Youths' season starts with big defeat
PLAYED IN deplorable conditions, Wexford Youths got off to the worst possible start when losing out heavily to Cobh Ramblers in their opening Airtricity Division 1 league game played in Cobh on Saturday evening last.
The start to the season was in complete contrast to last year when the Youths hammered Waterford 6-0 in their opening game, but there was never going to be a repeat on this occasion as the home side, with a superior physical presence, dominated the visitors on a tight, heavy pitch which turned into a quagmire in the torrential rain as the game progressed.
For team manager Shane Keegan it was a game where everything went wrong. 'It was a tight pitch, turning into a quagmire and that suited the superior physical presence of the home side. Still, we gave away some silly goals with sloppy defending, while we missed a couple of our own in the opening half which, had they been capitalised upon, could have made a difference.
'But there's no denying the superior side won. Now we must pick ourselves up for Friday evening's home game with Athlone Town. I've no doubt the players will get their game together. We will have home advantage, a good pitch, and should we use the wide open spaces we can get a result.'
Wexford Youths lost any chance they had of taking points from this game in an opening 45-minute they would sooner forget. They were unable to deal with the underfoot conditions, while the strong physical presence of the home side knocked them completely off their game.
Unable to play their passing football, the Youths never looked happy at the back, and it was no surprise when Cobh went in leading 4-0 at the interval.
Wexford Youths showed improvement in the second-half but were unable to create any real chances up front as the home side went on to add a further goal to their first-half tally for a decisive victory in the end.
Wexford are at home to Athlone Town this Friday with an 8 p.m. kick-off.
Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Shane Clarke, Thomas Croke, Jamie Carr, Seán Corcoran, Brian Nolan, Eric Molloy, Glen Hawe, Dean Broaders, Aidan Keenan, Joey Mulcahy. Subs. - Craig McCabe for Clarke, Shane Nolan for Molloy, also Brandon O'Callaghan, Gary Delaney, C.J. Browne, James Dermody, Daryl Power.