A neat finish from Aoibhin Webb midway through the first half was enough to earn Wexford Youths the three points that sees them set up a title decider with Peamount United next Saturday evening at Ferrycarrig Park.
Youths started the game in second place in the table and just one point behind Peamount, who were playing at the same time away to U.C.D Waves, where they were likely to secure another victory.
Knowing that they couldn’t afford to drop points here, Wexford started the game brightly and almost took the lead after six minutes. A superb through ball from Kylie Murphy sent Katrina Parrock through goal but the winger delayed her strike and allowed the defence to recover and block her net-bound effort.
Edel Kennedy fired wide of the target from distance moments before Saoirse Noonan drove a fierce attempt from range straight at keeper Sophie Lenehan.Wexford broke quickly following that save and it led to the opening goal which proved to be the match winner.
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Good work down the left flank from Orla Casey allowed her to whip in a dangerous cross to the near post and the Aoibhin Webb beat the keeper to the ball and expertly tucked it home from close range.
Rianna Jarrett went close to adding a second with an audacious lob attempt when through with Amanda Budden but the City keeper read the situation and dealt with it comfortably.
Lauren Dwyer had the City shot-stopper beaten with an excellent curling shot shortly before the half-time interval but she was unfortunate to see it drift narrowly wide of the top right corner. Goal scoring chances were few and far between in the second half as Wexford soon looked to maintain the clean sheet that would seal the win.
Clare Shine made an impact following her introduction at the break and she went close to scoring following a sweeping move involving Saoirse Noonan and Danielle Sheehy but the talented forward’s drilled effort from the latter’s pullback was blocked on its way to goal.
Wexford tried to take the sting out of the game by keeping possession and as the game drew to a close they headed to the corners to see out the game.
Orla Casey sliced a glorious opening wide of the bottom left corner late on but it was of little consequence as Wexford clung on to the win to set up next week’s title showdown at home to Peamount.
For the Cork City Women’s, attentions now turn to the F.A,I Cup final at the Aviva Stadium next Sunday afternoon where they will face U.C.D Waves.
CORK CITY WOMENS: Amanda Budden, Danielle Burke, Mary Barrett, Courtney O’Keefe, Maggie Duncliffe, Ciara McNamara, Kate O’Donovan (Meghan Bourque 64), Saoirse Noonan (Tara O’Gorman 71), Katie McCarthy (Clare Shine 45), Christina Dring, Danielle Sheehy.
WEXFORD YOUTHS WOMEN: Sophie Lenehan, Orlaith Conlon, Jess Gleeson, Lauren Dwyer, Linda Douglas, Kylie Murphy, Edel Kennedy, Katrina Parrock (Aisling Frawley 56), Orla Casey (Emma Hansberry 81), Aoibhin Webb, Rianna Jarrett (Claire O’Riordan 72).
Referee: Jason Mannix.