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Date Time League Season
13 May 2022 7:45 pm First Division 2022

Match Report

Walsh bags brace for Galway in win over Wexford

A brace from Stephen Walsh helped Galway United to a 4-0 win over Wexford FC at Ferrycarrig Park tonight.

Killian Brouder and David Hurley also got on the scoresheet as The Tribesmen go level on points with league leaders Cork City.

The visitors had the result wrapped up before half-time, netting three times before the half hour mark. 

Brouder headed in the opener on nine minutes, finding himself unmarked from a David Hurley. 

Five minutes later that lead was doubled. A sloppy pass from Wexford goalkeeper Alex Moody gave Galway a throw-in which Ed McCarthy took quickly to pick out Stephen Walsh in the 18-yard box. Walsh turned and found the back of the net with a half-volley from a very tight angle. 

United’s third came from another lapse in concentration from the Wexford defence. Again it was a Hurley corner causing issues, this time curling to the back post to find Walsh all alone who bundled the ball into the back of the net. 

Ian Ryan decided to change from his preferred 3-5-2 formation to a back four and Wexford struggled to move the ball up to their front three. 

They did have two shouts for penalties when Jack Doherty and then later Conor Barry went down in the box but both were waved away. 

The second-half didn’t provide too many chances as the hosts became more frustrated, receiving three yellow cards in the space of 10 minutes. 

Wilson Waweru had a chance on the hour mark when a long throw fell to him inside the box, but his effort was tame and fell into Moody’s hands. 

With 20 minutes to go the final crushing blow was delivered to Wexford. A tug of Walsh’s shirt from Kevin McEvoy resulted  in a penalty being awarded and Hurley stepped up to convert from 12 yards to add to his two assists on the night.

Tonight’s result means that Galway are now level on points with league leaders Cork City. Wexford travel to St. Colman's Park to face City next week, meanwhile Galway are at home to bottom of the table Athlone Town.

  • 81'

    Manu Dimas and Charlie Lyons replace Alex Murphy and Conor McCormack

  • 71'

    Hurley converts from the spot and makes it 4-0 to The Tribesmen

  • 70'

    Kevin McEvoy is booked

  • 70'

    Penalty to Galway, McEvoy pulls Walsh's shirt

  • 65'

    Wexford conceding a lot of fouls, they are looking very frustrated at the moment

  • 61'

    Tallon is booked for a foul on Waweru

  • 59'

    A long throw finds Waweru who's looping shot is caught by Moody

  • 51'

    Crowley goes into the referee's booked

  • 50'

    Groome is booked

  • 45'

    The hosts get things restarted

  • 45'

    HT: Galway lead 3-0

  • 38'

    Aiden Friel clears the ball off the line after a goalmouth scramble

  • 35'

    Ball drops to Waweru in the box but he blasts the ball over the bar

  • 28'

    GOAL! Walsh gets his second. Completely unmarked at the back post from a corner and he finishes with ease

  • 18'

    Another shout for a penalty to Wexford as Conor Barry goes down, but the referee has spotted an offside in the build-up

  • 14'

    It's two! A quick through from McCarthy finds Walsh in the box who turns and strikes from a tight angle to double Galway's lead.

  • 9'

    Galway lead! Hurley floats in a cross from a corner routine and finds Killian Brouder unmarked who heads home

  • 8'

    Alex Moody with a great save to deny Ed McCarthy

  • 5'

    Doherty goes down in the box but the referee waves play on

  • 4'

    Boylan drives down the wing and floats the ball into the box but Waweru can't keep his header down

  • 1'

    Doherty shoots from distance but it's an easy save for Kearns

  • 1'

    And we are underway

  • Team news for both sides are in

  • As for The Tribesmen, they will be keen on getting three points today as it means they will go level with league leaders Cork City. A 4-0 win against Cobh last week was their fifth with on the bounce.

  • Wexford will be looking to bounce back tonight after suffering a late defeat against Longford Town last week. A 90th minute penalty from Sam Verdon meant that they lost 2-1 at Bishopsgate

  • I'm Seán Crosbie and I will be keeping you up to date on all the action from tonight's fixture.

  • Hello and welcome to FinalWhistle.ie's coverage of tonight's SSE Airtricity First Division game between Wexford FC and Galway United.

Wexford FC

13Alex Moody Goalkeeper
2Aidan Friel Defender
5Joseph Manley Defender
7Conor Crowley Midfielder 51'
8Conor Barry 9 Midfielder
10Jack Doherty Midfielder
11Aaron Dobbs 19 Forward
6Luka Lovic 20 Midfielder
17Adam Wells 16 Defender
21Harry Groome Midfielder 50'
15Mitchell Byrne 3 Defender
1Paul Hunt Goalkeeper
9Conor Davis 8 Forward
12Thomas Considine Defender
3Kevin McEvoy 15 Defender 70'
16Len O’Sullivan 17 Defender
19Evan Farrell 11 Forward
20Jordan Tallon 6 Midfielder 61'
30Sean Fitzpatrick Forward

Galway Utd

1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
3Stephen Walsh 23 Defender 14', 28'
5Killian Brouder Defender 9'
6Diego Portilla Defender
7Gary Boylan Defender
10David Hurley 19 Midfielder 71'
18Wilson Waweru 12 Forward
22Conor McCormack 9 Midfielder
24Edward McCarthy Midfielder
25Alex Murphy 4 Defender
27Max Hemmings Midfielder
16Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
Ben Molloy Defender
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
4Charlie Lyons 25 Defender
9Manu Dimas 22 Forward
12Jordan Adeyemo 18 Forward
19Francely Lomboto 10 Forward
20Evan O’Connor Defender
23Ronan Manning 3 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 9)
1 - 1
First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Wexford FC

(Series 26)
2 - 1
First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Wexford FC

(Series 17)
1 - 3
First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Galway United

(Series 8)
1 - 0
First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Wexford FC

(Series 12)
1 - 0
First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Wexford FC

(Series 3)
0 - 0
First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Galway United

Ground

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

Seán is a final year Journalism student in DCU.