Wexford Youths manager Tom Elmes was pleased with the attitude of his players as they put their defeat to league leaders Peamount United behind them with a comprehensive win over Limerick in the Só Hotels Women’s National League in Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday evening.

An Aisling Frawley hat-trick, a Rianna Jarrett double and goals from Ciara Rossiter and Kylie Murphy earned the champions a 7-0 victory against the Shannonsiders and Elmes says their display will allow them to go into the mid-season break with a bit of a pep in their step.

“We wanted to go into the break on the back of a really good performance. The performance was even more important than the result today and I think the girls responded and everything was positive,” he said.

Although the hosts ran out thoroughly convincing winners in the end they did survive one scare in the 19th minute with the game deadlocked at 0-0 when Lauren Dwyer did brilliantly to deny a Sophie Liston shot from crossing the line, and Elmes says if that had gone in their task may have been a lot more difficult.

“They were sitting with five and sometimes six across the back and it's difficult to play against. They almost hit us on the break but Lauren got back there and she had the pace to get there. It was a risky moment and could have changed the game,” he said.

After a frustrating 40 minutes, two goals late in the first-half from Ciara Rossiter and Aisling Frawley put the Youths in control and the timing of the goals made the manager's half-time talk a whole lot easier.

“We were probably a bit unlucky not to be ahead before then but when the goals did come we were delighted and thought at least we can go into the break and talk about how we need to build on it. You'd rather that than go in thinking 'where's this goal going to come from?',” he said.

Rianna Jarrett got her name on the scoresheet less than two minutes after the restart to snuff out any lingering hopes Limerick had of clawing their way into the contest.

“I thought we started the second-half a little bit sloppy but we managed to score and I think that might have taken the wind out of their sails and it was pretty comfortable from then on,” said Elmes.

Wexford Youths may be sitting eight points behind the seemingly invincible leaders Peamount United but Elmes says neither he or his players are willing to give up the ghost at this early stage of the season.

“This group of players, and myself, will never give up on anything. The pressure is on them (Peamount). We'll just keep playing and hopefully keep getting results where we can. There's big games left to play and plenty of points to compete for,” he said.

Apart from the title race, Wexford Youths have the not so small matter of two domestic cups and the Champions League to get their teeth into and Elmes says they're all relishing the months ahead.

“We've got the League Cup final here and the FAI Senior Cup will be starting up soon so we're looking forward to those and we've the Champions League as well. Peamount are an excellent side and Shelbourne are an excellent side so it's always going to be competitive but we're prepared to keep battling away and see where it takes us,” he said.

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