Youths safely through to third round of cup

By Alan Aherne

Published 20/05/2016 | 23:55

Paul Murphy_Eric Molloy (Wexford Youths) Gary Murphy (Firhouse Clover)
Paul Murphy_Eric Molloy (Wexford Youths) Gary Murphy (Firhouse Clover)
Conor O'Keeffe (Wexford Youths) Mandiango Blair (Firhouse Clover)
Dick Redmond presented Eric Molloy with the man of the match trophy
Stephen Last (Wexford Youths) Darren Forstal (Firhouse Clover)
John Bonner (Wexford Youths) Mandiango Blair (Firhouse Clover)
Paul Murphy (Wexford Youths) Gary Murphy (Firhouse Clover)
Conor Whittle (Wexford Youths) Carl Wynne (Firhouse Clover)

Three second-half goals saw Wexford Youths safely past the challenge of ten-man Firhouse Clover in the second round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday, May 20.

Wexford Youths 3 Firhouse Clover 0

The game started 20 minutes behind schedule due to the late arrival of the Dubliners, but it didn't hamper them during a largely uneventful first-half which finished scoreless.

However, the non-league underdogs were dealt a heavy blow when their captain, David Vickery, challenged Jonny Bonner just 18 seconds into the new half and received a straight red card from referee Sean Grant.

Bonner went on to break the deadlock in the 60th minute with a perfectly-placed strike after his initial free-kick led to a bout of head tennis in the box.

The lead was doubled and the tie well and truly put to bed in the 85th minute when Paul Murphy calmly tucked away a penalty after Andy Mulligan was taken down by Glen Walsh.

And Murphy put the icing on the cake in added time with his second from a long-range free-kick which squirmed past netminder Patrick Reilly on the rain-sodden surface after Conor Whittle was fouled.

Youths can now concentrate on the last two league games before the mid-season break, away to runaway leaders Dundalk on Sunday, May 29, and home to struggling Bohemians on Friday, June 3.

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