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Wexford Youths win women's FAI Cup in penalty shoot-out

Wexford Youths captain Kylie Murphy lifts the Women's FAI Cup
Wexford Youths captain Kylie Murphy lifts the Women's FAI Cup

WEXFORD YOUTHS 2 SHELBOURNE 2 AET (Wexford win 4-2 on penalties)

Wexford Youths are Women's FAI Cup champions for the first time after they beat Shelbourne on penalties on a dramatic afternoon at the Aviva Stadium.

In awful weather conditions, both teams gave it everything they had in a hugely entertaining final with no shortage of skill on display.

Shelbourne took the lead in the 55th minute when Siobhán Killeen curled home a lovely goal from outside the box.

Deep into injury time, it looked like Shels had done enough to lift the cup until Wexford won a free kick and, after a goalmouth scramble, Ciara Rossiter forced the ball over the line to send the game into extra time.

Wexford went in front in the 15th minute of extra time when Maria Delahunty vollyed the ball to the net after Shelbourne had only half cleared a corner.

Incredibly, there was another dramatic twist to come in the last minute of extra time when Dearbhla Beirne scored for Shels to send the final to penalties.

Noelle Murray and Shauna Newman missed from the spot for Shels while Wexford scored their first four penalties to lift the cup.