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Monday 21 October 2019

Wexford Youth women ready for battle

league to apply for a place to give the elite players within the league and surrounding areas an opportunity to play at the highest level available and to increase the players' chances of being selected for international duty.

Twenty-six clubs originally applied for a licence to participate and after a long process, this was eventually broken down to seven who passed the criteria and a week before the launch, one of those clubs decided to withdraw.

This will be followed by an away match to Peamount United who will still be on a high from their exploits in the Champions League where they reached the last 32. A week later Wexford will travel to Tallaght to take on Shamrock Rovers, a club who are taking this league very seriously, and the following week will see Wexford host Raheny United in Ferrycarrig before rounding off the first round of fixtures away to Cork Women's League.

We will give a full run-down of the players on the squad next week as well as details of the upcoming opening fixture. THE NEWLY-FORMED Wexford Youth Women's AFC will open their Bus Eireann National League campign with a home match in Ferrycarrig Park against Castlebar Celtic on Sunday, November 13.

This new club is an extension of the Wexford Women's and Schoolgirls' League and they will be playing under the banner of Wexford Youths Women's AFC and will give the elite players within the league an opportunity to play at the highest level in the country.

Several well-known people from within the game in the county are involved, with John Flood given the responsibility of the day-to-day management of the team, with John Michael Porter taking on the role of Director of Football. Well-known coach Jack Stafford has been appointed as head coach and is ably assisted by Will Doyle, Tom Elmes as well as student coach Dylan Mernagh, while John Flood's management team consistes of Lizzy Kent, Billy Donnelly and Bobby Murphy.

Nigel Fitzharris is team physio and also brings a wealth of League of Ireland experience with him. Other people who have assisted by scouting players are Brendan Kehoe, Barry O'Neill, John Webster, Martin O'Connor, Freddie Robinson and Peter Jacob.

All these people are backed by a strong administrative team which includes Daire Doyle (Chairman), Ashling Kavanagh (Finance), Peter Doyle (Media and Commercial), Deirdre O'Connor (Marketing) and Emma English-Byrne (Administrator).

The remainder of the Wexford Women's League committee are also on board in other various roles such as youth development, child protection and promotion, so it is a busy time ahead for all individuals involved. Barry Dempsey and Aine Murphy are heavily involved in the League Training Centre which is the first step for players who have ambitions of playing National League and international.

Martin Cahill, Tom Dunne and Jenny McLoughlin are all involved at ground level and will be available to carry out various duties, while Elayne Grant is Child Protection Officer.

The time that has been voluntarily put into this project to date by these people is exceptional and the club would not be where it is now but for the efforts of all committee, managers, coaches and volunteers alike, and for that they must be thanked. This is the first year of the National Women's League in the country and the decision was taken by the

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