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Thursday 15 November 2018

Ferns fight back to deny Forth in thriller

Wexford Women's Cup first round: Ferns United 3, Forth Celtic 2 (AET): In arguably one of the most exciting cup ties played in recent years, Ferns eventually booked a second round meeting with Corach Ramblers in the most dramatic of fashion.

This re-fixed cup tie was even more dramatic than the previous week's abandoned game, with Forth enjoying the better of the first-half and taking a well-deserved lead through Sarah Siggins to be in front 1-0 at the break.

When Natasha Byrne-Rossiter made it 2-0 early in the second-half, it was shaping up for a major shock, but Ferns are not one of the most successful teams in the county by rolling over and quickly pulled a goal back through Rachel Collier.

Forth had continued to press forward but did not convert their chances, and they paid the price in the 87th minute when Mary Dwyer scored the goal to bring the sides level and the game into extra-time.

Both sides effectively cancelled each other in the two extra periods and, as the game looked to be heading to penalties, Ferns swung in a corner in the final seconds and Aoibheann Myers headed the ball into the Forth net to send her side through to a second round meeting with Corach Ramblers.

Forth were left to rue their missed chances, but both sides can be proud of their contribution to what proved to be a very competitive cup tie. Well done to the large crowd that turned out in the unpleasant weather to watch this encounter.

Women's Premier One

Cloughbawn A.F.C. 3, Camolin Celtic 2: The home side have moved into contention for honours in this division after a poor start to the season, but had to work very hard to take all three points in this game against Camolin.

Aisling Byrne opened the scoring for the visitors, but Tina Cullen levelled before Aisling scored her second to restore Camolin Celtic's lead.

Once again it was Tina Cullen who scored to bring the sides level with a well-taken shot that deflected off a defender and into the net to restore parity at the break.

In a very close second-half, both defences dominated but it was Cloughbawn who got the breakthrough when Ulrika Dreelan slotted the ball past the 'keeper for what proved to be the winning goal.

Women's Division 2A/2B

St. Leonards 1, Fastnet Rovers 1: Both these sides are well in contention in their respective divisions but after a highly competitive game, they had to be content with a point each.

Aoidín Kiely was on target for the home side while a Joanne Jordan goal earned Fastnet a well-earned point.

Women's Division 3

Shelburne United 0, St. Cormac's 6: St. Cormac's kept the pressure on leaders Stoney when they travelled to Shelburne and ran out 6-0 winners.

Lorraine Fortune is showing a return to scoring form as she netted a hat-trick, with Vivienne Gahan scoring twice, while Claudia Doyle was also on target for the winners.

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