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Eoin Porter celebrates his first senior goal - picture by Paul Lundy


Wexford FC are now unbeaten in two matches after picking up a deserved win in Stradbrook on Friday evening.

The first half performance from the visitors was by far the best they have produced so far this season, but things didn't start as expected for Damian Locke's men. With just 3 minutes gone, they were forced in to a substitution when Mark Slater went down with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Eoin Porter was called from the bench to replace the ex-Cabinteely man.

The best chance of the half for Cabinteely came inside 10 minutes. Evan Galvin done well down the left and his ball across found an unmarked Joe Doyle at the back post. Doyle wasn't able to take the ball under his control however, and his first time effort went wide of Corey Chambers' goal.

Adam Hanlon was once again instrumental in Wexford's attacking play. On a number of occasions he combined well with Aaron O'Connor and Danny Doyle only to see half chances crowded out at the last moment. Hanlon's best chance of the game came in the 22nd minute. He picked the ball up on the right hand side, and as he moved in towards the centre of the pitch, he played a beautiful one-two with Danny Doyle. As Hanlon received the ball back, he opened his body and struck a fizzing left footed shot at the Cabinteely goal, but the alert Jack Menton dived to his left to push it away for a corner.

Wexford's first half play was cool, calm and collected. Passes were being completed, and no unnecessary risks were being taken. If there was no obvious route forward down one side, the play was patiently switched to the other to ensure that the team kept posession and did not spend the evening chasing Cabinteely around the pitch. With 39 minutes gone, Wexford were rewarded with Eoin Porter's first senior goal. Adam Hanlon again was the thorn in the Cabinteely side as this time he worked down the right hand side, twisting and turning, leaving two defenders on their posterior. His ball across was met by the onrushing Porter at the back post, and his half-volley nestled in the bottom corner.

As the teams entered the dressing rooms at half time, there was no one inside Stradbrook that could have suggested Wexford didn't deserve their lead.

The second half story was somewhat different to the first. Cabinteely emerged from the half time break with a renewed confidence that demonstrated they were by no means done in this game. Within a minute Waters had played a ball across the face of goal that was just out of reach of the onrushing attackers, and minutes later Kevin Knight's dangerous ball across was turned away for a corner.

Shortly after the hour mark, Locke introduced 19 year old Dean Kelly in place of Aaron O'Connor, and straight away it was obvious for all to see what an asset this young man will be to the club. His first touch took the ball under control just inside the Wexford half, and the next touch was a marvellous 40 yard diagonal pass out to Eoin Porter on the far touchline.

With 15 minutes to go, Cabinteely almost found an equaliser. Evan Galvin's low free kick from the left found it's way through the crowd of players in the box, and only some alert defending stopped the net bulging. Cabinteely had the much better of the game in the last quarter of an hour hitting the crossbar through defender Conor Keeley and exerting lots of pressure. Wexford had a few chances to break away, the best of which came 5 minutes before the end when Liam Donnelly's cross found Kelly in the middle, but even with two bites at the cherry, he couldn't beat Menton in the Cabo goal.

The end of the game was marred by a scuffle between a number of players in front of the Cabinteely bench that resulted in the dismissal of both Christian Lotefa and Ricky Fox.

Next up for Wexford FC is a home tie with UCD on Friday 30th June, at 8:00pm.

Cabinteely: Jack Menton, Adam Maher (Michael Scott, 64), Kevin Knight, Conor Keeley, Dillon Roche (Daire Doyle, 72), Christian Lotefa, Jack Watson, Anthony Dolan (Peter Durrand, 64), Joe Doyle, Kieran Waters, Evan Galvin. Not used: Karl Byrne, Rob McGee, Aaron Robinson, Dean Mahon

Wexford FC: Corey Chambers, Craig McCabe, Mark Slater (Eoin Porter, 4), Ross Kenny, Owen McCormack, Conor Sutton, Ricky Fox, Thomas Croke, Danny Doyle (Liam Donnelly, 81), Adam Hanlon, Aaron O'Connor (Dean Kelly, 62). Not used: Dean George, Mikey Byrne, Sean Hurley, Micheal Walsh






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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    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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