Sunday 19 November 2017

Joy turns to sorrow for Youths

By Alan Aherne

Paul Murphy (Wexford Youths)
Paul Murphy (Wexford Youths)
Stephen Last heads clear under pressure from Kevin Farragher, on his successful return to the venue where he sustained a serious knee injury last July. Photograph: Ashley Cahill/AC Sports Images

Joy turned to sorrow for Wexford Youths in three second-half minutes at Ferrycarrig Park on Monday, March 14, when they went down to a third successive SSE Airtricity Premier Division defeat, this time to two-in-a-row champions Dundalk on a 2-1 scoreline.

Wexford Youths 1 Dundalk 2

The hosts were in line for a first-ever point in the top flight when Paul Murphy's corner to the far post was hammered home by Stephen Last in the 81st minute.

The central defender's first goal for the club cancelled out David McMillan's header which had given the favourites the lead eleven minutes before the break.

However, the high spirits of home supporters were shattered in the 84th minute when a downward header by substitute Ciaran Kilduff beat Youths captain Graham Doyle for Dundalk's decisive winner.

Youths will aim to pick up the pieces when they face Bohemians in series four in Dalymount Park on Friday, March 18.

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