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Watch: GAA star Lee Chin scores cracker to give Wexford huge advantage in bid for survival

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Published 01/11/2016 | 02:30

Lee Chin of Wexford Youths scores his side's second goal against Drogheda United
Lee Chin of Wexford Youths scores his side's second goal against Drogheda United
Lee Chin celebrates with Aidan Friel after scoring Wexford’s second goal. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Lee Chin's dramatically late and sublimely taken first goal for the club put Wexford Youths in the driving seat in the promotion/relegation play-off.

Wexford Youths 2 Drogheda United 0

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Ahead from Danny Furlong's 66th-minute goal, Youths would have felt they needed a further cushion to take to United Park for Friday's second leg.

And Wexford hurling star Chin delivered in some style in the first minute of stoppage-time.

Aidan Keenan's cross from the left was weakly headed away and Chin struck to blast a volley into the back of the net from around 14 yards.

Drogheda started brightly, with Gareth McCaffrey and Marc Griffin having early chances before Richie Purdy drilled a long-range shot off a post on 10 minutes.

Three minutes later, Drogheda defender Luke Gallagher rattled the crossbar with a powerful header from Griffin's corner.

Lee Grace of Wexford Youths in action against Marc Griffin of Drogheda United. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Lee Grace of Wexford Youths in action against Marc Griffin of Drogheda United. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Youths survived to finally work Drogheda goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness with Keenan's looping header from Craig McCabe's long throw-in.

Keenan then wasted a glorious chance, volleying Paul Murphy's sublime cross well wide.

Unlike the first half, Youths were on the money from the restart as Furlong volleyed wide from Keenan's flick before Jonny Bonner had a curling effort saved by McGuinness.

Drogheda remained dangerous and Purdy's shooting prowess was to the fore again on 65 minutes as his crisp volley brought a two-handed save at full stretch from Doyle.

A minute later, Youths had the lead.

Murphy put the ball through for the run of strike-partner Furlong who burst the net with a stunning volley from 18 yards.

Wexford Youths - Doyle; McCabe, Kenny, Grace, O'Connor; Whittle (Friel 83), Chin, Bonner, Keenan; Murphy (Dunne 90+3), Furlong.

Drogheda UniTed - McGuinness; Deasy, Gallagher, Farragher, Dunne; Thornton, Purdy; Hyland (McKeown 90+2); Wixted (Ashe 78), Griffin (Brennan 86), McCaffrey.

Ref - R Matthews (Longford).

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