First
Date: 8 p.m. April 12, 2013
Venue: Ferrycarrig Park
Att: 323

Red: 36'
- Keith Gillespie 36'

Scored: 60'
- David O'Sullivan 60'


Wexford Youths -v- Longford Town

Fri, Apr 12 2013

WEXFORD YOUTHS

Wexford Youths take on Longford Town at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night knowing that a victory would move them level on points with the Midlanders at the top of the First Division table.

 

The Warriors are unbeaten in their past three games with two wins and a draw after losing their first two games of the season.

 

Shane Clarke returns from injury for the Youths while Aidan Keenan and CJ Browne have also recovered from the flu and are in line to feature. The only doubt for Wexford going into this crucial clash is Brian Nolan.

 

Manager Shane Keegan is pleased that his side will be taking on the league leaders at a time when they are in such a rich vein of form. Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “We have been on a decent run of form coming into this game so it is as good a time as any to face the league title favourites.

 

“Longford have made some great signings which has helped them kick on a level from last season but we believe we are a match for anyone in this division when at our best so it’s up to us to make a game of it.”

 

LONGFORD TOWN

The onus will certainly be on Longford Town coming into this clash to prove themselves against a strong Wexford side by further stretching the gap at the top of the table.

 

Mervue United and Finn Harps are both hot on the heels of the Midlanders with each currently sitting just one point behind the promotion favourites. Longford are also in decent away form this campaign having picked up three wins in all competitions and having lost just once, that coming in a 0-1 reverse at Finn Park.

 

One of Longford’s most impressive performers this season has been new signing Davis O’Sullivan who arrived from Leinster Senior League side Wayside Celtic over the winter. O’Sullivan introduced himself to the League of Ireland with a hat-trick on his debut against Salthill Devon. Since then he has added three more, against Waterford , Cobh and Mervue.

 

Perhaps oddly for a team on top of the table, Longford have kept only one clean sheet to date, in the 5-0 win over Salthill on the opening night of the season. 

 

Referee: Andrew Mullally.

 

 

MATCH STATS

These sides met four times in the league last season with Wexford failing to register a victory, losing three times and gaining one draw.

 

May 4th 2010 was the last time Wexford managed to emerge victorious against Longford, with a 1-0 win away from home.

 

You have to go back even further to find Wexford’s first win against Longford on home soil, that coming over four years ago through a 2-1 victory, Dave Miller grabbing the winner that day.

 

 

BETTING

Wexford Youths 11/4; Draw 12/5; Longford Town 17/20.

 

PREDICTION

Wexford Youths 0-2 Longford Town: The away side to edge this one and extend their advantage at the top of the table.

 

Wexford Youths

Injured: None.
Doubtful: Brian Nolan.
Suspended: None.

 

Longford Town

Injured: None.
Doubtful: None.
Suspended: None.

 


Wexford
Graham Doyle
Goalkeeper
James Dermody
Defender
Shaun Corcoran
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Defender
Shane Clarke
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Defender
Jamie Carr
Defender
C.J. Browne
22Booked: 22'
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Defender
Thomas Croke
Midfielder
Aidan Keenan
13Booked: 13'
Midfielder
Eric Molloy
Midfielder
Caolan O'Gorman
Midfielder
Joe Mulcahy
Forward

Substitutes
Iain Goulding
Unknown
Gary Delaney
Defender
Graham Delaney
Forward
Dean Broaders
67'
67Subbed On: 67'
Midfield
Glen Hawe
67'
67Subbed On: 67'
Forward
Shane Nolan
67'
67Subbed On: 67'
Midfield
Daryl Power
Forward
Longford Town
Chris Bennion
Goalkeeper
Willie Tyrell
Defender
William McDonagh
Defender
14Booked: 14'
Brian McCarthy
Defender
Noel Haverty
Defender
Mark Salmon
Midfielder
David O'Sullivan
Midfielder
53Booked: 53'
60Scored: 60'
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Keith Gillespie
Midfielder
36Sent off: 36'
Gary Shaw
Forward 78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Daniel Purdy
Forward
41Subbed On: 41'
Etanda Nkololo
Forward

Substitutes
Keith Quinn
Midfield
David O'Neill
Midfield 41'
41Subbed Off: 41'
Josh O'Hanlon
Forward
Michael Isichei
Forward
82Subbed On: 82'
82'
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Gavin Doyle
Forward
78Subbed On: 78'
78'
Chris Deans
Defender