Thursday 19 September 2019

Supporting Youths will be free tonight

Seen and Heard: Stories behind the scenes

Those of you who have thought about paying a first visit to see Wexford Youths in action but have yet to take the plunge have no excuses tonight (Tuesday).

The re-arranged Division 1 league match against Athlone Town takes place in Ferrycarrig Park at 8pm, and there will be free entry for everyone.

This is a small token of appreciation from the club for the home and away fans who were left disappointed when the original game was abandoned just after half-time last month when the home side were 2-0 up.

A generator failure meant that the floodlights couldn't be used, and the match officials had no option but to call a halt.

Hundreds of free tickets were distributed by club officials in the Bullring on Saturday, and everyone who attends tonight will be invited to enter a free draw for a collectible signed jersey.

It is being billed as a family-friendly free night out and, regardless of the crowd in attendance, the Youths are to be commended for their efforts in trying to turn a negative into a positive.

It is also a vital game for Shane Keegan's side as they seek to regain the second spot they have lost after the outcome of Friday's games, when their 3-2 home loss to Shelbourne coupled with U.C.D's 6-1 thrashing of nearest neighbours Cabinteely pushed the students one point above them.

Meanwhile, in a totally unrelated matter but still of interest to Youths fans, former Ferrycarrig regular Shane Dunne, now with Drogheda United, has been hit with a five-match ban from June 1 for breaching the league's rules on betting.

He was brought before the disciplinary body for putting a small bet on the Premier Division club to lose by more than two goals in a match against Sligo Rovers that he was unavailable for due to suspension. Sligo won 2-0 which meant that the bet wasn't successful.

SSE Airtricity League players are not allowed to bet on any matches in the competition, and he was handed the minimum penalty after an FAI investigation which began when Drogheda United reported the matter after their own internal inquiry when the docket was found.

They were happy that the amateur player, who held his hands up from the off, made an innocent mistake and nobody else at the club was suspected of any involvement.

The 22-year-old midfielder joined the Louth club at the start of the season from Youths, having made 24 appearances last season and scoring once at home to Shamrock Rovers 'B'.

Linesman's links

I wonder how the Westmeath contingent would have felt in Mullingar on Sunday if referee Johnny Ryan had been forced to cry off with an injury?

The question is posed because those in charge of appointing the match officials bizarrely selected Wexford native Paud O'Dwyer as stand-by referee and linesman.

It was an incredible choice for a game of this importance given that O'Dwyer played inter-county football with the Slaneysiders and was a member of the Rathgarogue-Cushinstown club and former Football Coaching Officer until joining Palatine in Carlow.

Coaching camp winners

Well done to the Rathgarogue-Cushinstown club who have a fundamental coaching pack worth €350 winging their way.

The Coaching and Games Development department of Wexford County G.A.A. Board in partnership with Coiste na nOg Loch Garman ran a competition to determine which club would have the most improved number of bookings for the forthcoming Kellogg's Cúl Camps in comparison to 2014.

The deadline passed last week and the New Ross District outfit were announced as the winners on Friday. All clubs who actively participated in promoting the camps will receive a mini coaching pack during the week of their camp.

Online bookings stay open until the Friday before the start of each camp.

Meanwhile, the fourth county workshop will be delivered by well-known former Kilkenny Senior mentor Martin Fogarty who later lent his expertise to Westmeath. The event will take place on June 19 in the St. Martin's grounds in Piercestown at 7pm.

Wexford People