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Four second-half goals earned Wexford Youths a place in the semi-final of the Continental Tyres FAI Women's Cup, but the victory was nowhere near as comfortable as the scoreline would suggest.

The visitors gave as good as the got for long periods but eventually the class of the home side told as goals from Rianna Jarrett, Katrina Parrock (two) and Edel Kennedy saw them over the line with something to spare.

Holders Cork City knocked Wexford Youths out of the competition at the semi-final stage last season, but despite giving it a real good go they couldn't repeat the trick this time around in a wet and windy Ferrycarrig Park.

Given the testing conditions, it was never going to be a contest brimful of free-flowing football, and although there was little in it in terms of possession, the hosts always looked the more likely to carve open their opponents defence in a scrappy enough first-half.

The first real opportunity came on the quarter hour mark when Aisling Frawley fizzed a cross in from the right wing, and McKenna Davidson lifted her shot on to the crossbar from close range.

Seconds later the Hawaiian was the creator, showing good skill to cut in from the left along the byline, but Rianna Jarrett was unable to sort her feet out quickly enough to get the shot away with defenders closing in.

Saoirse Noonan tried her luck with a long-range free-kick midway through the half, but Youths goalkeeper Sophie Lenehan gathered the greasy ball with confidence.

Within a minute Rianna Jarrett threatened to break the deadlock at the other end, but Amanda Budden was quickly off her line to deny her fellow Irish international.

Budden was called into action once more when Kylie Murphy teed up the striker six minutes later, but again the netminder was equal to it.

Murphy saw a shot of her own drift wide in the 40th minute, while Cork duo Hannah O'Donoghue and Saoirse Noonan were off target with efforts late in the half.

Aisling Frawley posed problems for the visiting defence 12 minutes after the turnaround, when she ran on to a Jarrett pass and advanced into the area, but her dangerous cross was cut out.

Two minutes later Budden had to be alert to claw away a cross from Emma Hansberry that was creeping under the crossbar.

Their relief was shortlived, however, with Wexford Youths hitting the front on the hour mark. The ever-dangerous Frawley whipped in good cross from the right and Jarrett controlled the ball, turned and rifled it to the net.

Cork City came oh so close to getting back on level terms nine minutes later when a Noonan effort from the edge of the area came back off the woodwork, and Eadaoin Lyons saw her follow-up blocked.

Katie McCarthy then headed over as the Leesiders cranked up the pressure, but Wexford always posed a threat and Budden's gloves were warmed by an Emma Hansberry free-kick moments later.

In the 78th minute, Sophie Lenehan had to deal with a Maggie Duncliffe cross but seconds later Wexford had doubled their advantage, with Katrina Parrock finishing to an empty net after fellow substitute Edel Kennedy had seen her effort saved by Budden.

Cork were apoplectic as the offside flag was raised in the build-up, but referee Michelle O'Neill allowed the goal to stand after consulting with her assistant.

Wexford almost wrapped up the tie when Parrock teed up Jarrett and she shot wide, but they did have their third with three minutes remaining when Jarrett squared to Edel Kennedy and she arrowed a shot to the corner of the net.

The hosts weren't finished yet and Parrock grabbed her second in injury time, driving the ball beyond Budden to put a flattering look on the scoreline.

Wexford Youths: Sophie Lenehan, Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon, Becky Cassin, Aisling Frawley (Katrina Parrock 65), Kylie Murphy (capt.), Emma Hansberry, Orla Casey (Edel Kennedy 65), McKenna Davidson (Doireann Fahey 79), Rianna Jarrett.

Cork City: Amanda Budden, Danielle Burke, Ciara McNamara (capt.), Savannah McCarthy, Nathalie O'Brien, Eadaoin Lyons (Christina Drings 79), Maggie Duncliffe, Kate O'Donovan (Riona Crowley 86), Hannah O'Donoghue (Meghan Sheehan 85), Katie McCarthy, Saoirse Noonan.

Referee: Michelle O'Neill.

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