WNL
Date: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, 2020
Venue:

Lauren Kelly 10' -
Scored: 10'


Ellen Molloy 33' -
Scored: 33'


Vanessa Ogbonna 64' -
Scored: 64'


Ellen Molloy 75' -
Scored: 75'


Scored: 78'
- Chloe Darby 78'


WNL Report: Wexford Youths 4 - 1 Bohemians

Sat, Aug 08 2020

Credit: Hugh de Paor

Tadhg Williams reports from Ferrycarrig Park

Bohemians were defeated 4-1 in their debut in the Women's National League at Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday evening by a powerful Wexford Youths teams.

Wexford dominated the game for the first 20 minutes. A couple of chances at the near post coming from very effective link up play down the left side.

Captain Kylie Murphy hit the side-netting from a Ciara Rossiter throw in after getting in between Bohemians defenders Chloe Flynn and Sinéad O'Farrelly in the sixth minute while Ellen Molloy's strike after a one-two with Lauren Kelly put the ball straight into the hands of Bohemians keeper Rugile Auskalnyte only a minute later.

Youths didn't have to wait too much longer to open the scoring. A Vanessa Ogbonna low ball across the six year box made Lauren Kelly's job easy as she touched it into the net.

At this stage it was clear that the pace of Wexford's attacking options were going to be difficult for the Women's National League newcomers to deal with. The Bohs off-side trap keeping them in the game with Wexford's attackers being caught off-side several times throughout the rest of the game.

Kylie Murphy's call of "You're fast, you don't need to be on the line" showed her confidence in Ogbonna at one stage.

Bohemians had a couple of chances to attack throughout the half with Abbie Brophy getting a lot of ball down the left flank and Chloe Darby getting a lot of possession in the middle of the park. They struggled to get the ball to striker Ally Cahill however.

Manager Seán Byrne made his feelings very clear towards the Bohs players on a couple of occasions with Youths making a lot of space for themselves in the centre of the park.

They doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when debutante Ellen Molloy met the end of a Nicola Sinnott ball over the heads of the Bohemians defenders. Molly lifted the ball over O'Farrelly and connected on the half volley to fire the ball into the bottom left hand corner. A very effective way to announce herself to the league.

Bohemians looked far hungrier when they emerged for the second half, immediately putting pressure on the Wexford defenders when they had the ball at their feet.

They began to get balls into the Wexford box, Chloe Darby getting a cross in on the 50th minute but it was easily dealt with by Ciamh Grey between the posts.

Wexford continued to dominate possession however with Molloy showing some incredible flair, taking the ball through the middle of the Bohemians defence to pass the ball only slightly wide of the right post in the 64th minute.

Molloy seemed to be at the centre of every Wexford attack in the second half, providing Murphy with a chance in the 66th minute however the height of the ball caused issues for both Murphy and Gypsies' keeper Auskalnyte, who eventually scooped the ball up.

Bohemians introduced former Kilkenny United striker Bronagh Kane along with wide midfielder Georgia Monks soon after and there was immediately a significant difference in the energy on the pitch. Kane dropping deep to pick up balls from her full backs gave Monks, Darby and Brophy on the right a lot more attacking opportunities.

They were knocked back again in the 65th minute however when  Molloy skipped past captain Sineád O'Farrelly, cut inside and played the ball across the six year box for Vanessa Ogbonna to easily add her name to the scoresheet.

A series of changes by Tom Elmes meant a much more youthful Youths team for the remaining twenty minutes of the game with U17 graduates Breda Cushen and Kira Bates Crosbie linking up well on the right and underage international Aoibheann Clancy showing some moments of strength in the centre of the field.

A combination of the youths of Youths put Wexford 4-0 up in the 76th minute when Molloy once again knocked the ball through the Bohemians defence for Blessing Kingsley to pick up. A low ball across the box was picked up by Kira Bates Crosbie on the right side to set up for Molloy to hammer it home beneath Auskalnyte.

Bohemians continued to apply pressure where they could with manager Seán Byrne encouraging them to "get higher." They were rewarded with their first ever WNL goal in the 33rd minute when Chloe Darby chanced a shot from 25 yards, slipping through the gloves of Wexford keeper Grey.

Bohemians were unlucky to have not created more chances throughout the game, showing themselves to be a very physical and intelligent team. Wexford meanwhile showed themselves to be dominant and incredibly impressive on the ball. Tom Elmes will be thankful for such a talented group of younger players this year, showing themselves to be very capable today. Squad depth won't be an issue in Ferrycarrig  Park this season.

Wexford Youths: Ciamh Grey; Lynn Craven (Breda Cushen 77'), Nicola Sinnott, Orlaith Conlon, Ciara Rossiter; Aisling Fraley (Kira Bates Crosbie 73'), Edel Kennedy (Aoibheann Clancy 66'), Kylie Murphy, Ellen Molloy; Lauren Kelly (Blessing Kingsley 66'), Vanessa Ogbonna (Fiona Ryan 77').

Subs Not Used: Maeve Williams (GK), Lauren Dwyer.

Booked: None.

Sent-Off: None.

Bohemians: Rugile Auskalnyte; Sinéad O'Farrelly (C), Ciara Mulligan (Alannah Maxwell 70'), Katie Lovely, Chloe Flynn; Ann Marie Byrne (Georgia Monks 62'), Aisling Spillane, Chloe Darby, Sophie Watters, Abbie Brophy; Ally Cahill (Bronagh Kane 62')

Subs Not Used Courtney Maguire (GK), Robyn Bolger, Jessica Darby, Keelin McEntee

Booked: Sophie Waters (55), Aisling Spillane (83).

Attendance: 0.

Referee: Claire Purcell

Extratime.com Player of the Match: Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths).


Wexford Youths Women
Kiev Gray 18
Goalkeeper
Ciara Rossiter 12
Defender
Edel Kennedy 8
66'
66Subbed Off: 66'
Defender
Orlaith Conlon 3
Defender
Nicola Sinnott 16
Defender
Vanessa Ogbonna 14
64Scored: 64'
77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Midfielder
© Kylie Murphy 6
Midfielder
Ellen Molloy 20
33Scored: 33'
75Scored: 75'
Midfielder
Lauren Kelly 9
10Scored: 10'
66'
66Subbed Off: 66'
Midfielder
Aisling Frawley 15
73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Midfielder
Lynn Craven 11
77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Midfielder

Substitutes
Fiona Ryan 22
77'
77Subbed On: 77'
Forward
Blessing Kingsley 23
66'
66Subbed On: 66'
Midfield
Lauren Dwyer 5
Defender
Breda Cushen 2
77'
77Subbed On: 77'
Defender
Aoibheann Clancy 17
66'
66Subbed On: 66'
Forward
Kira Bates-Crosbie 24
73'
73Subbed On: 73'
Forward
Maeve Williams 21
Goalkeeper
Bohemians WFC
Rugile Auskalnyte
Goalkeeper
Niamh Kenna
Defender
Ciara Mulligan
Defender 70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Sinead O'Farrelly
Defender
Katie Lovely
Midfielder
Chloe Flynn
Midfielder
Chloe Darby
Midfielder
78Scored: 78'
Abbie Brophy
Midfielder
Aisling Spillane
Midfielder
Ally Cahill
Forward 62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Ann Marie Byrne
Forward 62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Sophie Watters
Forward

Substitutes
Courtney Maguire
Goalkeeper
Bronagh Kane
Midfield
62Subbed On: 62'
62'
Jessica Darby
Unknown
Robyn Bolger
Forward
Alannah Maxwell
Forward
70Subbed On: 70'
70'
Keelin McEntee
Defender
Georgia Monks
Unknown
62Subbed On: 62'
62'