Youths safely through to third round of cup
Three second-half goals saw Wexford Youths safely past the challenge of ten-man Firhouse Clover in the second round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday, May 20.
Wexford Youths 3 Firhouse Clover 0
The game started 20 minutes behind schedule due to the late arrival of the Dubliners, but it didn't hamper them during a largely uneventful first-half which finished scoreless.
However, the non-league underdogs were dealt a heavy blow when their captain, David Vickery, challenged Jonny Bonner just 18 seconds into the new half and received a straight red card from referee Sean Grant.
Bonner went on to break the deadlock in the 60th minute with a perfectly-placed strike after his initial free-kick led to a bout of head tennis in the box.
The lead was doubled and the tie well and truly put to bed in the 85th minute when Paul Murphy calmly tucked away a penalty after Andy Mulligan was taken down by Glen Walsh.
And Murphy put the icing on the cake in added time with his second from a long-range free-kick which squirmed past netminder Patrick Reilly on the rain-sodden surface after Conor Whittle was fouled.
Youths can now concentrate on the last two league games before the mid-season break, away to runaway leaders Dundalk on Sunday, May 29, and home to struggling Bohemians on Friday, June 3.