Im­pres­sive Wolfe Tone close in on the leaders

FO­CUS MATCH WICK­LOW LEAGUE DIVI­SION 1

Bray People - - Bray Sport - Daniel GOR­MAN

Wolfe Tone Celtic 3, St. Peter’s Bhoys B 0: Wolfe Tone Celtic moved to within touch­ing dis­tance of top spot af­ter this comfortable victory over Bray ri­vals St. Peter’s Bhoys.

They took an early lead through Stu­art Pur­cell be­fore Conor Whe­lan added to it be­fore the break. The three points were se­cured late on in the game when a scram­ble in the box led to an un­for­tu­nate own goal.

Stu­art Pur­cell’s opener was un­doubt­edly the goal of the game, and huge credit must go to Dar­ren Nei­land for cre­at­ing it. With the ball un­der his con­trol on the half-way line, Nei­land looked up be­fore re­leas­ing a per­fectly mea­sured ball be­yond the out­stretched de­fender’s leg and into the box for Keith Maloney. Maloney then showed good feet for a big fella by con­trol­ling quickly be­fore squar­ing to Har­ris who calmly sent the ball past Thomas Ho­ran in the Peter’s net.

There was then a lull in the game of about half an hour where bar a few Dar­ren McA­teer long rangers there was lit­tle to keep spec­ta­tors amused with de­fences dom­i­nat­ing.

A hand­ball al­lowed the vis­i­tors Tony Har­ris a chance from a 25-yard free-kick on 38 min­utes but the num­ber 10 sent it over the bar.

Three min­utes later the hosts dou­bled their lead. Wick­low Youth cap­tain Gra­ham Devlin did all the hard work but when the ball fell to Conor Whe­lan, he poked home the re­bound af­ter his ini­tial shot had been blocked away.

Af­ter the break the tempo of the match picked up and both sides were able to carve out a few more op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The first of those fell to the home side’s Keith Maloney when he squan­dered a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to put the game be­yond doubt af­ter he blasted over af­ter be­ing put through on goal.

On 65 min­utes Dar­ren McA­teer’s free-kick from the edge of the box couldn’t get past the wall and two min­utes later Peter’s cap­tain James McLough­lin 25-yard free kick beat the wall but not the hugely im­pres­sive War­ren Car­ton in Wolfe Tone’s net.

It was in the 75th minute when Wolfe Tone got that elu­sive third goal and while it won’t be winning any goal of the month com­pe­ti­tions, it was a very sig­nif­i­cant one for the ti­tle hope­fuls.

The home side let their feet off the ped­als af­ter this but War­ren Car­ton could do no such thing as he was forced into a num­ber of bril­liant saves by the vis­i­tors as he looked to main­tain his clean sheet.

It was a well de­served victory for the home side but Peter’s shouldn’t be too dis­heart­ened by the de­feat as they still sit just five points off the top in Divi­sion 1 and have plenty to play for as we go into the Christ­mas break.

Man of the Match: Gra­ham Devlin (Wolfe Tone Celtic). Tore the op­po­si­tion de­fence apart time and time again.

Ru­pert Meaney of Wolfe Tone Celtic and Jamie Quiney of St. Peter’s bat­tle for pos­ses­sion.

Gra­ham Devlin of Wolfe Tone holds off the chal­lenge of Mark O’Sul­li­van.

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