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Heartbreak in Drogheda Friday night as a Mark Doyle goal, scored in the 92nd minute, snatched what would have been a hard fought well deserved point away from Wexford FC.

Brian O'Sullivan named the same starting eleven that defeated Bray Wanderers at Ferrycarrig Park last Friday night to face a Drogheda side that were full of confidence after an away win in Galway last time out.

Ryan Nolan had the games first chance, shooting into the side net from a free kick before the hosts took the lead on 8 minutes, Luke Gallagher nodding home from close range after Wexford were slow to react to a short corner. Drogheda were in the ascendancy from then on, in form Mark Doyle a handful and forcing Wexford to foul repeatedly on the edge of their own box. Sean Brennan had a number of shots from resulting frees, none troubling Corey Chambers in goal however. As the half wore on, Wexford began to settle a little, Jack Doherty with a well struck free that was inches too high on the half hour. Five minutes later and we were level, Doherty with a corner that eventually fell to Owen McCormack who found the back of the net with a right foot shot, his second goal for the club. All square at the break.

Wexford struggled to get out of their own half for long periods of the second 45, Chambers saving from Brennan, Doyle and Chris Lyons as Drogheda pushed hard for a winner. Still, Paddy Cahill had a wonderful opportunity from a corner to put Wexford in front when he rose unchallenged, unfortunately he was unable to direct his header on target. With ten minutes remaining Sean Callan received his second yellow card of the night and the visitors were down to ten. United poured forward in waves but the Wexford defence stood firm, forcing rushed passes as the clock wore down. In the second minute of stoppage time however Kevin Farragher thumped a long ball from deep in his own half which landed at Doyle's feet in the Wexford box and as Chambers rushed out to close him down, he stabbed home a left foot shot into net to the delight of the home crowd.

Wexford FC: Corey Chambers, Owen McCormack (Sean Kelly 75), Sean Callan, Darragh O'Connor, Lee Costello, Paddy Cahill, Ryan Nolan, Danny Doyle (Thomas Croke 85), Emmet Nugent, Jack Doherty and Danny Furlong.  Subs Not Used: Colum Feeney, Andrew Farrell, Sean Roche and Nika Arevadze.

Booked: Darragh O'Connor, Paddy Cahill, Ryan Nolan, Owen McCormack  Dismissed: Sean Callan (Two bookings).

Drogheda United: Paul Skinner, James Brown, Conor Kane, Mark Hughes, Kevin Farragher, Luke Gallagher, Sean Brennan, Chris Lyons, Mark Doyle, Cian Kavangh and Like McNally.  Subs: Luca Gratzer, Jake Hyland, Stephen Meaney, Eoin McPhillips, Jordan Adeyemo, Luke Heeney and James Clarke.

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League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Galway United 17 -5 13
9 Athlone Town 17 -20 12
10 Wexford FC 17 -20 9

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
1 Peamount United 12 44 36
2 Wexford Youths Women 12 27 28
3 Shelbourne FC 11 42 26

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