Wexford Youths sunk in second half
THREE second half goals gave mid-table Mervue Utd a comfortable victory over a depleted Wexford Youths in this Airtricity Division 1 league clash at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night last.
WEXFORD YOUTHS 0 MERVUE UNITED 3 Goldbey 54, Kehoe 64 og, Hoban 75
For Wexford Youths it was another disappointing result leaving them yet to take a home point this season as they remain second from bottom on scoring aggregate from Salthill Devon. The Youths now have only three home games left with Salthill the visitors on the final evening of season which could well decide which side will prop up the table.
Wexford Youths have been further hit by player defection with long serving Anto Russell and Greg Ylverton having left the squad leaving Manager Noel O'Connor with a severely depleted set-up to complete the league campaign.
They were also forced to line out without the suspended Pakie Holen for whom under-age keeper Sean Allen deputised, but there was little the deputy keeper could do about the three shots that beat him through a onesided second forty-five minutes.
Wexford Youths opened brightly coming close on two occasion inside the first four minutes of breaking the deadlock. Just one minute into the game, David Grincell cut in from the right but his powerful shot to the near post was deflected for a corner by Ger Hanley. The homeside continued to press forward and it was Danny Furlong who saw his low shot deflected away by the outstretched leg of keeper Hanley, who was called into action early in this game.
Mervue Utd gradually played their way into the game with midfielder John Mountney been particularly prominent. After eighteen minutes it was Mountney who saw his shot from just outside the area take a wicked deflection for a corner that was cleared to safety.
Ten minutes later David O'Brien was in on goal but shot weakly at keeper Allen, who was making his debut for the homeside, while at the opposite end Shane Dempsey just failed to get a touch to a cross across the face of the goal.
Four minutes before the break the visitors should have taken the lead but Martin Connolly after lofting the ball over the advancing keeper saw it drop just outside the right hand post when it seemed easier to score leaving it 0-0 at the break.
Mervue took complete control on the resumption with David Goldfbey firing them in front after 54 minutes. Playing all the attacking football they added further goals through Martin Kehoe own goal after 64 minutes whose shot took a wicked deflection, and a fine left footed effort from Patrick Hoban eleven minutes later making it 0-3. The homeside looked to have got their only goal in the ninetieth minute when a Shane Dempsey effort came back off the crossbar leaving Danny Furlong with a simple tap in. but the centre-forward was ruled offside, leaving the homeside without the consolation of a goal..