30 January 2016, Saturday
By Bryan T. Smyth
Cork City W.F.C. 0 – Wexford Youths W.F.C. 6
(Kennedy 24, Cassin 35, 70, Douglas 36, O’Riordan 85, Murphy 90)
Cork City fell to a heavy defeat in Mayfield Community School in their second Women’s National League Cup game against a strong Wexford Youths outfit.
The visitors started strongly as Carol Breen flashed a shot just wide before Aisling Frawley was flagged just offside after being put through by Breen. Both Becky Cassin and then Laura Lynch saw efforts sail just wide in the next few minutes but while City weathered the opening onslaught – they couldn’t hold out eventually. The opening goal for Wexford arrived with Edel Kennedy firing past Trish Fennelly after Linda Douglas had flicked on a free kick.
City almost had an immediate way back into the match as Lauren Murphy’s free was spilled by Tamara Furlong but Roísín O’Connell just couldn’t poke the ball home from the rebound. The Youths doubled their lead shortly afterwards as the ball broke to Becky Cassin who’s goalbound shot went in via a deflection from a Cork defender. They didn’t have to wait long for the third as within a minute of the goal, Linda Douglas cracked a superb volley past Fennelly after perfect chest control on the edge of the box.
In the second period of the game, Wexaford took their foot off the gas a little at the start of the half but Fennelly still needed to be at her best to claw out a Claire O’Riordan header. The keeper however was lucky a minute later after a cross was knocked down but O’Riordan could only screw her shot across the face of goal. However, the Youths wouldn’t be kept from adding to their tally much longer as Cassin crashed in a 30 yard effort past the Cork custodian for their fourth.
And Cassin added the fifth after a lovely cut back from Frawley with an unstoppable drive past Fennelly. While the game petered out for the remainder of the half, their was just enough time for Kylie Murphy to get her name on the scoresheet as Fennelly misjudged a cross leaving the Youths player with a simple header to convert.
A tough day at the office for O’Regan’s players who will face Kilkenny United next weekend in the Women’s National League in Cork.
Cork City W.F.C. – Trish Fennelly, Tara O’Gorman, Danielle Burke, Megan Kelleher, Catherine Cooke (Ciara Desmond), Roísín O’Connell , Evelyn Daly, Laura Lynch (Kate O’Donovan), Lauren Murphy, Lauren Homan, Saoirse Noonan (Maggie Duncliffe, 70)
Wexford Youths W.F.C. – Tamara Furlong, Ruth Fahy, Nicola Sinnott, Ciara Rossiter, Edel Kennedy (Emma Hansberry), Kylie Murphy, Becky Cassin, Carol Breen, Linda Douglas (Aoibhinn Webb), Aisling Frawley, Claire O’Riordan (Amy Walsh)
Substitutions – Rachel Hutchinson, Meghan Whitty, Orlaith Conlon, Rianna Jarrett