Wednesday 17 January 2018

Youths facing tough battle against league leaders Dundalk

Danny Ledwith (Wexford) Paddy Barrett (Dundalk)
Danny Ledwith (Wexford) Paddy Barrett (Dundalk)

Wexford Youths head to reigning champions and league leaders Dundalk this Sunday for their first ever competitive league fixture at Oriel Park.

Dundalk sit top of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division table and are the form team in the league having won their last 7 consequetive league games. 

Manager Shane Keegan is well aware of the size of the task that awaits them. 

'Their form is frightening to be honest. They've won their last seven league games and managed to keep clean sheets in six of those. But we gave them a right good crack down in our own place and had them worried for a while so we'll take confidence from that.'

Youths come into the game on the back of a decent run of results themselves, winning their last four games in all competitions but Keegan says they wont be getting carried away with themselves.

'The two league wins over Longford and Rovers were great but we know we're still very much in the middle of a relegation battle. We weren't happy with our two cup performances and need to raise our level substantially or we'll be in trouble up in Oriel. Realistically this isn't a game you target for points but if we can catch them on one of their rare off day's then anything can happen.'

Having eight days without having to play a match has been a welcome break following Wexford's hectic recent fixture schedule. It has given the Youths squad a chance to recharge the batteries and prepare for the trip to Dundalk on Sunday.

On the injury front, Youths were able to rotate their full squad during their two cup games last week and there are no new injury doubts. Aidan Keenan, Lee Grace and Peter Higgins are still on Wexford's medium term injury list. Danny Furlong will also miss the trip to Dundalk FC as he continues his return from a hamstring injury picked up in Longford.

Kick off is in Oriel Park at 5pm on Sunday.

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