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A long hard season on the road for Wexford FC ended in defeat at Markets Field on Friday night, Limerick running out comfortable winners. There were four changes to the side that were beaten by Longford at Ferrycarrig two weeks ago, Colum Feeney, Liam Berry and Andy Mulligan with their first starts of the season with Lee Costello returning from suspension replacing Corey Chambers, Sean Roche and Conor English who were on the bench and Stephen Lawless who missed out through injury.

Limerick have been very unpredictable on the pitch this year (for most of the season they looked like possible play off favourites) but their form has been mixed of late and Brian O'Sullivan will have been hugely disappointed to see his side gift the hosts a goal within two minutes of the start. There wasn't a huge amount of contact from Dave Corish on Alan Murphy but enough for the Super Blues winger to go to ground in the box for a penalty, Shane Tracy making no mistake from the spot. After that horrible start Wexford were lively going forward, Andy O'Connor and Shane Griffin both tested Jack Brady with powerful efforts from outside the box in the opening 20 minutes. Feeney did well to tip an Adam Foley header from close range over the bar before the hosts doubled their lead on the half hour, Karl O'Sullivan finding the corner of the net with a sweet left foot strike. In truth it was a flattering lead for the home team after an even contest. Things got worse for Wexford shortly after the second goal when Darryl Walsh had to be stretchered off with a nasty looking leg injury he picked up as he cleared at the back post. Conor English replaced him, Wexford now with a back four of Berry, Corish, Costello and O'Connor. Andy Mulligan had a fantastic chance to get a goal back in first half injury time, Brady making a point blank save to deny him.

Wexford conceded a third goal within three minutes of the restart, Foley tucking away a right foot shot to put the hosts in firm control. Mulligan and Nugent had efforts on goal blocked before a fourth goal arrived for Limerick, Lee Devitt with a cool left foot finish from a tight angle on the hour. Sean Roche was introduced shortly after (replacing Mulligan) and almost had an immediate impact, following up a Conor English shot that Brady could only parry but the young forward's right foot effort was blocked on the line. Just not Wexford's night. Josh Murphy made his senior debut in the 79th minute coming on for O'Connor. Some joy for the small travelling support arrived five minutes before the end when Roche deftly headed home a Nugent cross for his third goal of the season, the very least the team deserved in the game.

Wexford host Cabinteely on Saturday, 21st September in the final game of the year.

Wexford FC: Colum Feeney, Liam Berry, Dave Corish, Lee Costello, Darryl Walsh, Andy O'Connor, Paddy Cahill (c), Thomas Croke, Shane Griffin, Emmet Nugent and Andy Mulligan.  Subs: Conor English, Josh Murphy, Sean Roche and Corey Chambers.

You can check out the match highlights below:





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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