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Friday 19 October 2018

Youths come of age to reach League Cup final

Wexford Youths players celebrate after their side's victory over Cork City in the eircom League of Ireland Cup semi-final in Turner's Cross.
Wexford Youths players celebrate after their side's victory over Cork City in the eircom League of Ireland Cup semi-final in Turner's Cross.

WEXFORD YOUTHS enjoyed the greatest night in their short history on Monday last when they shocked Premier Division side Cork City in Turner’s Cross to book their place in the eircom League Cup final.

Paul Murphy was the Wexford hero on the night, netting the only goal of the game as Mick Wallace’s side defied the odds to book their place in next month’s decider, where they will face holders Derry City.



Manager Wallace was overjoyed with the historic win for his fledging club.



‘I’m thrilled with this, delighted,’ he said. ‘It’s remarkable when you think that we didn’t even have a League of Ireland team 18 months ago and now we’re in a major final - it’s a great achievement.



‘We have a long way to go as it’s only our second season in senior soccer and we’re learning. Five of last night’s side played in the Under-18 F.A.I. Youth Cup All-Ireland final back in May (the Youths defeated Dundalk 4-0 in Ferrycarrig Park) so they are only young but doing well for themselves. We have a long way to go and need more experience and strength but we’ve done well.’



Wallace and the team had a celebratory drink in the Horseshoe Inn in Turner’s Cross after the game, after stating that he would celebrate in style if they beat Cork before the match, but he says Wexford have won nothing yet and have another big game on Friday.



‘We had a drink to celebrate a famous night, but we have a massive game against Athlone at home on Friday and we’ve never won three games in a row so need to focus on this match,’ he said. ‘We were back on the bus early enough, but sure half of my lads wouldn’t be served or let into a nightclub anyway!



‘We’re just looking forward to the final now and I’ll stay good to my promise and we will celebrate in style if we win that, but we know Derry are a super side and have dominated this competition in recent years.



‘The Cork supporters were fantastic as always and applauded us off the pitch. We had a great travelling support as well, so it was just a wonderful occasion.’

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