Long trip for Youths to Derry

Published 24/06/2016 | 10:48

Graham Doyle, Wexford Youths
Graham Doyle, Wexford Youths

The second half Wexford Youths maiden Premier Division campaign begins with the long journey to the Derry City as they face Kenny Shiels high flying charges in the Brandywell on Friday night at 7.45pm.

This will be the sides second coming together this season as Derry snatched a late win via Rory Patterson on Easter Saturday in Ferrycarrig Park after Danny Furlong had equalised following Conor McCormack's opening goal.

Having played Derry already in this campaign, manager Shane Keegan is well aware of the task ahead of his squad

'Derry are having a great season so it's going to be a really tough game but we gave a really good account ourselves in the home game against them and we'll take confidence from that.

'The break probably came at a good time for us. It's allowed us to recharge the batteries and the lads are rearing to go again.'

Captain Graham Doyle echoes his managers sentiments and believes that the performance from the national side can spur the Youths along

'It's going to be a tough first game back after the break but the break has done us good. Everyone is refreshed and ready to go. Ireland's result versus Italy would have you bursting to get back into action! They showed that if you give everything you have, you can get results against teams who better fancied than yourselves - thats something we are trying to show everyone in this league.'

Youths will be without long term injury victims Aidan Keenan and Lee Grace. Peter Higgins has taken a full part in training this week but this fixture has come a little to soon to be considered for selection.

Kick off in the Brandywell is set for 7.45pm

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