There were wild celebrations in Tallaght Stadium last night as three Laois players helped Wexford Youths claims Women’s FAI Cup glory.
Stephen Quinn’s side came into the game as underdogs after they opponents Shelbourne had been crowned league champions just a week previous.
But Youths, who finished the season in third spot, made light work of that tag and finished the game as 3-1 winners.
It was a brilliant occasions for three of the Wexford players who all hail from Laois and all played integral roles.
Kylie Murphy (Graiguecullen) captained the team on the night and scored, Ciamh Gray (Portlaoise) was flawless in goals while Della Doherty (Portarlington) was a rock at centre back.
With a record crowd of 3,053 watching on, Wexford’s captain fantastic Murphy lifted the silverware for the fourth time, adding to the Slaneysiders’ titles from 2015, 2018, and 2019.
The game was deadlocked until just after the half hour mark when Ciara Rossiter free kick eventually fell to Lynn Marie Grant on the edge of the box and her hopeful effort looped over Amanda Budden to give Youths the lead.
Noel King’s Shelbourne had troubled keeper Gray on several occasions before the goal and they finally beat the Laois woman in the 39th minute when Ciara Grant reacted first to a shot that came back off the post.
The sides were deadlocked at the break but that all changed five minutes into the second half when captain Murphy delightfully volleyed Ellen Molloy’s cross home.
Shels bombarded Wexford after that but couldn’t find the equaliser as Gray and Doherty held firm.
Then, in the 74th minute, the decisive strike came from Edel Kennedy who scored an absolute screamer that ensured victory for Wexford Youths.
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) November 21, 2021