Wexford Youths 1-4 Ajax

Wexford Youths dared to dream and they took the lead against European giants Ajax at Seaview, before eventually succumbing to a 4-1 defeat.

Republic of Ireland striker Rianna Jarrett headed Youths ahead in their Women's Champions League group stage opener – all of which are being hosted in Belfast – but they led for just two minutes.

Goals from Kay-Lee de Sanders, Ellen Jansen, Lois Oudermast and Liza van der Most saw the Dutch champions to a comfortable win as the professional-amateur division showed.

The sides went in at the break scoreless, however, and it was the Irish side who approached the break on the front foot having gradually grown in confidence as the half wore on.

That confidence proved justified within a minute of the restart as Youths won a free-kick, which was impeccably delivered by Hansberry and finished with a bullet header from Jarrett into the far corner of the net.

As is so often the case, however, the concession spurred the bigger side into action and they were level just two minutes later and in near-identical circumstances to which they'd conceded.

Munsterman floated in a corner towards the back post that was met by de Sanders and her header trickled into the corner as Katrina Parrock, stationed of the post, appeared to believe it was going to drop wide.

The turnaround was complete four minutes later as a perfect diagonal ball into the box from the outstanding Verhoeve was glanced into the far corner by Ellen Jansen – who had seen little of the ball in the first half but was becoming increasingly influential.

Goal number three arrived at the midway point in the second half as Verhoeve beat Doireann Fahey on the right and picked out captain Lois Oudermost in the six-yard box, and she had time to set herself and roll the ball into the corner.

The fourth was more by accident than design as a clearly wilting Youths side sat further back, inviting van der Most to hang up a cross that sailed over the unfortunate Dollard and into the top corner.

Youths will need a heavy dose of luck if they're to gain the sole knockout stage spot. They face Thor/KA of Iceland on Friday before finishing up against Linfield on Monday.

Ajax: Marieke Ubachs; Liza van der Most, Kay-Lee de Sanders, Line Roddik, Kika von Es; Lois Oudemast (Iina Salmi 70), Kelly Zeeman, Marthe Munsterman; Soraya Verhoeve (Kirsten van der Westeringh 82), Vanity Lewerissa (Eshly Bakker 66), Ellen Jansen.

Wexford Youths: Ciamh Dollard; Nicola Sinnott, Orlaith Conlon, Lauren Dwyer, Doireann Fahey; Edel Kennedy, Kylie Murphy (Orla Casey 70), Emma Hansberry; Aisling Frawley (McKenna Davidson 81), Katrina Parrock (Becky Conroy 60), Rianna Jarrett.

Referee: Maria Marotta (Italy).