Mixed bag for O'Riordan as Youths claim crucial point

By Dean Goodison

Published 13/03/2016 | 18:02

Energia sponsored the new kit for the Wexford Youths Ladies Team on Saturday evening.
Team with Will Doyle, Michael Ringland (Energia) and Gary Hunt.
Energia sponsored the new kit for the Wexford Youths Ladies Team on Saturday evening. Team with Will Doyle, Michael Ringland (Energia) and Gary Hunt.

Wexford Youths staged a stunning comeback from 3-1 down to claim a point against Shelbourne in a crucial game atop the Continental Tyres Women's National League at Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday evening.

Wexford Youths 3 Shelbourne 3

Claire O'Riordan struck twice in the second half and was later sent-off as Youths stayed third in the league table, despite having played fewer games than the rest of the league contenders.

 

Youths fell behind in the 13 minute when Leanne Kiernan nipped in between defender and goalkeeper to turn Noelle Murray's cross over the goal-line.

 

Things got worse for the hosts three minutes before the interval when Pearl Slattery headed Rebecca Creagh's free-kick past Tamara Furlong. However, their two-goal lead was short-lived as Edel Kennedy combined with Lauren Dwyer before firing past Niamh Reid Burke at the second attempt.

 

Kiernan made it 3-1 seven minutes after half-time but against Youths responded to cut the deficit to 3-2 when Claire O'Riordan nipped in on a loose back-pass, rounded the 'keeper and got to her knees to cheekily head over the goalline.

 

With just thirteen minutes remaining O'Riordan earned her side a share of the spoils when turning Kennedy's poke-pass, from Hansberry's testing corner, into the Shelbourne net.

 

O'Riordan was given a second yellow card for sarcastically clapping referee Sean Grant for a questionable foul for which she was penalised but Wexford still hung on to their hard-earned draw.

 

Next up for William Doyle's side is a trip to Castlebar on Saturday evening next before the return fixture is scheduled with Shelbourne four days later.

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