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Week thirteen was a lucky number for Wexford FC in Ferrycarrig Park last night, as after 12 without a win, they finally overcame Shelbourne by a goal to nil. Thomas Croke's shot early in the game enought to separate the teams.

Manager Damian Locke decided to shake things up a little, bringing Liam Donnelly back in to the starting line-up for the missing Eoin Porter. Within 3 minutes his decision was justified as Donnelly's run down the right and cross eluded the onrushing Lee Duffy and the Shelbourne defence only to fall to Thomas Croke who was able to stroke home from 8 yards out to give the hosts the lead.

The goal filled the home team with confidence, and after a mis-hit clearance from goalkeeper Dean Delany bounced towards Donnelly 35 yards from goal, he had no hesitation in hitting it first time to try and embarrass the net minder. The result however, we wont mention.

Adam Evans looked to be the main threat for Shelbourne going forward, and they looked to use him at every opportunity. But Ricky Fox was equal to the threat, and any time he did pass the Enniscorthy man, Craig McCabe was waiting to snuff out the threat.

In injury time at the end of the first half, a delightful 1-2 between Liam Duffy and Mark Slater, seen Slater's shot go just wide from close range as the tackle came in just as he struck it.

 

Within two minutes of the restart, Wexford had a chance to double their lead. Ricky Fox played a delightful chip over the Shelbourne defence that landed right at the feet of the lively Lee Duffy. He was able to take the ball around the advancing Delany, but was forced wide and eventually crowded out.

For the next quarter of an hour, the visitors exerted a lot more pressure, but as the crosses came in from the Shelbourne wide men, Ross Kenny, Owen McCormack and Craig McCabe stood firm and headed everything away.

Just after the hour mark, Liam Donnelly once again found himself in posession on the edge of the area. As he advanced and flicked the ball over the last defender, the defender stuck his arm out to stop the ball, but referee Paula Brady decided it was ball to hand and gave nothing. 

Shelbourne's best chance of the game came 10 minutes from the end when David O'Leary's header from a corner looped up in to the air and hit the crossbar before bouncing away for a goal kick.

So after 1,170 minutes of league football this season, Wexford FC finally picked up their first win. We travel to face fellow strugglers Longford Town next Saturday evening.

Attendance: 346

Wexford FC: Graham Doyle, Craig McCabe, Ricky Fox, Ross Kenny, Owen McCormack, Shane Dunne (Conor Sutton, 38), Mark Slater, Craig Wall, Lee Duffy (Danny Doyle, 75), Thomas Croke, Liam Donnelly (Adam Hanlon, 83). Not used: Dean George, Andrew O'Connor, Corey Chambers.

Shelbourne: Dean Delany, Reece McEnteer, Aidan Collins, Jack Tuite, Mark Hughes, Adam Evans, Lorcan Shannon (James Brown, 86), Aaron Ashe, David O'Leary, Dayle Rooney, Derek Prendergast. Not used: Adam O'Connor, Niall Lanigan, James O'Brien, Dylan Grimes, Michael Murphy, Ryan O'Neill

After the match, we got the thoughts of manager Damian Locke:

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

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

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    Pld +/- Pts
1 Waterford 10 14 22
2 Wexford FC 10 17 20
3 Limerick 10 9 18

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1 Wexford Youths WFC 18 18 40
2 Peamount Utd 18 24 38
3 Shelbourne LFC 18 35 31

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