Tuesday 23 January 2018

Youths best in basement battle

by Alan Aherne

Gary Delaney (Wexford Youths)
Gary Delaney (Wexford Youths)

Wexford Youths recovered from an early lapse to gain a vital first away win against bottom of the table Longford Town in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division in City Calling Stadium on Tuesday, May 10.

Wexford Youths 4 Longford Town 2

Their 4-2 win saw them move up one place in the table from eleventh to tenth, leapfrogging Bray Wanderers who lost 1-0 to league leaders Dundalk in Oriel Park.

And it was achieved the hard way as Youths fell behind in the sixth minute after a long ball by Longford Town captain Conor Powell, with the only debate centred on whether striker David O'Sullivan or the retreating Ryan Delaney got the last touch to nick it past Graham Doyle.

Youths drew level in the 13th minute when Gary Delaney beat goalkeeper Ian Molloy to Jonny Bonner's free-kick from the left, and the ball was bundled home from close range by Ryan Delaney.

The visitors edged ahead near the end of the first quarter when a Bonner corner wasn't cleared and Chris Kenny forced the ball to the net at the far post.

And Bonner was again instrumental in the third goal in the 54th minute, with his brilliant pass over the top releasing Andy Mulligan who calmly picked his spot for a 3-1 lead.

However, Youths weren't safe yet, enduring a setback 18 minutes later when a David O'Sullivan cross was turned into his own net by the outstretched leg of Gary Delaney.

The clincher arrived with just over five minutes left when Graham Doyle's route one kick-out deceived a defender and located Paul Murphy whose first effort rebounded to him via the post.

He composed himself well before slotting home his third goal of the season, leaving Youths to look forward to Friday's visit of Shamrock Rovers to Ferrycarrig Park. Unfortunately, Danny Furlong must be a doubt for that game after departing with an injury in the 68th minute.

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