Wexford Youths have chance to land telling blow
Wexford Youths have been handed an opportunity to land a telling blow when they cross swords with UCD for the second time in the space of seven days in what is a game the outcome of which could have a serious say in the destination of the Division 1 title.
The shadow boxing between these two sides is now over following their 90 minute slog in Ferrycarrig Park last Friday night, when a 1-0 victory handed the Youths a seven point lead on chasing Finn Harps, while they are now nine points clear of the college side, all with four games left to play.
With Harps having to make the tricky journey to Cobh Ramblers this weekend, the outcome of the Youths travels will be watched with interest, for should they take all three points and Harps slip up it would set up a dream home game with Athlone Town the following week, when the Ferrycarrig Park side could very well celebrate promotion and the title for the first time in their short history.
Imagine the celebrations, but their chances of repeating the victory over UCD will be hampered by the loss of Aidan Keenan who received a red card on Friday evening last, while Andy Mulligan retired late on with a leg injury, which makes him a serious doubt for this latest adventure.
Remarkably, this young Youths side have been able to stand up to the pressure which leading the chasing pack brings, and the manner in which they fashioned their latest victory suggest they are in a gook position, both mentally and physically, to carry on their winning streak in quest of the title.
As Youths team captain Graham Doyle said in the match programme 'maybe it will be through the play-offs, but what's the point in aiming for second or third at this stage?
'Don't take this as over-confidence, it's more a realisation that we are here because we deserve to be so we might as well try and win it.'
More of the same will satisfy the travelling Youths supporters but as on Friday evening this will be a huge fixture as the college side are desperately in need of points to even catch Finn Harps in second spot to take a play-off spot at least, which for them would be disappointing, as at the outset they were the league favourites, with their odds hardening even more following their Europa League exploits.
Wexford Youths now have an opportunity to copper fasten their tightening grip on the league title.
Now it's over to the players.