Youths end the league campaign on low note
NOT EVEN a four-goal haul and three points could push Mervue United into a promotion play-off spot as, despite this comfortable victory over Wexford Youths in their Division 1 clash at Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday last, they just missed out by one point.
For the Youths this was their final game of the season. They will look back on a mixed campaign but overall they lacked the consistency through the middle half of the season to make a serious promotion bid. Whatever the future holds for the side, should they return for another campaign they need greater strength in depth to bolster their chances of making a bid for promotion.
Having played so well even in defeat away to Longford Town seven days earlier, this final game will go down as one of their poorer displays, as they were out-thought and out-fought by the visitors who showed the greater class and composure in possession. Indeed, but for a succession of fine saves from home 'keeper Graham Doyle, their victory margin would have been far greater.
While their promotion hopes may have been dashed, Mervue United still turned on the style, taking the lead as early as the 22nd minute when Gary Shanahan raced onto a long Gary Curran ball to lift it over advancing 'keeper Graham Doyle.
As the home side's struggle continued, their only real attempt on goal was a Shane Nolan free-kick that struck the outside of the post, rebounding into play before being cleared to safety. The visitors had their second goal on the half hour when Stephen Walsh showed his pace down the centre, knifing through the home back four before delivering a low shot to the bottom right corner of the net and leaving it 2-0 at the interval.
However, on the resumption the visitors continued to dominate, adding a third after 68 minutes through Gary Shanahan, while Tom King with a clinical finish struck the fourth on 76 minutes, before Darragh Walshe pulled a goal back three minutes later.
Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Craig McCabe, Shane Nolan, Gary Delaney, Donal Shanley (Caolon O'Gorman), Brian Nolan, Eric Molloy, Daryl Power (Rob Moloney, 76), Daragh Walshe, Graham Delaney, Shane Clarke.
Mervue United: Conor Malley, Paul Sinnott, Joe Woods, Martin Conneely, Marc Ludden, Gary Curran (Gary Kelly 36), Gary Shanahan, Barry O'Mahoney (Noel Varley), Stephen Walsh, Ryan Manning, Tom King.
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri (Malta).