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Wexford FC returned to action on Saturday afternoon with a trip to Bishopstown Stadium to take on Cork City in a behind closed doors friendly, the last competitive game being way back in March (an Extra Time EA Sports Cup 1st Round defeat to Bray Wanderers at Ferrycarrig Park). With just two weeks of resumed training behind them, Wexford put in a very encouraging performance against the Premier Division outfit, Dan Tobin scoring in the second half to secure a 1-0 win over the Rebel Army.

Brian O'Sullivan named two Trialists in the starting line up (a third Trialist entered the fray in the second half) alongside Tom Murphy, Dan Tobin, James Carroll, Craig Giles, Karl Manahan, Karl Fitzsimons, Charlie Smith, Kaleem Simon and Conor English. After a quiet opening, the first chance of the game fell to Cork's Dylan McGlade in the 16th minute, the winger finding his attempted lob over Wexford keeper Tom Murphy clearing the crossbar. Murphy was called into action for the first time a minute later, diving low to his right to tip a long range effort by Galvin around his post. Wexford slowly grew into the game after that early spell of Cork pressure but had to wait untill the 29th minute for their first real effort on the home team's goal. Manahan showed strength to win back possession deep in his own half before passing to Simon who found himself in some space. A clever through ball by Simon set Smith free down the left, the winger firing in a low cross which was met by English in the box. Under pressure the striker almost stabbed home from close range but was thwarted after a fine stop from McNulty in the Cork goal.

Seven minutes later English again came close, this time his crisp right foot shot from the edge of the box was saved by McNulty at his right hand post. There were few clear cut chances for the remainder of the half, both sides cancelling each other out, although McGlade found himself through on goal again just before the break but miscued badly with another attempted lob over the advancing Murphy. Scoreless at half time.

Brian O'Sullivan made four changes to start the second half, Conor Crowley, Cian Kavanagh, Jay Amour and Lee Costello replacing Manahan, Fitzsimons, Smith and Trialist A. Wexford began the half the brighter and almost took the lead in the 50th minute, Simon inches away from connecting at the near post after a delightful pass from Trialist B. Two minutes later and Wexford did take the lead after a flowing move down the right wing which was started and finished by Tobin. The Wexford captain advanced into the Cork half with the ball and passed into Simon who found English at the edge of the box, the Kilkenny man taking a touch before setting Tobin through on goal. Although the angle was against him, Tobin fired a right foot shot past the keeper into the far left corner of the net to open his account for Wexford FC.

Wexford almost doubled their lead five minutes later, Amour coming close at the back post after another teasing pass from Trialist B. Conor English was also unfortunate to see his left foot long range effort narrowly miss the top corner in the 64th minute. More changes followed, Kristian Crawford, Patrick O'Sullivan, Gianpiero Fragnoli, Liam Berry and Trialist C replacing Giles, Simon, English, Trialist B and Tobin for the final quarter of the game. 

Cork pressed forward looking for an equaliser but couldn't find a way through a determined Wexford defence, their best chance coming in the 75th minute when Amour did brilliantly to clear O'Brien's headed effort from a corner off the line. 

So, a fine win in the end for Brian O'Sullivan's team who have a number of friendlies lined up over the next few weeks before the SSE Airtricity League First Division finally gets back underway on July 31st.

Wexford FC Starting XI: Tom Murphy, Dan Tobin (c), Trialist A, James Carroll, Craig Giles, Karl Manahan, Karl Fitzsimons, Charlie Smith, Kaleem Simon, Trialist B and Conor English. Subs: Conor Crowley, Cian Kavanagh, Lee Costello, Jay Amour, Patrick O'Sullivan, Kristian Crawford, Liam Berry, Gianpiero Fragnoli, Colum Feeney and Trialist C.

Cork City Starting XI: McNulty, Bennett, Slevin, Ochieng, McGlade, Galvin, Hurley, Byrne, O'Leary, Trialist 1 and Bargary.  Subs: Coleman, O'Connor, Crowley, Dillon, Trialist 2, Murphy, Holland, Dinanga, Beineoin, Desmond and O'Brien.

You can check out Dan Tobin's goal below:

 

 

 

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