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WEXFORD CELTIC........................ 1

VALLEY PARK UTD...................... 3

VALLEY PARK certainly did their talking on the pitch as they turned in a superb skilful performance to see off Wexford Celtic in this excellent LFA Junior Cup fourth round clash in Wexford on Sunday morning.

It was a classy display from the visitors who had Andrew Vaughan superb in midfield, while keeper Shane Curley pulled off a string of superb saves as Wexford Celtic laid siege to their goal during the closing twenty minutes as the homeside played some of their best football.

After an even opening Vaughan popped up springing into the game. His break down the left wing stretched the home defence and his accurate left footed cross was powered to the net by Ian McEneaney with a superb thirty metre strike that flew beyond keeper David Dunbar into the top right hand corner of the net after just thirty minutes.

The second half went on to produce some excellent football as the game developed into a free flowing affair. However, it was the superior first touch and skilful passing of the visitors, that saw them take a grip on proceedings. Their second goal was a rather spectacular effort, with Vaughan spotting the keeper off his line, floating a superb fifty metre effort across goal over the keeper into the opposite corner of the net giving them a 2-0 lead on fifty minutes.

While Wexford Celtic were industrious they were unable to match the free flowing football of the visitors who stretched their lead through a Colm Tobin chip from thirty metres after seventy minutes.

But still Wexford Celtic showed a belief in their ability. They began to push forward more in an effort to salvage something from the game. Moran saw an effort rebound off the crossbar, while keeper Curley did superbly well to keep out efforts from John McManus and James Murphy.

The homeside got a deserved breakthrough two minutes from the end when Donal O'Connor finally beat Curley with a neat shot from ten metres but it arrived too late to affect the result.

Wexford Celtic: David Dunbar, Ger Dunbar, Eugene Rockett, James Bridges, Barry McGrath, Alan Kearns, Billy McKiernan, Alan Meyler, James Murphy, Stephen Moran, John McManus. Subs: Peter Murphy, Sean Byrne, Donal O'Connor.

Valley Park Utd: Shane Curley, Geoff Doyle, Paul Farrell, Darren O'Brien, Damian Dowling, Keith Higgins, Andrew Vaughan, Paul Billings, Ian McEneaney, Colin Tobin, Craig Haig. Subs: Trevor Doyle, Anthony Phillips, John Pepper, Stephen Farrell.

Referee: Damian Donovan.