Shane Keegan frustrated as Wexford Youths get little reward

Having produced commendable performances against some of the top sides in the country, Shane Keegan wants his Wexford Youths to finally take that major step and garner a first Premier Division victory when Derry City visit Ferrycarrig Park this evening.

Shane Keegan frustrated as Wexford Youths get little reward

Top-flight newcomers Youths have been well in all four league games to date with boss Keegan frustrated by the fact they’ve only one point to show for their efforts.

After narrow defeats to Longford Town, Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk, that point came away to Bohemians last week in a rollercoaster 3-3 draw.

“The lads know themselves that to lead three times and not come away with the three points is not good enough and I’m sure you could all see their frustration at the final whistle,” said Keegan.

“But it shows how far we’ve come as a team and a club that we’re leaving Dalymount Park annoyed that we’ve only picked up a point.”

Youths continue without injured trio Aidan Keenan, Peter Higgins and Shane Dunne.

While his side have impressed with three successive wins, Derry manager Kenny Shiels acknowledges that Youths’ low points haul is deceptive.

“As far as we’re concerned, Wexford’s placing in the league table is particularly misleading, so we can take absolutely nothing for granted,” cautioned Shiels. “For us, it’s all about keeping the momentum going.”

Captain Ryan McBride, Dean Jarvis and Aaron McEneff limped out of training this week, but Sheils is hopeful at least one will be fit.

Finn Harps take on injury and suspension-hit Longford at Finn Park looking for a first win in nine games against the midland side.

Boss Ollie Horgan remains without Barry Molloy, Sean Houston and Josh Mailey while Dave Scully and Packie Mailey are doubts having both picked up knocks in last week’s drawn game at Sligo Rovers.

Longford are missing defender Pat Flynn and key midfielder Kevin O’Connor, who are both banned, while skipper Conor Powell is out injured along with Mark Rossiter, Rhys Gorman, Don Cowan and Lee Duffy.

Injuries also hamper Galway United’s hopes of bouncing back from last week’s first defeat of the season at Derry ahead of Bohemians’ visit to Eamonn Deacy Park.

Winger Kevin Devaney, impressive in their bright start to the season, Colm Horgan, Gary Shanahan and Enda Curran all need to prove their fitness while Armin Aganovic, Alex Byrne and Stephen Folan are ruled out.

Bohemians striker Ismahil Akinake, who limped out of Tuesday’s EA Sports Cup win over Longford with a hamstring strain, faces a late fitness test. Vice-captain Roberto Lopes is also a major doubt due to a virus which will keep fellow midfielder Eoin Wearen sidelined.

On the plus side, Anto Murphy and Kurtis Byrne come back into contention following injuries.

Dylan Connolly — on Ireland under-21 duty — and an ankle injury to Robbie Creevy add to Bray Wanderers’ list of absentees as they host Sligo Rovers looking for their first league victory of the season.

Manager Mick Cooke has defender Sean Harding back fit but remains without Mick Daly, Conor Earley and Daniel Blackbyrne.

With Phil Roberts back from suspension, Sligo, also in search of their first league win, bring a full squad to the Carlisle Grounds.

Tonight’s fixtures (7.45pm unless stated)

Premier Division:

Bray Wanderers v Sligo Rovers (7.30pm), Finn Harps v Longford Town (8pm), Galway United v Bohemians (2pm), Wexford Youths v Derry City (5pm)

First Division:

Athlone Town v Limerick, Cabinteely v Waterford United, Cobh Ramblers v UCD (7.15pm), Shelbourne v Drogheda United (7pm)

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CourtsSoccerPlace: Ferrycarrig ParkPlace: Dalymount ParkPlace: Finn ParkPlace: Eamonn Deacy ParkPlace: IrelandPerson: Shane KeeganPerson: KeeganPerson: Aidan KeenanPerson: Peter HigginsPerson: Shane DunnePerson: Kenny ShielsPerson: ShielsPerson: Ryan McBridePerson: Dean JarvisPerson: Aaron McEneffPerson: SheilsPerson: Finn HarpsPerson: Ollie HorganPerson: Barry MolloyPerson: Sean HoustonPerson: Josh MaileyPerson: Dave ScullyPerson: Packie MaileyPerson: Pat FlynnPerson: Kevin O’ConnorPerson: Conor PowellPerson: Mark RossiterPerson: Rhys GormanPerson: Don CowanPerson: Lee DuffyPerson: Kevin DevaneyPerson: Colm HorganPerson: Gary ShanahanPerson: Enda CurranPerson: Armin AganovicPerson: Alex ByrnePerson: Stephen FolanPerson: Ismahil AkinakePerson: Roberto LopesPerson: Eoin WearenPerson: Anto MurphyPerson: Kurtis ByrnePerson: Dylan ConnollyPerson: Robbie CreevyPerson: Mick CookePerson: Sean HardingPerson: Mick DalyPerson: Conor EarleyPerson: Daniel BlackbyrnePerson: Phil RobertsEvent: EA Sports CupOrganisation: Wexford YouthsOrganisation: Derry CityOrganisation: Longford TownOrganisation: Shamrock RoversOrganisation: DundalkOrganisation: BohemiansOrganisation: DerryOrganisation: WexfordOrganisation: LongfordOrganisation: Galway UnitedOrganisation: Bohemians’Organisation: Bray Wanderers’Organisation: Sligo RoversOrganisation: SligoOrganisation: Bray WanderersOrganisation: Finn HarpsOrganisation: Athlone TownOrganisation: LimerickOrganisation: CabinteelyOrganisation: Waterford UnitedOrganisation: Cobh RamblersOrganisation: UCDOrganisation: ShelbourneOrganisation: Drogheda United

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