Mixed fortunes for Wicklow teams in Under-18 league
THERE WAS mixed fortunes for Wicklow sides in the U-18 League this weekend with two picking up wins and two losing.
Enniskerry YC recovered from their 11-0 thrashing with a fine 3-2 win over AFC Belgrave while Arklow Town B also picked up their first points of the campaign defeating fellow Wicklow side Aughrim Rangers.
In the other fixture Newtown United came undone to Granada FC with the Dublin side recording a 6-2 win.
But back to Enniskerry and their match. They would have understandably been very disheartened following the previous weeks result but like all good sides, they bounced straight back. AFC Belgrave was the visitors to Berryfield and they narrowly lost out to the Youth Club who should take great confidence from this result.
Arklow Town will also be on a high following their first win of the season over Aughrim Rangers with a hard-fought win at Allen Park on Saturday.
Town were on top in the opening exchanges and Stuart O’Neill epitomised Arklow’s determination on the edge of the Aughrim box, winning possession and firing home an unstoppable effort.
The visitors doubled their lead midway through the half with Des Bermingham crossing in from the left flank and Arklow’s willing Mark Doyle applied an excellent finish, side-footing home from seven yards.
Arklow were worthy of the two goal advantage at this stage of the game but the home side were to grab a lifeline, pulling a goal back on the stroke of half time.
Aughrim gained further momentum in the second half and equalised courtesy of a smashing free kick from just outside the Arklow penalty area.
But the away side restored their lead when Des Bermingham drove home from the right edge of Aughrim’s area and the drama was heightened as the game moved into injury time, when the home side were awarded a controversial penalty and a chance to level matters once more.
However, Arklow keeper Condell made not one, but two outstanding saves to deny Aughrim.
The drama did not end there though as Arklow went straight upfield and they were awarded a penalty of their own, with Stuart O’Neill slotting home to secure an eventful three points for the Arklow side.
Shane O’Keefe and Patrick Dixon got the goals for Rangers.
And in the other U-18 fixture, Newtown United fell to a 6-2 defeat despite the best efforts of Oisin Greenan and Ethan Gannon who both notched for the hosts at Newtown Community Field.