Youths lose to high-flying Derry
The long journey north proved fruitless for Wexford Youths on Friday, June 24, when they resumed their SSE Airtricity Premier Division campaign after the three-week summer break with a 1-0 loss to third-placed Derry City.
Wexford Youths 0 Derry City 1
The decisive goal arrived in the 18th minute when Nathan Boyle got in between left-back Craig McCabe and netminder Graham Doyle to direct a hopeful punt forward to the net.
Youths had chances in that opening half too, but Andy Mulligan and Conor O'Keeffe forced Ger Doherty into good saves while Danny Furlong fired a late attempt wide.
The clearest opportunity to level after the break came in the 74th minute when a McCabe throw was helped on in the box by Paul Murphy to Chris Kenny whose header was kept out acrobatically by Doherty.
Derry's best effort to double their lead saw an Aaron McEneff piledriver shave the top of the crossbar, but the Brandywell faithful went home happy whereas Youths faced the long trip home with nothing to show for their efforts.
Their next league clash now takes on huge importance, as they travel to the Carlisle Grounds next Saturday, July 2, at 7.30 p.m. to take on Bray Wanderers, the team three points below them near the foot of the table.