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A third game in six days against Premier Division opposition finally caught up with Wexford FC this afternoon in Dublin, a strong Bohemians FC side capitalising on uncharacteristic errors resulting from heavy legs and tired Wexford bodies to take victory on a 6-1 scoreline. The north Dublin side had already beaten First Division favourites Longford Town (2-0) and Drogheda United (4-2) in their run in to the start of the 2020 Premier Division season which kicks off in two week's time.

There were three changes to the Wexford side that drew with St.Patrick's Athletic at the same venue six days previous, new signing Jack Lydon starting in goal in place of Colum Feeney while Sean Roche and Charlie Smith replaced the injured pair, Patrick O'Sullivan and Jay Amour. Also absent through injury for this one was Tom Murphy and Azeez Yusuff. 

After a quiet opening the first goal for the hosts came in the 12th minute, Dinny Corcoran despatching Jack Moylan's cross after a clever run to the near post. Wexford had their first effort on goal two minutes later, Kaleem Simon's left foot shot blocked on the edge of the Bohs box. Simon was back in the thick of the action minutes later, a lovely one two with Conor English (shown above) putting the lively winger through on goal, his surging run into the box ended by a desperate lunging tackle by Kelly. Looked a clear penalty but not given.

Bohs had the majority of possession but Brian O'Sullivan would have been relatively happy with his team's response to the opening goal, the Gypsies not registering a second shot on target till the 35th minute. It was a shot which ended up in the back of the Wexford net however. From a Bohs corner Corcoran swung a wild volley across goal, the ball ending up at Conor Levingston's feet and the Gorey man made no mistake from five yards to double the Dublin side's advantage. Six minutes later and a third goal arrived, Corcoran with his second of the game, a tidy right foot finish from a swift Bohs counter attack. After a competitive half hour, Wexford were all of a sudden three goals down at the break, a harsh scoreline.

Bohs were quick out of the blocks in the second half and two good chances came and went before they increased their lead further, first the impressive Corcoran fired over from ten yards and then Lydon had to be at his best to tip a Levingston shot away from his left hand post. The fourth goal eventually arrived in the 53rd minute however, Corcoran punishing a mix up at the back with a right foot finish to get his hat-trick.

Three minutes later and Cian Kavanagh had Wexford's first effort of the second half, his right foot free kick bending around the wall but inches wide of the left hand post, the Bohs keeper well beaten. A decent spell from Wexford followed this near miss. First Conor English ran onto a Lee Costello ball over the top and nodded past the advancing goalkeeper, unfortunately a Bohs defender got back in time to hook the ball away to safety. English then almost turned provider by getting on the end of a Conor Crowley pass down the left wing and drilling a low cross into the Bohs box, Kaleem Simon inches away from connecting at the near post.

Wexford conceded a fifth in the 78th minute, Smith intercepting a loose pass out from the back and passing to Twardek who found the corner of the net with a powerful right foot finish. Conor English responded with a fine finish of his own for Wexford's goal two minutes later. Conor Crowley spread a lovely pass out wide to Kaleem Simon on the left, the winger cutting in and finding English free in the box. Although the striker's first time left foot shot was blocked, there was no stopping his right foot follow up strike.

Wexford came close to adding a second goal minutes later when James Carroll volleyed wide from a corner. Kaleem Simon was next with an acrobatic left foot volley saved by the keeper. It was the hosts who scored next however, Carroll unfortunate to finish into his own net while trying to cut out a dangerous Bohs pullback from the end line, the game finishing 6-1.

Two more Wexford friendlies to come, a behind closed doors game followed by a final pre-season public fixture against Dublin opposition. Details will be announced once venues and times have been set. 

Wexford FC: Lydon, Fitzsimons, Carroll, Tobin (c), Crawford, Crowley, Kavanagh, Smith, Simon, English and Roche.  Subs: Giles, Costello, Berry, Benrouguibi, Trialist 1, 2 and 3.

Bohemian FC: McGuiness, Barker, Cornwall, Kelly, Kirk, C Levingston, Linney, Moylan, Ward, Twardek and Corcoran.  Subs: Talbot, Smith, Molloy, D Levingston, Devoy and Wright.

Kaleem Simon in action against Bohemian FC this afternoon in Dublin.

 

  

   

 

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