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Leaders Wexford Youths continued their rich vein of form in the Continental Tyres Women's National League as they sauntered to a routine victory over Galway in a sun-swept Ferrycarrig Park.

The hosts were two goals to the good at the break thanks to a Rianna Jarrett strike and an own goal and they continued to dominate after the interval with Jarrett grabbing a second to wrap up the victory.

Wexford began the game on the front foot, with Aisling Frawley hitting the side-netting in the third minute and Nicola Sinnott went close with 11 minutes on the clock but her crisp shot from outside the area was well held by Galway goalkeeper Tina Hughes.

The champions did make the breakthrough on 14 minutes and it was no surprise to see Rianna Jarrett grabbing the opener.

The striker has been in red-hot form this season, netting 14 goals prior to this game and she confidently bagged number 15, sweeping the ball home with her left boot after being found by Frawley just inside the area.

Wexford doubled their lead in the 23rd minute, when Frawley fired in a teasing cross from the right wing and, with Claire O'Riordan lurking, a defender got the final touch to turn the ball past Hughes.

Jarrett was inches away from doubling her tally in the 32nd minute, but her firmly-struck 20-yard free-kick rattled the crossbar with Hughes beaten.

Jarrett did grab her second four minutes after the turnaround after linking up well with fellow international Claire O'Riordan.

The Limerick native took a Jarrett pass in her stride and her return delivery was confidently headed to the net by the in-form striker to round off a flowing move.

Wexford failed to add to their tally thereafter, although with 12 minutes remaining Becky Conroy did see her effort thwarted after good work on the right from Frawley and five minutes later the substitute shot wide from a tight angle.

In energy-sapping conditions the intensity subsided somewhat but Wexford Youths had more than enough to comfortably keep Galway at bay.

The visitors did manage to put together a few decent passing moves but never really threatened to trouble Youths goalkeeper Sophie Lenehan as the home side ran out convincing winners.

Wexford Youths: Sophie Lenehen, Nicola Sinnott, Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon, Becky Cassin (Doireann Fahy 57), Kylie Murphy (capt.) (Aoife Slattery 72), Edel Kennedy, Emma Hansberry, Aisling Frawley, Claire O'Riordan, Rianna Jarrett (Becky Conroy 57).

Galway United: Tina Hughes, Rachel Baynes, Shauna Fox, Meadbh De Burca (capt.), Carlie Schecht (Leah Brady 47), Sinead Donovan, Tessa Mullins, Emma Starr, Lucia Lobata, Aislinn Meaney, Lynsey McKee.

Referee: Seamus Kelly.

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