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Wexford FC welcome Longford Town to Ferrycarrig Park this evening in our penultimate home game of the season. Longford, who currently sit in third, will be looking to consolidate a play off spot with a win while Wexford are in desperate need of points to help in the battle at the bottom of the First Division table. Currently there's a six point gap between Wexford and ninth placed Athlone with three games left to play (Athlone have a superior goal difference).

Longford head into the game on the back of a couple of recent Cup exits, an unlucky penalty shoot-out exit to Bohemians in the Extra.ie FAI Cup 2nd Round followed by a Leinster Senior Cup 4th Round defeat to North End United on Tuesday night at Ferrycarrig Park (Longford rested their senior players and fielded an under age team on the night). The midlanders last League game saw their title challenge come to an end with a 2-0 defeat to Shelbourne FC at the City Calling Stadium two weeks ago. That game was also Neale Fenn's last at the helm, he handed in his resignation and was later appointed as Cork City's new Manager. Daire Doyle (Fenn's number two) has taken charge at Longford for the remainder of the season.

Wexford and Longford have met twice in the League this season, the midlanders winning both games. The first meeting was back in April, Longford coming from behind to take all the points at a rain soaked Ferrycarrig Park. Danny Furlong had given Wexford a deserved lead in the 16th minute and although the visitors had the majority of possession Longford had to wait till the 75th minute to find an equaliser (Sam Verdon the scorer). The winner came in the 84th minute from a Peter Hopkin's shot which deflected off Darragh O'Connor, looped over Corey Chambers and into the back of the net. Six of the starting eleven for Wexford that night have since left the club (Danny Furlong, Jack Doherty, Darragh O'Connor, Danny Doyle, Ryan Nolan and Owen McCormack). The return League fixture played at the City Calling Stadium in June saw even more late heartbreak for Wexford, Jamie Doyle scoring the only goal of the game in the 91st minute. 

Longford's away form this year has seen them win four, draw three and lose five of their twelve games away from the City Calling Stadium. Their last away game in the League saw a convincing 5-1 win over Athlone Town which stopped a three game run of defeats on the road. 

Wexford will be looking for a first win at Ferrycarrig since April (a 2-0 victory over Athlone). Since that win, Wexford have drawn three and lost three at home (the last home game ending in a very disappointing 5-1 defeat to Bray Wanderers four weeks ago). After that loss Wexford were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Derry City at the Brandywell in the FAI Cup 1st Round and suffered a heavy 6-0 loss to Drogheda at United Park two weeks ago in the League.

Longford players to watch out for this evening include two Ferrycarrig favourites, Enniscorthy born Aaron Dobbs who left Wexford FC and signed for the midlanders at the end of last season and Jack Doherty who transferred from Wexford to Longford in July. Both players have had injury issues since signing but now look to be back to their best, Aaron has three League goals for the midlanders this season and he also bagged a brace in their FAI Cup 1st Round win over Athlone two weeks ago while Jack returned from injury with a bang last week with a stunning goal against Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

Wexford will be without Chris Kenny (on holidays) and Lee Costello (suspended) tonight while Andy Mulligan remains doubtful as he's still recovering from a recent leg injury. Another player unavailable of course is Darragh O'Connor who signed for Leicester City this week so Wexford's small squad will once again be heavily tested against one of the Divisions best sides.

Kick off at Ferrycarrig Park this evening is 7:45pm.

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League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Galway United 27 -6 26
9 Athlone Town 27 -31 18
10 Wexford FC 27 -43 11

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    Pld +/- Pts
1 Peamount United 21 81 56
2 Shelbourne FC 21 67 54
3 Wexford Youths Women 21 48 42

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