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Rianna Jarrett hasn't ruled out the possibility that Wexford Youths can top their Champions League qualifying group despite losing 4-1 to Ajax in their opening game.

The striker headed Youths into an unexpected second-half lead but the Irish champions couldn't hold on and the Dutch side's professionalism won through.

Wexford are now reliant on Ajax dropping points to both Linfield and Icelandic outfit Thor/KA to stand a chance of topping the group, or else getting one of the two best runners-up spots.

Wexford face the latter on Friday before wrapping up with Linfield on Monday and, unlikely though it seems, Jarrett believes that anything can happen over 90 minutes.

“You never know, it's a game of football,” Jarrett said after the game.

“If we could have kept it tight when we scored you could have been looking at a very different second half. Anything can happen in football. It's about inches. It takes a second to score a goal.

“Ultimately we just need to concentrate on our own game, go away, focus on Friday and build towards that.

“It's all about recovery now and trying to get everyone into the best physical shape they can now before Friday.”

Ireland international Jarrett was playing in her first European game for Youths, having sat out the last two campaigns with serious injury, and marked it with her first Champions League.

A bullet header from Emma Hansberry's perfect cross put Youths in front, but subsequent goals from Kay-Lee de Sanders, Ellen Jansen, Lois Oudemast and Liza van der Most saw Ajax through.

“I can't even begin to describe the feeling. I was just watching it and when it went in I took off in a sprint. I don't think I've ever ran so fast.

“This is the highest you're going to play at club level. Ajax are a quality team. The way they move that ball from the back, looking for little gaps in midfield.”

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