Leesiders repeat dose with another five in league
Wexford F.C. 0 Cork City 5
Cork City put five past Wexford for the second time in just five days in the SSE Airtricity League Under-19 Southern Elite Division in Ferrycarrig Park on Sunday.
The away side, who were rampant during their cup win at the same venue on Tuesday night, had to work slightly harder to ensure the same result and their second Wexford win of the week.
The game did start more favourably this time for the Wexford side, in that it was one of very few chances. Excluding two opportunities on the counter, one for either side through Cian Murphy and Dean George, the early stages were devoid of any real excitement.
The closest either side came in the opening 25 minutes to a goal was a completely unintentional shot from 25 yards. Wexford's Jack Healy grossly mis-controlled a firm pass into his feet, so much so that his touch very nearly lobbed David Coffey in the Cork net.
It was a set-piece, somewhat out of the blue, which broke the deadlock and sent Cork on their way to an inevitable victory. Dylan Scott's free-kick was headed goalwards by Daire O'Riordan; it was saved but captain Garan Manley picked up the pieces and poked home the rebound.
Wexford continued to look shaky from set-pieces as the half progressed. On one occasion they were nearly punished on their own set-piece, leaving three-on-three in defence from an attacking corner. Cork broke quickly and Denzil Fernandes nearly doubled their lead.
The second-half became substantially more enthralling. With Cork pushing for a second and Wexford having gained enough belief to think they could cause an upset, the game opened up.
For the period of time immediately after the break Wexford were shading it. Led by the returning Dean George, Wexford's bright light in centre-midfield, they created and missed numerous opportunities to tie the match. Vincent Quinlan, Yaw Aboagye and Jack Healy all saw efforts wasted.
As the game wore on Cork began to regain the control they strived for.
Fernandes had two gilt-edged chances to finish the game off after being supplied by Daire O'Riordan's ingenious scoop over the Model defence.
Inevitably, Wexford were made to rue any missed opportunities and when Kevin Taylor tapped in Aaron Drinan's cross in the 82nd minute, the floodgates opened.
In the two minutes that followed, Cork scored once in each. Pierce Phillips played through to Drinan who turned goalscorer to finish calmly past Jason McGuire before setting up O'Riordan for another tap-in.
Drinan incredibly registered his third assist in the 89th minute, despite only coming on from the bench ten minutes earlier, teeing up Ross Welch who drilled home off the post.
Cork can send themselves to the summit of the Southern Elite Division with a win midweek at home to strugglers Galway United, while Wexford find themselves bottom and in desperate need of a run of form.
They travel to Cabinteely on Saturday afternoon for their final away game of the league season.
Wexford F.C.: Jason McGuire; Adam Rochford (capt.), Jack Gallagher, Neil Murphy; Vincent Quinlan, Mick Gardiner, Dean George, Dylan Bradley, Adam Feeney, Jack Healy; Yaw Aboagye. Subs. - Robbie Kane for Gardiner (37), Cian Doyle for Healy (62), Liam Berry for Aboagye (73), also Adam Doyle, Eoin Curran, Adam Dempsey.
Cork City: Dave Coffey; Dylan Scott, Ronan Hurley, Adam O'Sullivan, Garan Manley (capt.); Denzil Fernandes, Pierce Phillips, Alec Byrne, Jordan O'Regan; Cian Murphy, Daire O'Riordan,. Subs. - Thomas O'Donovan for Manley (67), Kevin Taylor for Fernandes (75), Ross Welch for O'Reagan (75), Aaron Drinan for Murphy (79), also Adam O'Keeffe.
Referee: Brian Fenlon (Wexford).