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Two early goals from Brandon Kavanagh and Dylan Duffy were enough to secure three points for Shamrock Rovers II at a bitterly cold Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night, Wexford unable to build on last week's stunning win away to Cabinteely FC. Patrick O'Sullivan started for the first time in the League in place of the injured Jack Larkin, the only change from the Cabo game.

Rovers had beaten Wexford at Tallaght Stadium by the same two goal margin back in August but they had a little luck on their side to help them that day, there was none needed in what was a comfortable win on Friday to lift them off the bottom of the First Division table. Kavanagh opened the scoring for the visitors in the 3rd minute with a thundering left foot strike that gave Tom Murphy absolutely no chance. Eight minutes later and the Rovers lead was doubled, Dylan Duffy cutting in on his right foot and firing superbly past Murphy, two goals of the highest calibre. 

Wexford struggled to find any momentum to help them get back in the game, the Hoops retaining possession and dictating the pace of the game. Duffy almost managed a third goal in the 35th minute but dragged his left foot shot wide of the post. As the half ended Wexford slowly began to impose themselves on the game, Dan Tobin's blocked header from a corner and Karl Manahan's right foot shot from distance showing signs of encouragement for the second half, Rovers taking a two nil lead into the break.

Jack Doherty had a great opportunity to get a goal back shortly after the restart, the attacking midfielder winning back possession high up the pitch and racing through on goal but his left foot effort was blocked by the advancing Moody and cleared. The home team had their best spell after that but they were almost caught on the counter attack when Michael Leddy clipped the Wexford post with his left foot shot on the hour mark.

Although Wexford pushed on and were the better team in the second half they had to wait till injury time before they tested Moody again, Karl Fitzsimons close range shot smothered by the young keeper. The home team were reduced to ten men as injury time approached, an extremely harsh red card given to Craig Giles for an over zealous challenge to end a frustrating evening at Ferrycarrig Park.

Next up is the visit of Cobh Ramblers on Friday night in Wexford's penultimate home game of the season.

Wexford FC: Tom Murphy, Dan Tobin (c), James Carroll, Jay Nwanze, Craig Giles, Karl Manahan, Conor Crowley, Patrick O'Sullivan (Kristian Crawford 83'), Karl Fitzsimons, Charlie Smith and Jack Doherty.  Subs Not Used: Jack Lydon, Malike Hill Benrouguibi, Kevin McEvoy and Kieran Murphy.

Shamrock Rovers II: Alex Moody, Aaron Bolger (Conan Noonan 75'), Brandon Kavanagh, Sean Brennan (Jamie Doyle 75'), Adam Wells, Jordan Tallon (c), Dylan Duffy (Cole Omorhiomwan 60'), Max Murphy, Dean McMenamy (Daragh Nugent 67'), Oisin Hand and Michael Leddy (Aidomo Emakhu 67').  Subs Not Used: Kian Clarke.

Check out the match highlights below:

 

 

 

 

 

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