Youths relish visit of high-flying Dundalk

Published 26/08/2016 | 12:28

Andy Mulligan battles for the ball with Dundalk's Ronan Finn
Andy Mulligan battles for the ball with Dundalk's Ronan Finn

Wexford Youths play host to Dundalk this Friday night, fresh from their incredible achievements in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.

Dundalk hosted Legia Warsaw at the Aviva Stadium in front of a superb crowd of over 30,000 fans before travelling to Warsaw for the return leg, where they drew 1-1 with the Polish side.  Dundalk have now qualified for the lucrative Europa League group stage, and sit in a superb position at the top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, three points clear and three games in hand over Derry City in second.

Wexford Youths are fresh from a quality 2-1 win over Sligo Rovers to reach the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup quarter finals for the first time ever, just two weeks after taking a 5-0 thumping from the same side in the league.  17 year-old Eoin Porter made a stunning debut in the 2-1 win, and represents a hugely exciting prospect for the Youths.

Wexford pushed Dundalk extremely close in their most recent meeting in Oriel Park, a 93rd minute winner from Patrick McEleney saved Dundalk's blushes to give them a 3-2 win.  Shane Keegan is understandably confident going into the game.

'We've given Dundalk two cracking games already this season so there's no reason why we shouldn't believe that we can do the same again, and hopefully even go one step further and take something from the game this time around.

'We're missing a lot of players due to injury and suspension but most of those players were unavailable last weekend as well and yet we went out and got one of our performances of the season so I'll be demanding the same again.'

Danny Furlong, Danny Ledwith, Chris Kenny and Shane Dempsey are all out for Friday night's game, with Eric Molloy being a doubt. Gary Delaney and Paul Murphy will be suspended.

Kick off in Ferrycarrig Park is set for 8pm

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