Wexford Youths 0 Galway Utd 2
to deservedly claim the points at Ferrycarrig Park last night.
Youths were looking to bounce back following two successive 4-0 defeats, to St Patrick’s in the league, and against Limerick in the EA Sports Cup. Boss Shane Keegan was without last seasons’ leading striker Danny Furlong through suspension as they tried for only their second home win.
Tommy Dunne’s Galway were seeking to continue their good start to the season yet Wexford almost scored inside 90 seconds but Andy Mulligan’s shot was too close to keeper Conor Winn.
Galway got back into the game with Faherty forcing an excellent save out of home keeper Graham Doyle, having taken a long Mark Luddon throw into the area, while Andy Mulligan got back to head away the breaking ball.
Galway should have taken a 19th minute lead when Faherty failed to connect with a Ryan Connolly free kick when all it needed was the simplest of touches.
Eight minutes before the brea Wexford countered quickly but Paul Murphy’s lob over advancing keeper Winn just went outside the right hand post which left it 0-0 at the interval.
In a season when Faherty has been scoring vital goal he pounced for his sixth of the campaign when he sneaked in ahead of the home defence to steer a delightful header to the net from a 50th minute Connolly free kick.
Galway stepped up the tempo becoming particularly dominant in midfield. Connolly’s dangerous free kicks were causing problems for the home back four as they pressed to increase their lead and it was a case of survival for the home side.
The pressure told when Faherty got his head to a delightful Connolly free kick to steer the ball low to the left corner leaving keeper stranded making it 2-0 after 69 minutes. Seven minutes later John Sullivan cracked a fine shot off the bar having been set up by Faherty as the Westerners took complete control.
Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Craig McCabe, Gary Delaney, Stephen Last, Danny Ledwith, Andrew Mulligan, Eric Molloy, Chris Kenny, Jonny Bonner, Aidan Friel (Conor Whittle 79), Paul Murphy.
Galway Utd: Conor Winn, Colm Horgan, Stephen Walsh, Stephen Folan (Kilian Delaney 22), Paul Sinnott, Marc Ludden, John Sullivan, Ryan Connolly, Gary Shanahan, Padraic Cunningham (Ruari Keating 84), Vinny Faherty.
Referee: Adriane Reale.
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