Date Time League Season
30 July 2021 8:00 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Galway continue to impress

Goals from Padraic Cunningham, Killian Brouder and Shane Doherty helped Galway United extend their unbeaten run in the First Division to seven games as they beat Wexford FC 3-1 at Ferrycarrig Park tonight.

The hosts were unexpectedly in the lead at half-time, however John Caulfield’s men turned on the style in the second half to ensure that their playoff dreams are still intact.

To the visitors, fell the best chances of the opening half, but both Ruairi Keating and Mikey Place had goals disallowed for offside. 

United would rue those decisions right before half-time, when Jack Moylan spun on the edge of the area before slotting the ball past Conor Kearns. Moylan’s goal is the first that Galway have conceded since June 11th. 

Cunningham's introduced at half-time boosted the Tribesmen massively. Just 15 minutes after coming on, the Galway native curled a beautiful strike past Jimmy Corcoran to even the score.

Upping the pressure earned the visitors the rewards, when a save from Corcoran fell to Killian Brouder who tapped in Galway’s second. 

Another second-half sub proved to be a success when Shane Doherty smashed home a rebound to ensure the win for the Eamonn Deacy Park outfit. 

Ian Ryan’s men struggled for chances on a night when they missed Jack Doherty and Kyle Robinson. Jack Moylan was Wexford’s only attacking outlet and despite scoring, the Bohemians loanee was unable to prevent their collapse. 

Their best chance of the second-half came early when Paul Cleary found space in the Galway box. United goalkeeper Conor Kearns rushed off his line to block Cleary’s attempt. 

The result does not mean anything for Wexford’s league position, however they will be disappointed given the progress that they have made under Ian Ryan and the fact that they were unable to hold on to their lead. 

Galway remain level on points with Treaty United in second but find themselves six points clear of UCD. 

Caulfield’s playoff ambitions are still strong and he will be looking for his team to stay on course when they host Cork City next week. While Ian Ryan’s men will be looking to bounce back as they travel to Bray. 

  • 90'

    Padraic Cunningham goes on a nice run before cracking the ball off the crossbar from distance

  • 88'

    Karl Fitzsimons is subbed off

  • 88'

    Kevin McEvoy comes off

  • 88'

    Tyler Dunphy and Donal Porter both come on to make their Wexford FC debuts

  • 83'

    Thomas Considine pulls the ball back to Jack Moylan just inside of the box but Moylan's effort goes wide

  • 81'

    David Hurley comes off

  • 81'

    Caoilfhionn O'Dea comes on

  • 79'

    It's three for Galway! Again Jimmy Corcoran makes a save but the ball falls to Shane Doherty who volleys home for the Tribesmen

  • 76'

    Gary Boylan shoots from distance but scuffs it wide

  • 74'

    Mikie Rowe is on

  • 74'

    Ruairi Keating comes off

  • 73'

    A short corner results in Moylan driving into the box and another drilled effort is deflected out for a corner

  • 72'

    Jack Moylan flashes the ball across the box and it is deflected out for a Wexford corner

  • 71'

    A good run down the left from Shane Doherty results in a United corner

  • 68'

    Mikey Place is taken off

  • 68'

    Shane Doherty is subbed on

  • 66'

    Evan Farrell is replaced

  • 66'

    Harry Groome comes on

  • 63'

    Goal! Killian Brouder taps in a rebound from a great point-blank save by Jimmy Corcoran. Galway have really upped their game in the second half

  • 62'

    Corner is played short and David Hurley's low cross is palmed away for another corner by Corcoran

  • 62'

    Galway win a corner after some threatening play down the wing

  • 60'

    As is Anthony Dolan

  • 60'

    Cian Kelly is replaced

  • 60'

    Karl Manahan is introduced

  • 60'

    Thomas Considine comes on

  • 58'

    Anthony Dolan gets booked for a late challenge on Stephen Walsh

  • 54'

    1-1! Padraic Cunningham plays a nice one-two with Place before curling the ball past Corcoran to level the game.

  • 53'

    A Conor McCormack free finds Padraic Cunningham but his header floats over the bar

  • 52'

    Jack Moylan shakes free of a defender and sends a shot well over the bar

  • 50'

    A cross from the left drops to Paul Cleary but Kearns rushes off his line and makes a good save

  • 49'

    Paul Cleary drills the ball across the face of goal but Kearns saves it

  • 45'

    Alex Murphy comes off

  • 45'

    Thomas Oluwa comes off

  • 45'

    Stephen Walsh is subbed on

  • 45'

    Padraic Cunnigham is brought on

  • 45'

    Galway United get proceedings back underway

  • 45'

    Half Time: Wexford head into the break a goal to the good. Somewhat against the run of play, but Ian Ryan\'s men weathered United\'s storm and find themselves 1-0 up. Galway will be feeling hard done by with those two disallowed goals

  • 44'

    The deadlock is broken! And it's the hosts who snatch a late goal. Jack Moylan with a lovely turn on the edge of the box before he places the ball into the bottom left corner

  • 43'

    The resulting corner hits the crossbar and out for a goal-kick

  • 43'

    A Thomas Oluwa cross is scrappily cleared out to Gary Boylan who shoots from distance. His attempt is deflected out for a Galway corner

  • 39'

    Ruairi Keating heads the ball just wide of the target

  • 38'

    Evan Farrell fights for the ball on the left-wing and shoots from distance forcing a good save from Conor Kearns

  • 35'

    Maurice Nugent spins in the box and volleys the ball just wide of the target

  • 30'

    Thomas Oluwa latches on to a flick from Ruairi Keating, but his shot from a tight angle hits the side netting.

  • 25'

    Another offside! Mikey Place taps in a rebound from a Jimmy Corcoran save but again the flag goes up. Twice Galway have been denied taking the lead. The best chances of the game so far have fallen to The Tribesmen

  • 24'

    Killian Brouder attempts a cross from the left-hand side but it sails over the bar

  • 21'

    Ruairi Keating finds the back of net from a Mikie Place cross, but the striker is ruled offside

  • 16'

    Neither side has managed to find a killer ball in the final third and the wet conditions have not helped. An even battle in midfield so far, Galway look slightly better on the ball.

  • 10'

    Lorcan Fitzgerald attempts to lob the ball into the box, but it goes out for a goal-kick

  • 10'

    Evan Farrell receives a push in the back and wins Wexford a free-kick inside the Galway half

  • 4'

    Jimmy Corcoran is fouled outside of his box. Free out to Wexford

  • 1'

    And the hosts get us underway at Ferrycarrig Park playing from left to right.

  • For the visitors, there are five changes. O'Keefe, Brouder, Hurley, McCormack and Oluwa all start. Meanwhile Stepen Walsh, Wilson Waweru, Mikie Rowe, Joe Gorman and Christopher Horgan all find themselves on the bench

  • Two massive losses for the Wexford starting 11 this evening. Jack Doherty misses out through suspension and Kyle Robinson is out with an injury. Evan Farrell and Paul Fox start this evening and Tyler Dunphy makes the bench having been called up from the under-19s.

  • The hosts will be brimming with confidence following their 3-0 win over Cabinteely in the FAI Cup last week. However, Galway come into this game unbeaten in their last six First Division games.

  • Hello and welcome to's coverage of tonight's SSE Airtricity First Division game between Wexford FC and Galway United. We are just 45 minutes away from kick-off at Ferrycarrig Park.

Wexford FC

1Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
3Cian Kelly (Pats) Defender
29Lorcan Fitzgerald Defender
15Kevin McEvoy Defender
4Paul Cleary Defender
11Paul Fox Midfielder
7Conor Crowley Midfielder
24Anthony Dolan Midfielder
19Evan Farrell Forward
16Jack Moylan Midfielder
9Karl Fitzsimons Defender
22Sean Martin Goalkeeper
2Thomas Considine Defender
8Karl Manahan Forward
14Tyler Dunphy Midfielder
20Daniel Dobbin Defender
21Harry Groome Midfielder
26Ayman Yousif Forward
27Kieran Murphy Forward
28Donal Porter Defender

Galway Utd

16Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
4Gary Boylan Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender
6Maurice Nugent Defender
25Alex Murphy Defender
10David Hurley Midfielder
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
20Mikey Place Midfielder
7Ruairi Keating Forward
27Thomas Oluwa Forward
18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
3Stephen Walsh Defender
9Padraic Cunningham Forward
11Shane Doherty Midfielder
14Mikie Rowe Midfielder
17Caoilfhionn O’Dea Midfielder
18Wilson Waweru Forward
21Christopher Horgan Defender
32Joe Gorman Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 8)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Wexford FC

(Series 12)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Wexford FC

(Series 3)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Galway United


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.