League of Ireland First Division round-up: A night to forget for Wexford | Waterford win in Cork

League of Ireland First Division round-up: A night to forget for Wexford | Waterford win in Cork

Game week eight in the League of Ireland First Division is in the history books, and it was one to forget for James Keddy and his Wexford FC squad.

Keddy's men welcomed Galway United to Ferrycarrig Park and provided stern opposition for 45 minutes.

With little action of note throughout the first half, Galway opened the scoring in the third minute of first-half added time through David Hurley.

That set the tone for a one-sided second half, which saw John Caulfield's men add three more goals to seal a comfortable 4-0 road victory.


The result extends Galway's winning run to eight, with a nine-point cushion over second-placed Bray Wanderers.


Bray are enjoying a stellar start to life under Ian Ryan and finds themselves in second position with a solitary defeat in eight outings.

An intriguing clash with Athlone Town at the Carlise Grounds saw Ryan's side earn a one-nil win, courtesy of a 74-minute strike from Cole Omorehiomwan.


Keith Long has continued his perfect start as head coach at Waterford FC with a 3-1 road victory over Cobh Ramblers.

The win makes it two from two for the veteran coach and leaves the Blues in third position on 14 points with a game in hand over Bray and Galway.

Speaking after the game, Long was quick to heap praise on his side's attacking output.

"We scored two great goals in the first half - in particular, our second one was fantastic," he said.

"We found our way out of a tight space down the sideline, Grif with a clever little flick inside, and we have transitioned really well.

"It's a great finish by Ronan Coughlan. It was fast-attacking football, playing on the front foot, playing the ball forward quickly and getting bodies into the box."

Elsewhere, Treaty United enjoyed their first win of what has been a frustrating campaign.

Tommy Barrett's men ran out 3-2 winners over Longford Town at Markets Field, with an 83rd-minute winner from Dean George setting off wild scenes in the heart of Limerick.

The result draws Barrett's side level on points with Longford having played one game less.

Lastly, Kerry FC are still waiting for their first win in League of Ireland football following a one-all draw with Finn Harps at Mounthawk Park.

An impressive start from the home side saw them take a deserved lead through Sean McGrath on the 36th minute.

Ryan Flood equalled for the visitors in the second half, and the points were shared.

It's now five games without a victory for Harps, as they see their downturn in form continues.