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Date Time League Season
5 August 2022 7:45 pm First Division 2022

Match Report

LOI FD Report: Galway United v Wexford FC

A thoroughly entertaining affair at Eamonn Deacy Park saw the spoils shared as Galway United drew 2-2 with Wexford on Friday evening.

Rob Manley scored first for the hosts but Wexford responded immediately, firstly through Conor Barry finishing into the bottom right corner. The turnaround was complete three minutes later as Barry turned provider for the second, a corner that ricocheted off a United defender and past Kearns. 

Stephen Walsh had a whole host of chances and finally got what he deserved just after the hour mark, equalizing for United. 

The weather was perfect for football in Galway this evening as Galway hosts Wexford in a battle of the two inform sides in the first division. 

It was just after the 15th minute when tonight’s hosts opened the scoring. Galway were starting to turn the screw, and their first corner of the game was taken short, Bastian Hery had a cross-shot that caused mayhem in the Wexford box and after a couple deflections, Rob Manley was there to poke home to give the Tribesmen the lead.

The away side did not stay behind for long. Wexford turned over the ball in midfield and the two Conor’s linked up with some clever play including a backheel pass to open space, and within seconds the Youths were 3v2 going forward. Conor Barry picked up the ball at the edge of the box and with his right foot calmly placed it in the bottom corner to equalise. 

And within a few minutes, the Youths had turned the game on its head completely, Wexford took the lead shortly after the 21st minute. Conor Barry involved once again, his right-footed corner bouncing around the penalty area, bouncing off a United centre-back and in the bottom left corner, nothing Kearns could do about it. 

Galway had the better of the chances before the break, two coming from leading scorer Stephen Walsh. The first, Walsh’s shot off a cross producing an excellent save from Alex Moody. The second had Moody beaten off a Max Hemmings cross but Walsh’s header trickled just past the right post. 

Both teams understandably started to show some fatigue in the final minutes of the half after a frantic first half. The score at the break, Galway United 1-2 Wexford,

Stephen Walsh had the hosts opening two chances of the half, the first producing another incredible save from Alex Moody, and the second another header hitting the crossbar, but at the 5th time of asking, Walsh finally got what his work deserved. 

Walsh managed to block Alex Moody’s attempted clearance from the box, and finally, with a bit of luck the ball ricocheted his way and he smashed home in the net to level the game.

Both teams struggled to create much towards the end of the game, Walsh and Lomboto had headers that didn’t connect with the target as Wexford sat back soaking up the pressure.

Galway will feel the more hard done by as they had chances to win it, and now fall further behind Cork. For Wexford, their incredible run of form continues.

Full time in Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway United 2-2 Wexford.

  • 94'

    Full time. 2-2, a fair result after an entertaining game.

  • 94'

    Sub Lomboto saw his header shepherded past the post.

  • 90'

    Four minutes to be played at the end of the regulation 90.

  • 89'

    Three galway changes, Tarmey, Lomboto and O'Reilly all on.

  • 87'

    Not this time, Galway deal with the pressure.

  • 87'

    Wexford have a corner late on, can they score late on and take the points home?

  • 86'

    Mikie Rowe comes close from a free kick 25 yards out.

  • 81'

    Dinny Corcoran has a shot for the Youths, easily saved by Kearns.

  • 80'

    Hery is replaced by Rowe for the hosts.

  • 78'

    Wexford double change. Barry and Shortt off for Dobbs and Tallon.

  • 75'

    Rob Manley goes close once again for the hosts. Hery the provider for the billionth time.

  • 70'

    Len O'Sullivan replaces Adam Wells.

  • 70'

    Wexford once again break from a Galway set piece. Conor Crowley forced a save.

  • 69'

    Conor Barry into the book, another bad challenge.

  • 69'

    Chances everywhere, Diego Portilla has his shot blocked in the box, was surely going in.

  • 68'

    Wow. Harry Groome's long-range effort sailed just past the post. Looked destined for the top corner.

  • 65'

    The second sub has picked up the second booking. Groome for a rough challenge halfway.

  • 63'

    That was coming, Wexford will push out now, Walsh was bound to score, if at first you don't succeed try again and again and again.

  • 61'

    GOALLLLLLL! STEPHEN WALSH FINALLY GETS ON THE SCORE SHEET! His excellent work to block down Alex Moody's clearance saw the ball hit him and after controlling his smashed home into the open net.

  • 61'

    WALSH DENIED AGAIN! This time by the crossbar, again off a Bastian Hery cross. Incredible stuff honestly, he can't buy one tonight,

  • 59'

    Wexford starting to hold the ball a little bit more, but creating nothing.

  • 55'

    Galway have put all the pressure on in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. I don't think Wexford have touched the ball in the Galway half yet.

  • 51'

    Stephen Walsh denied AGAIN! An incredible cross from Hery put it on a plate for Walsh but once again, Alex Moody comes to the away side's rescue.

  • 48'

    Bastien Hery pulling off a double roulette to ooh's and aah's from the home crowd.

  • 46'

    Halftime sub for the away side, Aidan Friel is replaced by Harry Groome

  • 46'

    The teams are back on the field and ready for the start of the second half.

  • 45'

    Half time in Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway United 1-2 Wexford.

  • 45'

    Three additional minutes to be played at the end of the half.

  • 44'

    Sub Adam Thomas is booked for a rash tackle near halfway.

  • 39'

    Stephen Walsh comes close again for the hosts, his header just trickling past the post. Had Moody beaten.

  • 38'

    Stephen Walsh is heroically denied by Moody from close range.

  • 36'

    Captain McCormack struggled to shake off the early knock and has been replaced by Adam Thomas, making his home debut.

  • 33'

    Moody fluffs a kick out which Hery picks up and shoots from range. Moody gathered on the second attempt.

  • 31'

    Real end-to-end stuff here as Wexford have another corner.

  • 30'

    Rob Manley forcing Alex Moody into the first actual save I think we've seen. Manley working space well in the box to shoot on his right.

  • 23'

    Wow! Wexford have turned the game on it's head instantly! Another corner resulting in mayhem in the penalty area with the ball cannoning in off a Galway player. The visitors lead.

  • 17'

    GOAL! Conor Barry equalises almost immediately for Wexford, some fantastic build-up play from a turnover in midfield saw Barry place the ball into the bottom right corner from the edge of the box. Perfect finish.

  • 15'

    GOAL! Galway United have got the breakthrough, chaos from the resulting corner lead to Rob Manley poking home from close range.

  • 13'

    Galway win the games first corner and are starting to build momentum here.

  • 8'

    Play paused for a moment as Conor McCormack recieves treatment. He went into a tackle hard to win back possession but is feeling the effects.

  • 6'

    Galway get the first attempt of the game through a speculative Stephen Walsh effort, was close though!

  • 5'

    Wexford controlling the play in the opening stages with the hosts failing to get a touch in their opponents half just yet

  • 1'

    Kick-off in Galway!

  • 1'

    Pitch in pristine condition as the teams are about to come out for kick-off

  • 1'

    The teams are in and now available in full in the lineups section. Bastien Hery marks the start for Galway, with Wexford manager Ian Ryan watching on from a far due to a technical suspension.

  • 1'

    Conditions are perfect for football as I look out onto a sun-soaked Deacy Park with the players warming up. A slight breeze in the air.

  • 1'

    Good evening everyone, Sam Mansfield here bringing you updates from Eamonn Deacy Park as Galway United host Wexford in the LOI First Division

Galway Utd

1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
3Stephen Walsh Defender 62'
4Charlie Lyons Defender
6Diego Portilla Defender
10David Hurley Midfielder
12James Finnerty Defender
17Bastien Hery 8 Midfielder
22Conor McCormack 29 Midfielder
24Edward McCarthy 21 Midfielder
27Max Hemmings Midfielder
28Robert Manley 15 Forward 15'
16Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
8Mikie Rowe 17 Midfielder
9Manu Dimas Forward
15David Tarmey 28
18Wilson Waweru Forward
19Francely Lomboto 29 Forward
20Evan O’Connor Defender
21Oisin O’Reilly 24 Defender
29Adam Thomas 19 Defender 44'

Wexford FC

13Alex Moody Goalkeeper
2Aidan Friel 21 Defender
4Paul Cleary Defender
5Joseph Manley Defender
6Luka Lovic Midfielder
7Conor Crowley Midfielder
8Conor Barry 11 Midfielder 18'
69'
14Dinny Corcoran Forward
17Adam Wells 16 Defender
22Ger Shortt 20 Forward
24Eoin Farrell Forward
25Shay O’Leary Goalkeeper
11Aaron Dobbs 8 Forward
12Thomas Considine Defender
16Len O’Sullivan 17 Defender
18Luke Scanlon Midfielder
19Evan Farrell Forward
20Jordan Tallon 22 Midfielder
21Harry Groome 2 Midfielder 65'
30Sean Fitzpatrick Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 16)
0 - 4
First Division
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Wexford FC v Galway United

(Round 9)
1 - 1
First Division
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Galway United v Wexford FC

(Series 26)
2 - 1
First Division
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Galway United v Wexford FC

(Series 17)
1 - 3
First Division
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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
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