An entertaining game at Ferrycarrig Park saw Wexford Youths need extra-time and penalties to defeat Galway FC to advance to the EA Sports Cup semi-final. Danny Furlong came off the bench for the hosts, and was busy up front before netting the openng goal in the first-half of extra-time. Galway worked hard to force an equaliser and finally beat Graham Doyle eight minutes from time through Colm Horgan.
Derek O'Brien went close on a number of occasions for Galway, with one curling effort beating both Doyle and the post, but it was the introduction of Eric Molloy and Danny Furlong that sparked Wexford into life. Molloy's driving runs helped unlock the Galway defence, and Furlong's strength saw him hold off the advances of Marty Owens to put his side ahead.
Craig Shortt missed a great chance to double Wexford's lead early in the second-half of extra-time, and were made to rue that miss as Galway equalised minutes later. A sustained period of pressure saw Horgan poke the ball home following a goalmouth scramble.
Galway used their width well in the first-half, with Gary Shanahan dangerous down the right wing. The 21-year-old was involved in a number of good chances for his side, cutting inside CJ Browne before shooting straight a the keeper. Shanahan also caused a mix-up at the back with a low cross into the six-yard box, but Stephen Last cleared after bundling into Graham Doyle.
The hosts set themselves up to counter-attack, trying to put balls in over the top to Darragh Walshe and Aidan Rocks Keenan. The former had the best opportunity of the first-half, driving the ball over with the goal at his mercy after good work on the left from Shane Dunne.
Both keepers were called into action during an open second period, but with neither side breaking the deadlock, an extra 30 minutes were needed to separate the teams. Furlong looked to have sealed his side's progress, but Galway battled hard and grabbed a deserved equaliser. However, the goal mattered little as Wexford advanced on penalties with Doyle saving two spot kicks.