Wexford Youths Women crowned league champions
WEXFORD YOUTHS Women were crowned F.A.I. Continental Tyres Women's National League champions for the first time after a 2-1 victory over reigning champions Raheny United at Morton Stadium on Saturday.
Goals from Amy Walsh and Claire O'Riordan confirmed Willie Doyle's side as champions with two games remaining in the campaign.
It was a cagey opening with Youths knowing victory would seal the title while defending champions Raheny United needed a win to stay in the race.
Youths had the opening chance when Ciara Rossiter got behind the Raheny rearguard on 17 minutes as her pull back found O'Riordan.
Niamh Walsh's diving lunge blocked O'Riordan's effort, with Pandas 'keeper Niamh Reid-Burke beaten from attempting to stop Rossiter.
The hosts had the best of the first-half chances. Sarah Rowe's attacking run opened up a chance for Siobhán Killeen, with Ciara Rossiter's block saving Youths.
Rebecca Creagh's dipping volley swerved just wide of the post with Mary Rose Kelly at full stretch having gone right across the goal.
Youths took the game to the hosts from the re-start. Amy Walsh's cross came off the Raheny crossbar after Lauren Dwyer's attempted interception.
Carol Breen was next to try her luck from 30 yards as Youths piled forward playing with a strong breeze, but her shot skimmed wide.
A magic six minutes erupted in Santry as Siobhán Killeen's lay-off set Irish Under-16 player Jamie Finn in on goal to calmly open the scoring for the home side.
Finn's goal singled the end of heavy rain which had engulfed Morton Stadium just before half-time, and four minutes later Wexford were on level terms.
Amy Walsh's expert 30-yard free-kick flew into the Raheny net to send the large visiting support into pandemonium.
Two minutes later Walsh slipped in Claire O'Riordan to grab her 16th goal of the season and seal the 2014-'15 F.A.I. Continental Tyres Women's National League title.