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Danny Furlong scored his first goal in a Wexford FC shirt (his 99th League of Ireland goal) last night at a wet Ferrycarrig Park but was on the losing side, Longford Town coming from behind to win 2-1 and go top of the First Division.

The visitors defence was only breached once in their previous five unbeaten League games but Wexford came close on more than one occasion to extend their lead before two late goals won it for the midlanders.

Thomas Croke was the only change to the side that came so close to getting a result last time out in Drogheda, Croke coming in at right back with Owen McCormack at centre in place of the suspended Sean Callan. Wexford were quick out of the blocks and Furlong had a great opportunity after just 7 minutes after been put through by Jack Doherty only to see his left foot shot blocked by the Longford keeper Lee Steacy, Furlong then rushed a little as the ball rebounded back to him not realising he had more space than he thought and fired wide. Sam Verdon shot over five minutes later for Longford before returning local hero Aaron Dobbs (who had signed for the visitors in the close season) hobbled off with an unfortunate injury.

The next opportunity Furlong got, he took. Once again it was the impressive Doherty the supplier with a lovely dinked pass over the Longford defence and the Rosslare man did the rest, a powerful right foot shot into the corner of the net to give Wexford the lead with 16 minutes played. The visitors had the majority of possession after that but struggled to create much although Corey Chambers made an excellent stop on the half hour with an instinctive save from a point blank Verdon header. Just before the half time whistle Furlong had another golden opportunity ro increase the lead, Doherty again with the set up but this time the number nine fired over.

A reaction was expected from title chasing Longford in the second half but it was the home team who struck first, Darragh O'Connor heading in from a tight angle to the joy of the Wexford faithful in Ferrycarrig. The joy short-lived though as the flag went up for an incorrect offside call. Verdon came close again down the other end minutes later, his header seemed to be going wide but just clipped the post and out to safety. Paddy Cahill connected superbly with a right foot effort that narrowly missed the target, Wexford refusing to drop deep and pushing for a second goal. Unfortunately that next goal went the visitors way, Verdon scoring from close range with 15 minutes remaining, a little luck involved as the ball came to him by way of a mishit shot. Longford pressed for a winner as the rain continued to pour down and they duly got it, once again lady luck on their side as Peter Hopkins shot deflected off an outstretched Wexford leg and looped over Chambers's head into the back of the net to make it 2-1 with six minutes left on the clock.

O'Connor came agonisingly close to an equaliser, Lee Costello crossing to the far post but the young defender was unable to connect before the final whistle sounded on another immense Wexford performance that ends with no just rewards. Next up, Limerick away.

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

Bookings: Owen McCormack, Darragh O'Connor, Corey Chambers and Ryan Nolan.

Longford Town: Lee Steacy, Shane Elworthy, Anto Breslin, Mick McDonnell, Dean Zambra (c), Peter Hopkins, Aaron Dobbs, Conor Kenna, Aodh Dervin, Dean Byrne and Sam Verdon.  Subs: Vli Keller, Jamie Doyle, Adam Evans, Paul O'Connor, Karl Chambers, Joe Manley and Sean Brennan.

Bookings: Sam Verdon and Shane Elworthy.

Check out the match highlights below:

 

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