Kennedy catapults Youths to Shield glory
Edel Kennedy's first half strike was the difference as Wexford Youths claimed their second piece of silverware of the season, the Continental Tyres Women's National League Shield, in Ferrycarrig Park on Wednesday evening.
Wexford Youths 1 Shelbourne 0
Combative midfielder Kennedy was first to react and power the ball over the line when Ruth Fahy's header from Emma Hansberry's free-kick came down off the angle of post and crossbar in the 34th minute.
Will Doyle's side defended heroically as a team but the back three of Nicola Sinnott, Jessica Gleeson and youngster Orlaith Conlon were absolutely fantastic, limiting Shelbourne to only a few half-decent chances throughout the clash.
Claire O'Riordan went closest in the opening exchanges as Wexford looked to use her speed and soak up Shelbourne pressure.
The visitors enjoyed a lot of the ball but didn't do much with is as Wexford went in 1-0 up at the break. The introduction of Leanne Kiernan tested the Youths defence and Tamara Furlong was forced into a couple of tidy saves.
However, Wexford held on to add the Shield to the Women's FAI Cup they won earlier in the season. There are still two trophies in the offing for quadruple-chasing Wexford with Saturday evenings clash with Kilkenny the next league game as Youths attempted to close the gap on leaders UCD Waves.