|06/05/2018||Women's League Cup||2018||Quarter Final|
An injury time goal for Wexford sent Cork City out of the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League Cup in a tight game at Bishopstown this afternoon.
City had the better of the opening exchanges with Saoirse Noonan coming close after some link up play between herself, Christina Dring and Michelle O’Driscoll but her shot was saved by Dollard in the Wexford goal. Wexford responded with chances of their own as Rhianna Jarrett forced a good save from City goalkeeper Amanda Budden.
City took the lead on the 30 minute mark when a Wexford clearance was intercepted by Michelle O’Driscoll who drove past the Wexford defenders and placed her shot into the bottom right corner of the goal to give City a 1-0 lead. Maggie Duncliffe saved City’s lead after Amanda Budden was beaten but she managed to clear Rhianna Jarrett’s shot and put it out for a throw in. Michelle O’Driscoll came close to a second right on the stroke of half time but her shot was just over the Wexford crossbar and the half finished 1-0 to City.
Wexford came out the stronger side in the second half and had the early chances with Amanda Budden called into action to deny Riana Jarrett in the 46th minute and had to make a great save to tip a powerful Aoibhinn Webb effort wide. However from the resulting corner Wexford equalised with a well worked corner routine leading to a bullet header from Orlaith Conlon in the 53rd minute to make it 1-1.
City brought on Clare Shine, Amy McCormack and Danielle Sheehy in an attempt to retake the lead in the match but neither side could produce much in the way of real efforts for much of the second half. As the game appeared to be heading for extra-time Wexford began to really test the City defence as Jarrett and Webb put an effort wide on 75’ and 80’. The winner came in injury time after a scramble in the City penalty area the ball came to Clare O’Riordan who put it away and send Wexford through to the semi-final with the final score of 2-1 to Wexford Youths.
City return to league action next Sunday 13th of May as they host Peamount United at Bishopstown with a 2pm kick off.
Cork City: Amanda Budden, Natalie O’Brien, Ciara McNamara (Capt.), Maggie Duncliffe, Courtney O’Keeffe (Amy McCormack 53’), Danielle Burke, Eadaoin Lyons (Clare Shine 59’) Kate O’Donovan, Christina Dring, Saoirse Noonan, Michelle O’Driscoll (Danielle Sheehy 75’).
Unused Substitutes: Eve Badana, Mary Barrett.
Wexford Youths: Ciamh Dollard, Nicola Sinnott, Orlaith Conlon, Ciara Delaney (Edel Kennedy 45’), Lauren Dwyer, Becky Cassin, Orla Casey (Clare O’Riordan 70’), Aoibhinn Webb (Amy Walsh 82’), Becky Conroy, Rianna Jarrett, Aisling Frawley.
Unused Substitutes: Catrina Parrock, Sophie Lenahan, Cliodhna Ni Shi, Rachel Hutchinson.