Sunday 18 March 2018

Sheahan slots home to earn point for Youths

GARY SHEAHAN'S quest to become his side's leading scorer remains on course as his goal helped Wexford Youths to a point from this Division 1 clash with Finn Harps in Ballybofey on Friday night last.

It was a quality point for Wexford Youths from this middle of the table clash, backing up their victory over Salthill Devon the previous week. Now they can look forward to their clash with divisional leaders Derry City at home this Friday evening.

Wexford Youths now seem determined to try to secure their mid-table position with just a handful of games left, so it was important that they took at least a point from their travels to Ballybofey.

Such a scenario would please the Wexford boys given the problems they have encountered through the season, with the exodus of so many players, but credit to the squad who took up the challenge, recording some excellent results along the way.

The opening 45 minutes produced little in the way of chances as the respective back fours were in control of the game, with Anto Russell and Anthony Wolfe being particularly prominent for Wexford Youths.

By the 15th minute both sides had created a couple of half chances, with both Sheahan and Danny Furlong going close, but it was never any real surprise when the sides went in 0-0 at the break.

However, there was an ominous warning for Wexford Youths after just four minutes of the second-half when Kevin McHugh got in a shot that forced a fine save out of 'keeper Pakie Holden.

Then on 59 minutes it was McHugh who broke the deadlock when he fired home from twelve yards, giving the home side a deserved lead, as Wexford Youths struggled to create any worthwhile chance up front.

Ten minutes later Wexford Youths got back level. It was home defender Matthew Crossan who lost possession of the ball that allowed Gary Sheahan stride forward to shoot low beyond the reach of home 'keeper Cullen.

But despite the boost of this goal, Wexford Youths were unable to push forward for a winning goal, as the home side got players behind the ball, while also breaking quickly, leading to some delicate moments for the visitors' back four.

Sheahan tried his best to create a breakthrough up front but was tightly marked throughout the closing 15 minutes, leaving Wexford Youths having to be content with a point.

Wexford Youths: Pakie Holden, Gareth McCurtain, Anto Russell, Chris Kenny (Martin Kehoe, 90), Anthony Wolfe, Dean Broaders (Shane Nolan, 76), Shane Dempsey, Greg Ylverton, Kevin Rowe (Ben Ryan, 68), Danny Furlong, Gary Sheahan.

Referee: P. McLaughlin (Meath).