Ryan Byrne/INPHO Vinny Faherty (pictured here in action for Dundalk last season) scored a treble for Galway FC.
# First Division Wrap
Vinny Faherty blazes 18-minute hat-trick as Galway rout Ramblers
Shelbourne gained a point on league-leading Longford and Wexford ran rings around Hoops’ reserves.

Galway FC 4-1 Cobh Ramblers

VINNY FAHERTY WAS the hat-trick hero for hosts Galway FC at Eamonn Deacy Parks as they tore Cobh Ramblers asunder.

Faherty netted am 18-minute treble in the first-half to set his side on their way to an easy win over the visitors. Martin Deady pulled a goal back from the spot but, with Jason Molloy and Paul Sinnott impressive in midfield, it was the best they could muster.

Jake Keegan rounded off a satisfying evening for the home side by finding the net with six minutes to play. The result keeps Galway’s promotion hopes alive.

Wexford Youths 2-0 Shamrock Rovers B

WEXFORD YOUTHS PROMOTION aspirations are purely mathematical at present but they recorded their third win in four league games to keep up a decent run of form.

Aidan Keenan opened the scoring at Ferrycarrig Park with a low drive before Rovers’ reserves mounted an extended spell in pressure that led to sighters at goal for Cian Kavanagh and Daniel Purdy.

Wexford held strong, however, and kept possession neatly after the break. Their strong showing was rewarded with a Shane Dunne goal, deep into injury time.

Shelbourne 1-1 Finn Harps

FINN HARPS’ SEASON has been underwhelming to date but they must have sensed an upset as they walked in 1-0 up against second placed Shelbourne at half-time in Tolka Park.

Sean McCarron’s goal had them well placed for three points before Shels midfielder Gareth Coughlan equalised from the penalty spot.

Carel Tiofack thought he had made it 2-1 to Harps but his effort was chalked off for a foul. The final chance fell to McCarron but he could not get his back-post header on target and the spoils were shared.

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