Wexford double stuns Rovers as Youths move up to ninth
Wexford Youths 2 Shamrock Rovers 0
Andy Mulligan and Chris Kenny hit the goals to stun Shamrock Rovers at Ferrycarrig Park.
And, make no mistake, it was a fully deserved win as Youths took the biggest scalp in their history to move up to ninth in the Premier Division table.
Though Rovers started on the front foot, a defensive howler should have seen them behind on 10 minutes.
Eric Molloy charged down Dave Webster’s attempted clearance only to shoot wide with just Craig Hyland to beat.
Home keeper Graham Doyle saved well from Hoops’ skipper Gary McCabe’s volley before another howler at the other end brought Youths the lead.
Gary Delaney robbed the ball from the lax Gary Shaw to cross for Mulligan to drill to the net to score his third goal in four games.
Shaw might have made amends within three minutes but for a stunning save by Doyle from the Rovers striker’s fierce shot.
A bright start to the second half by Rovers almost resulted in them falling further behind to a swift counterattack five minutes in.
The hard-running Murphy broke on the right to set up Molloy who drove his shot narrowly wide.
The frustration was mounting for Rovers, exemplified on 57 minutes when Killian Brennan sent a free kick an incredible distance over the bar.
When they did find the target, Doyle was there to thwart shots from distance from McCabe and then Brandon Miele.
But it was Youths who deservedly doubled their lead on 70 minutes.
Paul Murphy worked the ball to Shane Dunne on the right and his low cross was met by Kenny who found the far corner of Hyland's net with a low shot.
Wexford Youths: Doyle; McCabe, G. Delaney, R. Delaney, Friel; Molloy (Whittle 90+2), Bonner, Kenny (Last, 88), Mulligan; Dunne (Ledwith, 90+3); Murphy.
Shamrock Rovers: Hyland; Madden, Cornwall, Webster (Boyd, 82), G. Brennan; Cregg, K. Brennan; Miele, McCabe (North, 71), D. Clarke; Shaw.
Referee: Padraig Sutton (Clare).