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Wexford Youths come out on top of six-goal six-pointer at the bottom

Town and Youths began the night level on six points, but there is valuable daylight below Wexford now.

File photo: Ryan Delaney celebrating last season.
File photo: Ryan Delaney celebrating last season.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

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WEXFORD YOUTHS CLAIMED three valuable points away to their struggling rivals to pull themselves up to 10th place in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

Despite falling behind early on, the visitors at City Calling stadium scored twice in either half to leave Longford rooted to the foot of the table as they moved three points clear.

Initially it looked as though Ryan Delaney managed to score first for both sides within the opening 12 minutes. However, the sixth-minute opener was later credited to Town’s David O’Sullivan with both men getting a touch on the ball’s route to the net.

By the 12th minute, Delaney had made amends anyway, firing Youths level and an early turnaround was complete when midfielder Chris Kenny gave the visitors a 21st minute lead at Flancare Park and it remained 1 – 2 at half-time.

It got worse for the hosts 10 minutes after the break when Andy Mulligan extended the east coast club’s lead with his second goal of the season.

Another Delaney got on the score-sheet with 18 minutes remaining. This time, the own-goal stuck with central defender Gary and the advantage was back to the thinnest of margins.

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Youths held their nerve though, and Paul Murphy capped off what might yet prove to be an important night with an 85th minute finish to wrap up the three points for the road home.

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