Treaty United secured a 1-0 victory against Wexford FC in their first ever home league game at Market’s Field.
The Limerick side were made to work hard for the victory as for the second week running they were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Clyde O’Connell was shown red midway through the second half.
With a packed schedule Tommy Barrett will be pleased that his charges have picked up four points so far this season as Treaty picked up their second clean sheet in a row.
Wexford FC enjoyed the bulk of the possession and chances in the opening half as they carved out the first chance when a Karl Monahan cross evaded the Treaty defence with Shane Cusack forced to save a Jack Doherty effort.
Matt Keane worked tirelessly for Treaty and a teasing cross just evaded Kieran O’Hanlon’s head.
After 16 minutes, a Conor Crowley cross was headed goalwards by Luke Turner but Treaty shot stopper Cusack was able to save the effort.
Treaty sought to use the full width of the pitch throughout with Joel Coustrain, who returned to the team after missing last week’s draw with Bray Wanderers, a menace on the wing.
In the 25th minute Coustrain was fouled with Marc Ludden’s free kick headed to the net by Anto O’Donnell to hand Treaty the lead.
Wexford FC enjoyed a period of dominance after the goal with a Harry Groome effort easily saved before the south east side carved out their best chance of the half when a Paul Fox near post flick from a corner was cleared off the line by Ludden.
Coustrain fired wide in a rare Treaty attack as the Limerick side held a one goal lead at the break.
The second half started with Treaty on top as Coustrain fired over from distance before an O’Connell header forced Wexford goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran in to a save.
On the hour mark O’Connell was booked for a tackle on Wexford’s winger Jimmy Fox while a late challenge by the Treaty midfielder five minutes later saw him sent off.
Jack Doherty fired over for Wexford from a tight angle before he struck a free kick comfortably above Cusack’s crossbar.
Wexford enjoyed more possession in the second half but they were unable to break down a stubborn Treaty defence with chances few and far between for the visitors.
It was Treaty who enjoyed the next chance as Matt Keane fired narrowly over from 25 metres out while in injury time Wexford FC’s Jack Larkin saw a cross headed over by substitute Kyle Robinson.
Treaty held on for a valuable three points as they return to action against Cobh Ramblers at Markets Field next Friday.