Sylvia Gee struck a potential goal of the season strike but it mattered little as Wexford Youths WFC claimed the bragging rights over Kilkenny United WFC in their Continental Tyres WNL Cup Group A match.

Claire O’Riordan capitalised on a loose ball to hand Wexford the lead just after 20 minutes into the southeast derby in Ferrycarrig Park.

The hosts had just finished celebrating when Gee unleashed a 25-yard curler high into the Wexford net. The visitors cancelled hung on for the remainder of the half before Kylie Murphy slotted home from the penalty spot and O’Riordan struck her second bang on half-time.

A quick-fire double from substitute Rianna Jarrett seven minutes before full-time and a close-range finish from Edel Kennedy put the gloss on the Wexford performance as they collected an important win.

Meanwhile, Peamount United and Shelbourne Ladies FC played out a highly entertaining 2-2 draw in the Dublin duel at Greenogue.

Noelle Murray opened the scoring for Shels, rifling into the top right corner of the Peamount net on 32 minutes. The hosts were level three minutes after the restart after Amber Barrett’s shot rattled the crossbar and Sarah McKevitt converted the rebound.

The game sprung to life and Shelbourne restored their lead on 51 minutes when Siobhan Killeen unlocked the Peamount defence for winger Sarah Rowe to find the net.

High drama was left until the final minute as Barrett's shot rattled the woodwork again and Roma McLaughlin was in the right place to fire in from close range.

Elsewhere in Group B, Galway WFC proved to be too strong for Castlebar Celtic in the western derby despite the Mayo side giving as good as they got.

Rachel Kearns netted the first goal for the visitors on 34 minutes, which was her fourth goal in all competitions this season.

The goal was a real wake-up call to Galway, who went close via Lisa Casserly before Lynsey McKey missed a penalty.

Captain McKey atoned, however, equalising one minute before half-time before debutant Theresa Hartley rifled home the winner hree minutes after the break to give Galway the victory.

The Group B results mean that Castlebar cannot progress to this year’s semi-finals as both Shelbourne and Peamount United have four points, while Galway WFC have three points, with one game remaining.

Peamount United host Galway WFC in the final round of group games on January 31.

The Group A fixture between Cork City WFC and UCD Waves has been postponed and will be rescheduled.



Group A
Wexford Youths WFC 6-1 Kilkenny United WFC
Cork City WFC P-P UCD Waves


Group B
Peamount United 2-2 Shelbourne Ladies FC
Galway WFC 2-1 Castlebar Celtic



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