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Galway WFC have finished off a stellar Só Hotel’s Under-17 Women’s National League campaign with a 3-1 victory over Wexford Youths at Eamonn Deacy Park on Saturday.

Youths opened the scoring through Blessing Kinsley in the second half but Galway replied with three of their own from Annie Gough, Kayla Brady and Aoibhin Donnelly to seal the League and Cup double for their club.

In the 11th minute Saoirse Healey found Anna Fahey in the box with a lovely through ball but Doyle-Kavanagh’s positioning was excellent and she arrived in time to block the shot.

The ball only made it as far as Shauna Brennan but the defender dragged her effort wide of the goal.

Fahey went very close once again in the 19th minute. The striker’s movement in the box opened her up ton receive the ball from Shauna Brennan but her snap shot was blocked by Doyle-Kavanagh who denied the forwards for the second time.

In the 36th minute Galway could have taken the lead with a lovely move. Brady played a long ball into Kellie Brennan, the winger held the ball well before playing it out wide to Shauna Brennan. The defender set Fahey up again with a great cross but the striker failed to capitalise on the chance and Doyle-Kavanagh gathered the ball.

On the stroke of half time Doyle-Kavanagh was called into action again. Connaughton fouled Shauna Brennan in a dangerous position, receiving a tallow card for her trouble and Annie Gough stepped up to take the resulting free-kick.

Gough’s kick rose high in the box and the goalkeeper just managed to slap the ball off the line to keep the sides level going into the second half.

The deadlock was broken in the 47th minute completely against the run of play. Therese Kinnevey collected the ball just outside the box but the defender turned and played a poor pass goalward into the path of Blessing Kinsley who took aim and struck the ball around Abbie Ronayne who was off her line.

Galway got right back into the game three minutes later with a wonder goal courtesy of Annie Gough directly from a corner kick. Gough struck a lovely ball too high for Doyle-Kavanagh to reach and the ball curled around and into the net to bring the sides level.

Kelsey Munroe started the drive for Galway to take the lead with a great run from the back. She knocked the ball forward to Kellie Brennan with a great through ball but Doyle-Kavanagh closed her down quickly to make the save.

The ball fell to Brady just outside the box, however, and with the goalmouth exposed the midfielder smashed the ball into the bottom corner.

Saoirse Healey almost set up the killing blow of the game with a great cross into substitute Abbie Callanan. The ball zipped across the box to the forward but her blistering shot was saved excellently by Doyle-Kavanagh to keep the deficit at one.

The victory sealing goal eventually came just before full-time courtesy of Aoibhin Donnelly. The midfielder started the move by playing the ball out to Kellie Brennan who played it on to Shauna Brennan.

The defender took the ball into the box before squaring it to Donnelly and the midfielder finished the move by smashing the ball into the top corner.

Galway WFC: Abbie Ronayne; Shauna Brennan, Kelsey Monroe, Therese Kinnevey, Annie Gough; Kellie Brennan, Kate Slevin, Kayla Brady, Jane Trehy, Saoirse Healey (Aoibhin Donnelly, 78); Anna Fahey (Abbie Callanan, 68).

Wexford Youths: Jean Doyle-Kavanagh; Becky Connaughton, Aimee Bates-Crosbie (Laura Butler, 71), Neema Nyangasi, Breda Cushen; Eimear Gabbett, Freya Roche, Kira Bates-Crosbie, Beth Evesson, Seren Ward; Blessing Kinsley.

Referee: Bartley Folan.

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