Wick­low League net a mag­nif­i­cent seven

FO­CUS MATCH F.A.I. UM­BRO YOUTH IN­TER-LEAGUE

Bray People - - Bray Sport - Daniel GOR­MAN

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.

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