Wexford Youths
VS
Sligo Rovers


Friday, 19 August, 2016
2 - 1
Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup
Shane Dempsey 21
Andy Mulligan 93
Raff Cretaro 64

 

A last gasp goal from Wexford Youths substitute Andrew Mulligan saw Sligo Rovers exit this year's Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup, beaten agonisingly 2-1 at a wet and windy Ferrycarrig Park. 

Shane Dempsey had given the Youths a 20th minute lead with a wonderfully hit volley before Rovers levelled the game just past the hour through Raffaele Cretaro. The tie looked as if it was destined for a Monday night replay at the Showgrounds before Mulligan popped up in the 93rd minute to seal Wexford's first ever win over the Bit O'Red.    

Dempsey lit up what was a cagey affair early on. With the tie's first attempt at goal, the Youths midfielder unleashed an unstoppable volley from the edge of the area which arrowed its way past Micheál Schlingermann and into the top corner of the Sligo net. 

Youths had to rely on their captain and net minder Graham Doyle to keep the game level moments later. Kieran Sadlier's set piece was knocked into the path of Cretaro by his strike partner Achille Campion. Doyle pouncing to dive on to the French man's close range effort as he somehow managed to keep Rovers at bay.    

Rovers began the second half with much more purpose and went close to an equaliser five minutes in as conditions further deteriorated. Daniel Kearns teeing up Sadlier who saw his effort whip across the face of goal with Doyle concerned. 

Campion fired straight at the Youths skipper just short of the hour mark while Schlingermann's quick thinking denied Eoin Porter's low effort at the other end soon after. 

Rovers levelled the tie on 64. Cretaro, Sligo's only change from their defeat at Dalymount Park on Monday, muscled his way past several defenders as he glided across the edge of the area. The veteran seemed to take forever to shoot before finally showing his expert touch as he found space between Doyle and the back post for the equaliser.   

And for the second time in the space of five days, Rovers were dealt a cruel blow at the death. Substitute Jon Bonner combined with fellow change Andrew Mulligan. The later slipping the ball beyond Schlingermann and sending Wexford through. 

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle; Aidan Friel, Lee Grace, Stephen Last, Andrew O'Connor; Conor Whittle (Conor O'Keeffe 87), Shane Dempsey (Jon Bonner 82), Eoin Porter, Peter Higgins, Danny Ledwith (Andrew Mulligan 65); Aidan Keenan. 

Sligo Rovers: Micheál Schlingermann; Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Mick Leahy, Gavin Peers, Jimmy Keohane; Daniel Kearns, Kieran Sadlier (John Russell 75), Craig Roddan, Liam Martin; Raffaele Cretaro, Achille Campion (Phil Roberts 80). 

 

 

A last gasp goal from Wexford Youths substitute Andrew Mulligan saw Sligo Rovers exit this year's Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup, beaten agonisingly 2-1 at a wet and windy Ferrycarrig Park. 

Shane Dempsey had given the Youths a 20th minute lead with a wonderfully hit volley before Rovers levelled the game just past the hour through Raffaele Cretaro. The tie looked as if it was destined for a Monday night replay at the Showgrounds before Mulligan popped up in the 93rd minute to seal Wexford's first ever win over the Bit O'Red.    

Dempsey lit up what was a cagey affair early on. With the tie's first attempt at goal, the Youths midfielder unleashed an unstoppable volley from the edge of the area which arrowed its way past Micheál Schlingermann and into the top corner of the Sligo net. 

Youths had to rely on their captain and net minder Graham Doyle to keep the game level moments later. Kieran Sadlier's set piece was knocked into the path of Cretaro by his strike partner Achille Campion. Doyle pouncing to dive on to the French man's close range effort as he somehow managed to keep Rovers at bay.    

Rovers began the second half with much more purpose and went close to an equaliser five minutes in as conditions further deteriorated. Daniel Kearns teeing up Sadlier who saw his effort whip across the face of goal with Doyle concerned. 

Campion fired straight at the Youths skipper just short of the hour mark while Schlingermann's quick thinking denied Eoin Porter's low effort at the other end soon after. 

Rovers levelled the tie on 64. Cretaro, Sligo's only change from their defeat at Dalymount Park on Monday, muscled his way past several defenders as he glided across the edge of the area. The veteran seemed to take forever to shoot before finally showing his expert touch as he found space between Doyle and the back post for the equaliser.   

And for the second time in the space of five days, Rovers were dealt a cruel blow at the death. Substitute Jon Bonner combined with fellow change Andrew Mulligan. The later slipping the ball beyond Schlingermann and sending Wexford through. 

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle; Aidan Friel, Lee Grace, Stephen Last, Andrew O'Connor; Conor Whittle (Conor O'Keeffe 87), Shane Dempsey (Jon Bonner 82), Eoin Porter, Peter Higgins, Danny Ledwith (Andrew Mulligan 65); Aidan Keenan. 

Sligo Rovers: Micheál Schlingermann; Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Mick Leahy, Gavin Peers, Jimmy Keohane; Daniel Kearns, Kieran Sadlier (John Russell 75), Craig Roddan, Liam Martin; Raffaele Cretaro, Achille Campion (Phil Roberts 80).