Wexford Youths made it two wins from three in the UEFA Women's Champions League qualifiers with victory in this evening’s game versus Maltese side, Birkirkara, but it was not enough to secure their passage to the next round.
It was a comprehensive win for the Só Hotels Women's National League champions, who ran out 7-2 winners in the fixture at the Stadium of Marijampole in Lithuania.
Youths captain Kylie Murphy led by example bagging a hat-trick for her side, while Rianna Jarrett scored on the double and McKenna Davidson and Ciara Rossiter got the other two strikes.
The impressive win followed last Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the group hosts, Lithuanian side Gintra.
Unfortunately despite those two wins, Youths do not progress the next round of the competition, as they suffered an opening day defeat to Albanian side Vllazniawho who topped the table.
However, speaking after the game Youths manager Tom Elmes was suitably proud of his side. "It was great to finish the round on a positive note, this was an excellent win. We said from the start that we intended to come out and compete – we were not here just to make up the numbers – and we did that."
And Elmes added that the week in Lithuania has been an extremely positive experience for the squad who put in an excellent week's work.
He said: "It is a big honour for us to come here and take part in this competition. And the players showed how much that means to them all week. I am delighted with the way they trained, the work they put in and how they applied themselves all week.
"It’s just unfortunate that we didn’t do better in the first game, but that was a tough tie and we did do very well. But we will learn again from this experience, and overall I’m very pleased with how it went."
Wexford Youths: Dollard (GK), Slattery, Dwyer, Murphy, Cassin, Kennedy, Kelly, Davidson, Rossiter, Sinnott, Jarrett.