Depleted Dundalk best in cup
Wexford Youths had continued their miserable start to the season when suffering a fourth successive defeat at the hands of a depleted Dundalk outfit in their Leinster Senior Cup quarter-final game in Ferrycarrig Park on Monday of last week.
Wexford Youths 0 Dundalk 3
The home side's cause was not helped five minutes before the break when they were reduced to ten players, with Ryan Delaney being dismissed on a straight red card. He hauled down Jake Kelly as he moved towards the danger zone, and this left Wexford official Brian Fenlon with no option but to brandish red under the last man back rule.
Although it was hard for Wexford Youths, they did open brightly through the opening ten minutes with Andy Mulligan having a low shot well held by visiting 'keeper Gabriel Sava. However, with the visitors' wide players, Jake Kelly and Paddy Barrett, continually pressing forward, they began to expose the home side's back four as they were totally dominant in midfield.
Fifteen minutes into the game, George Poynton pulled a right-footed shot outside the right-hand post when placed to the left of goal, but they only had to wait a further minute before they opened their account.
Having built a promising attack down the right, Paddy Barrett sent over a delightful cross that allowed Ciarán O'Connor to rise unchallenged to powerfully head home from ten metres.
For the remainder of the half Graham Doyle was the busiest of the 'keepers as he had to make saves from Kelly and Paul Finnegan, while just on the break he got down well to keep out a Kurtis Byrne effort. That left it 1-0 to Dundalk at the interval, with the home side not having a direct shot on Savas' goal.
Against ten men for the second-half, Dundalk used the wide open spaces of the pitch to stretch Youths at every opportunity. They extended their lead twelve minutes into the second-half.
Jake Kelly had a low shot tipped around the post by 'keeper Doyle. From the ensuing corner kick, Anton Reilly floated over a ball into the goalmouth and with Youths unable to get it clear, Shane Grimes knocked the ball home from a few metres to make it 2-0.
Dundalk were now able to create the time and space to dominate possession, closing out the game with a Kurtis Byrne goal one minute from the end as he beat 'keeper Doyle at his near post with a powerful right-footed effort.
Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Conor Whittle, Craig McCabe, Ryan Delaney, James Dermody, Jonny Bonner, Lee Grace, Andrew Wall, Danny Furlong, Aidan Keenan, Andrew Mulligan. Subs. - David Doyle, Paul Brennan, Jordan Brett, Danilius Niekis, Conor Maher, Philip Drohan.