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Wexford FC make the longest trip in League of Ireland football today as Brian O'Sullivan takes his side to the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium to play Derry City in the First Round of the Extra.ie FAI Senior Cup. The Candystripes are in flying form, currently lying in third place in the Premier Division with an EA Sports Cup Final date to look forward to after a 4-2 semi final victory over Waterford FC at the Brandywell on Monday night. Although trailing League leaders Dundalk by thirteen points Derry are well placed for a European spot.

Declan Devine's team have only lost one of their last twelve games in all competitions and are firm favourites to advance to the second round in a competition Derry have won on five occasions (the last FAI Cup Final win was in 2012 when they defeated St.Patricks Athletic at the Aviva). In David Parkhouse they also have one of the Premier Division's most in form strikers, the young 19 year old on loan from Sheffield United scored all four goals in Derry's EA Cup win on Monday night, taking his tally for the season up to 16.

Wexford had a mixed month in July, two very good performances at home to Galway and away to Cobh (Wexford deserving far more than the two points picked up) followed by two recent disappointing League defeats (away to Shelbourne and last weeks home loss to Bray) and have yet to win away this season (twelve defeats and two draws on the road in all competitions). This will be Wexford's third away Cup draw this year after facing St Patricks Athletic in the Leinster Senior Cup at Richmond Park in February and Bray Wanderers in the EA Sports Cup at the Carlisle Grounds. 

Last season Wexford were knocked out by Bohemians in the First Round of the FAI Cup, Derry were beaten by the same opposition in the Quarter Finals.

Brian O'Sullivan's task of pulling off the shock of the season has been made even more difficult with a number of players unavailable for selection. Top scorer Danny Furlong, defender Ricky Fox, midfielders John Peare and Chris Kenny will all miss this evening's trip to the Brandywell. Also absent is Andy Mulligan who remains injured while Nika Arevadze is away on holidays. 

Kick Off at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium is 7:45pm.


League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
7 Galway United 2 0 2
8 Wexford FC 3 -2 2
9 Shamrock Rovers II 3 -3 1

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
7 Shelbourne FC 0 0 0
8 Treaty United 0 0 0
9 Wexford Youths Women 0 0 0

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