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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Kira delivers a late winner

Só Hotels Women's National League: Greystones United 2 Wexford FC 3

Kira Bates-Crosbie, scorer of a hat-trick including the late winner, battling with Sarah Murray
Kira Bates-Crosbie, scorer of a hat-trick including the late winner, battling with Sarah Murray

Wexford Youths ladies' Under-17s returned to league action last weekend with a game away to Greystones United in the Só Hotels Women's National League, and to say it ended dramatically is quite the understatement.

A full minute had not even registered on the clock when Kira Bates-Crosbie fired a superb shot into the net, giving the Greystones 'keeper no chance and Youths the lead.

Barely ten minutes later Kira had doubled the lead with another good strike to make it 2-0.

Wexford were in control of the game, and anything that was being created of note was by the away side.

They went in at the break deservedly two goals to the good.

That old cliché that it's a game of two halves was definitely the way on Saturday, as Greystones started the second-half much better and had Wexford on the back foot for the most part.

Wexford 'keeper Jean Kavanagh-Doyle had to make a wonderful save from a Greystones free-kick that was heading for the top corner, but she somehow managed to tip it around the post for a corner kick.

The home side's pressure paid off on 20 minutes when they got a goal back through an unfortunate error.

The Wexford girls had to dig deep at this stage so the game wouldn't go against them, and they did just that, coming more into the game in the latter stages and creating a few half chances, especially from set plays.

One of these almost restored the two-goal advantage when their 'keeper had to make a sharp save from Freya Roche.

With two minutes left of normal time, disaster struck for the visitors when Greystones drew level, and it looked like the Youths were heading for their first draw of the season.

Kira Bates-Crosbie had other ideas, as twice she made great runs and looked to have scored the winner but was denied by two really top-class saves.

Just as the 80 minutes were up, The Greys cleared the ball to outside the area and first to it was Kira.

Facing her own goal, she turned and hit an unbelievable volley into the roof of the net to claim her hat-trick and three points for Wexford.

Two of the main things the game showed was the never give up attitude of the side and the depth of quality needed, not only for the starting eleven but for the full squad.

The girls were missing quite a few players for this game but those that were called on did more than enough to justify their place in the squad.

Wexford Youths: Jean Kavanagh-Doyle, Beth Evesson, Aimee Bates-Crosbie, Amie Dreelan, Breda Cushen (capt.), Laura Butler, Lauren McCormack, Cliodhna Donnelly, Ainé McDonald, Kira Bates-Crosbie, Maria Callaghan, Seren Ward, Freya Roche, Neema Nyangasi, Becky Connaughton, Shanise O'Reilly.

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