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Wexford FC suffered a second defeat of the season at Lissywollen last night, Athlone grabbing all the points in a 3-1 win to jump up to 8th place while Wexford remain bottom 5 points off 9th placed Galway. Brian O'Sullivan was without a number of key players, Danny Furlong and Emmet Nugent were unavailable for selection, new signing Shane Griffin's paperwork hadn't come through in time for the trip to the midlands, while Chris Kenny and Andy Mulligan were out through injury. The departures during the week of Jack Doherty and Sean Callan going into a must win game didn't help either of course.

Paddy Cahill was handed the armband while Sean Roche started upfront for the first time this season. Another of the new signings, Daibhid Corish was on the bench. The hosts had the ideal start, going in front in the fifth minute when Paddy Kenny headed in from a corner. The rest of the half was a scrappy stop start affair with neither keeper tested. Wexford's best chance fell to Andrew O'Connor who volleyed over from distance after latching on to a poor Athlone clearance in the 35th minute. Wexford had the lions share of possession but were unable to carve out any clear cut openings in the first 45 and went in a goal down at the break.

The visitors started the second half on top, Cahill dragged his shot from outside the box narrowly wide before the equaliser came in the 55th minute. Ricky Fox delivered a dangerous cross into the box from the wing that was poorly cleared, falling to Roche who shot low past the keepers right into the corner of the net for his first League goal for Wexford. Athlone responded well and had their best spell of the game after the equaliser, their best chance falling to Dean Casey with a cross shot that was hooked away by Lee Costello. Darren Meenan was a constant threat down our left all night, pinging in dangerous crosses to the lanky frontman Evan Pierce and with 15 minutes to go, that combination bore fruit for the midlanders when Pierce rose highest and headed in Meenan's cross to regain the lead. Wexford pushed on for an equaliser, Daibhid Corish was brought on and immediately put up top. Darragh O'Connor had a great opportunity to level the game when he got his head on a John Peare pullback but his effort looped over the bar. The third and decisive goal came in the 90th minute when ex Wexford FC man Dean George got on the end of an Athlone counter attack to score from close range.

Next up for Wexford is 9th placed Galway at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday.

Wexford FC: Corey Chambers, Ricky Fox, Darragh O'Connor, Lee Costello, Andrew O'Connor, Paddy Cahill (c), Conor Sutton, Danny Doyle, Nika Arevadze, Thomas Croke and Sean Roche.  Subs: Ryan Nolan, Daibhid Corish, John Peare, Andrew Farrell and Jason McGuire.

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