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Friday night sees the end of another long hard season for Wexford FC as we welcome fellow First Division strugglers Athlone Town to Ferrycarrig Park for the second and final time this year. Both clubs have found it hard going throughout the year but are finishing the season with good performances and some much needed points and looking towards 2019 with an element of optimism.

The two games between us this year have certainly been memorable for very different reasons! The first encounter at Ferrycarrig Park back in April finished in an emphatic 7-0 victory for Wexford, Shane Barnes (3), Dean George (2) and Aaron Dobbs (2) on target, which was our first, and so far only, home win of the year. The return fixture in Athlone saw a John Morgan goal and 1-0 win ruled out after we mistakenly played a player who was already suspended. The result was turned over in the Towns favour and they were rewarded with the three points and a 3-0 win.

That 7-0 win at Ferrycarrig therefore is the only win Wexford FC have had over the midlanders, we've met on 6 occasions with 1 victory, 2 draws and 3 defeats. Athlone were the very first team to visit Wexford FC at Ferrycarrig Park, our first ever home game ending 2-1 to the Town (Ricky Fox with our goal) in March 2017. A hell of a lot has changed on and off the pitch for both clubs since that first encounter, Managers have come and gone, the squads have changed drastically, yet the results unfortunately haven't.

In 2017 Athlone finished bottom with 4 wins and 17 points (this season its the same position with 1 win and 10 less points). Wexford FC ended their first League campaign in 2017 second from bottom with 4 wins also and 19 points (in 2018 we have 3 wins and 14 points) so both teams will be looking to Friday night as a great opportunity for a rare three points to end difficult seasons on a high.

Both teams have similar recent records with 2 draws each and 3 defeats in their past 5 outings. Athlone were very good last time out in a 2-2 draw with play off chasing Shelbourne at Tolka Park. Before that another creditable performance in a scoreless home draw with Cobh Ramblers while newly crowned First Division Champions U.C.D only managed a narrow 1-0 win at Athlone Town Stadium to emphazize the midlanders improved confidence and form of late. 

Wexford go into the game on the back of another fine performance away in Galway last week, Dean George with his third goal of the season to cap a fine year for the youngster in a 1-1 draw. The Galway game saw our first point earned since our home draw with Drogheda back in July but the team performances of late have been full of promise. Our last two home games against Shelbourne and Cobh, although both ending in 2-1 defeats, saw fans leaving Ferrycarrig full of praise for what is an extremely young squad.

Owen McCormack is a doubt for tomorrow nights game after picking up a hamstring injury in training this week but AJ Lehane is back available for selection at the back after missing the past few games. 

We kick off at Ferrycarrig for the final time this year at 8pm on Friday night!

 

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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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