Friday 20 September 2019

Youths shine in basement battle

Shane Keegan (Wexford Youths Manager)
Shane Keegan (Wexford Youths Manager)
Danny Furlong (Wexford Youths) Yann Mvita Nkolu (Longford Town)
Aidan Keenan (Wexford Youths)
Johnny Bonner_ Gary Delaney (Wexford Youths) Gaius Makouta (Longford Town)
Shane Keegan (Wexford Youths Manager)

By Alan Aherne

Wexford Youths came up trumps when it mattered most at a windswept Ferrycarrig Park on Friday, August 12, beating Longford Town 2-0 to extend the gap between the sides at the foot of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division to eight points.

Jonny Bonner set the tone for a first home win since mid-May when he curled a superb free-kick into the top left corner of the net in the 35th minute.

That super strike gave Youths a 1-0 half-time cushion after playing with the elements behind them.

And victory was wrapped up in stoppage time when Paul Murphy pounced after Longford centre-half Yann Mvita Nkolu stumbled when attempting to deal with a Bonner through ball.

Murphy was taken down by netminder Ryan Coulter who was red carded, and the local favourite then waited patiently for Mvita Nkolu to don the goalkeeper's jersey and gloves before slotting the spot kick to the net.

Unfortunately, the win wasn't enough to push Youths ahead of Bray Wanderers in the table after the Wicklow side shocked Dundalk on Wednesday.

Still, it's a huge boost ahead of another big week which sees a trip to Tallaght to face Shamrock Rovers in the league on Monday, and a home tie with Sligo Rovers in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup third round on Friday.

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