Wexford Youths 2 Cork City 1
CORK CITY WFC manager Rónán Collins believes his side were let down by the officials as they were beaten by Wexford Youths in the SÓ Hotels Women’s National League on Saturday evening.
A brace from Ireland international striker Rianna Jarrett was enough to see Wexford secure the three points at the expense of City, who had levelled with a first-half penalty from Éabha O’Mahony.
But the game ended controversially. City thought they had scored another equaliser late on through Christina Dring only for the referee to bring the playback and give Cork a free instead.
“They were let down,” insisted Collins.
“In the closing stages, we found the back of the net. Christina Dring spun the centre back about thirty yards from goal and ran through and struck the ball. The keeper dived, the ball was going past her and the referee brought it back for a foul five seconds earlier, it was really disappointing.
“We were disappointed with that decision. The girls put in a really good performance and they were let down in a big way.”
Despite the circumstances surrounding the loss, Collins was keen to focus on the many positives as his young charges took the game to last season’s treble winners.
“We always judge ourselves on the performance we put in and we put in a really good performance,” he added.
“We played with loads of energy, we had two setbacks with the Wexford goals but during the week we worked on resetting after setbacks and the girls were terrific.
“There is a lot of good things to take from this game. That stuff we worked on during the week which is going to stand to us long term, the girls were able to put them into practice.
“I know we normally have a young squad, anyway but we had an even younger squad with us here and they were brilliant. We have 10 players in the squad that this will be their first full season with us so it is a steep learning curve but they are doing well.”
WEXFORD YOUTHS: Maeve Williams, Becky Cassin, Doireann Fahey, Ciara Delaney, Orlaith Conlon, Aoife Slattery, McKenna Davidson, Kylie Murphy, Rianna Jarrett, Lauren Kelly, Katrina Parrock.
Subs: Sophie Lenehan, Vanessa Ogbonna, Lauren Dwyer, Nicola Sinnott, Edel Kennedy, Clionadh Ní She, Aisling Frawley.
CORK CITY: Maria O’Sullivan, Nathalie O’Brien, Danielle Burke, Ciara McNamara, Savannah McCarthy, Christina Dring, Katie McCarthy, Eabha O’Mahony, Zara Foley, Shaunagh McCarthy, Emma Farmer.
Subs: Abby McCarthy, Maggie Duncliffe, Eadaoin Lyons, Rachel O’Regan, Riona Crowley, Katie O’Connor, Liz O’Connor.