Under-19s off to losing start

Bray prevail on astro turf

Published 19/03/2016 | 00:00

Wexford Youths opened up their SSE Airtricity Under-19 league campaign with a disappointing loss to Bray Wanderers in Ballybrack, Co. Dublin, on Sunday.

Bray Wanderers 2 Wexford Youths 0

Hopes were sky-high coming into the season after the Ferrycarrig boys competed a superb set of six pre-season friendly wins that included victories over the Wexford County Youth side and the Reading Youths.

However, things didn't go to plan as Wexford failed to hit the heights of their pre-season promise and goals from Shane Barnes and Christian Dietz condemned them to defeat.

Omens weren't good from the off as Wexford had to contend with playing on the astro at Ballybrack as well as adjusting to a very tight playing surface.

Youths have prospered on pitches with space, giving the players a chance to express themselves, but they just weren't able to do it on such a tight playing field.

To Bray's credit they were better in pretty much every aspect of the game. They were more confident in possession, more physical and created the better chances.

Yet, they didn't find the breakthrough in the first-half. Youths held them out as Shane Barnes and Troy Carey both had pot-shots at goal.

It took just four second-half minutes for Bray to hit the front. A simple long ball over the top caught the Wexford defence out and Shane Barnes raced away to score past 'keeper Adam Dunbar.

The second goal came 19 minutes from time as Bray got in too easily on the right wing and substitute Christian Dietz found a way to the Youths net. There was still time for Seán Quinn to hit the crossbar for the hosts as Wexford limped to a disappointing defeat in front of a sizeable travelling crowd.

Still, it was just one game and Wexford will hope to bounce back on Saturday when they hosts Waterford United in the mini south-east El Clasico in Ferrycarrig Park at 2 p.m.

Manager Billy Molloy expects to have a few key figures, missing from this game, back in the panel next week to bolster their chances of success.

Wexford Youths: Adam Dunbar; Martin O'Connor, Neil Murphy, Eoin McCormack, Seán Duffy; Eric Quinn, Paul Brennan, Eoin McDonald, Dan Brennan; Craig Hayes, Dean George. Subs. - Adam Rochford, Ivan Meegan, Chris Phelan, Eoin Donnelly, Vincent Quinlan (all used), also Dylan Furlong, Paul Carton.

Bray Wanderers: Seán Fogarty; Darragh Noone, Gavin Carroll, Paul Murphy, Nathan Brennan; Paddy Obijuru, Troy Carey, Seán Quinn, Shane Barnes; Paul McMahon, Andrew Bracken. Subs. - Christian Dietz, Pádraic Murphy, John Ross Wilson, Adam Coone (all used), also Ronan Brown, Nathan Wells, Ryan Kavanagh.

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