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Wexford's first away game of the 2020 season ended in defeat at the Carlisle Grounds last night, goals from Gary Shaw and Andrew Moran in each half earning the three points for Bray Wanderers. There were two changes to the Wexford side that drew with UCD in the season opener at Ferrycarrig Park seven days previous, Karl Manahan and Charlie Smith getting their first starts after making impressive substitute appearances last time out. They replaced Conor English, who was was on the bench still recovering from an ankle knock from last week while Azeez Yusuff was the second change from the starting line up against the Students.

In truth the game last night won't live too long in the memory, chances were at a premium and both sides cancelled each other out for large periods. Bray were content to sit back and defend in numbers early on, perhaps as a result of their 4-0 first half deficit against Cabinteely in their season opener last Friday night. Wexford retained possession well but were unable to carve open the Seagulls defence in the first 45, long distance shots from Cian Kavanagh and Karl Manahan were the only real efforts on the home teams goal, both well off target.

The hosts came close to opening the scoring in the 22nd minute when John Ross Wilson was on the end of a flowing Bray counter attack, he fired a right foot shot just wide of Tom Murphy's right hand post. Six minutes later and Bray were ahead. A quick free kick on the half way line catching Wexford out before Dylan Barnett's low cross/shot ended up in the net, Gary Shaw credited with the final touch. The rest of the half was a scrappy affair, the game littered with stoppages which didn't help Wexford's efforts to get back on terms.

The second half was more of the same unfortunately, the flow of the game not been helped by the worsening weather conditions and overly fussy officiating. There were few clear cut chances early on although Kaleem Simon was unfortunate to see James Carrol's cross into the box come off his knee and into the hands of the Bray keeper in the 50th minute. Brian O'Sullivan made his first change in the 68th minute, Conor English replacing Jay Amour. He was almost immediately involved, Karl Manahan intercepting well on the half way line and lofting a ball over the top for English to chase, the wind just catching it and the danger disappeared. Kaleem Simon came closest to a Wexford equaliser in the 73rd minute, cutting in from the wing and hitting the target with a left foot shot, Maher getting down well to comfortably save though.

Paul Cleary did brilliantly to head over from right in front of his own goal after a wicked Bray cross from Barnett in the 78th minute. Wanderers had a good spell after that forcing a number of corners but the Wexford defence held firm as the game went into the final ten minutes. Sean Roche and Patrick O'Sullivan were the final two changes for the visitors, both making their first appearances of the season (replacing Karl Manahan and Karl Fitzsimons (pictured above)). Wexford pushed forward looking for the elusive goal but it was hard to see where it was going to come from, the home team solid at the back throughout. Then as the game entered it's final minute Bray doubled their lead, Andrew Moran following up a rebound and firing in from close range after a fantastic double save from Tom Murphy. 

The final whistle soon followed, Bray taking the three points on a final scoreline of 2-0. Next up for Wexford is Galway United at Ferrycarrig Park next Friday night.

Wexford FC: Tom Murphy, Karl Fitzsimons, James Carroll, Paul Cleary, Dan Tobin (c), Conor Crowley, Cian Kavanagh, Karl Manahan, Jay Amour, Charlie Smith and Kaleem Simon.

Subs: Conor English, Sean Roche, Patrick O'Sullivan, Lee Costello, Craig Giles, Kristian Crawford and Colum Feeney.

Picture credit Peter Minogue

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