Wicklow’s hopes ended
SOCCER F.A.I. UMBRO YOUTH INTER-LEAGUE CUP
Kilkenny League 4, Wicklow League 1: Wicklow’s underage stars’ dreams were brought to a harsh end on Saturday when they lost 4-1 to Kilkenny League, although according to Wicklow League Development Officer John Brown they were playing against ’14 men’, such was the alleged unfairness shown by the three Kilkenny officials.
He said despite being involved in soccer for 25 years he has never seen ‘ such a display of blatant home decisions’ and that the three officials ‘basically booked Kilkenny through to the next round’.
Wicklow had two players sent off during the game and Brown said that the Wicklow players did very well to restrain themselves after some of the referee’s decisions.
Glenview FC’s Anto O’Neill was one of the players sent off after he asked referee Eugene Tynan what was going on after being fouled in what was ‘a potential leg breaking tackle’ and picked up a yellow card.
He was then dismissed after he remonstrated with the referee after another similar challenge and was given his marching orders.
Then after that there was a ‘freefor-all’ outside the 18-yard box, where there was ‘punches thrown from both sides’ and the referee called Wicklow’s Chad Ryan aside and showed him a red card but took no action against any Kilkenny players. Wicklow manager Tom Doyle had gone into the melee to try and pull his players out of it and the linesman deemed that worthy of a sending off so Doyle was sent to the dressing room by the referee.
Wicklow would have been expected to win this match or at least pick up a point as this Kilkenny team had struggled to a 2-1 win over the same Kildare side that Wicklow had hammered 7-1. In fact, all Wicklow needed was a point to advance due to their superior goal difference and that’s what makes this defeat even harder to take.
The full Wicklow squad is: Emmett Bollard, Ian Morris, Anto O’Neill, Darren McAteer, Oisin Doyle, Anthony Kelly, Niall Manning, Martin Williams, Graham Devlin, Chad Ryan, Adam Dalby, Wayne Doyle, Aaron Eggleton, Joey Elliot, Adam Brack, Aaron Brack, Andy O’Brien, Richard Kinsella, Shane Doyle, Colin Smullen, David Greene.
They are managed by Tom Doyle.