ūüďł Some final pics from Galway. Back in League action at home to Athlone on Monday night. https://t.co/zLqNUv84qM

Wexford FC were six minutes away from pulling off one of the shocks of the season in the First Division at a rain soaked Ferrycarrig Park last night. Leading 1-0 after a Karl Fitzsimons first half strike, league leaders Bray managed a remarkable turnaround to take all three points back to the Carlisle Grounds. The Seagulls had a little fortune after been awarded a penalty in the 85th minute from a corner that should never have been given and following the successful spot kick they added two more quick fire goals to run out 3-1 winners.

There was just one Wexford change from last week's disastrous UCD game, Jack Larkin returning from injury and starting in midfield in place of Karl Manahan. The Waterford loanee had a huge part to play in Wexford's goal in the 25th minute, playing a one two with Jack Doherty on the edge of the Bray box before finding an unmarked Fitzsimons with a delightful right foot pass. Fitzsimons cooly found the corner of the net for a deserved lead for the home side.

The game had started off quietly with the home team, unsurprisingly after last weeks heavy defeat, defending in numbers to restrict any openings for the First Division's most in form side. It sprung to live in the 12th minute when Azeez Yusuff latched onto a poor back pass and raced through on goal but the winger blazed his right foot shot over. Ryan Graydon almost gave the visitors the lead six minutes later, his right foot effort from outside the box going narrowly wide of Tom Murphy's right hand post. Another six minutes passed before Fitzsimons struck for the opening goal of the game.

Bray had most of the possession after that but the visitors were unable to break down a resolute Wexford defence, Gary Shaw heading high over just before the break their only real effort on target.

The second half was a similar affair, Bray owning the ball for long periods with Wexford trying to break down the wings occasionally but the final pass kept letting the home team down. Derek Daly thought he had his side level in the 51st minute when he blasted a powerful effort on goal but Murphy made a sensational reflex save to his right to deny him. Wanderers really struggled to create any other openings till the 85th minute when they were awarded a corner despite the ball clearly coming off a Bray head last. As luck would have it, the resulting corner led to the penalty that drew Bray level, Yusuff judged to have taken Daly down after Wexford failed to clear. Shaw despatched the penalty to make it 1-1 and two minutes later Bray led, Sean McEvoy heading into the top corner. A stunned Wexford conceded a third goal when Darragh Lynch fired in with the last kick of the game to complete the astonishing comeback.

Wexford face a rejuvenated Galway United side at Eamonn Decay Park on Friday night before hosting Athlone at Ferrycarrig Park the following Monday. 

Wexford FC: Tom Murphy, Dan Tobin (c), Jay Nwanze, James Carroll, Craig Giles, Conor Crowley, Jack Larkin (Patrick O'Sullivan 86'), Karl Fitzsimons, Azeez Yusuff, Charlie Smith and Jack Doherty. Subs Not Used: Jack Lydon, Kristian Crawford, Liam Berry, Malike Hill Benrouigibi, Kevin McEvoy and Kieran Murphy.

Bray Wanderers: Brian Maher, John Ross Wilson, Dylan Barnett, Killian Cantwell, Aaron Barry, Ryan Graydon, Callum Thompson, Gary Shaw, Derek Daly (Darragh Lynch 67'), Luka Lovic (Paul Keegan 67') and Sean McEvoy (Jack Watson 90').  Subs Not Used: Enda Minogue, Tristan Noack Hofmann, Glen Hollywood and Cian Maher.

Check out the match highlights below:




League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Shamrock Rovers II 12 -5 8
9 Athlone Town 12 -16 6
10 Wexford FC 12 -22 6

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
2 Peamount Utd 6 17 15
3 Wexford Youths WFC 5 10 12
4 Cork City Women 5 1 9

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