First
Date: 8 p.m. March 16, 2018
Venue: Ferrycarrig Park
Att: 210
TV:

Chris Kenny 20' -
Peno Miss: 20'


Dean Kelly 44' -
Scored: 44'


Scored: 4'
- Sean Brennan 4'

Scored: 10'
- Lee Duffy 10'

Scored: 13'
- Sean Brennan 13'

Scored: 24'
- Mark Doyle 24'

Peno Scored: 26'
- Chris Lyons 26'

Scored: 54'
- Jake Hyland 54'

Scored: 59'
- Lee Duffy 59'

Scored: 61'
- Chris Lyons 61'

Red: 88'
- Lee Duffy 88'



League Preview: Wexford -v- Drogheda United

Fri, Mar 16 2018

Drogheda enjoyed themselves racking up a big score against Athone last weekend. Credit: Larry McQuillan

WEXFORD FC

Wexford will look to return to winning ways as they host Drogheda United in their first home league fixture of the season at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday.

Damien Locke's side began their season with a 1-0 win away to Cabinteely thanks to Sean Hurley's eighth minute goal.

Wexford then travelled to Longford but fell to a 3-0 defeat, falling behind on 36 minutes to a Chris Mulhall strike.

Longford wrapped the game up in the last ten minutes as Mulhall netted a second before Dylan McGlade scored Longford's third.

Wexford also faced Cobh Ramblers in the EA Sports Cup on Tuesday, at Ferrycarrig Park.

The tie finished 0-0 after 90 minutes and with neither side able to score in extra time, the game went to penalties where Cobh prevailed 8-7 from the spot.

Wexford have no suspensions and are expected to have a full squad to choose from with both Aaron O'Connor and Shane Barnes returning to be named on the bench midweek against Cobh.

 

DROGHEDA UNITED

Drogheda United will be looking to become the only team to record back to back wins in their opening two First Division games.

Due to floodlight issues on the opening night of the season, Drogheda only got their season underway on Sunday as they easily brushed aside Athlone, winning 6-0 at United Park.

A brace from Mark Doyle, goals from Jake Hyland, Colm Deasy, Ciaran Kelly and an own goal by Martin Walshe gave a dominant Drogheda a deserved first league win under Tim Clancy.

“It was a very good performance. The first-half was a bit end-to-end but I felt we really asserted ourselves in the second-half and that was reflected in the score.

“I would say what probably pleased me the most was the shape of the side; they knew where to be and what to do both in and out of possession and that’s really promising this early on,” Clancy told the club’s official website.

Looking ahead to the Wexford game, despite Damien Locke's side losing 3-0 to Longford, their performance impressed Clancy.

“I thought the score was quite harsh on them. They acquitted themselves well on the ball and missed a number of chances as well as hitting the post. They’re a decent side and they’ll want to put on a performance in front of their own crowd,” Clancy said.

Drogheda have a full squad going into this game and that will be needed over the next few weeks with the Boynesiders playing four games in 11 days as they face Wexford, St. Mochta's (EA Sports Cup), Galway and Finn Harps.

“We are certainly not going to look ahead to any of the games next week. Wexford are a very capable team, as shown by their win over Cabinteely a couple of weeks ago.

“It will be a testing couple of weeks for the squad but we’re looking forward to it as we’ve been starved for games. Hopefully we’ll start it off on a positive note tomorrow,” Clancy told the club website.

Referee: Alan Carey

 

MATCH STATS

This is the first time the sides have played each other since the 2016 Promotion/Relegation play-off.

Wexford won the first leg of that play-off 2-0 in Ferrycarrig Park thanks to goal from now Galway United striker Danny Furlong and Lee Chin.

Drogheda won the second leg 3-0 at United Park to complete a dramatic comeback and earn promotion.

 

BETTING

Wexford FC 7/2; Draw 13/5; Drogheda United 4/6.

PREDICTION

Wexford FC 0-2 Drogheda United

 

Wexford FC

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Drogheda United

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Wexford
Danny Bolger
Goalkeeper 62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Mikey Byrne
Defender
Sean Hurley
Defender
Ross Kenny
32Booked: 32'
Defender
Owen McCormack
8Booked: 8'
Defender
Thomas Croke
Midfielder
Dean Kelly
44Scored: 44'
Midfielder
Chris Kenny
20Peno Miss: 20'
70Booked: 70'
Midfielder
Mark Slater
11Booked: 11'
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Midfielder
Shane Barnes
58'
58Subbed Off: 58'
Forward
Aaron Dobbs
Forward

Substitutes
Danny Doyle
Forward
Kealan Gaffney
62'
62Subbed On: 62'
Goalkeeper
Dean George
Forward
Aidan Lehane
Defender
Liam McCartan
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Midfield
John Morgan
58'
58Subbed On: 58'
87Booked: 87'
Forward
Owen Wall
Midfield
Drogheda United
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Colm Deasy
Defender
Kevin Farragher
Defender
Conor Kane
Defender
Ciaran Kelly
Defender
Sean Brennan
Midfielder
4Scored: 4'
13Scored: 13'
45'
45Subbed Off: 45'
Luke Gallagher
Midfielder
Jake Hyland
Midfielder
54Scored: 54'
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Mark Doyle
Forward
24Scored: 24'
Lee Duffy
Forward
10Scored: 10'
59Scored: 59'
88Sent off: 88'
Chris Lyons
Forward
26Peno: 26'
61Scored: 61'
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'

Substitutes
Lloyd Buckley
Defender
Kealan Dillon
Midfield
67Subbed On: 67'
67'
Luca Gratzer
Goalkeeper
Gareth McCaffrey
Forward
Stephen Meaney
Forward
67Subbed On: 67'
67'
Richie Purdy
Midfield
Luke Rossiter
Midfield
45Subbed On: 45'
45'


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