Rianna Jarrett maintained her remarkable goalscoring spree with a double to see Wexford Youths past main rivals Peamount United in the top-of-the-table clash at Greenogue.

The brace marked in-from striker Jarrett’s 10th and 11th goals in her last five games to move the Republic of Ireland international onto 14 for the season.

Victory moves Tom Elmes unbeaten champions four points clear at the top of the table in defence of their Continental WNL title.

An expectedly tight contest was slow to spark to life as the two top sides in the country put their unbeaten records on the line in sizing each other up early on.

Jarrett glanced a header from an Aisling Frawley delivery across goal four minutes in before Peamount created the better chances for much of the first half.

The clearest of those came on 27 minutes, Aine O’Gorman playing a one-two with Heather Payne to get away a shot that worked Ciamh Dollard in the Youths goal.

The more composed visitors were playing the better football, however, and it brought its reward for the lead goal eight minutes before the interval.

Left winger Frawley got in behind Niamh Barnes to force the Peas defender into bringing her down to concede a definite penalty.

Jarrett emphatically shot the spot kick to the net, sending keeper Niamh Reid-Burke the wrong way.

Peamount started the second half positively only to be rocked by Youths doubling their lead six minutes in.

Becky Cassin’s ball over the top caught the home defence flat. Jarrett’s predatory instincts kicked in as she latched onto the pass to calmly lob Reid-Burke from the edge of the area.

Amber Barrett gave Peamount hope on 87 minutes when confidently slotting home a penalty after she’d been fouled by Cassin, but Youths held out for a deserved eighth win of the campaign.

Peamount United: Reid-Burke; McCartan, Barnes (Smith-Lynch, 66), Walsh, Moloney; Farrelly, Ryan-Doyle (O’Callaghan, 80), Duggan; O’Gorman, Barrett, Payne.

Wexford Youths: Dollard; Sinnott, Dwyer, Conlon, Cassin; O’Riordan, Murphy, Kennedy, Frawley; Casey (Conroy, 80), Jarrett (Parrock, 83).

Referee: Paula Brady (Dublin) .

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