Two Wick­low stars battle it out on the na­tional stage

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TWO Co. Wick­low soc­cer play­ers bat­tled on the big stage last week­end when Shel­bourne and Wex­ford Youths clashed in the Só Ho­tels Women’s Na­tional League Cup fi­nal in Fer­rycar­rig Park.

Bray’s Alan­nah McEvoy togged out for her Shel­bourne side while Carnew’s Edel Kennedy manned a mid­field berth for the Wex­ford Youths out­fit.

There were no goals by half­time in this en­ter­tain­ing encounter but Bray’s McEvoy came close shortly af­ter the restart but her ef­fort was saved by Wex­ford Youths keeper Maeve Williams.

De­spite be­ing on top for much of the sec­ond pe­riod with­out cre­at­ing much, Edel Kennedy’s side fell be­hind to a 73rd minute strike from Shel­bourne’s Emily Whe­lan in what would be the only goal of the day.

Carnew’s Kennedy volleyed over from the edge of the area with 13 min­utes left and had a half chance in the 89th minute that ul­ti­mately came to noth­ing af­ter a de­cent show­ing from her.

And so it was joy for Bray na­tive Alan­nah McEvoy when World Cup lineswoman Michelle O’Neill sounded the fi­nal whis­tle as Shel­bourne in­flicted a sec­ond de­feat on the Wex­ford Youths side hav­ing al­ready beaten them in May in the league.

Both sides will meet again this Satur­day evening at the same venue where any­thing but a win for Kennedy’s Youths will the fi­nal nail to the de­fence of their Só Ho­tels Women’s Na­tional Foot­ball League crown. Kick-off is at 6.30pm.

Bray’s Alan­nah McEvoy cel­e­brates with her Shel­bourne col­leagues af­ter clinch­ing the Só Ho­tels Women’s Na­tional LKeague Cup fi­nal.

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