Just as they had done in their first game against Cabinteely, the Hoops put a lot of work onto themselves against Wexford when they conceded an early goal from a counter-attack.
Dean George put the visitors ahead in the 6th minute after he slipped the ball past Luca Gratzer in the Hoops’ goal.
Dean Dillon had a great chance to equalise in the 20th minute after Conor Gleeson sent the ball across to Shane Hanney but Dillon’s shot skimmed the upright.
8 minutes later Aaron Dobbs put the Hoops back on level terms after he lobbed Wexford ‘keeper Adam Dempsey. Luke Rossiter had won the ball in the right full position and sent a beautiful long pass into the other half for Dobbs to latch onto. The big forward, seeing the ‘keeper was off his line, sent in a high ball that Dempsey couldn’t reach and it went in over his head.
The Wexford boys begun the second half in good form posing a couple of problems for the Hoops in the early minutes. Three minutes into the half, George set Danny Doyle up for an opportunity to score but a Hoops defender got a critical block at just the right moment.
Rovers were awarded a free in the 67th minute almost in front of the home dugout. Shane Stokes floated the ball in where it fell between Dobbs and Dillon and the latter finished it into the net.
Five minutes from the end of normal time Dobbs added a third to make it 3-1 to the Hoops when he took the ball down, carefully controlled it and drove it into the net.
Rovers lined out as follows: Luca Gratzer, Shane Hanney, Sean Callan, Cian Collins, Conor Gleeson, Richie English, Shane Stokes, Luke Rossiter, James Doona, Dean Dillon, Aaron Dobbs. Subs: Emmanuel Lawal for Rossiter (64 mins), Harry Cornally for Doona (82 mins), Luke Kiely for Stokes (82 mins), Adam Doyle for Dillon (87 mins), Evan White for English (87 mins)