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A stunning late goal from Emma Hansberry earned Wexford Youths a hard-fought win over a tenacious Galway outfit in their Continental Tyres Women's National League Cup semi-final in a blustery Ferrycarrig Park.

Katrina Parrock headed the Youths in front in the 57th minute but Galway didn't let their heads drop and drew level through an own goal eight minutes later.

However, after the Westerners had twice hit the woodwork Hansberry produced a moment of magic with eight minutes remaining, lobbing the goalkeeper from distance to see the league leaders through.

Orla Casey had threatened to make the breakthrough in the eighth minute, but goalkeeper Tina Hughes was off her line quickly to block at the feet of the attacker.

Three minutes later Lynsey McKey had a sight of goal at the other end when she showed great determination to win possession, but her effort from a tight angle was comfortable for Ciamh Dollard in the Wexford goal.

The hosts were immediately back on the attack and Doireann Fahy did well on the left before playing in Edel Kennedy, who couldn't get quite enough purchase on her shot and it was deflected out for a corner.

The Youths went even closer from the resulting flag-kick, when Emma Hansberry whipped in the ball and it fell to the feet of Rianna Jarrett, but the striker dragged her effort wide.

The home side continued to look the most likely to score and Hughes comfortably gathered a Hansberry free-kick and a Jarrett strike was blocked moments later.

With 33 minutes on the clock Jarrett picked out Orla Casey on the far post with a peach of a pass, but her first-time effort was always rising over the crossbar.

It wasn't all one-way traffic though, with Galway putting in a much better showing than in their league meeting earlier this month, and Emma Starr curled in an effort on goal in the 37th minute but it was straight at goalkeeper Ciamh Dollard.

Wexford came close to making the perfect start to the second-half when Edel Kennedy got her boot to a teasing Hansberry free-kick, but Hughes reacted well to make the block.

Galway weren't prepared to go down without a fight though, and in the 54th minute Chloe Singleton ghosted in at the far post to get a firm connection on Lynsey McKey's free-kick but her effort landed in the grateful arms of Dollard.

Three minutes later Orla Casey tried her luck from the edge of the area but her rasping drive was clawed away by Hughes at the expense of a corner.

Galway's relief was short-lived though as Katrina Parrock met Hansberry's corner with a firm header and guided the ball to the net.

Wexford had an opportunity to double their tally when, seconds after entering the fray, substitute Aisling Frawley picked out Jarrett in front of goal, but the striker's touch was too heavy and Hughes was able to gather.

The visitors got back on level terms in the 65th minute when Lynsey McKey floated a free-kick into the danzer zone and the unfortunate Edel Kennedy turned the ball into her own net.

Galway then came within the width of a coat of paint of getting their noses in front in the 78th minute when Mckey's superb free-kick from just outside the area was brilliantly tipped on to the crossbar by Dollard.

The Wexford goal was living a charmed life and they again had to woodwork to thank four minutes later when substitute Lucia Lobato tigerishly won possession but saw her strike come back off the underside of the crossbar and bounce to safety.

The visitors were left cursing their luck and licking their wounds seconds later when Emma Hansberry produced a goal right out of the top drawer, delightfully chipping the ball out of the reach of Hughes from 35 yards to fire Wexford into the final.

Wexford Youths: Ciamh Dollard, Nicola Sinnott, Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon, Doireann Fahy, Emma Hansberry, Kylie Murphy (capt.), Edel Kennedy, Katrina Parrock (Becky Conroy 75), Orla Casey (Aisling Frawley 57), Rianna Jarrett (McKenna Davidson 85).

Galway WFC: Tina Hughes, Carlie Schecht, Meabh De Burca (capt.), Shauna Fox, Rachel Baynes, Sadhbh Doyle, Emma Starr, Tessa Mullins (Aoife Thompson 85), Chloe Singleton, Aislinn Meaney (Lucia Lobato 68), Lynsey McKey.

Referee: Michael Farrell.

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