Wexford came agonising close to their first win of the season last night, but a late Gary O’Neill free-kick meant that it was honours even at Ferrycarrig Park.
UCD probably should have scored in the opening half, as they controlled the game, but credit to Wexford as they came out much the stronger in the second.
A short corner was whipped over by Shane Dunne, and there at the back post was Ross Kenny to head home.
It looked like Damian Locke’s men might just see the game out, but five minutes from time and O’Neill smashed home a superb free-kick to equalise.
Both managers were in agreement that a draw was probably a fair reflection of the game.
UCD boss Collie O’Neill, back in the dug-out having missed last week’s game said, “We did well in the first half but didn’t create enough chances for the amount of possession we had, and we lack a killer instinct for the chances we did have.”
“The second half was a much more even affair, Wexford deserved their lead but we continued to probe and showed good character to to get something out of it and a draw was probably a fair result.”
Wexford’s Damian Locke said, “Yeah, I agree with the fair result. Both teams had good spells and big chances. It was disappointing to concede late, but we spoke in depth all week with the boys about the result last night being irrelevant after last weeks display.”
“It was all about the performance and I think to a man I could not have demanded anymore from them which was great.”