Wick­low U-14s beat Wex­ford but lose to Laois

Bray People - - SPORT -

BAL­LI­NAKILL was the venue when Wick­low un­der-14 foot­ballers hosted Wex­ford and Laois in a Le­in­ster foot­ball blitz on Satur­day last. First up on the day Wick­low matched off with the cream of Wex­ford un­der­age talent.

Wex­ford got off to the per­fect start when they had the ball in the back of Joe McDon­ald’s net with only one minute gone.

Mo­ments later they should have dou­bled the score but luck­ily the ball re­bounded off the cross­bar. Wick­low be­gan to work their way into the game and Adam Hughes led the way with a well taken point in the fourth minute.

One minute later and Wick­low moved into a lead that they would not re­lin­quish when Tadgh O’Toole com­bined with Daniel Ging and his pin point pass to Jordan Deans re­sulted in the first Wick­low goal.

Dar­ragh Rochford added an­other point be­fore Wex­ford got in for an­other point. Wick­low were dom­i­nat­ing the ex­changes with Colm Keogh and Karl Fur­long in great form clear­ing up any in­cur­sions by Wex­ford while Adam Car­roll Shane O’Rourke and Andrew Con­way en­sured plenty of good ball to the strong run­ning Conor Kear­ney who added a goal and point ei­ther side of a Daniel Ging point.

Credit to Wex­ford they did not lie down and they hauled them­selves back into the game with three points.

Their stub­born re­sis­tance was how­ever, short lived, and with Ging dis­play­ing some su­per form and adding an­other point be­fore Deans fin­ished the ball to the back of the net af­ter Jordan McGarr saw his ex­cel­lent shot par­ried by the Wex­ford net min­der to leave Wick­low with a 3-05 to 1-04 half time lead.

The sec­ond half be­gan as the first ended with the Wick­low lads dom­i­nat­ing. James Hed­der­man was in out­stand­ing form and his abil­ity to pluck the high ball from the sky was one of the main rea­sons that they were so suc­cess­ful while at the back Mark Reid en­sured that no Wex­ford at­tack would get through on goal.

At the other end of the field Ging con­tin­ued to ap­ply pres­sure and his bril­liant pass to Jordan McGarr and the Bless­ing­ton lad wasted no time in fir­ing low and hard to the back of the net. McGarr then be­came provider when he set Pau­ric Mur­ray free on the edge of the square and the big full for­ward al­most burst a hole in the net with his pow­er­ful shot.

Six min­utes later Eoin Hig­gins got in on the act when he added a third goal. Wex­ford tried hard to put pres­sure on the Wick­low back line but to no avail Pau­ric Mur­ray and Andrew Con­way added two more points be­fore McGarr com­pleted the rout with a fur­ther goal and point to see wick­low run out vic­tors with a 8-08 to 1-04 score­line

In the sec­ond game of the day Laois took on the Wex­ford lads and ran out con­vinc­ing vic­tors on a 6-14 to 1-05 score line. Wick­low then crossed swords with the lads from the O’Moore County.

By this time both sides were show­ing signs of fa­tigue. Wick­low were first off the mark with points from Adam Hughes, Dar­ragh Rochford and Pau­ric Mur­ray but this was can­celled out when Laois broke through the de­fense and goaled to level the game. Leo Han­ney and Conal Ca­hel­loir played out of their skin and were in­stru­men­tal when Ian Mer­ri­gan replied al­most in­stantly with a fan­tas­tic point. It was Laois who fin­ished strong­est with a goal and point to leave the half time score Laois 2-01 to Wick­lows 0-04.

The sec­ond half saw Wick­low play­ing into an in­creas­ingly stronger wind and de­spite some re­ally strong play by Adam Hef­fer­nan, Joe Phe­lan and Conor Devlin it was Laois who done all the scor­ing and they added a fur­ther goal and two points.

Wick­low: Joe McDon­ald, Karl Fur­long, Tadgh O’Toole, Colm Keogh, Adam Car­roll, ShaneO’Rourke, Andrew Con­way, Adam Hughes, James Hed­der­man, Dar­ragh Rochford, Daniel Ging, Conor Kear­ney, Adam Hef­fer­nan, Pau­ric Mur­ray, Jordan Deans. Jordan McGarr, Joe Phe­lan, Ian Mer­ri­gan, Mark Reid, Henry Healy, Conor Devlin, Conal Ca­hel­loir, Eoin Hig­gins, Leo Han­ney.

The Wick­low un­der-14 team who took on Wex­ford and Laois in Bal­li­nakill at the weekend.

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