First away win of the season for Wexford as Locke says his young side are “giving him everything.”

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Eoin Porter celebrates

Wexford boss Damian Locke said Friday night’s 1-0 win over Cabinteely showed that his young players are 100% behind him as they backed up last week’s draw against Athlone with another solid performance. 

Locke said of the win, “Yeah a great win, our first away from home and the first time we’ve put results together back to back. I thought we were very good in the first half and played on the front foot.”

17 year-old striker Eoin Porter scored the winning goal for Wexford, which was his first Senior goal, and Locke was delighted for him, “Eoin took his goal really well after some great work from Adam Hanlon. Probably some fortune to the goal for us considering Eoin had to replace Mark Slater after 4 minutes, otherwise he isn’t there to slot the ball home. It’s great to have Eoin back in after his spell away due to studies.”

The club even had a little fun after the win by tweeting the following;

“The second half probably could’ve swung the game either way Cabo threw everything at us and while we needed some luck along the way, we also had 3 great chances on the break to kill the game.”

“I think it was evident to see for anyone in attendance that the boys are giving me absolutely everything which is all as a management team we can ask of the group, considering there was seven lads that played last night 20 years of age or younger.”

“It has been great to see over the last two weeks the likes of Craig McCabe, Ross Kenny, Ricky Fox, Thomas Croke and Adam Hanlon show their leadership qualities. They’ve really stepped up to the mark and long may it continue.”

We asked Damian about the extent of Mark Slater’s injuries, with him having to come off so early in the game. He said, “In relation to Mark’s injury we wont know for a day or so how bad they are because he actually rolled his ankle in the warm up, whilst also coming into the game with a niggle in his hamstring from Wednesday, so its double injury for him. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious for him because he has been in great form of late.”

With goalkeeper Graham Doyle having retired from the game last week bringing in a new keeper is a top priority for the Wexford manager, and we spoke about it. “First off, I thought Corey (Chambers) was immense on Friday night, in particular in the second half when we were under pressure. He showed great courage for a kid to come through a number of bodies to claim some crosses, but with Corey heading away on a scholarship in August we have been working away the last few weeks to secure a new keeper and we are very close to doing so.”

Photo Credit: Paul Lundy

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