Youths seek a win in Athlone
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Wexford Youths produced quite an impressive display despite going under to a 3-2 defeat to Premier Division side Bray Wanderers in a friendly outing at Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday.
The Youths, who had no competitive league game owing to UCD's European involvement, certainly utilised the vacant date, as it afforded manager Shane Keegan an opportunity to give many of his returning players much-needed game time.
It was quite entertaining and competitive over the 90 minutes as the Youths' recent run of excellent form continued despite the narrow defeat.
The Youths goals came from their leading scorer, Danny Furlong, an excellent finish from outside the area, and Conor English who has been in a rich vein of form over recent games.
As the result of no league activity, the Youths slipped off the top of the table, as Finn Harps took all three points from their outing to move into pole position.
They are one point clear in what is currently a two-team race, but UCD are lurking dangerously in third spot ready to take advantage of any slip-ups by the lead two.
Wexford Youths return to competitive action this Friday with an away game to Athlone Town who have shown slippage over recent outings (7.45 p.m.).
Manager Shane Keegan will welcome back a number of players who missed the recent 3-0 victory over Cobh Ramblers, including the contingent who were on duty with the Irish Universities at the World Student Games in South Korea.
He will also have new signings, John Peare, Chris Kenny and Paul Cahillane, in his squad, while Andy Mulligan, who had his first game for a number of weeks against Bray, will also provide extra options.
Mulligan was in South Korea briefly but had to return prematurely following the death of his father.
With such a strong squad now available, three points is a must for the Youths to maintain the pressure on leaders Finn Harps.
They are away again on Friday week, to Shelbourne in Tolka Park.