Peamount United 1-3 Wexford Youths

Wexford Youths advanced to the Women's FAI Cup Final next month after a deserved 3-1 victory over holders Peamount in PRL Park.

They will head to Tallaght Stadium to face Shelbourne after the Dublin side's 1-0 victory over Galway earlier in the day.

Gray in the Wexford goal had to be sharp to deny Sadbh Doyle on five minutes with the Peamount striker forcing a fine save at full stretch from the Wexford shot-stopper. Excellent reactions from Gray as Peamount piled on the pressure early on.

Wexford's hassling and work rate paid off on 36 minutes when they found the opening goal of the game and deservedly so. Captain Kyle Murphy led by example with a powerful header from a corner crashing down off the bar and over the line to give Youths the lead at the break.

Sadhbh Doyle of Peamount United in action against Peamount's Edel Kennedy

A quick counter attack 10 minutes into the second half involving Ellen Molloy, Aoibheann Clancy and Edel Kennedy saw Wexford race towards goal with a really positive move before Clancy was again denied by the excellent Reid–Burke with a brilliant save close to ground.

With the quality that Peamount possess right throughout their side, Wexford needed to ensure they remained focused right to the final whistle.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes James O’Callaghan introduced the in-form Lauren Kelly and Becky Watkins in an attacking tactical move from the side line. The last throw of the dice for the reigning champions and their last lifeline as injury-time began.

In the dying moments Aine O’Gorman from the edge of the box looped what looked like a cross right across the box but the ball caught Gray completely and somehow nestled into the bottom corner of the net.

With the first period of extra-time just one minute old, Wexford regained the lead.

A wonderful individual run from Molloy from midfield to the edge of the box concluded with a neat pass to her left for the unmarked Kylie Murphy to calmly slot past Reid–Burke for her second of the game.

Five minutes later and Wexford had their third. In a game of such tight margins a two goal lead of any sort was always going to be a major statement of intent.

Lynn Marie Grant picked up a through ball of the highest quality from Clancy in midfield and with determination raced towards goal before burying her effort into the net and seal the victory for the south east side.

Peamount: Niamh Reid–Burke; Dearbhaile Beirne (Rebecca Watkins 81), Chloe Moloney, Rebekah Carroll, Lauryn O’Callaghan; Alannah McEvoy, Dora Gorman, Lucy McCartan (Lauren Kelly 70), Aine O’Gorman; Stephanie Roche, Sadbh Doyle

Wexford Youths: Kiev Gray; Teegan Lynch (Lynn - Marie Grant 75), Orlaith Conlon, Della Doherty, Lauren Dwyer, Kylie Murphy (Lynn Craven 108), Edel Kennedy, Ciara Rossiter (Sinead Taylor 81), Nicola Sinnott; Aoibheann Clancy, Ellen Molloy