The chances continued to come and Lauren Dwyer scooped an effort wide from an Aisling Frawley corner in the 12th minute, while Frawley teed up Claire O'Riordan moments later but goalkeeper Niamh Coombes was quickly off her line to deny the Irish international.

Lauren Dwyer was inches away from getting on the scoresheet midway through the half when she tried her luck from distance, but her ambitious effort rattled the crossbar.

Coombes was forced into another save in the 29th minute, doing well to stop a Rianna Jarrett header, but her reprieve was short-lived, with Jarrett making no mistake moments later.

Aisling Frawley did well on the left, before feeding the ball to Claire O'Riordan, and when her shot was deflected into the path of her strike partner Jarrett, she blasted the ball to the net from close range.

O'Riordan almost got on the scoresheet herself with 35 minutes on the clock, when she glanced a header narrowly wide from a Amy Walsh corner but the Youths did manage to add a third just before the break when Jarrett met a Nicola Sinnott cross with a firm header at the back post, giving netminder Coombes no chance.

Unsurprisingly the game continued in the same pattern after the interval and just four minutes after the change of ends Katrina Parrock raced on to a pin-point through ball from captain Kylie Murphy and clinically dispatched the chance to the corner of the net.

Other opportunities came and went, with Orla Casey twice thwarted by Coombes, Parrock striking the outside of the post and O'Riordan curling narrowly wide, before Casey added to their tally in the 63rd minute when she got on the end of a fine Parrock cross to powerfully head to the net.

Jarrett completed her hat-trick to make it 6-0 in the 75th minute, confidently turning in another superb Parrock cross from the right wing.

Kilkenny's first glimpse of a threat came in the 82nd minute when a Carla McManus free-kick was deflected out for a corner and in another rare foray forward McManus forced a decent save out of home goalkeeper Sophie Lenehan with three minutes remaining.

Clearly much stiffer tests lie ahead for Wexford Youths, but it's another three points in the bag in their quest to retain their title.

Wexford Youths: Sophie Lenehan, Nicola Sinnott (Ciara Delaney 46), Lauren Dwyer (Clíonagh Ní Shé 46), Orlaith Conlon, Amy Walsh, Katrina Parrock, Kylie Murphy (capt.) (Rachel Hutchinson 52), Orla Casey, Aisling Frawley, Claire O'Riordan, Rianna Jarrett.

Kilkenny United: Niamh Coombes, Bronagh Kane, Sarah O'Donoghue (capt.), Shauna Martin, Jennifer O'Neill, Michaela Walsh, Carla McManus, Gillian Keenan, Nicole Plunkett, Megan Butler.

Referee: Jimmy O'Neill.

 

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