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Brian de Salvo was in Ferrycarrig Park on Tuesday evening to see our under 19 side take on their counterparts from Cork City in the 2nd round of the Enda McGuill Cup.

Cork City’s foray into Europe has kept them out of Airtricity League action recently but they are still twelve points clear at the top of the Premier Division table.   Just four of the Cork Under 19 team that contested Tuesday night’s Enda McGuill’s cup tie in Ferrycarrig are members of John Caulfield’s senior squad but none of them have a Premier Division appearance on their cv this season.   But they had too much quality for Wexford, who started two players with first team experience and made five second half substitutions, all to no avail as the visitors added four second half goals to add to Pierce Phillips 8th minute opener.

Phillips created the first scoring opportunity himself, running at the Wexford defence before exchanging passes with Jordon O’Regan and hitting the ball low past home keeper Jason McGuire. O’Regan went on to hit all of his side’s other four goals, starting in the first minute of the second half when he volleyed a Denzil Fernandes cross from the right past the helpless keeper.

The game was already beyond Wexford’s reach but now they struggled as Cork raised the tempo.  It was Fernandes again who was the provider for O’Regan’s next goal five minutes later, slipping him in at the far post for a one on one with the keeper.   The advancing McGuire got something on O’Reagan’s effort but couldn’t keep it out.

It’s difficult to know how much McGuire knew about Cork substitute Cian Murphy’s close range volley as the ball passed across his goal but he managed to block it.  So it was down to O’Regan to make the deficit four with an efficiently dispatched penalty in the eightieth minute. It was a spot kick needlessly conceded when Murphy was pulled back as he moved away from goal.

It seemed Murphy was fated not to score when the advancing McGuire dived at his feet to smother his shot. O’Regan was not content with his hat trick, however, and scored the goal of the evening, driving a fierce shot from all of thirty yards past the immobile keeper in the 89th minute.

Wexford’s only opportunity to score came early on when Cork indulged in some over indulgent tippy tappy in front of their own goal and surrendered possession to Adham Masood whose weak shot failed to trouble keeper Dave Coffey.

A testing evening for the Wexford youngsters, who will hope to fare better when they face Cork again, this time in the league, in Ferrycarrig on Sunday at 2:00pm.

Attendance: 75 (est.)

Wexford FC: Jason McGuire; Jack Gallagher, Neil Murphy (Mick Gardiner 71), Owen McComack, Jack Bates; Eoin Curran (Adam Feeney h/t), Vinny Quinlan (Jack Healy 61), Robbie Kane (Cian Doyle h/t), Adham Masood; Yaw Aboagye (Adam Doyle 76), Dylan Bradley.

Cork City: Dave Coffey; Dylan Scott, Adam O’Sullivan (Thomas O’Donovan 64), Garan Manley, Ronan Hurley; Pierce Phillips, Alec Byrne, Daire O’Riordan, Jordan O’Regan; Denzil Fernandez, Cian Leonard (Cian Murphy 68).

Referee: Sean Grant, Assistants: Brian Fenlon and Michelle O'Neill





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