Share of the spoils for Under-17 crew
Wexford Youths fell just short in their quest for four wins in succession in the SSE Airtricity Under-17 League when they shared the spoils with Bray Wanderers in an action-packed clash in the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday.
Bray Wanderers 2 Wexford Youths 2
However, the visitors came agonisingly close to snatching all three points as substitute Ronan O'Kelly hit the back of the net in the dying seconds, only to see his effort ruled out by the officials.
It was another substitute, Danny Doyle, who had rescued a point for the Wexford side, coming off the bench to cancel out a 70th-minute strike from the Seagulls.
Wexford Youths took the lead midway through the first-half thanks to a truly stunning strike from Ivan Meegan.
The Youths won a free-kick 35 yards out and Meegan fired in an absolute beauty to stun the home side.
Bray were a shade unlucky to have only taken a point from their opening day fixture at Ferrycarrig Park, and they were determined to make amends with Andy Doolin levelling matters on 55 minutes.
Doolin grabbed a second 15 minutes later and the Seagulls looked destined for a valuable three points but Wexford Youths, buoyed by their recent good run, battled hard for an equaliser.
Substitute Danny Doyle drew the visitors level and in an exciting finish Ronan O'Kelly had a goal disallowed.
With eight games played Wexford Youths are in fourth place in the table, seven behind leaders Cork City, three behind second-placed Waterford United and only two off third-placed Cabinteely.
Wexford Youths will have next weekend off as the Under-17 league takes a break.
They will be back in action the following weekend when they welcome UCD to Ferrycarrig Park and, with the adult team leading the way on Friday, it's hoped that the fans will also come out to support the emerging young talent.
Wexford Youths: Adam Dempsey, Martin O'Connor, Michael Molloy, Michael Carroll, Chris Phelan, Ronan Devereux, Ciarán Murphy, Conor McGrath, Craig Hayes, Vincent Quinlan, Ivan Meegan. Subs. Used - Danny Doyle, Cormac Kehoe, Ronan O'Kelly.