Youths hoping to bounce back against Athlone

By Ian O'Neill

Published 22/05/2015 | 11:33

4 August 2014; John Mountney, Dundalk, in action against Killian Cantwell, left, and Craig Wall, Wexford Youths. EA Sports Cup Semi-Final, Dundalk v Wexford Youths, Oriel Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
4 August 2014; John Mountney, Dundalk, in action against Killian Cantwell, left, and Craig Wall, Wexford Youths. EA Sports Cup Semi-Final, Dundalk v Wexford Youths, Oriel Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Wexford Youths welcome Athlone Town to Ferrycarrig Park for the first time this season and it will also see new manager Alan Matthews take charge of his new side for the first time.

Youths overcame Athlone Town in Lissywoollen by a solitary goal, thanks to Aidan Keenan's second half winner.

Last week seen Youths defeated by UCD and manager Shane Keegan expects to see a reaction

'After defeat last week we'll be looking to bounce back straight away. In truth the final score in Belfield was very misleading. Once we got the equaliser I was sure we would go on and win it but we had a very poor 15 minute spell and were heavily punished.'

Midfielder Craig Wall is in bullish form ahead of the meeting with Athlone Town

'Every game in this league is tough, so whether they have a new manager or not it was going to be a tough game regardless, but that's what we expect every week. We have some very good technical players and we are mentally strong as a group but there is no point in saying that. We need to go out and show it on the pitch every week because at the end of the season, winners win and losers have excuses.'

Youths will go into this game without the injured Dean Broaders (achilles) but apart from that Shane Keegan has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Kick off is in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday at 8pm.

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