Date Time League Season
1 April 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Cork stay at the top thanks to early Murphy header

Cork City maintained their three-point lead at the top of the First Division table with a controlled 1-0 win away to Wexford FC.

It was a game of few chances and Cian Murphy’s header on five minutes was enough to separate the sides at the end.

Games between these sides at Ferrycarrig Park are usually low scoring affairs and so it proved again as both keepers were battling more with the cold than dealing with shots.

The home side rallied back from conceding early and defended solidly through the first half. They frustrated Cork making sure neither Ruairi Keating or Barry Coffey got a sight on the goals.

The best chance for the home side came near the end of the half when captain Joe Manley headed over from a Jack Doherty free from the left hand side.

In truth, Cork were happy to spread the ball from back to front with raking cross field passes from Jonas Hakkinen and Kevin O’Connor but couldn’t find the killer pass to test Paul Hunt.

Wexford thought they were in for an equaliser with around 15 minutes to go but Doherty was rightfully called offside after a selfless pass from Conor Davis who was probably in a better position to score.

Overall Cork never extended themselves and will be happy enough to come away with the victory. Wexford have once again shown they can play with the big boys but will have to start turning losses into results if they are to sneak into the promotion picture

  • 90'

    Full Time here as Cork continue their impressive showing in the division

  • 91'

    Uniss Kargbo is booked for a challenge

  • 87'

    Evan Farrell is carded for the hosts

  • 79'

    Double change for Wexford Evan Farrell and Conor Barry are in for Thomas Considine and Conor Davis

  • 74'

    Adam Wells has picked up a knock, and is replaced by Kevin McEvoy

  • 69'

    Ruairi Keating goes into the notebook and joins Bargary who also has a card to his name

  • 67'

    Big chance for Cork, Bargary and Coffey are 2v1 running through on goal but Coffey's shot is parried by Hunt and cleared.

  • 64'

    First change of the game for Wexford, Conor Crowley is in for Jordon Tallon

  • 58'

    Doherty has a free kick which meets the head of Dobbs, but its hooked away, as Wexford are creating plenty chances still

  • 48'

    Harrington busy early in the second half, two great save to deny Wexford an equaliser

  • 45'

    Half Time here in Ferrycarrig and despite chances at both ends, Cork take a 1-0 lead into the break

  • 44'

    Chance before the break, as Ruairi Keating dribbles past a few defenders before having a go with his left but Hunt keeps it out.

  • 29'

    Big chance for Wexford, a free kick is swung in well, Paul Cleary with a header bounces off Häkkinen and almost loops over Harrington in the Cork net but he just gets a hand to it and gathers well.

  • 26'

    Aaron Dobbs has a chance hitting a snap shot forcing a save from David Harrington

  • 24'

    Another chance for Wexford as they have a free kick from outside the area, delivery is good but Joe Manley heads just over

  • 21'

    Big chance for the hosts as Jack Doherty takes down a long ball forward, but Hakkinen clears the danger as Cork remain on top here

  • 7'

    Kevin O' Connor takes a throw in and finds Cian Bargary, he turns and puts in a cross for the un-marked Cian Murphy, a lovely goal his second in two games

  • 7'

    Early goal for the visitors, as Cian Murphy heads it home at close range to put the league leaders ahead

  • 1'

    Kick off here at Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC

1Paul Hunt Goalkeeper
2Thomas Considine 19 Defender
4Paul Cleary Defender
5Joseph Manley Defender
9Conor Davis 8 Forward
10Jack Doherty Midfielder
11Aaron Dobbs Forward
16Len O’Sullivan Defender
17Adam Wells 3 Defender
20Jordan Tallon 7 Midfielder
21Harry Groome Midfielder
13Alex Moody Goalkeeper
3Kevin McEvoy 17 Defender
7Conor Crowley 20 Midfielder
8Conor Barry 9 Midfielder
18Luke Scanlon
19Evan Farrell 2 Defender 87'
23Lorcan Fitzgerald Defender
24Tyler Dunphy Midfielder

Cork City

1David Harrington Goalkeeper
6Ally Gilchrist Defender
8Aaron Bolger Midfielder
9Ruairi Keating Forward 69'
10Barry Coffey Midfielder
11Cian Bargary Forward 53'
14Kevin O’Connor Defender
17Darragh Crowley Forward
23Kieran Coates 2
24Cian Murphy Forward 7'
28Jonas Hakkinen Defender
20Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
2Uniss Kargbo 23 Defender
3Ronan Hurley Defender
4Cian Coleman Midfielder
15Matt Healy Midfielder
18Joshua Honohan Defender
19Matt Srbely Midfielder
21Oran Crowe Midfielder
27Mark O’Mahony Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 25)
4 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford FC

(Series 16)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Cork City

(Series 7)
5 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford FC


Ferrycarrig Park
Ferrycarrig Park, Kilpatrick, The Borough District of Wexford, County Wexford, Leinster, Y35 E296, Ireland

Aidan is a broadcaster with Newstalk and works with the Off the Ball team. He's also the former presenter of the Sports Hour on South East Radio. He's eagerly anticipating Wexford FC's return and subsequent demolition of the Premier Division, coming to a football season near you.