Youths in action against Athlone in rescheduled match

By Ian O'Neill

Published 09/06/2015 | 10:36

Aidan Keenan, one of the goalscorers, shares a joke with the officials after the abandoned match.
Aidan Keenan, one of the goalscorers, shares a joke with the officials after the abandoned match.

Wexford Youths welcome Athlone Town back to Ferrycarrig Park on Tuesday night for the second time in 18 days following the abandonment of the original fixture on May 22.

Last Friday night saw Youths lose 3-2 to Shelbourne and the fact that this fixture comes so quickly after that is viewed as a good thing according to manager Shane Keegan

​'We made some mistakes in last Friday's defeat to Shels. We had a good and frank discussion amongst ourselves directly after the game and we pinpointed what we need to do and how we can go about things. The fact that we have an opportunity to implement them so quickly is fantastic for the group and I predict a strong reaction from us.'

​Having two games in a short space of time has made Eric Molloy (calf) and Danny Furlong (knee) doubts for this game. Both players fitness will be tested closer to kick off. Gary Delaney (suspension), Conor Whittle (hamstring) and Dean Broaders (achilles) are definitely ruled out​.

Athlone Town have won two games in succession, one of which came against league leaders Finn Harps. Keegan is extremely wary of the threat posed by Matthews side

'In the abandoned game, we were leading 2-0 but that didn't tell the true story of how the first half went. Both teams had the same amount of chances, but on that night, we were more clinical.

By way of an apology for the abandonment of the previous game, both sets of fans will be admitted to Ferrycarrig Park free of charge. This is in addition to the 1,000 complimentary tickets handed out in Wexford Town on Saturday morning and also there will be a free competition to win a signed Wexford Youths jersey.

Kick off in Ferrycarrig Park is set for 8pm.

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