Cork City fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Wexford in their first home game of Só Hotels Women’s National League season at Bishopstown on Sunday 17th of March.
City had the best of the opening exchanges in windy conditions and they came close after Emma Farmer set up Christina Dring but her shot was just over the bar. Wexford were awarded a penalty in the 12th minute as Rianna Jarrett was judged to have been fouled in the box. She stepped up and put away the penalty to give the 2018 WNL champions an early lead.
City responded immediately and after some good work from Katie McCarthy and Rachel O’Regan to set up Christina Dring whose shot was well saved by the Wexford goalkeeper Maeve Williams. City were then forced into a sub through injury as Daniel Burke was replaced by Riona Crowley. Wexford doubled their lead in the 28th minute as Rianna Jarrett scored a spectacular free kick from the edge of the box.
Wexford continued to press the City defence and held majority of the possession of the ball for the remainder of the first half but City came close to getting a goal back twice right at the end of the first half. First in the 43rd minute a Maggie Duncliffe corner lead to a scramble in the six yard box and Savannah McCarthy hit the post and Wexford eventually managed to clear the danger. And then a minute later Rachel O’Regan had a spectacular shot crash off the crossbar and the half ended 2-0 to Wexford.
The second half was few in chances for either side with Wexford having the majority of possession without putting much pressure on the City defence. Wexford were awarded another penalty in the 65th minute Rianna Jarrett stepped up to claim her hat-trick but was denied by a superb save from the City goalkeeper Maria O’Sullivan.
City brought on Elizabeth O’Connor and Megan Sheehan for Maggie Duncliffe and Rachel O’Regan in an attempt to get back into the game Wexford however claimed all three points in the 85th minute as Aoife Slattery struck from distance to give Wexford a 3-0 win.
Next up for City is a trip to The Watershed to face Kilkenny United WFC next Sunday 24th of March with a 2pm kick off.
Cork City: Maria O’Sullivan, Kate O’Donovan, Ciara McNamara, Savannah McCarthy, Shaunagh McCarthy, Maggie Duncliffe (Elizabeth O’Connor 77’) Emma Farmer, Rachel O’Regan (Megan Sheehan 82’) Danielle Burke (Riona Crowley 23’) Christina Dring, Katie McCarthy
Unused Substitute: Abby McCarthy
Wexford Youths: Maeve Williams, Aisling Frawley, Nicola Sinnott, Orlaith Conlon, Doireann, Fahey, Kylie Murphy, Edel Kennedy, Lauren Kelly, Jenny Clifford (Aoife Slattery 70’), Rianna Jarrett (Vanessa Ogbonna 80’), Katrina Parrock (Becky Cassin 65’).
Unused Substitute’s: Ciara Delaney, Ciara Rossiter, McKenna Davidson, Orla Casey