Wednesday 26 April 2017

Wanderers spoil Chin comeback

Wexford Youths 1 Bray Wanderers 3

Youths began the second half on the front foot with Aidan Keenan having a 52nd-minute goal disallowed. (Stock picture)
Youths began the second half on the front foot with Aidan Keenan having a 52nd-minute goal disallowed. (Stock picture)

Mark Salmon, Ger Pender and Kevin Lynch punished sloppy defending as Lee Chin's Wexford Youths' debut fell flat at Ferrycarrig Park.

It's just one defeat now in 14 games for Bray with this result confirming their Premier Division status for next season as second-bottom Youths slumped to a fourth defeat in five games. With Wexford hurler Chin coming straight in for his debut in central defence, the home side started brightly.

But Youths fell behind from Bray's first attack on 20 minutes. Alan McNally, threaded a ball in behind the poorly-positioned Chin for the run of Jason Marks. And though the winger's shot was parried by Graham Doyle, midfielder Salmon followed up to score.

Chin was then booked for a rash challenge on Pender on 40 minutes. Youths began the second half on the front foot with Aidan Keenan having a 52nd-minute goal disallowed.

But once again Youths were undone by poor defending as they conceded a soft second goal right on the hour. Andrew O'Connor's back pass fell way short. That allowed Pender to race in, take the ball around Doyle and slide it to the net.

Lynch wrapped it up for Bray on 72 minutes, before Shane Dempsey got a consolation goal in the 87th minute.

Wexford Youths - Doyle; McCabe, Grace, Chin, O'Connor; Molloy, Dempsey, Bonner, Mulligan (Dunne, h-t); Keenan, Murphy.

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie; Douglas, Kenna, Clancy (Lyons, 76), Kehoe; McNally; Marks (Harding, 79), Salmon, Moore, Lynch; Pender (Lewis, 69).

Ref - J McKell (Tipperary)

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