Monday 23 October 2017

Youths women one step from Aviva

Laura Heffernan (Assistant Manager), Deirdre Hurley (Energia) and Ciara Rossiter
Laura Heffernan (Assistant Manager), Deirdre Hurley (Energia) and Ciara Rossiter

Wexford Youths secured a place in the Continental Tyres F.A.I. Women's Senior Cup semi-finals after edging past UCD Waves on Sunday.

The Continental Tyres Women's National League champions will be joined in the final four by Shelbourne U18 LFC, Peamount United and Shelbourne Ladies' FC, with the games taking place in the week ending October 18.

Three of the quartet sealed their place in the next round on Sunday as Wexford beat UCD 4-2, Peamount claimed a 2-1 victory over Galway WFC, and Shelbourne U18 LFC won 4-0 against Castlebar Celtic in three gripping quarter-finals.

At Jackson Park, Will Doyle's Wexford Youths team advanced courtesy of goals from Kylie Murphy (two), Ruth Fahy and Carol Breen, while Aine O'Gorman netted twice for UCD.

Carol Breen was an unused substitute in Tallaght on Monday of last week when the Republic of Ireland Senior women's team went down to a 2-0 defeat to Finland in their opening UEFA Euro 2017 qualifier.

The girls in green were watched by a superb crowd of 2,905, but the Group 2 clash didn't go according to plan for Breen and her colleagues. The Wexford Youths striker will be hoping to get some game time in the forthcoming games, away to Portugal next month and home to Spain in November.

Meanwhile, Wexford Youths Women's F.C. made a valuable new signing for the season by bringing competitive energy provider Energia on board as their new sponsors.

Head coach, William Doyle, remarked: 'The financial burden that is lifted from securing this sponsorship from Energia will help the team to focus on the football aspect of their involvement in the club. This deal should enable us to mount a serious challenge this season to retain our Continental Women's National League title and give us another opportunity to compete in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

'It is our responsibility as a club to ensure that Energia receive value for their investment and we will endeavor to surpass their expectations on all fronts.'

Assistant manager, Laura Heffernan, stated: The deal with Energia will bring a whole new level to the professionalism expected from within our club. A deal with such a huge company with high brand appeal does not come along very often and we appreciate the support of Energia for our bid to retain our Continental Women's National League title this season.

'Each player and member of the backroom team will benefit from this support and we all look forward to building a strong link through some interesting promotional opportunities.'

In other soccer news, the Wexford involvement in the recent EA Sports Cup final in Eamonn Deacy Park wasn't just confined to Greg Bolger's role in a victory for St. Patrick's Athletic over Galway United on penalties after extra-time.

The officiating team for the game included assistant referee Michelle O'Neill and fourth official Seán Grant.

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