Manager Ian Ryan is here for the long haul with Wexford FC

WEXFORD FC’s quest to secure a play-off place in the race for promotion from Ireland’s SSE Airtricity League Division 1 received a significant mid-season boost.

With players and staff on vacation until the Treaty United home on June 10, it was confirmed last week that popular manager Ian Ryan has no plans to leave Ferrycarrig Park.

The Dubliner, who has been a marked improvement after replacing Brian O’Sullivan in the 2021 season, had been linked with the vacant managerial post with neighbors Waterford FC.

However, Wexford’s media team acted quickly to allay their supporters’ fears when they issued a statement on the matter on Wednesday.

“Wexford FC are delighted to confirm that despite media speculation and interest from another club, manager Ian Ryan has reaffirmed his commitment to the club,” the statement read.

“Wexford handed Ian his first job as manager of the League of Ireland side in May 2021 and he is contracted to the club until the end of the 2023 season.

“After taking us from the bottom of the table, we are now genuine playoff contenders with a strong team built and developed by Ian.

“While flattered by the interest, I am enjoying my time at Wexford and having the full support of everyone at the club, and am determined to reward their faith in me by seeing this project through to completion,” he said. said Ian this morning.

“Wexford FC greatly appreciate the loyalty Ian has shown, a quality that is not always evident in the game these days, and we look forward to where our manager and this team can take us in the near future. “

The immediate goal for Ryan and his team will be to secure one of four play-off spots available to teams finishing second through fifth in the nine-team split.

It looks like the title race will be limited to Galway United and Cork City, who have pulled a sizeable gap on the chasing pack.

The title winner will earn automatic promotion to the top flight, with the second set to meet the fifth in a two-legged play-off semi-final, while the third will face the fourth.

And while Waterford FC and Longford Town should be involved at this stage unless their form dips, that fifth and final spot is well within Wexford’s reach.

They had the advantage of having their vacation a week before the others, as they had a bye last Friday when the other eight teams were in action.

And now, while everyone else has played 16 of their 32 games, Wexford FC sit sixth on 16 points, just three behind Treaty United who will be the next visitors to Ferrycarrig Park when the campaign resumes on Friday 10 June.

With Bray Wanderers also on 16 points, with a similar -10 score difference but five fewer goals than Wexford (14-19), this upcoming clash with the Limerick side is a clear six-pointer.

As well as making sure they claim maximum points from the basement sides – Cobh Ramblers and Athlone Town – Wexford will need to forge good results against some of the higher ranked sides at regular intervals in order to keep the play-offs in their target.

In that regard, their last outing – a 1-1 draw with table players Cork City at Turner’s Cross – was a huge result, given that goalscorer Kevin O’Connor and his Leeside team-mates lost only only once all season, winning twelve of their 16 outings.

Wexford FC manager Ryan has used 22 players in the campaign so far, with their appearance records as follows: Harry Groome 16; Adam Wells 13 (3); Aidan Friel 13 (2); Paul Cleary 13; Conor Crowley 11 (4); Aaron Dobbs 11(3); Jack Doherty 11 (1); Lorcan Fitzgerald 11 (1); Dinny Corcoran 10 (3); Joe Manley 10 (1); Conor Davis 9 (5); Alex Moody 9; Conor Barry 8 (7); Len O’Sullivan 8 (5); Paul Hunt 7; Jordan Tallon 4 (6); Luka Lovic 4 (1); Thomas Considine 3 (8); Mitchell Byrne 3; Kevin McEvoy 2 (6); Evan Farrel (7); Luc Scanlon (3).

Additionally, promising young talents Tyler Dunphy, Corben Brown, Seán Fitzpatrick, Eamon Lalor and Alex O’Shea have featured on the bench at various stages as unused substitutes.

Goals scored (19) were scored by: Aaron Dobbs (4), Dinny Corcoran and Jack Doherty (3 each), Conor Davis and Harry Groome (2 each), Conor Barry, Thomas Considine, Conor Crowley, Aidan Friel and Adam Wells (1 each).

The remaining devices are: Friday, June 10: Treaty United home (7:45 p.m.); Friday June 17: departure for Cobh Ramblers (7:45 p.m.); Friday June 24: home at Longford Town (7.45 p.m.); Monday, June 27: departure for Bray Wanderers (7:45 p.m.); Friday July 1: Athlone Town home (7.45pm); Friday 8 July: departure for Waterford (7.45 p.m.); Friday 22 July: home in Cork City (7.45 p.m.); Friday August 5: trip to Galway United (7:45 p.m.).

Friday August 12: home of the Cobh Ramblers (7:45 p.m.); Saturday August 20: departure for Longford Town (7:30 p.m.); Friday 2 September: home in Waterford (7.45 p.m.); Friday 9 September: departure for Athlone Town (7.45 p.m.); Friday September 30: home of the Bray Wanderers (7:45 p.m.); Friday 7 October: departure for Cork City (7.45 p.m.); Friday 14 October: home of Galway United (7.45 p.m.); Friday, October 21: trip to Treaty United (7:45 p.m.).

Wednesday October 26: Play-off semi-finals, first legs – fifth place v second place; fourth place versus third place.

Saturday October 29: Play-off semi-finals, second legs – second place against fifth place; third place against fourth place.

Week ending November 6: Final of the play-offs.

Week ending November 13: Promotion/relegation play-off against the second bottom team of the Premier Division.

Extra.ie FAI Cup Dates: first round, week ending July 31; second round, week ending August 28; quarter-finals, week ending September 18; semi-finals, week ending October 16; final, week ending November 13.

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