Wednesday 23 October 2019

Murphy's men seek Traynor final place

Despite the hectic league and cup fixture run of recent weeks, manager Nicky Murphy is hopeful of having a full squad when the Wexford Football League entertain the Limerick League in the Oscar Traynor Trophy semi-final at Ferrycarrig Park on Sunday.

Having looked so impressive when disposing of a highly-rated Kerry League in the quarter-final, the Wexford boys will be confident that they can qualify for the final, maintaining the high profile which Model county soccer has attained this season.

Murphy and his squad will be determined to give home supporters something to cheer about. The players are in top form at the moment, and with Paul Murphy back from suspension which forced him out of the quarter-final, they will be even more lethal up front.

Murphy showed his worth with a brace of goals in Cork on Sunday as North End United qualified for the second round of the F.A.I. Cup, and if this type of form continues it will leave Wexford in prime position to secure a place in the final.

And having come through some torrid tests to reach this stage of the competition, the Wexford side will be determined to reach the decider and hopefully lift the trophy for only the second time in the league's history.

The players are completing a hectic end to the season but with 'keeper Gary McClean bringing a real authority to the penalty area, players like Ian Sinnott, Seán Miller and Keith Kearney have grown in confidence.

The Donegal netminder helped Bunclody to retain their Neil O'Sullivan Cup crown on Sunday, and he has been a huge addition to this Wexford outfit.

James Carty of Shamrock Rovers is a dominant force in midfield, and with North End United duo Adam Beary and Paul Murphy to provide the ammunition up front it should make for an excellent 90 minutes of football.

The game will have a 2.30 p.m. start and with no other matches taking place on the domestic programme, it is hoped that the team will be well supported.

Wexford People

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