Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dunne spot on to fire Wexford into last four

Wexford Youths 1 Galway FC 1 (after extra time) - Wexford Youths win 4-3 on pens

Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

Jamie Holland

Shane Dunne held his nerve to slot home the winning penalty in a shoot-out at Ferrycarrig Park to send Wexford Youths into their first ever semi-final.

Danny Furlong had broken the deadlock five minutes into extra-time, beating Galway United 'keeper Conor Gleeson from an acute angle.

Craig Shortt should have secured victory but put his shot too close to Gleeson.

Six minutes from the end of extra-time, Gary Shanahan equalised from close range to take the tie to penalties.

A couple of good saves from Gleeson had kept the game scoreless at half-time, and Galway threatened after the break, with Shanahan forcing two fine saves out of Graham Doyle.

The home side's best effort was a low shot from sub Danny Furlong, capably dealt with by Gleeson. Just on time it took a timely advance from Doyle to deny Shanahan and send the game to extra-time – and ultimately penalties.

Wexford Youths – G Doyle, R Fox, S Last, CJ Browne, R Delaney; B Ryan (C Shortt 81), S Dunne, A Keenan, C McCabe, D Walshe (E Molloy 58), D Power (D Furlong 58).

Galway FC – C Gleeson, C Horgan, A Byrne, M Owens (C Fadden 106), M Connolly, P Sinnott, R Connolly, D O'Brien (J Molloy 77), V Faherty, J Keenan, G Shanahan.

Referee – K Callinan.

Irish Independent

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