Second-half goals from Emmet Nugent and Jack Doherty earned Wexford FC their first points of the campaign as they shocked a highly-fancied Bray Wanderers side in their SSE Airtricity League First Division clash in Ferrycarrig Park. Having conceded
Second-half goals from Emmet Nugent and Jack Doherty earned Wexford FC their first points of the campaign as they shocked a highly-fancied Bray Wanderers side in their SSE Airtricity League First Division clash in Ferrycarrig Park.
Having conceded 17 goals and scored just three in their four league games prior to this clash, few would have given Wexford much of a chance of taking anything from this match, but they produced a second 45 minutes full of commitment and no shortage of skill to take the spoils.
The sides went in scoreless at the break, with Bray Wanderers dominating possession without creating too many clearcut chances. Joe Doyle came closest to breaking the deadlock for the visitors on the half hour mark when he got a touch on Dylan Barnett's cross, but his scuffed effort was cleared off the line by Lee Costello.
It wasn't all one-way traffic though and Wexford momentarily thought they had taken the lead when Danny Furlong tapped in Emmet Nugent's cross, but the celebrations were cut short by an offside flag.
Wexford stunned the visitors eight minutes after the interval when the ball fell to Emmet Nugent just outside the area and he fired the sweetest of volleys into the corner of the net, out of the reach of goalkeeper Gabriel Sava.
The Seagulls tried to hit back quickly, with Dylan McGlade shooting narrowly wide, but Wexford almost grabbed a second in the 59th minute, when Darragh O'Connor played a through ball to the inrushing Furlong, but he dragged his effort wide of the right post.
Wexford then grabbed the insurance goal in the 83rd minute. Bray tried to take a free-kick quickly in midfield and Jack Doherty was on to it like a flash, before racing clear and confidently burying the ball past Sava.
Wanderers tried to salvage something from the game, with McGlade seeing a shot well saved by Chambers, but Wexford weren't to be denied.