Wexford Youths on high ahead of Shamrock Rovers visit

Dundalk midfielder Ronan Finn named writers Player of the Month for April

Dundalk’s Ronan Finn was named soccer writers’ Player of the Month for April Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile.

Dundalk’s Ronan Finn was named soccer writers’ Player of the Month for April Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile.

 

Stirred by their 4-2 win at Longford Town on Tuesday night, which lifted them out of the bottom two in the Premier Division table, Wexford Youths await the arrival of Shamrock Rovers at Ferrycarrig Park tonight with added relish.

Though they lost 2-0 to Rovers at Tallaght Stadium in March, Youths’ manager Shane Keegan felt that his side might have got something that night but for an goalkeeping display by the hosts’ Barry Murphy.

“We played some super football at times and the work rate was through the roof,” said Keegan of his side’s big win at City Calling Stadium. “If anybody doubted the belief or commitment of these lads then they got their answer.

“Shamrock Rovers have one of the most talented playing squads in the league, but [tonight] they will be just another team that we believe we’re capable of taking on and giving a real fight.

“Our performance in Tallaght showed that, while we respect them, we won’t fear them.

“Barry Murphy was in inspired form that night and the lads are looking forward to having another crack at them,” added Keegan who waits on striker Danny Furlong who shipped a knock at Longford. Peter Higgins, Lee Grace and Aidan Keenan remain out injured.

Rovers, also coming off one of their better displays of the season in beating Sligo Rovers 3-0 on Tuesday night, have defenders David O’Connor and Maxime Blanchard back fit, leaving left-back Luke Byrne their only absentee.

Work hard

Dundalk

“Sometimes you’ve just got to do that. It’s can’t be always pretty football,” said Dundalk midfielder Ronan Finn, announced yesterday as the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for April, of the latest victory.

Friday’s fixtures

(7.45 unless stated)

PREMIER DIVISION

Cork City v Derry City –Home: 7/10; Draw: 13/5; Away: 4/1.

Finn Harps v Dundalk (8.0) – Home: 12/1; Draw: 4/1; Away: 1/4.

St Patrick’s Athletic v Longford Town (Live on Setanta Sports, 8.0) – Home: 2/7; Draw: 4/1; Away: 10/1.

Wexford Youths v Shamrock Rovers (8.0) – Home: 9/2; Draw: 14/5; Away: 8/13.

FIRST DIVISION

Drogheda United v Shelbourne – Home: 17/10; Draw: 13/5; Away: 7/5.

Limerick v Athlone Town – Home: 2/13; Draw: 13/2; Away: 16/1.

UCD v Cobh Ramblers – Home: evens; Draw: 5/2; Away: 13/5.

Waterford United v Cabinteely – Home: 4/7; Draw: 3/1; Away: 9/2.

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