O'Riordan double gives Youths title

By Dean Goodison

Published 22/05/2016 | 20:18

22 May 2016; Wexford Youth WFC players celebrate at the end of the game at the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Wexford Youth WFC players celebrate at the end of the game at the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Pearl Slattery of Shelbourne Ladies celebrates after scoring her side's first goal during the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Rebecca Creagh and Leanne Kiernan, 24, of Shelbourne Ladies in action against Orlaigh Conlon of Wexford Youth WFC during the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; A general view of the trophy before the start of the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; A general view of the trophy before the start of the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Pearl Slattery, hidden, of Shelbourne Ladies celebrates scoring her side's first goal with teammates during the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Pearl Slattery of Shelbourne scores her side's first goal during the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Leanne Kiernan of Shelbourne Ladies in action against Lauren Dwyer of Wexford Youth WFC during the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Noelle Murray of Shelbourne Ladies in action against Aisling Frawley of Wexford Youth WFC during the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Siobhan Killeen of Shelbourne Ladies in action against Orlaith Conlon of Wexford Youth WFC during the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Pearl Slattery of Shelbourne Ladies celebrates after scoring her side's first goal during the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Wexford Youth WFC players celebrate at the end of the game at the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Wexford Youth WFC captain Kylie Murphy celebrates at the end of the game at the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Wexford Youth WFC captain Kylie Murphy celebrates at the end of the game at the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Wexford Youth WFC players celebrate at the end of the game at the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Pearl Slattery, hidden, of Shelbourne Ladies celebrates scoring her side's first goal with teammates during the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Wexford Youth WFC players celebrate at the end of the game at the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Wexford Youth WFC players Orlaith Conlon and Rachel Hutchinson celebrate at the end of the game at the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Claire O'Riordan of Wexford Youths WFC is presented with the player of the Match award from Eddie Ryan, Adance Pitstop, at the end of the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Claire O'Riordan of Wexford Youths WFC, winner of the player of the match award at the end of the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; Claire O'Riordan of Wexford Youths WFC, winner of the player of the match award at the end of the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
22 May 2016; The two teams of Wexford Youth WFC and Shelbourne Ladies line out for the start of the Continental Tyres Women's National League Replay at Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Wexford Youths are the Continental Tyres Women's National League champions after coming from behind to stun Shelbourne in the playoff at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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Claire O'Riordan was the hero with a goal in either half as Wexford overcame yet more adversity in one of the most tumultuous seasons in memory.

After picking up just one point in their last two league games to fall into a playoff, Wexford started the game nervously.

Things looked to be going wrong when Pearl Slattery's glancing header from Keeva Keenan's free-kick found its way to the Youths net in the fifteenth minute. Wexford were still trying to find their feet when talismanic defender Jess Gleeson was helped off the field injured. Another injury blow in a season filled with them for the Ferrycarrig Park side.

However, Ruth Fahy dropped into defence and Youths started to play their football. Linda Douglas already had a few sighters on the right wing before the ball found its way to her in the 42nd minute. She put in a devilish cross that O'Riordan powered past Amanda McQuillan. After half chances came and went at both ends, the games winning goal arrived in the 70th minute.

 Niamh Walsh slipped and Claire O'Riordan didn't need a second invitation, haring away and coolly slotting past McQuillan. There were several nervous moments late on and Tamara Furlong had to be at her best to deny Walsh from Leanne Kiernan's cross but Youths held on to take the title and with it qualify for the 2016/17 UEFA Women's Champions League.

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