Kennedy catapults Youths to Shield glory

by Dean Goodison

Published 31/03/2016 | 14:32

Wexford Youths Ladies winners of the Continental Tyres Women's National League Shield on Wednesday evening in Ferrycarrig Park
Wexford Youths Ladies winners of the Continental Tyres Women's National League Shield on Wednesday evening in Ferrycarrig Park
Ruth Fahy (Wexford Youths Women FC) Rebecca Creagh (Shelbourne Ladies FC)
Edel Kennedy scores Wexford's goal (Wexford Youths Women FC)
Kylie Murphy (Wexford Youths Women FC)
Becky Cassin (Wexford Youths Women FC) Siobhan Killeen (Shelbourne Ladies FC)
Wexford Youths Ladies winners of the Continental Tyres Women's National League Shield on Wednesday evening in Ferrycarrig Park Player of the match Ruth Fahy get her trophy from Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyre Group
Linda Douglas (Wexford Youths Women FC) Pearl Slattery (Shelbourne Ladies FC)
Wexford Youths Ladies winners of the Continental Tyres Women's National League Shield on Wednesday evening in Ferrycarrig Park
Shauna Wall (Wexford Youths Women FC) Niamh Walsh(Shelbourne Ladies FC)
Wexford Youths Ladies winners of the Continental Tyres Women's National League Shield on Wednesday evening in Ferrycarrig Park
Emma Hansberry (Wexford Youths Women FC) Dearbhaile Beirne (Shelbourne Ladies FC)
Wexford Youths Ladies winners of the Continental Tyres Women's National League Shield on Wednesday evening in Ferrycarrig Park
Ruth Fahy (Wexford Youths Women FC) Noelle Murray (Shelbourne Ladies FC)

Edel Kennedy's first half strike was the difference as Wexford Youths claimed their second piece of silverware of the season, the Continental Tyres Women's National League Shield, in Ferrycarrig Park on Wednesday evening.

Wexford Youths 1 Shelbourne 0

Combative midfielder Kennedy was first to react and power the ball over the line when Ruth Fahy's header from Emma Hansberry's free-kick came down off the angle of post and crossbar in the 34th minute.

Will Doyle's side defended heroically as a team but the back three of Nicola Sinnott, Jessica Gleeson and youngster Orlaith Conlon were absolutely fantastic, limiting Shelbourne to only a few half-decent chances throughout the clash.

Claire O'Riordan went closest in the opening exchanges as Wexford looked to use her speed and soak up Shelbourne pressure.

The visitors enjoyed a lot of the ball but didn't do much with is as Wexford went in 1-0 up at the break.  The introduction of Leanne Kiernan tested the Youths defence and Tamara Furlong was forced into a couple of tidy saves.

However, Wexford held on to add the Shield to the Women's FAI Cup they won earlier in the season.  There are still two trophies in the offing for quadruple-chasing Wexford with Saturday evenings clash with Kilkenny the next league game as Youths attempted to close the gap on leaders UCD Waves.

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