Wicklow League net a magnificent seven
FOCUS MATCH F.A.I. UMBRO YOUTH INTER-LEAGUE
Wicklow League 7, Kildare League 1: To have any chance of advancing in this competition Wicklow knew they’d have to bounce back immediately from their 4-3 defeat to AUL and oh boy did they bounce back.
Four first-half goals left Wicklow going in at the break on top of the world and they added three more after the break just for good measure.
Wicklow manager Tom Doyle made two changes to his side from that defeat, with Ian Morris coming in at right-back and Niall Manning handed the left wing berth. This also resulted in some positional changes, with Darren McAteer being switched from right-back to centre-half - meaning Arron Brack was moved to midfield, and Anto O’Neill playing at left-back.
Wicklow had the brighter start and on eight minutes Kildare goalkeeper Eamonn Tyrrell had to be alert to deny the hugely impressive Martin Williams.
Six minutes later though Tyrrell could do nothing as Chad Ryan scored the first of his three goals of the day.
Arron Brack’s powerful run was halted by a Kildare defender and Ryan stepped up and guided his 25-yard free-kick beautifully into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
The Wicklow lead only lasted for a minute though as Kildare equalised with what proved to be no more than a consolation goal. Ryan Burke’s long ball tempted Emmet Lawless out of his net but the Greystones’ man missed the ball and Aaron Seary was on hand to tap in.
Midway through the first-half however and the Garden County’s lead was restored, with Ryan scoring his second goal of the game. Niall Manning’s corner from the right was cleared back out to him and when he returned the favour, he found Ryan unmarked only six yards from goal and the Glenview man finished at the second attempt.
The best goal of the game was scored on 28 minutes, after some good build-up play Williams slipped the ball through for Brack who burst onto it before firing in a low shot to make it 3-1.
Four minutes before the break and the match was all but over when Wicklow grabbed their fourth. Williams was again the provider, this time his through ball found Ryan who was racing down the right wing and the number seven kept his cool and completed his treble with a neat finish.
After the break Wicklow took their foot off the pedal somewhat, but still created some chances.
St. Anthony’s Martin Williams was close to scoring a screamer when his rocket flew over the crossbar ten minutes into the second-half.
The hosts did add to their lead with 22 minutes gone in the half, with captain Graham Devlin crossing to the unmarked Wayne Doyle at the back post and the youngster consequently found the net.
In the last ten minutes Kildare’s misery was further compounded with Wicklow grabbing two more goals.
First Williams closed down his man and won the ball off him before he set up ANOTHER goal, passing to Devlin who finished it off. Williams then finally got the goal his performance so richly deserved after Adam Dalby was brought down in the penalty area and the number nine converted the spot-kick.
Star performers on the day were Martin Williams, Graham Devlin, Chad Ryan, Anto Kelly and the entire back four, in particular Oisin Doyle.
Man of the Match: Chad Ryan (Wicklow League). The winger virtually had this match won after his superbly taken first-half hat-trick.