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Wexford FC were knocked out of the EA Sports Cup at Ferrycarrig Park on Tuesday night, Bray Wanderers coming back from a goal down to equalise in the 93rd minute and take the game into Extra Time. The visitors managed to get their noses in front in the second period of Extra Time and advanced into the next round of the competition on a 2-1 scoreline.

Brian O'Sullivan made seven changes to the side that drew in the home League clash with Galway at the weekend, among them goalkeeper Colum Feeney who was making his first appearance of the season along with first starts of 2020 for Sean Roche, Patrick O'Sullivan, Lee Costello and Kristian Crawford.

Feeney was immediately involved, darting quickly off his line to intercept a dangerous through ball as Bray hit the ground running. Dean O'Shea came close for the visitors in the 13th minute, his right foot volley flashing across goal. Wexford's first real chance of the game arrived in the 18th minute, an incisive move down the right wing ending in a Kaleem Simon left foot strike which the keeper saved at his near post. The home side had their best spell of the half after that, Simon in particular causing problems for the Seagulls with a couple of mazy runs on the the right wing, just the final cross lacking. The winger fired a free kick from the edge of the box over on the half hour mark of what was an open entertaining Cup tie. Five minutes later and Darragh Lynch twice came close to opening the scoring for Bray, first with a header saved by Feeney which was almost immediately followed by a left foot clipped shot which came back off the crossbar. Sean Roche had one final effort with a shot from distance that didn't trouble the keeper before the half time whistle blew.

Wexford started the second half well, Janabi Amour and Kaleem Simon looking lively down the wings with Sean Roche making some intelligent runs behind and it was no surprise to see all three involved in the opening goal of the game. It started from the edge of the Wexford box, James Carroll clearing to Simon who darted forward and found Roche on the right wing. The young striker outpaced the left back and fired a lovely cross in, Janabi Amour (with his debut goal for the club) pouncing at the back post to put Wexford deservedly in front after 56 minutes. Brian O'Sullivan began to make some changes after that with the Athlone League game on his mind in three days time, Karl Manahan and Conor English replacing Simon and O'Sullivan. Manahan was unfortunate to have a marginal offside decision go against him with 15 minutes remaining, the midfielder with a composed finish before the flag went up. Cian Kavanagh who had replaced Amour came close to doubling the lead again in the 85th minute with a header that just missed the top corner. Then suddenly from nowhere, the sides were level. A long punt forward in the 93rd minute by the Bray keeper eventually found Joe Doyle who fired a left foot shot into the corner to level the game and bring the tie into Extra Time.

Tired legs meant few clear cut chances in the additional 30 minutes, Darragh Gibbons coming closest for Bray, his header tipped over by Feeney shortly after the restart and Cian Kavanagh for Wexford with a free kick that flew narrowly past the left hand post in the 98th minute. 

The deciding goal of the game arrived in the 108th minute, Joe Doyle finding himself one on one with the keeper on a Bray counter attack and making no mistake for his second of the game. Still, Wexford pressed forward looking to take the game to penalties (the very least they deserved on the night) and they almost managed it, the Bray defence desperately blocking three shots in a crazy goalmouth scramble in the 117th minute.

Unfortunately time ran out and Bray go into the hat for the next round, Wexford hoping for a little more luck away to Athlone on Friday night.

Wexford FC: Colum Feeney, Paul Cleary, James Carroll, Lee Costello, Kristian Crawford, Karl Fitzsimons, Conor Crowley (c), Patrick O'Sullivan (Karl Manahan 67), Janabi Amour (Cian Kavanagh 78), Kaleem Simon (Conor English 51) and Sean Roche (Dan Tobin 91).  Subs Not Used: Azeez Yusuff, Charlie Smith and Jack Lydon.

Bray Wanderers: Adam Hayden, Cian Maher, Darragh Gibbons, Tristin Noack Hoffman, Dean O'Shea, Jack Watson (John Ross Wilson), Brandon McCann, Conor Behan, Glen Hollywood (Luka Lovic 84), Jake Ellis (Joe Doyle 69) and Darragh Lynch (Paul Keegan 82).  Subs Not Used: Brian Maher and Cian Walsh

Wexford FC starting XI vs Bray Wanderers (above) and Janabi Amour (top).

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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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