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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Youths recover to claim precious point

Andy Mulligan (Wexford Youths)
Andy Mulligan (Wexford Youths)

By Alan Aherne

Wexford Youths recovered from the concession of a first-half penalty goal to earn a precious point in a 1-1 draw with fellow promoted side from last year, Finn Harps, in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday, April 29.

Wexford Youths 1 Finn Harps 1

The Donegal side took the lead in the 24th minute when centre-forward Ryan Curran tucked away a penalty after he was fouled by full-back Craig McCabe in the box.

However, Youths secured their third draw of the campaign when a superb through ball by Paul Murphy picked out left winger Andy Mulligan for the equaliser and his first goal of the season in the 51st minute.

The result leaves Youths on six points, but unfortunately two of the three sides around them had good results too, with Longford Town drawing 2-2 with Galway United while Sligo Rovers went even better, travelling to the Brandywell and beating high-flying Derry City 2-0.

It means that Youths remain second from bottom, ahead of Longford Town on goal difference after ten games. And Sligo's good form highlights how tough it will be for Shane Keegan's side when they travel to the Connacht crew's Showgrounds home for their next assignment on Saturday, May 7.

In other news, Youths will now host non-league Firhouse Clover in the second round of the FAI Cup on Friday, May 20. The Dubliners' name came out of the hat first in Tuesday's draw, but they have decided to forego home advantage for a trip to a Premier Division club.

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