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It wasn't to be a fairy tale start in competitive action for Wexford, as two second half Andrew O'Connor penalties weren't enough to salvage anything from this game.

The home side had the better of the first half, and it took only 3 minutes for them to make their mark. Adam Evans picked the ball up on the left, and passed low across the edge of the box to Dayle Rooney who finished past the diving Corey Chambers into the side of the net.

Wexford were knocked by the early set back, but looked bright at times with Adam Hanlon and Mark Slater showing some positive intent on either wing.

Unfortunately for Wexford, Shelbourne doubled their lead with just 22 mins gone. Adam O'Connor picked the ball up on the Shelbourne right and whipped a good ball into the box. Chambers came out to claim, but was beaten to the ball by James English, the ball looping over the stranded goalkeeper and nestling in the back of the net.

Coming up to the half hour mark, Wexford once again tried to show some fight. Neat play between Dunne, McKeown and Duffy showed promise, but when Duffy did finally get the ball in to the Shelbourne net, it was correctly ruled out as Duffy had blatantly pushed goalkeeper Dean Delaney to the ground.

As earlier, positive play from Wexford somehow resulted in another goal for Shelbourne. Tricky wing play by Evans once again, allowed him to cross from near the byline to the near post, and James English got his second of the night, beating Chambers to the ball.

As if trailing 3-0 at half time wasn't enough of a pain for Wexford, they lost captain for the night Craig Wall, to what appeared to be a shoulder injury just moments before the whistle.

If manager Damian Locke had pumped up his team at half time, then that wind was taken away within 3 minutes of the restart. Andrew O'Connor was adjudged by referee Neil Doyle to have tripped half time substitute James Brown in the area. The referee running to the penalty spot like a Night Train. Andrew O'Connor said Please Please Please, but despite the pleas, James English completed his hat trick.

Just before the hour mark, Craig Hayes replaced Lee Duffy, and the young man would make a good impression. Using his height, he was able to flick on long balls to wide men Mark Slater and Adam Hanlon.

Soon after, Sean Hurley replaced Mark Slater on the left wing. Hayes and Hurley were combining well and despite being 4 goals behind, it seemed to inspire Wexford to stepping it up a gear. John McKeown looked more comfortable on the ball in the middle of the park and was able to start completing passes that earlier in the game had gone astray.

McKeown, Dunne and Hanlon combined well and Hanlon was unlucky to see his shot blocked with a last minute tackle having gone past 3 other defenders.

With just 15 minutes remaining, Wexford fans finally had something to shout about. Neat interplay between Hurley and Hayes saw the latter tripped in the area. Somewhat surprisingly it was Andrew O'Connor who placed the ball on the spot and shot left footed high into the right-hand-side of the net. Delaney went the right way, but the penalty was so nicely struck, he had no chance of saving it.

Just two minutes later, Wexford were given the opportunity to pull another goal back. Shane Dunne's corner from the Wexford left sailed high into the box, but Thomas Croke was dumped to the ground by a Shelbourne defender, and Neil Doyle pointed to the spot for the third time in the game.

This time, O'Connor calmly stroked the ball along the ground into the left hand corner of the goal, meaning Wexford were only two behind.

The game would end 4-2, but not before Hanlon tried to pull another back in the last minute, but his long-range effort was tipped around the post by Delaney.

Shelbourne: Dean Delaney, Adam O'Connor (James Brown, HT), Reece McEnteer, Derek Prendergast, Jack Tuite, Niall Lanigan, Lorcan Shannon, James O'Brien (Robert Bayly, 68, James English (Aaron Ashe, 52), Dayle Rooney, Adam Evans. Not Used: Jamie Quinn, Jason Caffrey, Alan Byrne, Jackson Ryan.

Wexford: Corey Chambers, Conor Sutton, Andrew O'Connor, Ross Kenny, Owen McCormack, John McKeown, Adam Hanlon, Craig Wall (Thomas Croke, 45), Lee Duffy (Craig Hayes, 59), Shane Dunne, Mark Slater (Sean Hurley, 68). Not Used: Jamie Fox, Liam Donnelly, Dean George, Graham Doyle.

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