Paul Murphy scored twice to hand Wexford Youths their first victory at the expense of Bray Wanderers in their Premier Divison clash in difficult conditions at Ferrycarrig Park last night.
While Wexford Youths had demonstrated they were capable of mixing it in the top flight they were desperately in need of a victory to lift off their first season in the top flight, while for the Wicklow side.
Bray forced three corner kicks inside the opening three minutes, with centre-back Alan McNally getting in a header from a Robbie Creevy kick to force a fine save out of keeper, Graham Doyle. The Youths were coming under incessant pressure during the opening ten minutes with Dean Kelly also forcing Doyle to get down low and save.
But Youths struck gold in the nineteenth minute when following good play and cross from full-back Craig McCabe Paul Murphy headed home.
Youths should have made it 2-0 ten minutes later when Danny Furlong got in shot from close in but Cherrie did well to keep the ball out, while at the opposite end, centre-back McNally forced Doyle to save at the expense of a fruitless corner, with the home side happy to lead 1-0 at the interval.
Bray opened the second half impressively but were still falling short in front of goal with keeper Doyle getting a vital touch to a Ryan Brennan cross across the face of the goal. At the opposite end Gary Delaney powered a 62nd minute header from a Dnny Ledwith corner over the top.
Wexford Youths were defending quite well in the tricky conditions of wind and rain while looking dangerous on the counter attack through the fine inter-change passing of Paul Murphy and Danny Furlong.
Youths grew in belief as the game progressed but still had to survive a tense finish. Dean Kelly had a shot over the top while Jason Marks had an effort blocked by the recovering Gary Delaney helping his side keep a clean sheet for the first game this season. It was Paul Murphy who sealed the points with a finish five minutes into additional time from an Andy Mulligan cross.
Graham Doyle, Craig McCabe, Gary Delaney, Lee Grace, Ryan Delaney, Stephen Last (Andy Mulligan 80), Eric Molloy, Aidan Friel, Paul Murphy, Danny Ledwith (Craig Wall 87), Danny Furlong (Chris Kenny 74).
Peter Cherrie, Hugh Douglas, Alan McNally, Conor Kenna, Curtis Murphy (Dylan Connolly, 60), Karl Moore (Ger Pender 69), Ryan Brennan, Robbie Creevy (Paul Finnegan 92), Jason Marks, Andrew Lewis, Dean Kelly.