Tuesday 24 April 2018

Faherty keeps up hot run with brace to sink Youths

Wexford Youths 0-2 Galway United

Vinny Faherty continued his recent fantastic form
Vinny Faherty continued his recent fantastic form
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Vinny Faherty maintained his sparkling form with a brace to move Galway United back up to third place in the table.

Having scored in his previous two league games, Faherty broke the deadlock at Ferrycarrig Park five minutes into the second half.

Chris Kenny's foul on Stephen Walsh was clinically punished by Tommy Dunne's side. Captain Ryan Connolly whipped the free-kick into area, where Faherty found the far corner of the net with a well-placed header.

Galway should have been further ahead on 63 minutes. First Faherty's effort was bravely blocked by Wexford Youths defender Stephen Last, and then Graham Doyle pulled off the save of the night, getting down to his right to keep out Padraic Cunningham's low drive.

But Galway doubled their lead on six minutes later with a replica of their opening goal. Again Connolly put his diagonal free-kick into the area for Faherty to rise at the far post to head past Doyle for his seventh goal of the season.

John Sullivan was inches from a third goal when he smashed Faherty's lay-off against the bar.

Wexford almost pulled one back when Paul Murphy put Andy Mulligan in on goal, but alert Galway keeper Conor Winn was off his line quickly to save with his feet.

Doyle soon saw action at the other end, back-pedalling frantically to push away Faherty's flicked shot after Marc Ludden picked him out from a throw.

Just past the half-hour, Ludden was again the instigator on the left flank, putting Cunningham in on goal, with Doyle out promptly to save.

Youths' Murphy might have done better with an opening on 37 minutes, but his lob had just a little too much purchase on it as it dropped wide of Winn's far post.

Wexford Youths - Doyle; McCabe, G. Delaney, Last, Ledwith; Friel (Whittle, 79), Bonner, Kenny, Mulligan; Molloy; Murphy

Galway United - Winn; Horgan, Sinnott, Folan (Cantwell, 23), Walsh; Shanahan, Sullivan, Connolly, Ludden; Cunningham (Keating, 85), Faherty

Ref - A Reale (Kildare)

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