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Wexford FC came from behind to defeat play off chasing Longford Town at a cold and windy Ferrycarrig Park last night. The 2-1 victory was Wexford's first home win of the season, the three points unfortunately not saving the club from a first ever bottom placed finish. Longford despite the loss go through to the First Division play off series as results in the other games played on the night went their way.

There was just the one change to the starting line up from Saturday's loss in Drogheda, Karl Manahan returning from suspension while Kieran Murphy dropped to the bench. The visitors came into the game knowing a point would secure a play off spot but started the game very much on the front foot looking for all three. Matthew O'Brien tested Tom Murphy with a powerful left foot shot from distance as early as the fifth minute, the young goalkeeper about to have one of his busiest nights in a Wexford shirt. There was nothing Murphy could do about the opening goal, Dylan Grimes blasting a right foot free kick into the back of the net in the twelfth minute of the game. Longford continued to relentlessly press forward in search of a second with Joe Manley, Niall Barnes and Adam Evans all with decent efforts on target. As half time approached the home side managed to break the Town siege and Jack Doherty was unfortunate to see his left foot shot go narrowly wide before forcing Lee Steacy into his first save of the match from a free kick in the 36th minute.

Aaron McNally and Barnes both had early second half chances to increase the visitors lead (Barnes hitting the post with a right foot shot from the edge of the box) but it was the home side who struck next. Charlie Smith did well to earn Wexford a corner with a searing run into the Longford box and from the resulting set piece Conor Crowley found an unmarked Fitzsimons who nodded home to tie the game with 53 minutes gone. Longford came fighting back but Murphy was in inspired form saving efforts from Barnes, Evans and Dean Zambra.

The goal that proved to be the winner arrived in the 65th minute, Jack Doherty scoring his third of the season with a superb glancing header, Crowley again with the assist from a free kick. The midlanders threw everything at the Wexford goal after that but Murphy along with a superb defence in front of him kept the Town at bay. Special mention to U19 player Kevin McEvoy who had another impressive game at the back as Wexford hung on for a win to finish a frustrating 2020 campaign on a high.

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

Longford Town: Lee Steacy, Dylan Hand, Dean Zambra (c), Dylan Grimes, Rob Manley, Adam Evans (Aaron McCabe 70'), Niall Barnes, Matthew O'Brien (Karl Chambers 89'), Aaron McNally, Joe Manley and Joe Gorman.  Subs Not Used: Ben Lynch, Callum Warfield and Luke Dennison.

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League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Shamrock Rovers II 18 -7 15
9 Athlone Town 18 -22 12
10 Wexford FC 18 -26 12

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
2 Shelbourne 12 22 28
3 Wexford Youths WFC 11 12 22
4 Cork City 11 -5 16

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