Youths reeled in by rampant Rovers

By Alan Aherne

Published 16/08/2016 | 14:27

15 August 2016; Aaron Dobbs of Shamrock Rovers in action against Stephen Last of Wexford Youths during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Aaron Dobbs of Shamrock Rovers in action against Stephen Last of Wexford Youths during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Sean Boyd of Shamrock Rovers celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; A dejected Gary Delaney of Wexford Youths makes his way off the pitch after receving a second yelow card during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Dean Clarke of Shamrock Rovers in action against Graham Doyle of Wexford Youths during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Wexford Youths manager Shane Keegan during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths atTallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Sean Boyd of Shamrock Rovers in action against Stephen Last, centre, and Craig McCabe of Wexford Youths during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Gary McCabe, right, of Shamrock Rovers celebrates with team-mate Brandon Miele after scoring his side's first goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Sean Boyd of Shamrock Rovers in action against Shane Dunne of Wexford Youths during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Gary McCabe of Shamrock Rovers scoring his sides first goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Wexford Youths goalkeeper Graham Doyle in action against Sean Boyd of Shamrock Rovers during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Brandon Miele of Shamrock Rovers in action against John Bonner of Wexford Youths during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths at Tallaght Stadium, in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Wexford Youths players warm up before the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 August 2016; Wexford Youths players warm up before the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Wexford Youths hit the front against the run of play in Tallaght Stadium on Monday, August 15, but the strength of the Shamrock Rovers midfield gradually wore them down as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat in this SSE Airtricity Premier Division tie.

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The lead goal arrived in the 19th minute when Danny Furlong converted a penalty after Paul Murphy was brought down in the box by David O'Connor.

However, the Hoops equalised quarter of an hour later after Shane Dunne fouled Seán Boyd on the edge of the area and Gary McCabe provided a stunning finish from the free-kick which left netminder Graham Doyle with no chance.

Just four minutes later Youths were 2-1 behind after Brandon Miele played a one-two with Dean Clarke and finished beautifully to the far corner of the net.

The midfield control exercised by McCabe, the creative Miele and experienced holding player Pat Cregg, was too much for Youths to deal with, and the home side wrapped up the win in the 70th minute when Seán Boyd headed Trevor Clarke's cross from the left to the net.

Youths lost centre-half Gary Delaney to a second yellow card, while Rovers introduced Aaron Dobbs, their teenage sensation from Enniscorthy, who came close to scoring against his fellow Wexfordmen on two occasions.

Next up for Youths is a home clash with Sligo Rovers in the third round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup in Ferrycarrig Park at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 19.

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