Wexford Youths WFC manager Gary Hunt has called on his side to bring the second-half intensity into the rest of the group games.

Youths played Kazakh side BIIK-Kazygurt in their first UEFA Women's Champions League group game at Ferrycarrig Park and suffered a 3-1 defeat thanks to three first-half goals.

The home side rallied in the second-half and had chances to get back in the game with prolific striker Claire O'Riordan scoring Youths' only goal of the game.

Whilst disappointed with the first-half showing, Hunt has lauded his players' efforts in the second-half and believes the motivation levels are high for the second group game.

The Youths manager said: "A lot of positives for us to take away. The scoreline may say 3-1 but the effort and the intensity from the girls for us to take something away from the game was great.

"They can come off the pitch with their heads held high regardless of the scoreline. The timings of the goals in the first-half hurt us and we're a little bit disappointed at that.

"We've come off that pitch now really motivated for the second game knowing that we can give the best teams a run for their money. They are the top seeds in the group but the second-half didn't reflect that.

"We made a decision to really go on and engage the opposition. The crowd really drove them on and it was great for them to play in front of a crowd like that which really got behind the team."

Youths next game is against Lithuanian side Gintra, with kick-off at 7pm at Ferrycarrig Park, who beat Moldovan side ARF Criuleni 13-0 at Waterford's R.S.C. yesterday afternoon.

Hunt wants the players to be professional in their approach to recovery in between games and believes they could have taken a point from last night's game.

"I thought we were really unfortunate not to get that second goal during that 10-minute spell in the second-half and if we got that, who knows what we could have done.

"It's really important to recover from today's game. We'll get back to the hotel and make sure the girls do it properly with ice baths and eat properly.

"We'll do a light session tomorrow, touch on a few things we've seen from today's game and from our opposition and look to go again in a crucial game on Thursday."