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McGee’s Daisy Cutter Spoils Wexfords Flower Festival

Friday 1st June 2012. Airtricity League Division 1
Wexford Youths 1-2 Athlone Town. Ferrycarrig Park

In front of a small crowd in Ferrycarrig, largely due to a local Flower Festival coupled with the Wexford Strawberry Festival, Athlone Town moved to within 1 point of the play offs after a hard fought win against a very physical Wexford Youths.

To say the game wasn’t pretty would be an understatement with both sides inflicting more bother on the birds over Ferrycarrig Park than each others goals for the majority of the opening half hour. However just approaching that half hour mark Youths put themselves into the lead when Tom Elmes split Athlones defence running on to a through ball to slot the opener past Pat Jennings.

Athlone came out from the half time break with a greater sense of urgency and their sprightly start was rewarded when Mark Sherlock won a penalty after being bundled over inside the area. While the Wexford players felt the decision to be harsh, the Athlone players could hardly believe that they were finally getting the rub of the green with refereeing decisions. Ironically Kevin O’Regan took charge of the game with Keith Callanan acting as 4th Official which was a role reversal from Athlones last League game where a questionable refereeing decision cos them a result against Limerick.

After a moment of uncertainty as to who would take the kick, with Tommy Barrett and Damien Rushe appearing to show interest, Sherlock himself took hold of the ball and calmly strolled to the spot with the Wexford defenders still looking on in disbelief. As Sherlock drew back the trigger, Wexford keeper Graham Doyle guessed right, but the Athlone striker placed the ball to his left leveling the game.

With the game drawn, Wexford threw the kitchen sink at Athlone and had it not been for some point blank saves from Pat Jennings, along with a goal line clearance from Brian McCarthy they would have sent Athlone home with nothing.
It wasn’t all one way traffic though with the youthful duo of Val Feeney and Ian Sweeney running the Wexford players ragged at every opportunity.

The introduction of Noel McGee late in the second half gave Athlone another boost with the Midlanders top scorer slotted in behind Mark Sherlock and Sweeney dropping more into midfield. With Tommy Barrett going off too, Athlone had to further restructure with Warren Conroy coming off the bench into midfield while Jason Hughes reverted to right full as Joe Woods took Barretts place in the center of defence.

With the game coming to an end, and a draw looking a fair result overall, a long ball towards the top left corner of the pitch was chased down by Noel McGee as the Wexford defence tracked back. After turning the right full, McGee sent in a low ball into the 6 yard box, and with each of the Wexford defenders leaving it to the other, Graham Doyle was left rooted to the ground as the ball trickled past his left boot with just enough power to cross the line.

With 5 minutes of injury time signaled, the 5 traveling Town fans could barely watch until the final whistle sounded to move Athlone into 4th place, just 1 point behind Waterford and a promotion play off spot.

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Mark Sherlock takes the ball to the penalty spot as the Wexford players protest

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Val Feeney toe pokes the ball away from Craig Wall

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