Date Time League Season
11 August 2023 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2023

Match Report

Wexford comeback to defeat valiant Kerry

Three goals in the last half an hour helped Wexford come from two down to beat Kerry at Ferrycarrig Park tonight.

Amechi made his first start tonight and his brace put Kerry 2-0 up, but captain Ethan Boyle headed home before Dobbs poked home and Furlong slotted from 12 yards to complete a huge comeback.

Both teams now move on to cup action next week, with Kerry looking forward to a huge cup tie against Drogheda with Wexford facing St Patrick’s CY. 

Kerry FC made five changes from their XI that earned them a point on Monday night against Cobh, with Amechi, Ainscough and Brosnan all making their first start for the club.

Within the first ten minutes, Dennehy was rewarded for his tweaking, as Martin Coughlan who returned to the lineup after starting last Friday laid the ball off to Kennedy Amechi, who brought the ball onto his left and released a rocket into the top corner, absolutely nothing Ireland underage International Owen Mason could do about it in the Wexford net. 

From then on Wexford didn’t really chase the game too much, Kerry were in control and looked solid as a unit, which came as a surprise with a squad that has little to no match experience together. Alex Ainscough in particular at the back was commanding his defence, you would be forgiven for thinking he had played every game this season. 

Wexford did grow into the game as the half came to a close. Oluwa had their first effort on target from a header as they began to turn the screw but the Kerry backline and in particular captain Kevin Williams were out to throw their bodies on the line for everything that came their way to preserve their narrow lead at the half time interval. 

Just before the hour mark Kerry doubled their advantage, Sean O’Connell met the ball extremely well at the edge of the box and smashed towards Owen Mason who could only parry to the side where Kennedy Amechi was waiting to double his tally on the night. 

Moments later though, similar to Monday for Kerry, their lead was halved by a long throw. This time O’Malley launched in from the right hand side and captain Ethan Boyle beat keeper Axworthy to get one back for the hosts.

Despite Dennehy turning to his bench for the experienced players, Wexford got an equaliser, a free kick delivered into the box found its way back across to Aaron Dobbs who tapped home to equalise. 

Moments later, Wexford took the lead. Seconds after the restart Weford got a penalty after goalkeeper Axworthy took out his man through on goal. Substitute Furlong stepped up and slotted home to give Wexford the lead. 

Wexford did not play well but will welcome the three points tonight with Kerry for the second time this week not securing victory after being 2-0 to the good. A tough week for the Kingdom.

Wexford FC

1Owen Mason Goalkeeper
3Ben Lynch Midfielder
5Ethan Boyle Defender 61'
8Brandon McCann 25 Midfielder
9Eoin Kenny Forward
10Aaron Dobbs 24 Forward 78'
16Corban Piper 2 Midfielder
17Kian Corbally 12 Midfielder
23Cian O’Malley Defender
26Luke Browne Defender
28Thomas Oluwa 15 Forward
18Charlie Heffernan Goalkeeper
2Darragh Levingston 16 Midfielder
7Karl Chambers Forward
12Luka Lovic 17 Midfielder
13James Crawford Defender
15Danny Furlong 28 Forward 80'
20Reece Webb Defender
24Max Kelly 10 Midfielder
25Aaron Doran 8 Midfielder

Kerry FC

32Lee Axworthy Goalkeeper 78'
3Sean O’Connell Defender
6Alex Ainscough 8 Midfielder
11Sean Kennedy 2 Midfielder
15Kevin Williams Defender
19Martin Coughlan Midfielder 25'
22Cian Barrett Midfielder
23Ronan Teahan 7 Midfielder
24Jonathan Hannafin Defender
28Cian Brosnan 10 Forward
29Kennedy Amechi 9 Forward 9', 58'
16Arthur Nganou Goalkeeper
2Rob Vasiu 11 Defender 62'
5Ethan Kos Defender
7Seán McGrath 23 Forward
8Matt Keane 6 Midfielder
9Ryan Kelliher 29 Forward
10Leo Gaxha 28 Forward
18Samuel Aladesanusi Defender
21Daniel Okwute Forward
  • 95'

    FT, Heartbreak for Kerry.

  • 80'

    Furlong converts from the spot, what a turnaround.

  • 78'

    Penalty Wexford. Axworthy gives it away.

  • 78'

    WEXFORD EQUALISE. Aaron Dobbs pokes home at the back post.

  • 77'

    Dennehy brings on Keane, Gaxha and Kelliher as he looks to secure a second LOI victory.

  • 60'

    Ethan Boyle gets one back for Wexford! Very similar to Kerrys game on Monday, Kerry take a 2-0 lead, the opposition get one back moments later from a long throw.

  • 59'

    AMECHI DOUBLES DOWN! A great strike from Sean O'Connell produced a big save from Mason but his parry fell to the Kerryman who tapped home.

  • 54'

    Oluwa off with a knock. Furlong replaces him.

  • 52'

    Kerry with three successive attempts from range, all drift wide but Wexford need to prevent these attempts.

  • 48'

    Kenny shoots from range, no trouble for Axworthy,

  • 46'

    Vasiu and McGrath come in for Kerry, Kennedy and Teahan make way. Levingstone comes in for Piper for Wexford.

  • 45'

    HT Kerry hold a lead at the break for the second time this week.

  • 45'

    Three additional minutes.

  • 45'

    Oluwa heads on target but easy for Axworthy to deal with. Wexford finally coming to life.

  • 43'

    A couple minutes to go in the first half, a disappointing first half for Wexford here, the three points are massive for their promotion push, especially with Bray losing elsewhere as it stands.

  • 34'

    Bit of concern here for Kerry as Sean Kennedy who is making his first start for three months looks to be hurt once more.

  • 25'

    Wexford pushing now but Kerry look comfortable enough so far. Still stunned after that Amechi opener.

  • 10'

    KENNEDY AMECHI OH MY WORD, PICK THAT ONE OUT!! Left footed effort from range, top bins. Wow.

  • 3'

    Strange moment here as Mason touches the ball from a backpass, Kerry get their first free kick inside the box, can't image there has been too many of those this season across the leagues.

  • 1'

    Underway in Ferrycarrig Park!

  • Kerry ring the changes tonight with their stars rested ahead of Drogheda at home next weekend. Sean Kennedy makes a long awaited return from injury, Alex Ainscough and Kennedy Amechi also get rare starts.

  • Kerry won't be happy to see Aaron Dobbs return to the Youths lineup, Dobbs of course scored a hattrick the last time these sides met in Tralee.

  • As both teams prepare for FAI Cup second round ties next weekend, Wexford must keep focus on their playoff push for tonight, welcoming bottom side Kerry FC to Ferrycarrig Park.

Past Meetings

(Round 16)
0 - 6
LOI Men's First Division
Mounthawk Park

Kerry FC 0-6 Wexford FC

(Round 5)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC 2-1 Kerry FC


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

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