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Wexford Youths WFC suffered a 2-1 defeat to Gintra Universitetas in their second game of the 2016/17 UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying Round.

Gary Hunt's side conceded on nine minutes after Dovile Galleviciute fired in for the visitors. Lauren Dywer then pulled one back with a fine strike on the hour but Tetyana Kozyrenko broke Wexford hearts with a last-minute winner.

The hosts started brightly with captain Kylie Murphy pulling the strings in midfield and she almost broke the deadlock early on but failed to make the necessary contact with the ball.

When they did fall behind, Wexford didn't panic and went toe-to-toe with the opposition. The hard running of Claire O'Riordan, the industry of Maria Delahunty, and the direct approach from Linda Douglas ensured that they remained a threat going forward.

So it was hardly a surprise when they made it 1-1. A set-piece wasn't properly cleared and Dwyer found herself in the right place to rifle a shot from the edge of the penatly area into the back of the net.

Unfortunately for the Carlow native she was issued a red card soon afterwards when she conceded a penalty kick. Gintra failed to take advantage of it, however, as Ana Alekperova blasted her effort wide.

Still, Gintra had one more attack and they didn't waste it as Kozyrenko finished from close range with only seconds remaining. It was heartbreak for Wexford after battling so hard.

Wexford Youths: Furlong; Sinnott, Dwyer, Gleeson, Walsh (Snell 70); Douglas, Murphy, Hansberry, Delahunty, Frawley; O’Riordan.

Gintra Universitetas: Kaselyte; Liuzinaite (Smitaite 77), Neverdauskaite, Chapeh Yimga, Jelencic; Velickaite, Galleviciute, Alekperova, Coleman (Adams 65); Kozyrenko, Vaitukaityte.

 

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