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Wexford FC were narrowly defeated in their opening pre-season friendly game this afternoon, hosts Drogheda United the victors after an unfortunate late own goal. There were plenty of encouraging signs in a competitive contest which saw the second half introduction of Piercestown's Evan Farrell for his first team debut. The teenager started with our U11s and has progressed brilliantly right through our U15 and U17 League of Ireland teams (and can still play for our U19s for two years) and was impressive in his 25 minutes on the pitch.

There was also game time for new signings Jack Connolly, Cameron Power, Success Edogun, Daniel Dobbin, Jimmy Corcoran and Ayman Yousif while three trialists also played their part at United Park. Brian O'Sullivan was without the services of first team regulars Dan Tobin, Jack Doherty, Karl Fitzsimons, Paul Cleary and Kieran Murphy as well as new signing Paul Fox this afternoon, most if not all should get a run out on Friday against St Patrick's Athletic. A few more new faces are also expected to join the squad this week.

In a tight first half with chances at a premium, Success Edogun came closest to breaking the deadlock but his right foot effort from inside the box in the 40th minute was well saved by Colin McCabe. Earlier Drogheda's Luke Heeney should have done better with his effort when the ball fell kindly to him but the midfielder fired over with the goal at his mercy. Wexford keeper Tom Murphy had a quieter afternoon than what he might have expected against last years First Division champions, Conor Kane's near post effort the only real time he was called into action.

There were plenty of changes in the second half, Jimmy Corcoran replacing Murphy in goal while Daniel Dobbin replaced one of the trialists at right back from the restart. Then Farrell, Yousif and two more Wexford trialists came on for Karl Manahan, Jack Larkin, Charlie Smith and Edogun in the 65th minute. The home team started to create more chances as the game lost some of it's shape with all the changes, first Brandon Bermingham forced Corcoran into a good save low to his left before the woodwork came to Wexford's rescue when James Brown's curling effort came back off the post. The best chance of the second half for Wexford fell to Dobbin who was unlucky not to score with a right footed in swinger that saw new Drogs keeper David Odumosu at full stretch.

In the end an unfortunate own goal separated the sides, a back pass finding its way into the Wexford net in the 85th minute. Wexford are back in pre-season friendly action on Friday with another tough assignment against the Saints in Dublin.

Wexford FC: Tom Murphy (Jimmy Corcoran 45'), Trialist A (Daniel Dobbin 45'), James Carroll, Kevin McEvoy, Cameron Power, Conor Crowley (c), Jack Connolly, Karl Manahan (Trialist B 65'), Charlie Smith (Ayman Yousif 65'), Jack Larkin (Trialist C 65') and Success Edogun (Evan Farrell 65'). All Subs used.

Drogheda United squad: Colin McCabe, Conor Kane, Jack Tuite, Hugh Douglas, Chris Lyons, Jake Hyland (c), Mark Doyle, Brandon Bermingham, Mohamed Boudiaf, Killian Phillips and James Clarke.  Subs: David Odumosu, James Brown, Darragh Markey, Dinny Corcoran, Danny O'Riely, Jordan Adeyemo, Luke Heeney, Sam O'Brien and Ryan O'Shea.



League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Treaty United 0 0 0
9 UCD 0 0 0
10 Wexford FC 0 0 0

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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 FC 0 0 0

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