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Wexford Youths left frustrated in Champions League clash

Gary Hunt’s side created numerous chances either side of half time but they couldn’t break the deadlock.

Gary Hunt's side were left frustrated today.
Gary Hunt's side were left frustrated today.
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Wexford Youths Women’s FC 0-0 ARF Criuleni 

WEXFORD YOUTHS WOMEN’S FC finished their Uefa Champions League qualifying round group with a frustrating 0-0 draw against Criuleni in Ferrycarrig Park.

Gary Hunt’s side created numerous chances either side of half-time, but they couldn’t find a way past the in-form Criuleni goalkeeper Victoria Gurdis.

The Youths were quick out of the block and forced Gurdis into a smart early save. Kylie Murphy, Claire O’Riordan and Aisling Frawley linked up well down the left and crossed for Maria Delahunty, but Gurdis once again made a good low save.

Gary Hunt’s side continued in search of the opener, with Linda Douglas heading into the side-netting, before O’Riordan and Murphy had chances, but neither could beat Gurdis.

O’Riordan thought she’d broken the deadlock but for an offside flag, before Nicola Sinnott and Rachel Hutchinson set up O’Riordan, but again keeper Gurdis saved. The goalkeeper once more kept the game scoreless with a good save from Douglas’ effort on the brink of half-time, as the sides went in 0-0 at the break.

Douglas, Delahunty and Hansberry all had chances in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but Gurdis was working hard to keep them out.

The Youths had their best chance midway through the half, as Delahunty’s header from Hansberry’s cross went narrowly wide.

O’Riordan went close again with six minutes remaining, but her header from Hansberry’s right-wing cross dropped just wide of the far post.

Delahunty had a good chance as the time ticked down, but she couldn’t find the goal from Aoibhin Webb’s cross, before O’Riordan saw her header saved in the final minutes, as the Moldovans held on for a share of the points.

ARF Criuleni: Victoria Gurdis, Diana Loghin, Ludmila Caraman, Valeria Cernalevscaia, Nadejda Vasilica; Tatiana Gherghelegiu, Ludmila Andone, Nadejda Colesnicenco, Laura-Maria Mereuta (Oxana Bunici 73); Cristina Musteata (Liuba Dragomir 62 (Galina Tanas 90+5), Olga Cusinova.

Wexford Youths: Sophie Lenihan; Nicola Sinnott, Jessica Gleeson, Amy Walsh (Orla Casey 65); Linda Douglas, Emma Hansberry, Kylie Murphy, Rachel Hutchinson, Maria Delahunty, Aisling Frawley (Aoibhin Webb 81); Claire O’Riordan.

Referee: Désirée Grundbacher

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