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Wexford FC were narrowly beaten at the Brandywell on Friday night, David Parkhouse scoring an 84th minute winner to put the Candystripes into the second round of the Extra.ie FAI Cup. It was one of Wexford's best performances of the season, especially with a number of key players absent on the night. Brian O'Sullivan had to make several adjustments to his team ahead of the game, Paddy Cahill moving to right back, Andrew O'Connor into the middle and Darryl Walsh starting at left back to name a few.

Derry went into the game on the back of a 4-2 EA Sports Cup semi final win over Waterford FC and in excellent League form (third in the Premier Division) but Wexford started well, frustrating the home team and limiting them to long range efforts and crosses in from the wing. Centre backs Lee Costello and Daibhid Corish (making only his 2nd start) dealt with everything in the air and Corey Chambers had little to do in an evenly contested first half, Michael McCrudden's right foot shot flashing across goal in the 5th minute as close as the hosts came to troubling him. Wexford defended in numbers but looked dangerous on the break, Shane Griffin, Sean Roche and Thomas Croke all trying their luck from distance. McCrudden forced Chambers into a save with a left foot curler just before the sides went in at the break all square.

Derry upped the pace as expected in the second half but still found clear cut chances hard to come by. In fact Wexford created the best move of the game in the 60th minute when Emmet Nugent made a super run down the right wing before cutting in to lay it off for Conor English who saw his right foot shot from the edge of the box drift wide. As the game entered into the last quarter both managers made changes, Brian O'Sullivan handing a debut to Stephen Lawless (replacing Thomas Croke) in the 72nd minute. The fresh legs helped Derry who started to look more and more dangerous, Barry McNamee bringing a world class save from Chambers from a free kick that was destined for the top corner. Eoin Toal also came close in the 80th minute with a close range header, Chambers again with another fine stop. The pressure eventually brought reward for Derry and broke Wexford hearts with just 6 minutes left on the clock, McNamee sending Parkhouse clear and the young forward blasted an unstoppable shot past the Wexford keeper to make it 1-0.

Wexford poured forward in search of an equaliser (the performance warranting extra time or a replay at the very least) but the hosts hung on to advance into the next round. 

Wexford FC: Corey Chambers, Paddy Cahill (c), Lee Costello, Daibhid Corish, Darryl Walsh, Andrew O'Connor, Shane Griffin, Emmet Nugent, Conor English, Thomas Croke and Sean Roche.  Subs: Stephen Lawless, Andrew Farrell, Ciaran Paige and Jason McGuire.

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