Sunday 18 March 2018

Jubilant Youths stun Hoops

Wexford Youths 2 Shamrock Rovers 0

Wexford Youths manager Shane Keegan. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Wexford Youths manager Shane Keegan. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile newsdesk

Andy Mulligan and Chris Kenny hit the goals to stun Shamrock Rovers as Wexford Youths took the biggest scalp in their history to move up to ninth.

Though Rovers started on the front foot, Youths nearly went in front when Eric Molloy charged down Dave Webster's clearance only to shoot wide when he had just Craig Hyland to beat.

Home keeper Graham Doyle saved well from Gary McCabe's volley before another howler at the other end brought Youths the lead. Gary Delaney robbed the lax Gary Shaw to cross for Mulligan to drill in his third goal in four games.

Shaw might have made amends but for a stunning save by Doyle from the Rovers striker's fierce shot.

Rovers started the second half brightly but were almost undone by a swift counter-attack. The hard-running Paul Murphy broke on the right to set up Molloy, who drove his shot narrowly wide.

The frustration was mounting for Rovers, exemplified on 57 minutes when Killian Brennan sent a free-kick ballooning horribly over the bar.

When they did find the target, Doyle was there to thwart shots from distance from McCabe and then Brandon Miele.

Youths deservedly doubled their lead on 70 minutes. Murphy worked the ball to Shane Dunne on the right and his low cross was met by Kenny who found the far corner of Hyland's net with a low shot.

Wexford Youths - Doyle; McCabe, G Delaney, R Delaney, Friel; Molloy (Whittle 90+2), Bonner, Kenny (Last 88), Mulligan; Dunne (Ledwith 90+3); Murphy.

Shamrock Rovers - Hyland; Madden, Cornwall, Webster (Boyd 82), G Brennan; Cregg, K Brennan; Miele, McCabe (North 71), D Clarke; Shaw.

Ref - P Sutton (Clare).

Irish Independent

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