Wednesday 17 January 2018

Keegan annoyed with his charges

By Brendan Furlong

Aidan Friel (Wexford Youths FC) Derek Pender (Bohemians)
Aidan Friel (Wexford Youths FC) Derek Pender (Bohemians)

Wexford Youths manager Shane Keegan was not a happy man after his side’s final game before the three-week summer break.

Having lost out 1-0 to Bohemians in their SSE Airtricity Premier Division game in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday, the result still leaves the Youths third from bottom and with a real battle to lift themselves out of the danger zone.

Keegan is a winner and demands the best from his team, but this he felt was not forthcoming from the players in this defeat.

‘We simply did not turn up. We cannot pick and choose who we turn up to play against,’ said Keegan, whose side had come within minutes of taking a point off reigning champions, Dundalk, six days earlier, while also having defeated Shamrock Rovers and drawn with Cork City in previous games.

‘In our two cup games we struggled. While we have had a very good first half to the season, the players will have to realise that they cannot choose as to who they will turn up to play.

‘From the outset we always knew we would be battling away in the bottom five but this display was totally unacceptable. It was our worst display of the season,’ he added.

When Wexford Youths return to league action on June 24, they are away to Derry City, which is followed by an away game with Bray Wanderers, two ties that could define the remainder of their season. Their next home game is against Cork City on July 8.

Incidentally, Friday was a special occasion for Enniscorthy’s Aaron Dobbs as he made his league debut for Shamrock Rovers in their 2-0 win over Dublin rivals St. Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park.

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