Town hit magnificent seven to stay on track for the title
Wolfe Tone A 0, Arklow Town A 7: Buoyed by the news of title rivals Greystones United A losing to nearby Newtown 24 hours previous, Arklow Town U-11A travelled to Ballywaltrim knowing that a win over Wolfe Tone A would place the Arklow side in pole position for the title as the race for league honours enters the home straight.
U-11 PREMIER DIVISION Town took the lead after two minutes through hard work from JP Hurley on the left flank, crossing for Joshua Moody to place home from close range. Indeed, Moody would torment the Wolfe Tone defence on either flank throughout the game.
Town went close two minutes later, a cross from Dáire O’Conchubhair seeing Hurley attempting a speculative overhead kick, his effort shaving the crossbar. Darren Beevor and brother Shane worked Town’s left flank impeccably, and the former was unlucky not to score on the 20 minute mark, his effort on goal drawing a classy save from Wolfe Tone keeper Adam Hayden.
Beevor though finally beat Hayden minutes later to put Arklow two in front and Town added a third, with Christopher O’Brien finding JP Hurley, who finished with aplomb.
Now playing with great confidence the Arklow side put the result beyond all doubt, again Darren Beevor heavily involved, making a run from deep before coolly slotting under the home keeper’s body to score Town’s fourth goal. Beevor, carrying a knock from an earlier challenge, was withdrawn after his second goal, replaced by the creative Cliona Crammond.
Town made further changes at halftime, with Aaron Healy, Stephen McElligott-Ryan and Aaron Kelly all adding impetus to Town’s already strong performance. The second-half, as expected, went in Town’s favour, with Dáire O’Conchubhair netting a hat-trick, repeating his heroics in last week’s SFAI National Cup success over Edenderry, to leave Arklow Town comfortable winners, 7-0 the final scoreline.