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Wexford FC face Dublin opposition once again in the First Round of the FAI Cup tomorrow night, this time last year we were knocked out of the competition in our inaugural year when Leinster Senior League side Crumlin United left Ferrycarrig with a 2-1 win (Owen McCormack nodding in our goal) to earn a date with Dundalk in the next round (which they lost 3-1).

This time, its Wexford FC who go into Fridays Cup tie as the underdogs when Bohemians FC come to town. We are in a remarkably similar position now as we were then, in 2017 having played 23 games before we met Crumlin we were bottom of the First Division having won 3 games with 16 points to our name, this time around after 23 games we are sitting 2nd from bottom, 3 games won with 13 points (16 points if we forget the Athlone Town result been overturned!).

So, a difficult task ahead for this young team and young club (not yet 2 years old remember!) as we face one of the most iconic clubs in the League of Ireland with an incredibly rich history going all the way back to 1890, a founding member of the League of Ireland and with 11 League of Ireland Championships and 7 FAI Cups to their name.

Currently sitting 7th in the Premier Division, Bohs have pulled away in recent weeks from the relegation fight at the foot of the table, a big 5-0 win over Limerick FC at Dalymount last week almost guaranteeing safety from a play off battle with the likes of Drogheda or Shelbourne and to continue another season in the top flight next season. Troubled by inconsistency all year (disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Sligo followed by 6-0 home thumping of Bray Wanderers) Keith Longs team will look to the FAI Cup as a welcome distraction and will see Friday night as an ideal opportunity to progress in a competition they last won in 2008 (beating Derry City on penalties).

Plenty of players to watch out for tomorrow night, not least top scorer Dinny Corcoran (5 goals) but also former Galway United winger Kevin Devaney who has been in excellent form of late (4 goals) in his first year at the club. In injury news for the Gypsies striker Ryan Swan looks to be a doubt.

Having put in one of the team performances of the season against Drogheda last time out in Ferrycarrig, Wexford fell to a 3-0 defeat up in Ballybofey last week in the League. Finn Harps are in flying form at the moment (undefeated in 6, no goals conceded) so it was always going to be a difficult task to come away from there with points. With just 4 League games remaining for us this season (3 of them at home vs Shels, Cobh and Athlone) we go into the game in good spirits and looking to finish the season as strongly as possible and improve on last years final points total of 19.

The new signings and promoted under age players have been great additions to the squad but it was also good to see experienced players like Ross Kenny and AJ Lehane return to action last week after long term injuries. Another of those long term absentees Aaron Dobbs returned to full training this week having missed the last five games. Sean Kelly, having missed the Harps away trip after his red card in the Drogheda game is a doubt for tomorrow with a foot injury while John Morgan, the full back in excellent form, misses out through suspension having picked up his fifth yellow card last week. 

Kick off at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night is at 8pm.

 

 

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League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Cobh Ramblers 27 -17 29
9 Wexford FC 27 -36 17
10 Athlone Town 27 -65 7

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    Pld +/- Pts
1 Wexford Youths Women 21 46 54
2 Shelbourne LFC 21 51 52
3 Peamount United 21 55 45

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