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'One of the most skilled and promising young players' in the Irish top-flight switches to Wexford Youths
Ireland underage star Della Doherty made the move from Peamount United, while Galway WFC and Treaty United played out a dramatic 2-2 draw today.

IRELAND UNDERAGE STAR Della Doherty has made the move to Wexford Youths from reigning Women’s National League [WNL] double champions Peamount United.

Youths, league winners in 2017 and 2018, announced the news yesterday ahead of their 3-1 win over Athlone Town, with Doherty coming off the bench in the 78th minute to make her debut.

“We are thrilled to announce the signing of one of the most skilled and promising young players in the Women’s National League, Della Doherty,” a Wexford statement read.

“Della Doherty is a hugely capable and versatile defender, joining us from Peamount United.

“The Laois teenager has a stunning record already, having both been capped and captained Ireland at underage level.

“She has been a key player in an astonishingly successful Peamount defence in recent years, and now makes the transfer to Wexford Youths Women, joining fellow Laois women Kylie Murphy, Blessing Kingsley and Ciamh Gray.

“Doherty was part of Peamount’s double-winning squad last season, and goes straight into the Youths squad today.”

ireland FAI. Doherty (4) captaining the Ireland U17s in 2019. FAI.

The 17-year-old, who turns 18 at the end of the month, is the second centre-back to depart Peamount in recent days, after Claire Walsh signed for Glasgow City on Monday. There, Walsh joins former centre-half partner Niamh Farrelly.

One of Peamount’s promising youngsters alongside Becky Watkins, Walsh had some kind words for Doherty in a recent interview with The42:

“It feels like Della and Becky are kind of the older girls now, but they only really came in with us last year. They’re kind of more like senior players now. They’ve been excellent.

“Della has slotted right into centre-back and Becky has been great as well. I think she scored two goals for the [Ireland] U19s there a few weeks ago, absolute crackers, she’s flying it.”

Ireland teenage sensation Ellen Molloy scored a brilliant brace in Wexford’s win yesterday, while Ciara Rossiter put the icing on the cake with a late effort.

Elsewhere in the WNL yesterday, Peamount were 2-0 winners over Bohemians as they regained their spot at the summit — Shelbourne had a bye — and DLR Waves beat Cork City 1-0.

And today, Treaty United struck twice late on to rescue a point and draw 2-2 with Galway WFC. Second-half goals from Lynsey McKey and Maebh De Burca had visitors Galway in the driving seat at Jackman Park, but Treaty rallied in the closing minutes.

Gillian Keenan pulled one back on 86 minutes, before Jenna Slattery was the late hero three minutes later, grabbing the all-important equaliser to lift Treaty to sixth in the table.

The Tribeswomen stay fifth, 10 adrift of fourth-placed DLR.

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