Youths beaten by Bohemians
PAUL MURPHY sent out a message to would-be senior club suitors with a cracking goal when guesting for Bohemians which set the Dublin side on their way to a comfortable victory over Wexford Youths in their friendly clash at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday evening last.
Murphy, who came on for the second-half, is determined to grab a senior contract, but Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan is in no doubt that he will have to see off the challenge of several clubs if he is to grab the services of the bright young Wexford town player, who spent last season with Waterford United.
Murphy, of course, also had a spell with Ipswich Town, but his overall display was outstanding, as he showed an attacking instinct and positional sense that was capped with a tremendous opening goal.
Wexford Youths, under their new manager Shane Keegan, showed improvement in the second-half, as they played some quality passing football, but once again it was their lack of scoring power in front of goal that saw many promising moves fail to reach fruition.
The opening 45 minutes was a period when neither side really looked like breaking the deadlock as they lacked penetration up front. Wexford Youths fielded a whole new eleven for the second period, and the presence of Danny Furlong up front brought a whole new dimension to the home side's game.
Still it was the youthful Bohs side who looked the more creative, with Murphy now a prominent player in most of their attacks. It took just four second-half minutes for Murphy to mark his presence on the pitch.
Having won a corner, Adam Martin's kick was only half-cleared to the edge of the area, where the lurking Murphy powered a superb shot high into the roof of the net, a goal fitting to break the deadlock.
Bohs now raised their game, adding a second in the 62nd minute through a Peter Mcmahon shot, leaving them with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Wexford Youths went on to play some fine football through midfield, and from one of the movements Danny Furlong got himself into position to steer home a Shane Nolan cross after 69 minutes to make it 2-1.
Both sides had their chances to add to their respective tallies but in the end the visitors stayed ahead. FIRST TEAM SQUAD
Manager Shane Keegan has named his first team squad for the season which is: Aidan Keenan, Brian Nolan, C.J. Browne, Cormac O'brien, Cormac Wall, Danny Furlong, Deano Broaders, Eric Molloy, Graham Doyle, James Scallan, Jamie Carr, James Darmody, Mark Phelan, Martin Kehoe, Patsy Malone, Shane Clarke, Shane Dempsey, Shane Nolan, Shaun Corcoran, Thomas Croke, Tom Elmes. The backroom team will also feature Paddy Carey (assistant manager) and technical assistants Des Clarke, Philip Martin and Seánie O'shea.
The Youths have lost Pakie Holden and Ben Ryan to neighbours Waterford United, which should add some flavour to their league opener.
Season tickets are now available (adults €100, concessions €50) from Ann on 0872926465 or www.wexfordyouths.com
First half: Graham Doyle, Brian Nolan, Jimmy Darmody, Karl Keogh, C.J. Browne, Shane Dempsey, Neale Phelan, Patsy Malone, Michael Mullen, Tom Elmes, Armie Balevicius.
Second-half: Cormac O'brien, Mark Phelan, Shane Clarke, James Scallan, Jamie Carr, John Yeats, Shane Nolan, Thomas Croke, Danny Furlong, Chris Fennor, Eric Molloy.
BOHEMIANS James Howtarth, Derek Pender, Luke Byrne, Danny Joyce, Even Mcmillan, Kevin Feeley, Karl Moore, Robert Lopez, Davy Byrne, Peter Mcmahon, Adam Martin. SUBS: Daniel Corcoran, Paul Murphy, Keith Ward, Richard Mourrin, Seán Stewart, Tony Mulligan, Robbie Gaul, Dan Byrne, Lee Dixon, Andy Mcnulty.
VENUE: Ferrycarrig Park.