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Murphy's law for Wexford as Youths make history on their home patch

The attacker grabbed a brace as the south-east side recorded their first ever top-flight win.

Wexford Youths 2

Bray Wanderers 0

TWO GOALS FROM striker Paul Murphy sealed Wexford Youths first ever Premier Division win after a 2-0 success at home to Bray Wanderers.

A goal in each half from Paul Murphy sealed a famous win for the side in their first ever Premier Division campaign.

The opening goal almost arrived inside the first two minutes. Bray Wanderers central defender Alan McNally tested Graham Doyle but he produced a great low save from the defenders strike. The resulting Curtis Murphy corner from the left saw an even better save as McNally’s powerful free header at goal was brilliant touched over the crossbar.

After soaking up all the early pressure, the home side took the lead after 19 minutes. Craig McCabe’s long throw from the left was only half cleared back to the defenders feet. He skipped past the defender down the left with the excess water holding up the ball before crossing for Paul Murphy to head, with the aid of a deflection, past Wanderers keeper Peter Cherrie.

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Danny Furlong almost doubled the lead for the home side on the half hour but Cherrie produced a great save. At the other end Ryan Brennan and Alan McNally both forced Youths keeper Doyle into great saves. Brennan’s back post header from Hugh Douglas’s cross couldn’t beat Doyle before McNally strike from the edge of the penalty area was also saved.

Right on the stroke of half time Bray Wanderers almost grabbed an equaliser. Curis Murphy swung in the corner from the right which met the head of Douglas at the back post but Danny Ledwith was on hand to clear the ball off the goalline.

The visitors pilled on the pressure in the final quarter but they couldn’t find a way to test Graham Doyle in the Youths goal. On the break, the home side nearly sealed the points. Aidan Friel fed the ball through for Paul Murphy, he held off alan McMnally and forced Cherrie into a smart save.

And it was another late goal in Ferrycarrig Park, one of many already this season in Ferrycarrig Park, that finally did seal a famous win. Andy Mulligan broke down the left in the dying second, squared the ball into the penalty area and Paul Murphy was on hand to make it 2-0 to hand Wexford Youths their first ever Premier Division win.

WEXFORD YOUTHS: Graham Doyle; Craig McCabe, Gary Delaney, Lee Grace, Ryan Delaney; Aidan Friel, Danny Ledwith (Craig Wall 87), Stephen Last (Andy Mulligan 80), Eric Molloy; Danny Furlong (Chris Kenny 74), Paul Murphy.

BRAY WANDERERS: Peter Cherrie, Hugh Douglas, Conor Kenna, Alan McNally, Curtis Murphy (Dylan Connolly 60); Ryan Brennan, Karl Moore, Jason Marks, Robbie Creevy (Paul Finnegan 90+2), Andrew Lewis (Ger Pender 69), Dean Kelly.

REFEREE: Anthony Buttimer

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