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Tuesday 20 August 2019

High-flying Monaghan see off Youths

WEXFORD YOUTHS' miserable start to the campaign continues as they went under to highflying Monaghan United in this Airtricity Division 1 game played at Gortakeegan on Friday night last.

With just three points from seven games played, Wexford Youths are anchored just third from bottom, left with a huge uphill struggle to lift themselves up the table. It's been a difficult opening for Wexford Youths and one that could prove even more difficult as the season goes on.

While it was a brave showing against second-placed Monaghan, taking their share of accolades from the game, their failure to take any points will come back to haunt them, as they suffered their sixth defeat out of seven games, with only an away victory to Limerick to show for their efforts so far.

Monaghan United, now under the management of the experienced Roddy Collins, having dominated the opening exchanges still had to wait until the 40th minute before they broke the deadlock. John Reilly whipped over a cross for Ryan Brennan to head home from close in which left the home side leading 1-0 at the interval.

Five minutes into the second-half the home side increased their lead when Seán Brennan drilled home a 30-metre free-kick.

Wexford Youths now started to express themselves more as they showed an attacking flair that had been missing up to this. After 64 minutes Danny Furlong scored from close in, giving the side some hope of salvaging something from this game.

Monaghan's Paul Whelan had a header cleared off the line, but in the closing minutes, Furlong looked sure to equalise but somehow Paul Whelan got back to take the ball off line with the 'keeper beaten.

Wexford Youths: Packie Holden, Martin Kehoe, Anthony Woulfe, Gareth McCurtain, Karl Keogh, Ben Ryan, Greg Ylverton, Craig Wall, Kevin Rowe (Shane Nolan, 57), Danny Furlong, David Grincell (Darragh Walshe, 79).

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