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Boyle pounces to teach Youths harsh defensive lesson
Boyle took advantage of a defensive mix-up when a high ball was hoisted in to the Wexofrd area.

Derry City 1

Wexford Youths 0

A HORRIBLE DEFENSIVE howler presented Derry City with this slender victory over a spirited Wexford Youths at the Brandywell.

Shane Keegan’s side will be particularly disappointed with this result, their performance certainly deserving of a share of the spoils. However, the Youths were severely punished for not dealing with what should have been a straightforward clearance in the 18th minute.

Derry’s Dean Jarvis launched a high ball towards the danger area and when defender Craig McCabe and keeper Graham Doyle failed to deal with the issue, the alert Nathan Boyle pounced to poke the loose ball home from 10 yards.

In what was a disappointing game, the home side failed to build on their advantage while Wexford struggled to find the net thanks in part to the agility of Derry keeper, Ger Doherty.

In the 37th minute Doherty, did well to deny Eric Molloy while Furlong again failed to hit the target with a snapshot in the 40th minute.

Derry appeared to up the ante after the break with Barry McNamee smashing an effort over the Wexford crossbar while Rory Patterson drove a free-kick over the bar minutes later.


With the home side failing to control the affair, Wexford really should have levelled matters in the 74th minute.

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A long throw-in by McCabe appeared to bounced inside the penalty area before Paul Murphy got his head to it which saw Doherty produced a top class one-handed save, parrying the ball wide at the expense of a corner.

And from the resulting corner, Derry’s Josh Daniels was well placed to head Ryan Delaney’s effort off his goal-line as the home supported breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Aaron McEneff produced a long range effort which clipped the crossbar in the 79th minute as City continued to surge forward and they finished the game strongly with McNamee and substitute, Jordan Allen both going close at the death.

Derry City:-Doherty; Vemmelund, McBride, Barry, Jarvis; McEneff, Ward (Holden, h/t); Boyle (McDermott, 64), McNamee, Daniels; Patterson (Allen, 80).

Wexford Youths: Doyle; McCabe, R. Delaney, G. Delaney,O’Keefe (pEARE, 88); Mulligan (Dunne, 75), Kenny (Whittle, 75), Bonner, Molloy; Murphy; Furlong.

Referee – T. Marshall (Fermanagh).

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