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Friday 20 October 2017

Wexford F.C. beaten in first south-east derby

By Alan Aherne

Graham Doyle, the Wexford Youths captain, denies his U.C.D. counterpart Gary O'Neill from the spot
Graham Doyle, the Wexford Youths captain, denies his U.C.D. counterpart Gary O'Neill from the spot

Wexford F.C. remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland First Division table after going down to a 2-0 defeat to near neighbours Waterford F.C. in the first south-east derby of the season in the Regional Sports Centre on Saturday, March 25.

The visitors conceded early and played second fiddle for the most part thereafter, with experienced ex-Cork City attacker Mark O'Sullivan availing of a swift breakaway after a Wexford corner as David McDaid played him through to apply a cool finish in the tenth minute.

And O'Sullivan made sure of the three points near the end of the third quarter when Kenny McEvoy hung a beautiful cross in the air from the right, and the centre-forward directed it beyond Graham Doyle with a forceful header.

Wexford striker Lee Duffy did test netminder Ian McLoughlin twice at his near post before the game was over, but there was no denying the overall superiority of Waterford who paraded former North End United stalwart Robin Dempsey at right-back.

Former Ferrycarrig Park winger Conor Whittle made a late appearance for his local club off the bench, while Gary Delaney and Matthew Connor were two more familiar faces among the unused substitutes.

Next up for Wexford is a trip to Tolka Park next Friday, March 31, to face Shelbourne at 7.45 p.m. in a repeat of their recent Leinster Senior Cup clash at the same venue which the Dubliners won 4-2. And rivalries will be renewed with Waterford in Ferrycarrig Park on Tuesday, April 4, at 8 p.m. when the re-arranged EA Sports Cup first round tie takes place.

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