By Harry Shorthose (@harrysarticles)
Former Peamount United player, Lauren Kelly came back to haunt her old club as she struck twice, once in each half, to see the Youths beat their rivals in what was a great advert for Women’s soccer at the Aviva Stadium.
The Youths got off to the perfect start when Lauren Kelly put them ahead after just three minutes. She made a darting run from midfield and from just outside the box her effort trickled into the bottom right hand corner. The accuracy of the shot deceived Niamh Reid-Burke in goal who was rooted to the spot.
From there, Peamount continued to dominate the possession and went close on several occasions but the Wexford defence denied them time after time. They dominated but couldn’t threaten.
It wasn’t until the 32nd minute that the Dublin side breached that Wexford defence. They jumped on a loose pass from a Youths defender and Karen Duggan was on hand to strike from outside the box. Ciamh Dollard in goal had no chance, just getting a hand on it as it went over her head. Within seconds of the restart, Kelly put Wexford back in front. It was a cracker too, coming in from the right hand side of the box and firing into the far bottom corner to give the Youths the lead at the break.
Peamount came out all guns blazing after the restart. Four minutes in, Lauren Dwyer was on hand to clear the danger from a cross on the right hand side from Megan Smyth-Lynch and guide it into the arms of Dollard. Two minutes later though, the Peas had their equaliser, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle hitting a shot from distance straight at Dollard but the power on it meant that Dollard just couldn’t keep it out.
Just after the hour mark and Youths found the breakthrough. The ball was played in by Rianna Jarrett and found skipper Kylie Murphy in the middle, who 1 on 1 with Reid-Burke kept her composure and buried the shot into the bottom corner.
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Both sides went close to getting another goal, the usually so clinical Rianna Jarrett going closest for the Youths, hitting the post late on as she cut in from the right wing. The Peas best chance came from Ryan-Doyle but she could only steer her shot into the arms of Dollard in the Wexford goal. Wexford controlled the late periods of the game, keeping possession away from the Peamount defence to hold them at bay long enough to see Tom Elmes’ side crowned champions.
Wexford Youths: Ciamh Dollard, Lyn Craven, Orlaith Conlon, Lauren Dwyer, Nicola Sinnott, Edel Kennedy, Aisling Frawley, Kylie Murphy, Rianna Jarrett, Lauren Kelly, Ciara Rossiter. Subs: McKenna Davidson for Rossiter (61mins), Blessing Kingsley for Frawley (85 mins)
Peamount United: Niamh Reid Burke, Lauryn O’Callaghan, Dearbhaile Byrne, Louise Corrigan, Claire Walsh, Karen Duggan, Niamh Farrelly, Lucy McCartan, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, Aine O’Gorman, Megan Smyth-Lynch. Subs: Niamh Barnes for O’Callaghan (68mins), Naima Chemaou for McCartan (55 mins)
Picture Credit: FAI