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Gorman and Fortune earn points for County

Kildare County  2 Wexford Youths  0

Goals from Colin Fortune and Philip Gorman were enough to give Kildare County  their second win of the season over Wexford Youths at Station Road. Paul Donnolly, who was suffering from flu was replaced in the centre of defence by Michael Roche, partnering John Brophy. Eoin Kavanagh was preferred in midfield to Tommy Morgan and Philly Gorman and Ciaran Kilduff played up front in a 4-4-2 formation.   

Cathal Brady had the ball in the net after a great run through the middle by Owen Kavanagh early on for the home side, only to see his effort ruled out for offside.

Kildare dominated possession in the early stages and Ciaran Kilduff should have opened the scoring after 15 minutes, but he could only head over from 12 yards after Colin Fortune's free kick had found him unmarked in the Wexford box.

Fortune's set pieces caused Wexford plenty of problems during the game and it was the former Athlone man who broke the deadlock with his first goal in a Kildare jersey after 26 minutes.

Barry Clancy's quick throw caught Wexford napping, Brady crossed into the centre where Barry Slattery made a nuisance of himself and the ball fell for Gorman to tee up Fortune, who picked his spot and sidefooted to the net from twelve yards.

Fortune returned the favour five minutes later when his floated free kick was volleyed home at the near post by Gorman for his fourth goal of the season.

Wexford manager Mick Wallace made two changes before interval, one of which almost paid immediate dividends when John Flynn-O'Connor headed Conor Sinnott's cross past Treacy only for it to be ruled out for offside.

Kildare continued to press in the second half and could have added to their tally with efforts from Ciaran Kilduff and Cathal Brady, but they were full value for their win by the end of the game.

Robinson replaced Gorman with ten minutes remaining and Tyrell and Broderick came on for Clarke and Brady respectively in the final minute.

Next up for the Thoroughbreds is an away game against Monaghan United on Friday next (ko 8pm). Nothing less than a win will do if County are to lift themselves into a midtable position.

 Kildare County: Treacy; Clarke (Tyrell 90), Clancy, Roche, Brophy; Slattery, Kavanagh, Fortune, Brady (Broderick 90); Gorman (Robinson 79), Kilduff.

Subs not used: Cassidy, Morgan.
Wexford Youths: J Russell; Lawler, A Russell, Malone; McGuire (Flynn-O'Connor 37), Kelly, Sinnott (Dempsey 62), Rossiter, Doyle; Murphy, Fitzgerald (Browne 41).
Referee: J McLoughlin (Athlone)

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