Wexford Youths 1
Cork City WFC 2
CORK CITY WFC'S incredible run in the Women’s National League continues as they defeated an excellent Wexford Youths side 2-1 at Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday evening.
Goals from Saoirse Noonan and a stunning strike from Éabha O’Mahony, which proved to be the winner, was enough to see City win their fifth game in a row to send them clear in third place in the league table.
“I’m really happy tonight,” manager Rónán Collins told the Echo shortly after full time.
“It was an excellent performance in what was a brilliant game of football overall.
"They (Wexford) are an excellent side, they are very experienced but again tonight was a good sign of how we are maturing.” The Leesiders started this game in a confident mood following recent wins against Bohemians, Treaty United, Athlone Town, and DLR Waves, and they took the lead inside the opening nine minutes thanks to Saoirse Noonan.
Midfielder Becky Cassin, who was facing her former club for the first time, cleverly flicked the ball past her opponent before releasing Noonan on the left-wing.
The Cork ladies G.A.A football star whipped in a dangerous cross and under pressure from Lauren Egbuloniu, the keeper allowed the ball to squirm its way into the far bottom right corner.
But City were only ahead for three minutes as Kylie Murphy levelled the scores when she prodded the ball home after her initial effort was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper and captain Maria O’Sullivan.
Little did they know at the time but City would snatch what would prove to be the winner just shy of the 20th-minute mark as Noonan teed up O’Mahony who found the far top right corner from at least 25 yards out.
“It was a terrific strike but she has that in her locker, it was deserving of winning any game,” added Collins.
“We’ve really had to work after that to get the result over the line but moments like that give you a great platform to build from.
“It’s been an emotional week and to be able to produce that performance at the end of it and see the support that’s behind us, it really is more than just a football club.” WEXFORD YOUTHS: Kiev Gray, Orlaith Conlon, Lauren Dwyer, Kylie Murphy, Edel Kennedy, Lauren Kelly, Lynn Craven, Aisling Frawley, Nicola Sinnott, Aoibheann Clancy, Ellen Molloy.
Subs: Maeve Williams, Breda Cushen, Ciara Rossiter, Vanessa Ogbonna, Fiona Ryan, Blessing, Kingsley, and Kira Bates Crosbie.
CORK CITY: Maria O’Sullivan, Nathalie O’Brien, Danielle Burke, Ciara McNamara, Zara Foley, Éabha O’Mahony, Christina Dring, Saoirse Noonan, Sophie Liston, Becky Cassin, Lauren Egbuloniu.
Subs: Abby McCarthy, Eadaoin Lyons, Shaunagh McCarthy, Nadine Seward, Kate O’Donovan, Laura Shine, and Lauren Walsh.