Tuesday 6 December 2016

Murphy brace gives Wexford first win

Wexford Youths 2 Bray Wanderers 0

Published 02/04/2016 | 02:30

Andrew Lewis had a shot deflected for a corner with Alan McNally then bringing a fine save from Graham Doyle from Ryan Brennan's corner (Stock picture)
Andrew Lewis had a shot deflected for a corner with Alan McNally then bringing a fine save from Graham Doyle from Ryan Brennan's corner (Stock picture)

Paul Murphy scored twice to earn Wexford Youths their first Premier Division win and lift them off the foot of the table.

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The game went ahead despite the rain-sodden conditions with Bray baffled by how they weren't a couple of goals ahead inside the opening two minutes.

Andrew Lewis had a shot deflected for a corner with Alan McNally then bringing a fine save from Graham Doyle from Ryan Brennan's corner.

Doyle then somehow pushed a McNally header over the bar from point-blank range.

Youths quickly settled and took the lead on 19 minutes when Craig McCabe's cross was headed home by Murphy with the help of a deflection off Bray skipper Conor Kenna.

Ten minutes later, Bray 'keeper Peter Cherrie was forced into a fine reaction save with his feet from Danny Furlong's low drive.

But Bray were left cursing Doyle again on 36 minutes as the home 'keeper got down smartly to push another McNally shot round a post.

Bray's Hugh Douglas then saw his header from another Murphy corner cleared off the line by Danny Ledwith in first-half stoppage time.

Youths were much the better side in the second half with Cherrie having to make saves to deny Aidan Friel and Murphy late on.

Murphy then capped a super show with Youths' second goal five minutes into added time, side-footing home substitute Andy Mulligan's cross.

Wexford Youths - Doyle; McCabe, G Delaney, Last (Mulligan 80), R Delaney; Friel, Grace,  Ledwith (Wall 87), Molloy; Furlong (Kenny 74), Murphy.

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie; Douglas, Kenna, McNally, Murphy (Connolly 67); Moore, Creevy (Finnegan 90+2), Brennan, Marks; Lewis (Pender 69), Kelly.

Ref - A Buttimer (Cork)

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