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Wexford FC U15 | ⚽️Sean Fitzpatrick's cracking free kick from this afternoon's win over @shelsfc at Ferrycarrig Park! https://t.co/gGuuYeU6z1

Wexford FC remain bottom of the SSE Airtricity League First Division after Friday night's defeat to Longford Town at Ferrycarrig Park. The gap to ninth placed Athlone Town remains six points with two games remaining but the midlanders have a superior goal difference. There were two changes to the Wexford side that lost heavily two weeks ago to Drogheda at United Park, Thomas Croke returning from suspension and Stephen Lawless making his starting debut in place of Lee Costello (suspended) and Brody Murphy. There were call ups for Colum Feeney, Ethan Vickers, Josh Murphy and Liam Berry (all from our U19 squad) who were named subs along with Andy Mulligan who made his first appearance since signing in June.

Longford needed a win to guarantee a play off spot and started the game with two former Ferrycarrig favourites in their line up, Aaron Dobbs and Jack Doherty (making his first return to the South East since his July move to the midlanders). Wexford started well and had the first real chance of the game when Croke tried his luck from the edge of the box, forcing a save out of Lee Steacy. Three minutes later, Dean Byrne blasted over after racing onto a long ball forward. Daibhid Corish saw his glancing header go wide in the 20th minute but despite the promising start from the hosts, Longford struck first minutes later. The lively Byrne cut in on his right and put the visitors in front with a well struck right foot shot from 25 yards, Corey Chambers managing to get a hand onto it before the ball clipped the post and into the net. The rest of the half remained competitive and Wexford would have felt unfortunate heading in at the break behind.

Once again the home team started brightly in the second half, Conor English hooking his shot over the bar after latching onto an Andrew O'Connor cross. Again though, Longford were clinical just minutes after, Aaron Dobbs scoring for the first time against his former club with a powerful right foot shot into the roof of the net to put the visitors 2-0 up after 51 minutes. Dobbs came close again shortly after but this time dragged his shot across goal under pressure from Corish. Andy Mulligan made his long awaited Wexford FC debut in the 65th minute (replacing English) as Wexford pressed forward looking for a goal to get back into the game. Longford were content with their lead and never really created anything of note for the remainder. Liam Berry was introduced in the 80th minute (in place of Thomas Croke). Shane Griffin and Darryl Walsh came close with two well struck efforts in the final ten minutes but Wexford were unable to find a breakthrough, Longford heading back to the midlands with three points and a precious play off spot guaranteed.

Wexford FC: Corey Chambers, Stephen Lawless, Daibhid Corish, Darryl Walsh, Andrew O'Connor, Paddy Cahill (c), Shane Griffin, Conor English, Thomas Croke, Emmet Nugent and Sean Roche.  Subs: Andy Mulligan, Brody Murphy, Liam Berry, Ethan Vickers, Josh Murphy and Colum Feeney.

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