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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Jarrett's hat-trick after break

Limerick 1 Wexford Youths 5

Edel Kennedy celebrates scoring her side’s first goal in the rout of Limerick
Edel Kennedy celebrates scoring her side’s first goal in the rout of Limerick

Wexford Youths made light work of hosts Limerick in U.L. on Saturday to continue their fantastic start to the Continental Tyres Women's National League season.

Goals from Edel Kennedy and Claire O'Riordan had Tom Elmes' side in the driving seat at half-time, and a second period hat-trick from the in-form Rianna Jarrett ensured that Youths remain top of the table with a game in hand.

As well as picking up their seventh win in eight league games, there was further good news for the visitors with the return of Emma Hansberry.

The Sligo native missed the early months after undergoing a knee operation in the off-season, but her return is a real bonus for Wexford with games set to come thick and fast in the coming weeks.

Wexford had been threatening for some time before they broke the deadlock. Edel Kennedy volleyed wide at the near post from an Aisling Frawley cross. Lauren Dwyer then fired over the crossbar when a right-wing corner landed in her lap.

The visitors missed an even better chance moments later. Claire O'Riordan slipped Orla Casey though the middle, the teenager forced Trish Fennelly into a fine save with her foot, and Frawley blazed the rebound over the crossbar with the net at her mercy.

Youths did take the lead just after the midway point in the half when Kennedy burst through on Frawley's sideways feed. Fennelly blocked the ball onto the Wexford midfielder's shin and it bounced into the net.

Frawley was the creator of the second goal just after the half an hour mark. It was her low cross from the byline that Limerick native Claire O'Riordan got on the end of and volleyed past Fennelly at her near post.

The comfortable lead at the break was added to moments after the re-start, and it was Frawley claiming her third assist. The winger slipped Jarrett in on the right of the area and the powerful attacker beat the hosts' 'keeper with a low drive.

Hansberry got herself involved as soon as she came on. She flashed wide on the left from distance shortly after being introduced and saw Jarrett slot home Youths' fourth after her initial shot was saved by Fennelly.

Limerick pulled a goal back when Marie Curtin's free found the net from 23 yards out. However, when Hansberry's shot from the edge of the area came back off the crossbar late on,

Jarrett was the only player to react and she nodded home her hat-trick goal.

With the way this season has gone so far, this Saturday's clash in Greenogue between Peamount and Youths could go a long way to deciding the destination of the title.

If Wexford can sneak a victory, they will be in a fantastic position approaching the midpoint of the season.

Wexford Youths: Ciamh Dollard; Nicola Sinnott, Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon, Becky Cassin; Edel Kennedy; Aisling Frawley, Kylie Murphy (capt.), Orla Casey, Claire O'Riordan; Rianna Jarrett. Subs. - Amy Walsh for Dwyer, Emma Hansberry for Casey, Katrina Parrock for Frawley, also Rachel Hutchinson, Cliodhna Ní Shé, Ciara Delaney.

Limerick: Trish Fennelly; Tara Mannix, Marie Curtin, Therese Hartley, Carys Johnson, Megan Kelleher, Lauren Keane, Alanna Morris, Aisling O'Connor, Jane Anne McKevitt, Rebecca Horgan. Subs. - Claire Kelly for Morris, Karen Connolly for Horgan, Sabrina McCarthy for Mannix.

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