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Saturday 30 August 2014

Youths in last eight

Published 13/05/2014 | 05:38

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SEAN SKELLY'S 51st-minute goal powered Wexford Youths into the EA Sports Cup quarter-finals and a home clash against Galway with a deserved victory over Cobh Ramblers at Ferrycarrig Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

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SEAN SKELLY'S 51st-minute goal powered Wexford Youths into the EA Sports Cup quarter-finals and a home clash against Galway with a deserved victory over Cobh Ramblers at Ferrycarrig Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

Both sides used their extended squads but this did not take from an entertaining opening 45 minutes as chances were created at both ends. It flowed from end to end with Cobh looking the more composed and threatening side during that opening period.

After a nervy opening 15 minutes the Youths gradually played their way into the game, showing that manager Shane Keegan has a number of players pushing for inclusion in his first eleven.

The back four was excellent, particularly through the closing ten minutes when they came under intense pressure, while 'keeper Danielius Niekus had an excellent debut, making two excellent saves in the closing eight minutes.

The game was only on twelve minutes when Robert Waters slipped his marker but shot across Niekus and wide, while the Youths' first effort on goal saw Jason McHugh pull his shot wide.

Cobh came closest to breaking the deadlock after 26 minutes, with Alan O'Flynn cutting a low ball across the face of the goal, but Ryan Goldsmith failed to connect properly with only the 'keeper to beat.

The Youths came under intense pressure in a spell leading up to the break with Cobh forcing three successive corners, but from the third Niekus was fouled, relieving the pressure.

Just on the break the home side had a great chance of taking the lead when Danny Fitzpatrick cut in from the left, but the outstretched leg of 'keeper Shane Hallahan denied him.

The momentum increased on the resumption with the Youths doing more of the attacking. A Ryan Delaney run down the left produced the cross for the 51st-minute goal, with Seán Skelly powering a delightful low left-footed shot to the net.

Both sides created chances with substitute Danny Furlong just failing to connect with a Daryl Power ball across the face of the goal, while four minutes from the end home 'keeper Niekus advanced to deny George Gill who was in on goal.

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