Wexford F.C. held after late leveller

By Alan Aherne

Thomas Croke (Wexford FC) Rob Manley (U.C.D)
Thomas Croke (Wexford FC) Rob Manley (U.C.D)
Graham Doyle (Wexford FC) saves a penelty
Shane Dunne (Wexford FC) Greg Sinnott (U.C.D)
Sean Hurley (Wexford FC) Rob Manley (U.C.D)
Shane Dunne (Wexford FC)
Andrew O'Connor (Wexford FC) Rob Manley (U.C.D)
Craig Wall (Wexford FC) Greg Sinnott (U.C.D)

There was frustration for Wexford F.C. in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday, March 17, when their quest for a first win in their fourth SSE Airtricity First Division outing was denied by a late equalising goal from U.C.D.

The students created the best two chances of the opening half, only for veteran Wexford netminder Graham Doyle to make two spectacular saves from efforts from his opposing captain, Gary O'Neill.

Doyle leaped into the air to keep out an O'Neill piledriver in the 40th minute before diving low to his right to get a hand to his penalty shortly afterwards and turn it around the post.

Wexford then hit the front in the 52nd minute, with Andrew O'Connor playing a corner short to Shane Dunne whose delivery to the far post was headed home by centre-half Ross Kenny for his first goal since joining the club in pre-season.

That 1-0 lead was held until the 86th minute when Gary O'Neill atoned for that penalty miss by stepping up to a free-kick in a central area and directing it over the wall and into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

The result means that Wexford remain at the foot of the table for the second week running. They will play Waterford twice this week, at home in the EA Sports Cup on Tuesday at 8 p.m., and away in the league on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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