Wexford Youths were brought back to earth with a thud after their Champions League heroics as a late Lynsey McKey strike earned Galway a share of the spoils in an eventful Só Hotels Women's National League encounter in a blustery Ferrycarrig Park.

An early Chloe Singleton goal gave Galway a half-time advantage but captain Kylie Murphy drew Wexford level shortly after the interval, with Edel Kennedy edging the hosts in front just past the hour mark before McKey grabbed an 87th minute leveller.

However, that doesn't tell all the story as the visitors were forced to play the last half hour a player light after Rachel Baynes was dismissed for two bookable offences, while the usually dependable Rianna Jarrett missed a penalty moments before McKey's equaliser.

The Youths looked like they may have been suffering a European hangover in the early stages as the fired-up visitors took the game to them from the off.

It took the westerners less than three minutes to get their noses in front, with Singleton taking aim from outside the area and firing to the corner of the net, out of the reach of goalkeeper Maeve Williams.

Galway continued to press and Lynsey McKey forced Williams to tip her long-range effort over the crossbar with ten minutes on the clock.

Wexford began to find their feet and Edel Kennedy tried her luck in the 18th minute, but saw her shot from 30 yards fly wide of the left upright and Ciara Rossiter whipped a free-kick the wrong side of the same post seconds later.

The hosts threatened again in the 30th minute when Lauren Kelly curled an effort wide and Rianna Jarrett and Kennedy both saw efforts well blocked in quick succession.

Galway weren't shy about pressing forward either and Sadhbh Doyle fired straight at Williams in the 38th minute, while at the other end Aoife Slattery drove a speculative effort wide just before the break.

Wexford began the second-half on the front foot and Kylie Murphy made space for a shot on the edge of the area just three minutes in, but her strike was comfortably gathered by Ria McPhilbin.

The captain made no mistake in the 50th minute though, sweeping the ball to the net from close range after Edel Kennedy's effort had fallen into her path, continuing her scoring streak, following her hat-trick against Maltese side Birkirkara during the week.

Galway didn't let their heads drop though and five minutes later Sadhbh Doyle shaved the outside of the post from the edge of the area.

The visitors were dealt a huge blow when Rachel Baynes was dismissed on the hour mark after being shown a second yellow card and their woes were increased seconds later when the ball fell kindly for Edel Kennedy in box and she applied the finish.

Galway weren't finished yet though and almost had the perfect response when McKenna Doyle cut inside but Maeve Williams was equal to her stinging effort.

Kennedy then came close to grabbing her second but McPhilbin was alive to the danger and got down well to hang on to her shot.

Fellow midfielder Kylie Murphy also had a double in her sights when she was put in the clear by a superb Jarrett through ball but McPhilbin was quickly off her line to thwart the danger.

To their credit Galway never gave up the ghost and substitute Ailbhe Clancy warmed the gloves of Williams with eleven minutes remaining.

Jarrett then had a gilt-edged chance to wrap up the victory in the 84th minute, but she saw her penalty come back off the left-hand post after she had been fouled in the area herself.

Chloe Singleton came close to ending her evening as she had started, but this time saw her shot go the wrong side of the post but the equaliser did come in the 87th minute when Lynsey McKey beat Williams from close to the right sideline to rescue a point for Galway.

Wexford Youths: Maeve Williams; Lynn Craven, Ciara Rossiter, Nicola Sinnott, Becky Cassin, Edel Kennedy, Aoife Slattery, Kylie Murphy (capt.) (Katrina Parrock 81), Aisling Frawley (Vanessa Ogbonna 90+2), Lauren Kelly, Riana Jarrett.

Galway WFC: Ria McPhilbin, Rachel Baynes, Shauna Fox, Keara Cormican (capt.), Meabh De Burca, Chloe Singleton, Sinead Donovan (Ailbhe Clancy 73), Lynsey McKey, Sadhbh Doyle, McKenna Doyle, Aoife Thompson (Tessa Mullins 73).

Referee: Seamus Kelly.

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