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Beautiful conditions in Ferrycarrig Park seen Wexford pick up a point against second from bottom Athlone Town. Thomas Croke had gotten the hosts off to the perfect start, before Gaffey and Raftery gave Athlone a half time lead. Mark Salter's second goal of the season in the second half meant the teams finished with a point a piece.

It took just eight first half minutes for Wexford to break the deadlock. When they won a throw deep in Athlone territory, it was left to captain Craig McCabe to launch one of his trademark long throws in to the Athlone penalty area. As Labuts came to try and clear, it was Thomas Croke who rose highest and finished with a downward header.

Just three minutes later though, the visitors were back level. After Ricky Fox gave away the foul on the Athlone left, David Brookes crossed the ball low and Ryan Gaffey was there at the back post to stoop down and head the ball in to the net. 

Based on the opening eleven minutes, it seemed that the 261 spectators in attendance at Ferrycarrig Park were going to be witness to somewhat of a goal-fest, especially considering these two teams have now conceded a combined 65 goals in the league, and are the two worst defences. 

In the next ten minutes of play, Athlone could have found themselves out of sight. First Conor Barry had a chance from just inside the area which cleared the crossbar, and then the same player found himself with another opportunity from a similar position, but this time he dragged his shot to the left of the goal.

Six minutes before the break though, Athlone did take the lead. A freekick from just inside the Wexford half was delivered in to the box. Goalkeeper Corey Chambers was somewhat crowded out as he came to deal with the situation, and Ryan Gaffey headed over the crowd and in to the net.

Within three minutes of the restart though, Wexford were level. Great play by Adam Hanlon on the left seen him turn his defender twice before laying it off in to the path of Mark Slater. Slater took one touch and drilled the ball low to Labuts' right hand side. 

The half time break looked as though it may have been a wake up call for the home side. Adam Hanlon in particular was playing exceptionally well. First of all beating Colm Coss down the right and crossing dangerously, and then almost getting on the end of a Mark Slater free kick.

With 10 minutes of normal time to play, debutant Aaron O'Connor was introduced to the game in place of the lively Adam Hanlon. Within a few minutes it looked as though the ball might break to him on the edge of the area, but he was eventually crowded out.

In the end, there were 10 minutes of additional time added on. Athlone's Walter Invernizzi was stretchered off after landing awkwardly in the Wexford penalty area. Everyone involved with Wexford wishes Walter a speedy recovery.

Attendance: 261

Wexford FC: Corey Chambers, Ricky Fox, Sean Hurley, Ross Kenny, Craig McCabe, Conor Sutton, Adam Hanlon (Aaron O'Connor, 81), Thomas Croke (Craig Wall, 76), Danny Doyle, Mark Slater, Liam Donnelly (Eoin Porter, 71). Not used: Dean George, Michael Walsh

Athlone Town: Igor Labuts, Niall Scullion, David Brookes, Colm Coss, Cormack Raftery, Dragog Sfrijan (Ethan Keogh, 69), Kirils Grigorovs, Ryan Gaffey (Jose Viegas, 75), Jason Lyons, Walter Invernizzi (Frederico Hernandez, 90+9), Conor Barry. Not used: Joe Carmody, Joe Dwyer, Conor Gleeson





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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