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Robinson brace nets the points

Kildare County  2  Wexford Youths 1

Five goals from four games for Ger Robinson and another three points at Station Road sent the home fans home in good spirits, although County have often played better and came away with no reward

Robinson had hit three goals in three league games earlier in the season but due to GAA commitments, hadn't played in the eircom League since May but he was on-song once more and was unlucky not to have netted a hat trick before the 20th minute had been reached.

After just nine minutes, he crashed a shot off the Wexford crossbar after he ran onto a flick from Cathal Brady and beat keeper Russell all ends up. The Wexford defence seemed unable to handle the strength and physical presence of the Meath man and it was no surprise when he opened the scoring after fourteen minutes.

A flowing move through midfield saw Fiachra McArdle take possession on the wing and he whipped a cross into the box where Robinson had escaped the attentions of the visiting defence and he gave Russell no chance with a well placed header.

Cathal Brady went close with a cheeky chip soon after but it was Robinson once again who found the net after 19 minutes. Cathal Brady’s inswinging corner was not effectively dealt with by the Youths defence and Robinson was lurking to volley home his fifth goal in four games.

Wexford came into the game after that and were unlucky not to pull a goal back in first half injury-time when Anthony Russell fired over from inside the box.

Wexford pulled one back in the 49th minute when Conor Sinnott crossed for the unmarked Danny Furlong to volley past keeper Colin Cassidy. Indeed young Cassidy had little to do prior to this but what he had to do he did well and looks like a bright prospect indeed.

At the other end Jason Russell had to be alert to deny Eoghan Carew and then Paul Rigney saw his superb header brilliantly saved. These two missed chances could have proved costly for the home side as the visitors almost levelled in the last action of the ninety minutes. Paul Malone found space in the County box and got on the end of a superbly flighted Sinnott free but his header from six yards just cleared Colin Cassidy’s bar.

In a game that County played only in patches they deserved the points but will need to be more clinical in their finishing in the remaining five games. Next up for the Thoroughbreds is Athlone Town, who visit Station Road next Saturday 20th October and kick off is at 7..30pm.

Kildare County: Cassidy; McArdle (Carew 54), A Byrne, P Byrne, Donnelly, Stapleton; Brady, Cooling, Kavanagh, Clancy (Rigney 80); Robinson.

Wexford Youths: J Russell; Rossiter, Wadding, A Russell; Doyle, Dempsey (Malone 72), Sinnott, Bradley, O'Loughlin, Furlong (Colfer 80), Flynn O'Connor (Kelly 86).

Referee: P Sutton (Clare).

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