Tre­ble joy for Kennedy and Cassin as Youths win cup

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN Sports re­porter

EDEL Kennedy and her de­fen­sive com­pa­tri­ots kept a clean sheet to help Wex­ford Youths scoop the FAI Women’s Cup and com­plete a phe­nom­e­nal tre­ble.

Ka­t­rina Par­rock’s first-half strike at the Aviva Sta­dium was all it took to best Peamount United as Kennedy and co. kept free-scor­ing Am­ber Bar­rett at bay to add the FAI Cup to their League ti­tle and their Na­tional League Shield.

It was a tense af­fair and it looked - briefly - like Carnew’s finest had ac­tu­ally opened the scor­ing.

A free-kick was whipped in from the left flank and when United goal­keeper Naoisha McAloon spilled it, Kennedy re­acted quick­est to scram­ble the ball home but her cel­e­bra­tions were short-lived as Kennedy’s team-mate Rianna Jar­rett was pe­nalised for a push prior to Kennedy’s fin­ish.

While it was cel­e­bra­tion time (again) for Kennedy and team­mate Becky Cassin, the same can’t be said for Aine O’Gor­man and Claire Walsh who had the un­for­tu­nate hon­our of los­ing the FAI Women’s Cup fi­nal for the se­cond year in a row.

Walsh played the full 90 min­utes in 2017 as Cork City bested UCD Waves 1-0 but on Sun­day she had to set­tle for 34 min­utes as she re­placed Lucy McCar­tan early in the se­cond half.

As for O’Gor­man, she missed out on last year’s fi­nal due to in­jury but she started on Sun­day and tested Youths goal­keeper So­phie Lene­han on a few oc­ca­sions but could not make the dif­fer­ence.

Rathrum woman Cassin was the Wex­ford Youths Young Player of the Year in 2015 and has en­joyed a fine sea­son this cam­paign but her ser­vices were not called upon by man­ager Tom Elmes as she re­mained on the bench.

It was a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon for Peamount who felt that they should have had at least one penalty through­out the con­test but the woman in the mid­dle Vicki McEn­ery - dis­agreed and it was the Youths who left the Aviva Sta­dium with an­other ad­di­tion to the tro­phy cabi­net.

Edel Kennedy of Wex­ford Youths is tracked by Karen Dug­gan of Peamount United dur­ing the Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres FAI Women’s Se­nior Cup fi­nal in the Aviva Sta­dium on Sun­day.

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