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Another very good point earned at home last night for Wexford FC, sharing the spoils with Galway United after a scoreless 90 minutes of action at Ferrycarrig Park. Brian O'Sullivan would have been very happy with his team's performance against a United side which invested heavily in the off season and are sure to be one of the sides that will be fighting for the title come the end of the season.

There were two changes to the Wexford side that lost away to Bray Wanderers last week, Conor English returning from injury to a place in the starting eleven and Craig Giles making his League debut for Wexford FC (replacing Janabi Amour and Karl Fitzsimons who were both on the bench for this game). 

Galway were quick out of the blocks and had a goal disallowed in the first minute, Enda Curran judged to have been offside before he volleyed into the Wexford net. Curran was again in the thick of the action in the 10th minute, an unfortunate slip preventing him from getting full purchase on a left foot shot from inside the box which Tom Murphy gathered with comfort. Wexford had to dig deep in the early stages of the game but began to press forward more and more as the half wore on, Cian Kavanagh unlucky not to find Charlie Smith with a searching pass in the 15th minute after doing well initially to win back possession in his own half. Galway continued to look dangerous though and came close again to opening the scoring in the 20th minute when a Dean O'Halloran first time right foot volley flashed dangerously across the Wexford goal. Wexford's best chance and move of the game came on the half hour mark, a sweeping attack down Galway's left which ended with a teasing Dan Tobin cross from the end line and a Conor Crowley glancing header which went across goal and away to safety. The visitors continued to have more of the possession but found it hard to create any clear cut chances for the remainder of the half.

Wexford began the second 45 better, James Carroll heading over a Cian Kavanagh free kick before Kavanagh himself volleyed wide from distance after a long cross field pass from Carroll and a set up touch from Craig Giles. The game entered a little scrappy spell after that, defences on top and chances at a premium. Brian O'Sullivan made his first change of the game in the 75th minute, Sean Roche replacing Cian Kavanagh. A fantastic block from Conor Crowley deflected Shane Duggan's thunderous drive over the bar in the 78th minute, the midfielder one of three Wexford players who flung themselves at the ball to prevent what looked like a definite goal for the away side. Galway continued to press forward in numbers looking for a late winner and forced Tom Murphy into action in the 83rd minute, the Wexford keeper diving to his left to stop Enda Curran's close range header. A minute later, a little bit of luck for the home side as Donal Higgin's right foot rasper of a shot rattled back off the Wexford crossbar. Shortly after, the visitors were reduced to 10 men, Shane Duggan receiving a straight red card for a heavy tackle on Craig Giles on the halfway line, Giles unable to continue after receiving treatment and Kristian Crawford coming on for his Wexford League debut in his place.

Wexford were unable to make the man advantage count in the final few minutes however, the visitors doing well to disrupt play and the game finishing up with honours even on a 0-0 scoreline. Next up for Wexford is a home tie on Tuesday night against Bray Wanderers in the First Round of the EA Sports Cup before an away trip to Athlone on Friday.

Wexford FC: Tom Murphy, Dan Tobin (c), James Carroll, Paul Cleary, Craig Giles (Kristian Crawford 89), Conor Crowley, Cian Kavanagh (Sean Roche 75), Karl Manahan, Charlie Smith, Conor English and Kaleem Simon.  Subs not used: Karl Fitzsimons, Janabi Amour, Lee Costello, Patrick O'Sullivan and Colum Feeney.

Galway United: Micheál Schlingermann, Christopher Horgan, Joshua Smith, Killian Brouder, Carlton Ubaezuonu, Stephen Christopher, (Donal Higgins 65), Joe Collins, Dean O'Halloran, Shane Duggan, Conor Barry (Conor Melody 79) and Enda Curran (Maurice Nugent 86).  Subs not used: Timmy Molloy, Alberto Cabanyes, Kevin Farragher and Cian Mulryan.


Wexford FC Starting XI vs Galway United (above). Paul Cleary in action (top, picture/credit Vinny O'Connor)

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League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Athlone Town 14 -19 9
9 Wexford FC 14 -19 9
10 Shamrock Rovers II 14 -9 8

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
3 Cork City  7 3 15
4 Wexford Youths WFC 6 9 12
5 Galway WFC 6 6 11

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