Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Blues 2, Wexford FC 0 (24/3/17, RSC, Waterford)
Not a great spactacle this, but three points in the bag and many positives. On e beautiful night at the RSC, the Blues did enough to see off a game Wexford, without hitting top gear. In reality, they have not really done so yet this season and the fans are still waiting to see the best from this new squad.
Mark O'Sullivan hit his first two competitive goals for the Blues, one in each half. His first, after ten minutes, came from a wonderful counter attack right down the middle of the field. He ran on to the through ball and toed it under the keeper to find the net. Robin Dempsey's tackle to break up the Wexford attack was a beauty. O'Sullivan's second was scored just after the hour mark when he headed home Kenny McEvoy's cross from the right.
In truth Wexford did not offer a lot and may find life in the basement division challenging this year. Seldon did they press the home goal and whilst the Blues struggled at times to put the final pass together, they were nonetheless comfortably in control at all times.
Emotions were high at the start of the game when the club paid its respects to the late Ryan McBride (Derry City) and it must be said that this tribute to the former Derry captain was respectful and impressive. Well done to all concerned.
Robin Dempsey, at right full made his first competitive start and gave an excellent account of himself. The only other starting change was the return of O'Sullivan. Derek Daly and Kenny McEvoy on the wings caught the eye.
The attendance was up again to nearly 1,650 which was more good news for the club.....happy days!
All in all a very good day's work and attention for the travelling faithful now switches to the game against Longford away next Saturday. The midlanders have struggled to justify the bookmakers' pre-season odds and this could be a banana skin .... hopefully no slip up for the Blues.
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Ian McLoughlin, Robin Dempsey, Shane O'Connor, Patrick McClean, Kenny Browne, Derek Daly (Dean O'Halloran 88), Tom Smith, Anthony McAlavey (Garry Comerford 74), Kenny McEvoy, David Mc Daid (Conor Whittle 91), Mark O'Sullivan. Unused subs: Gary Delaney, Dean Walsh, Jake Evans, Matt Connor.