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On a wet, cold Friday evening in Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford FC played hosts to local rivals Waterford FC.

It was a lively start for Wexford with Eoin Porter with a chance after just 2 minutes from a Craig McCabe long throw in. But after that chance from Porter, Waterford gathered momentum and were the brighter side for the first 15 minutes. Wexford then threatened the Waterford goal again, but this time it was a Patrick McClean header. The Waterford defender tried to clear another McCabe long throw in, but luckily for McClean it rebounded off the post. 

As the 1st half progressed Wexford started to mount some pressure themselves. First Mark Slater made a great run at the Waterford defenders. They backed off and as he made it to the edge of the area, his right footed effort fell just wide. Then Wexford were awarded two corners in quick succession, both of which the visitors were able to clear. Just after the half hour mark, Danny Doyle made a fantastic run, beating a few defenders on his way into the box, but similar to Wexford’s previous efforts it trailed just away from the goal and over the bar. Mark O’Sullivan had a great chance late in the half but his header was saved by Wexford keeper Corey Chambers. Waterford continued to pile on the pressure, in search of the first goal of the game. Wexford defended well, with blocks coming from Craig McCabe just before half time.  The game was finely poised with both teams scoreless at half time.

There was a half time substitution for Waterford as Mark O’Sullivan was replaced by Conor Whittle. Less than 5 minutes after the break Waterford got the goal that proved to be the winner. Derek Daly saw his low, hard shot beat Chambers at his near post. The Waterford pressure continued after the goal, but their pressure amounted to nothing. Again Wexford were able to get a sight at goal through the pressure, as another McCabe long throw had Waterford on their toes at the back. They struggled to deal with the long throws all game. The rain continued to fall as Waterford were awarded a free kick, when a poor ball to Owen McCormack made him turn and backtrack, in doing so he slipped and was judged to have handled the ball by referee Tom Dempsey. 

Almost out of nothing Wexford had the ball in the back of the Waterford net. A Shane Dunne corner was cleared, but Danny Doyle won the ball and gave it to Ross Kenny who was still up from the corner, the ball then fell to Mark Slater who tucked it home from a tight angle. The goal was chalked off as the assistant referee ruled that the ball went out of play before Slater tucked it away. With only 20 minutes to go Doyle again got a hold of the ball and with quick feet found room for a shot but the shot was just over. A Waterford counter attack had players rushing back and again on the wet ground McCormack slipped as his man ran by him, he did well to recover and make the tackle and poke the ball to safety. Both teams made changes in the hope to see a second goal. Shane O’Connor was replaced by Jack Lynch for the visitors while the hosts replaced Danny Doyle with Liam Donnelly  

Into added time, a Whittle shot was pushed out for a corner, which resulted in nothing for the visitors. The final action of the game was a Slater yellow card for a foul on Garry Comerford. The game ended Wexford 0-1 Waterford, and the host still search for their first win of the campaign

Attendance: 519

Wexford FC: Corey Chambers, Craig McCabe, Ricky Fox, Ross Kenny, Conor McCormack, Thomas Croke (Andrew O'Connor, 83), Eoin Porter, Shane Dunne, Danny Doyle (Liam Donnelly, 73), Lee Duffy, Mark Slater. Not used: Conor Sutton, Adam Dempsey.

Waterford FC: Matt Connor, Robin Dempsey, Patrick McClean, David Mulcahy, Garry Comerford, Shane O'Connor (Jack Lynch, 72), Mark Sullivan (Conor Whittle, HT), David McDaid, Anthony McAlevey, Derek Daly, Kenny McEvoy. Not used: Dean Walsh, Owen Wall, John Martin, Shane Griffin, Matthew Sheehan

After the match we got the thoughts of midfielder Thomas Croke



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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Women's National League

    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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