Mixed for­tunes for Wick­low teams in Un­der-18 league

Bray People - - Sports -

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.

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