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📸 Some final pics from Galway. Back in League action at home to Athlone on Monday night. https://t.co/zLqNUv84qM

 

 

No points for the home side tonight but a massively improved performance from Wexford as two deflected goals and a very late header by the towering Hugh Douglas for Drogheda meant that the scoreboard at the final whistle in no way reflected the home side’s efforts during the game.   Wexford started with Tom Murphy, Dan Tobin, James Carroll, Jay Nwanze, Craig Giles, Kaleem Simon, Conor Crowley, Karl Manahan, Charlie Smith, Karl Fitzsimons and with Jack Doherty up front.   Although Wexford won a very early corner, it was Drogheda who dominated the very early stages as their direct brand of football and aerial threat put the Wexford defence under pressure.   First decent chance of the game fell to Stephen Meaney of Drogheda on eleven minutes but his low shot was held well by Tom Murphy in the Wexford goal. 

 

From about the fifteen minute mark, however, Wexford started to take command of the game as they picked up the ball in space in their opponent’s half.  It led to chances for Jack Doherty who was the subject of a very tight offside call as he took the ball towards David Odumosu in the Drogheda goal and then Conor Crowley dragged a shot wide after a lovely passing move with Doherty.  Jack Doherty, clearly revelling in leading the line for Wexford, then headed wide when he met a cross by Craig Giles.  Another Wexford chance then followed when Conor Crowley forced Odomosu to deflect a fierce drive from 25 metres over his own crossbar.  Drogheda’s Hugh Douglas then entered the referee’s notebook when he was forced to hack down Jack Doherty as the Wexford star moved threateningly towards the Drogheda goal.  A confrontation between several players from both sides then resulted in further yellow cards for Wexford’s James Carroll and Drogheda’s Richie O’Farrell.   Just before the first half ended, a speculative Drogheda shot was deflected for a corner by a sure-footed Wexford defence.  0-0 at half-time with Wexford probably a bit unlucky not to going in at the break without being ahead on the scoreboard.

 

The game turned decisively in favour of the away side, however, early half when two deflections enabled Drogheda to beat the outstanding Tom Murphy in the Wexford goal.   The first Drogheda goal came on 52 minutes when a massive deflection off a Wexford defender resulted in a shot by Stephen Meaney arrowing into one side of the goal as Tom Murphy dived towards the other side.   Three minutes later, another Drogheda effort on goal, this time by Mark Doyle, again benefitted from a flight-changing deflection to defeat the despairing efforts of Tom Murphy in the Wexford goal.  The concession of two goals rocked the Wexford team back on its heels as Drogheda enjoyed their best spell of the game.

 

 Wexford manager, Brian O’Sullivan, brought on Conor English in place of the lively Charlie Smith around the hour mark as the manager shuffled his deck.  Two decent efforts on the Drogheda goal by Kaleem Simon and Karl Fitzsimons then followed but the home side just failed to notch the goal required to bring Wexford back into the game.  As the game entered the final stretch, further substitutes for Wexford were Kristian Crawford, Patrick O’Sullivan and Kevin McEvoy.   Tom Murphy had to use his feet to prevent Drogheda substitute, Jordan Adeyemo, from adding a third goal before, with two minutes to go, Hugh Douglas powered home a header from a Drogheda corner to bring the scoreline to 3-0 for the away side. 

 

There was still time for Wexford’s Dan Tobin to smash a header off the Drogheda crossbar in injury-time but it bounced away to safety.  3-0 to Drogheda at full-time but a scoreline which fails to reflect the home side’s sterling efforts during the course of the game.  

Wexford: Tom Murphy (GK); Craig Giles (Kristian Crawford 79), Jay Nwanze, James Carroll, Dan Tobin (C); Conor Crowley (Patrick O'Sullivan 89), Karl Manahan; Charlie Smith (Conor English 61), Karl Fitzsimons Kaleem Simon (Kevin McEvoy 89); Jack Doherty.

Unused Subs: Jack Lydon (GK), Liam Berry.

Booked: Conor Crowley (33)

Drogheda United: David Odumuso (GK); James Brown, Hugh Douglas, Derek Prendergast, Conor Kane; Mark Hughes (Frank Cabraley 90+2), Richie O'Farrell (James Clarke 61), Jake Hyland (C); Stephen Meaney (Jack Tuite 73), Brandon Bermingham (Jordan Odeyamo 61), Mark Doyle (Adam Wixted 90+2).

Unused Subs: Ross Treacy (GK), Ryan O'Shea.

Booked: Hugh Douglas (26), Richie O'Farrell (33).

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