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Mark Slater's cleverly disguised free kick to level the scores after 20 minutes was enough to secure a fourth point of the season for Wexford FC at home to a well organised Cabinteely side.

Under-19 forward Danny Doyle made his full debut for the home side, and impressed throughout, but with the visitors boasting Jason Byrne and Kieran Waters in attack it was always going to be a tough game for the home team. When Evan Galvin's cross from the right was turned in at the back post by Kevin Knight after just 17 minutes, it looked as though it might be a long night for Wexford's young team. 

But just three minutes later, Wexford FC were level. Referee Paula Brady awarded the home side a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area, just slightly left of goal. Mark Slater stood over the ball and as he struck it, the Cabinteely wall jumped allowing Slater's shot to roll along the ground and nestle neatly in to the bottom left hand corner of the goal with goalkeeper Mick Kelly rooted to the spot.

The goal seemed to give Wexford confidence, and just moments later Eoin Porter played the speedy Adam Hanlon through on goal but Hanlon's shot was blocked by the advancing Kelly in the Cabinteely goal.

The second half, although it didn't produce any goals, was an even better spectacle. Both teams looked to attack at every opportunity. Just before the hour mark, a fluid move by Wexford was halted only by the hand of Evan Galvin 20 yards from goal as Hanlon tried to play Slater through. Slater was the man again to place the ball, and his free kick looked destined for the top corner until Kelly managed to get across to turn it behind for a corner.

With 12 minutes remaining, forward Lee Duffy entered the field of play, returning from injury that has seen him miss recent games. His pace and direct play were almost rewarded on two separate occasions in the last moments of the game, only for his shots to fly just narrowly wide.

Next up for Wexford is a visit to the capital to face high-flying U.C.D. on Friday night.

Attendance: 228

Wexford FC: Corey Chambers, Ricky Fox (Shane Dunne, 66), Sean Hurley, Ross Kenny, Craig McCabe, Owen McCormack, Mark Slater, Craig Wall, Adam Hanlon, Eoin Porter (Thomas Croke, 75), Danny Doyle (Lee Duffy, 78). Not used: Liam Donnelly, Conor Sutton, Andrew O'Connor, Adam Dempsey

Cabinteely: Mick Kelly, Evan Galvin (Cian Lynch, 81), Andrew McGovern, Conor Keely, Sean Fitzpatrick, Christian Lotefa (Corey Calvin, 68), Jack Watson, Daire Doyle, Kieran Waters, Jason Byrne (Joe Doyle, 81), Kevin Knight. Not used: Jack Menton, Adam Harney, Anthony Dolan, Aaron Robinson

CURRENT STANDINGS

League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
6 Longford 28 8 37
7 Wexford FC 28 -25 19
8 Athlone Town 28 -50 17

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Under 19 - Southern Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Cabinteely 18 -14 18
9 Wexford FC 18 -15 16
10 Bray Wanderers 18 -24 10

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Under 17 - Southern Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Kerry League 20 -20 22
9 Wexford FC 20 -17 19
10 UCD 20 -20 15

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Under 15 - Group 3

    Pld +/- Pts
1 Wexford FC 10 17 20
2 Waterford 9 12 19
3 Limerick 9 11 18

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
1 Peamount Utd 16 25 35
2 Wexford Youths WFC 16 16 34
3 Shelbourne LFC 16 27 27

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