Six Youths Women on league team of season
The wonderful season enjoyed by the Wexford Youths Women is reflected in the Continental Tyres Women's National League annual award announcements.
Three stalwarts are nominated for Senior player of the year, two more are on the young player of the year shortlist, while the grand total of six have made the team of the year.
The Senior trio in line for the top award are newly-capped international Carol Breen, team captain Kylie Murphy and scoring ace Claire O'Riordan, who will face competition from U.C.D. Waves duo Aine O'Gorman and Julie-Ann Russell as well as Raheny United's Katie McCabe.
Aisling Frawley and Ciara Rossiter are in contention for the top young player accolade along with Shannon Carson of Cork City Women's F.C.
The award nominees in both categories were selected following a ballot of players attached to Continental Tyres Women's National League clubs.
The team of the season features six players from the newly-crowned champions - goalkeeper Mary Rose Kelly, defenders Nicola Sinnott and Ciara Rossiter, plus the aforementioned trio of Murphy, O'Riordan and Breen - along with two each from Raheny United and U.C.D. Waves and one from Galway W.F.C.
The Continental Tyres Women's National League annual awards will be presented at the official luncheon in Clyde Court Hotel on Wednesday, April 22.
There will also be a special services to women's football award presented.
UCD Waves 3, Wexford Youths Women 0: The final weekend of the 2014-'15 Continental Tyres Women's National League saw champions Wexford Youths succumb to their first away defeat of the season.
With the league title wrapped up last month, the Youths Women were still in party mode while UCD Waves had everything to play for. Second place was only guaranteed with a Waves victory, and Raheny United slipping up against Peamount United.
The Youths started well and created the first opening when Claire O'Riordan failed to connect with an Aisling Frawley cross. Mary Rose Kelly then had to go full stretch to deny Aine O'Gorman.
Orlagh Nolan struck with a free header from a corner to open the scoring for Waves on 21 minutes with her eleventh goal of the season. Nolan then doubled the Waves lead with an excellent team goal nine minutes later. Disaster struck right on half-time for the Youths when Amy Walsh went down with quite a serious knee injury.
The second-half was a real end of season affair with both teams happy to settle for the game to finish and the season to be over. Waves then struck the only goal of the second-half through Julie Ann Russell who scored with an excellent strike from a tight angle after Aine O'Gorman had switched the play superbly.
The Youths' best opportunity arrived for top scorer O'Riordan but she was unable to add to her tally for the season with a tame volley which was easily saved by McGuirk in the Waves goal.
The result sees Waves guaranteed second place with one game remaining. Newly-crowned champions Wexford Youths Women sign off on 43 points.
The Model county side now have their sights set firmly on the U.E.F.A. Champions' League qualifying group stages in mid-August.
Wexford Youths: Mary Rose Kelly, Nicola Sinnott, Jessica Gleeson, Ciara Rossiter, Edel Kennedy, Kylie Murphy, Becky Cassin (Becky Hayden), Amy Walsh (Shauna Wall), Aisling Frawley (Meghan Whitty), Rachel Hutchinson, Claire O'Riordan. Unused subs. - Tamara Furlong, Aoife Cantwell, Carol Breen, Aoibhin Webb.