Youths in premier division action against Cork

By Ian O'Neill

Published 29/05/2015 | 11:36

4 August 2014; Graham Doyle, Wexford Youths. EA Sports Cup Semi-Final, Dundalk v Wexford Youths, Oriel Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
4 August 2014; Graham Doyle, Wexford Youths. EA Sports Cup Semi-Final, Dundalk v Wexford Youths, Oriel Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

A break from league action this weekend sees Wexford Youths host Premier Division high flyers Cork City to Ferrycarrig Park in what seems to be a re-occurring cup tie.

Floodlight issues have been rectified after last Friday's abandoned game against Athlone Town and Shane Keegan's eyes are focused on toppling John Caulfield's men.

'In truth it's fantastic to be welcoming Cork City across to the south east. Players want to challenge themselves against the very best, as do managers, and we're all going to get that opportunity tonight. City have undergone an amazing transformation since John took over. They had a brilliant season last year and contributed massively to the most enjoyable title run in in recent memory. Despite the praise, we have absolutely no intention of rolling over and lying down for them, feel free to chose a cliche but we firmly believe we can be giant killers.'

Youths go into the cup tie with several injury concerns. Danny Furlong (knee), Lee Grace (hamstring) and Stephen Last (head) are all doubts and will be assessed closer to kick off. Dean Broaders (achilles) is joined by Conor Whittle (hamstring) as a long term absentee.

Captain Graham Doyle is particularly looking forward to Fridays fixture.

'I prefer to play sides from the premier as we're the underdogs in the game and as a player that tag frees you up a bit, you get to play with a bit more freedom as there is no pressure. We'll be hoping to give a good account of ourselves and the most important thing tonight is that we enjoy the occasion and the players who come into the side perform like they can and that will benefit us in our league programme.'

Kick off in Ferrycarrig Park is set for 8pm and if required a replay will take place in Turners Cross on Monday June 1 at 5.30pm

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