Wednesday 24 January 2018

Kennedy the fourth unfortunate victim of cruciate ligament curse

Edel Kennedy has become the fourth Wexford Youths Women's player to have their season ended by the dreaded ACL injury.

Kennedy will follow Mary Rose Kelly, Rianna Jarrett and Ciara Rossiter under the knife to repair a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament in her knee.

The injury carries with it at least nine months on the sidelines and a long rehab process.

Kennedy's injury happened in her side's draw with Galway, a result, along with Youths' loss to Shelbourne three days later, that means a play-off is needed to decide the league winner.

Kennedy had been in fabulous form in the defensive midfield role, holding forth in front of the Wexford back three as well as picking up a raft of goals from setpieces.

Her absence further weakens a Wexford squad which has struggled to stay afloat on the field after a string of injuries to big-time players.

In better news for Youths, Kylie Murphy has been nominated for the Continental Tyres National League player of the year award, along with UCD duo Aine O'Gorman and Karen Duggan. The gong is voted for by the players which explains the Wexford captain's absence from the 'team of the year'.

Wexford has got three representative in that team.

The two high-profile signings last summer, Emma Hansberry and Ruth Fahy, are joined in the eleven by the club's top scorer, Claire O'Riordan.

The league play-off will take place on May 22 at 3 p.m. in Tallaght Stadium when Youths defend their title.

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