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Defeat for Wexford FC on Friday night as Galway United grabbed all three points in a closely contested game at Eamonn Deacy Park. Brian O'Sullivan was without the services of Paddy Cahill and Emmet Nugent so in came Nika Arevadze for his fifth start of the season and Lee Costello who returned from injury after missing last weeks win over Athlone.

After a scrappy opening to the game with few clear cut chances for either side Arevadze had Wexford's best effort when he dragged his right foot shot from inside the box just wide of the post in the 20th minute. Ten minutes later and the hosts were in front, Conor Barry finding the top corner with a stunning strike from distance. Shortly after, Corey Chambers did well to save Wilson Waweru's point blank header and prevent United from extending their lead. Danny Furlong rushed a left foot shot after cleverly turning his marker but Galway keeper Kevin Horgan saved comfortably as the first half ended.

Wexford had chances in the second half to level the game, Sean Callan looking particularly dangerous at set pieces and twice coming close to scoring, first with a header from a Jack Doherty corner that had plenty of power behind it but was unfortunately directed straight at Horgan. Minutes later, Callan rose highest again and tried to find the corner this time with his header but missed by inches. Chris Kenny was next to come close, unmarked at another corner but headed over. Wexford were left to rue those missed chances when Maurice Nugent doubled the lead for Galway in the 80th minute, tapping in from close range after a fortuitous free kick came off Darragh O'Connor's shoulder and onto the crossbar, the rebound falling to the unmarked Galway captain to make it 2-0.

Wexford battled on and Callan came close again at the end when his well struck shot was parried by Horgan into the path of Danny Doyle, the young forward having little time to adjust his feet before shooting wide.

Defeat means Galway leapfrog Wexford who return to the bottom of the First Division with a home game versus 7th placed Cobh Ramblers up next on Friday night (Picture credit above Sean Ryan).

Wexford FC: Corey Chambers, Owen McCormack, Sean Callan, Chris Kenny (c), Lee Costello, Thomas Croke, Ryan Nolan, Danny Doyle, Nika Arevadze, Jack Doherty and Danny Furlong. Subs: Jason McGuire, Sean Roche, Darragh O'Connor, Andrew Farrell and Ciaran Paige. 

Wexford FC Starting XI vs Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park

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League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Galway United 24 -13 19
9 Athlone Town 24 -27 17
10 Wexford FC 24 -37 11

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
1 Peamount United 15 56 43
2 Shelbourne FC 14 46 35
3 Wexford Youths Women 15 29 32

Full table


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