Tuesday 23 January 2018

Youths to meet O'Connor's Cork

Wexford Youths have an attractive home tie to look forward to, while North End will be on the road west, after the draw for the second round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup was made by Monageer resident and former Ireland hero Paul McGrath in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday.

The Youths will put their fine league form to the test when they play host to John Caulfield's Cork City, currently lying near the top in the Premier Division.

Meanwhile, North End will be aiming to extend their marvellous season a little further when they make the long journey to take on First Division Galway United in Eamonn Deacy Park.

It remains to be seen if Kevin O'Connor from Curracloe, who recently signed for Cork City, will be in their squad for the game which is due to be played on the week ending May 31. If so, he could come up in direct opposition to two of his former Curracloe United team-mates who are currently flying high with the Youths, Craig McCabe and Gary Delaney.

O'Connor made his debut at full-back for his new club in a 3-2 win on Friday which saw them move into second spot.

North End manager John Godkin will have the perfect run-in to the Galway game as his side has four more league games to play between now and May 20, despite collecting the title already on Tuesday. This should give him ample opportunity to give all squad members a chance to stake a claim for places on the starting eleven in Galway.

There will also be a Wexford involvement in the tie of the round as holders St. Patrick's Athletic - with Greg Bolger from New Ross in their midfield engine room - will host Shamrock Rovers in an attractive Dublin derby.

In other soccer news, the Republic of Ireland Under-18 schools team, featuring a big Wexford involvement, went on to collect the Centenary Shield title for the first time since 2010 in the next game following their victory over Wales in Ferrycarrig Park.

The title was sealed with a 1-0 win against England in Sligo, and once again three Slaneysiders played key roles.

Corey Chambers from Gorey Community School manned the posts and gave a splendid display, particularly in the second-half when the visitors made a strong comeback after falling behind in the 25th minute.

He was assisted by schoolmate Paul Murphy in defence and Ethan Boyle from Wexford Vocational School in a more advanced position. The win saw Ireland maintain their one hundred per cent record after previously beating Northern Ireland and Wales.

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