Wexford FC manager Damian Locke was happy to get a home point on the board after his side played out a 1-1 draw with Cobh Ramblers in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night. After beginning the campaign with such promise with a 1-0 away win over Cabinteel
Wexford FC manager Damian Locke was happy to get a home point on the board after his side played out a 1-1 draw with Cobh Ramblers in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night.
After beginning the campaign with such promise with a 1-0 away win over Cabinteely, the failings of last season seemed to have resurfaced as they struggled to put the ball in the net during four successive league losses, but against Ramblers they showed signs they things may be starting to click into place.
“It's good to get things started at home. Last week (against Shelbourne) I thought we could have got something. We probably didn't deserve it but we could have got an equaliser near the end. Tonight, in the second-half we could have gone on to win the game. I was disappointed that we conceded, but it was a positive response, particularly in the second-half. It's a point on the board and it gives us a chance next week to go and have a go at Galway,” said Locke.
Next weekend Locke will be going head to head with his old brother in arms Shane Keegan, with the former Wexford Youths boss now steering the ship at Galway United and the Slaneysiders are relishing the trip into the west.
“We're looking forward to it, but it's just another football game. It's all focus on Galway for next Friday and tonight gives us a stepping stone towards that. At least it was a positive result before a big test next week,” he said.
Cobh Ramblers took an early lead when Anthony McAlvey rifled a shot to the corner of the net, but Wexford's response was instant with Aaron Dobbs grabbing the equaliser moments later, and Locke was pleased how his side didn't let their heads drop and got straight back into the game.
“It's a good sign that we equalised so quickly. We're getting a response. The last two weeks we failed to do that and maybe let the heads drop a little, so it's good that we can say we were 1-0 down but we responded. They're all little things to build on,” he said.
Locke praised goal scorer Aaron Dobbs for the way he took his chance and but for the heroics of Cobh netminder Paul Hunt the Ireland Under-19 international could have also been celebrating a winner.
“Aaron took his goal really well and it's great for him to get off the mark. The save for his second chance was unbelievable. Aaron couldn't have done any more, it was just an unbelievable save,” he said.