U-19s strug­gling for points

Sixth straight de­feats as prob­lems mount for Wex­ford

Gorey Guardian - - SPORT -

LIM­ER­ICK WEX­FORD F.C. 2 1

WEX­FORD RE­MAINED rooted to the foot of the SSE Airtricity Un­der-19 League South­ern Elite Di­vi­sion ta­ble af­ter fall­ing to their fourth de­feat in as many games at Fer­rycar­rig Park re­cently.

James Quinn’s side took two big de­feats to open the sea­son but then put a pair of com­pet­i­tive per­for­mances back-to-back, los­ing by the odd goal in three on both oc­ca­sions.

With Liam Berry start­ing as the lone striker, sup­ported by Danny Doyle and Ciarán Mur­phy on the flanks, Wex­ford be­gan the brighter.

Shane Cahill saw a weak vol­ley saved by the ‘keeper, while at the other end Adam Fo­ley nabbed the ball past Colum Feeney but just too far and it rolled wide.

The hosts con­tin­ued on the front foot as the half wore on, and both Vinny Quin­lan and Danny Doyle missed the tar­get with lon­grange ef­forts.

Ap­proach­ing half-time, Lim­er­ick’s Ro­nan McGuire saw his shot de­flected be­hind and Wil­liam Armshaw missed the tar­get, but that was the sum of the ef­forts in an un­event­ful first pe­riod.

There wasn’t much in the way of op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first ten min­utes of the sec­ond-half ei­ther, but af­ter com­ing on for the in­jured Colum Feeney, first team reg­u­lar Kealan Gaffney was forced to pick the ball out of the net in the 60th minute.

A fan­tas­tic Ed­mond O’Dwyer run and through-ball beat the Wex­ford off­side trap, and James Fitzger­ald hared away and shot left-footed past the hosts’ ‘keeper to open the scor­ing. As the half wore on, Quin­lan had a cou­ple of sighters but noth­ing clearcut.

With five min­utes left Gaffney was forced into a fine save from Adam Fo­ley. Mo­ments later Wex­ford were call­ing for a penalty when Shane Cahill went to ground un­der a shove in the box, but there was noth­ing do­ing de­spite ap­peals from the bench.

Head­ing to­wards the last few min­utes, things got fran­tic. The vis­i­tors were awarded a penalty when Seán Mur­phy dragged down James Fitzger­ald, de­spite the fact that video later showed the in­ci­dent hap­pened on the edge of the area. The Wex­ford de­fender was dis­missed and Fo­ley con­verted from the spot.

Seven min­utes into added-time, Ad­ham Ma­sood went down af­ter a tan­gle in the Lim­er­ick box and was awarded a penalty.

Quin­lan slot­ted it home but de­spite cre­at­ing a half-chance when a late Mikey Car­roll shot was blocked, Wex­ford couldn’t find an equaliser.

Wex­ford: Colum Feeney, Seán Mur­phy, Ger Mur­ray, Mikey Car­roll, Vin­cent Quin­lan, Liam Berry, Danny Doyle, Ciarán Mur­phy, Jack White, Craig O’Reilly, Shane Cahill. Subs. - Ad­ham Ma­sood for Doyle, Kealan Gaffney for Feeney, Yaw Aboagye for Berry, also Danny Bruce, Ciarán Lind­say, Ciarán Paige, Peter Collins.

Lim­er­ick: Kuba Beben, Sam Ogun­dare, Seán Madi­gan, Tomás O’Con­nor, Ja­son Cross (capt.), Aaron Fitzger­ald, Kian Barry, Ger Barry, Wil­liam Armshaw, Ro­nan McGuire, Adam Fo­ley. Subs. - James Fitzger­ald for McGuire, Andy Quaid for Ogun­dare, Ed­mond O’Dwyer for Barry, Lee De­vitt for Armshaw, Conor Cough­lan for Fitzger­ald, also Callan Scully.

Ref­eree: Fran Sin­nott.

U.C.D. 7, Wex­ford F.C. 0: Wex­ford’s hor­ror start to the SSE Airtricity League Un­der-19 South­ern Elite Di­vi­sion sea­son showed no signs of halt­ing af­ter they were thumped once again, this time by U.C.D. in the Belfield Bowl.

It meant James Quinn’s side had lost all five games played at that stage, scor­ing just twice, and con­ced­ing a whoop­ing 24 times. Their 4.8 goals con­ceded per con­test was the worst in all of the FAI leagues: men, women and boys.

While some­one has to have the worst record, it’s mys­ti­fy­ing that it’s this set of play­ers.

Sev­eral of this squad have had first team ex­pe­ri­ence, more have been pro­moted from re­cent Un­der-17 teams, and this group of play­ers should be able to be com­pet­i­tive at this level.

Some might have recog­nised the folly in sug­ges­tions that two nar­row losses was some kind of corner-turn­ing event, and those pru­dent on­look­ers are fully vin­di­cated af­ter Quinn’s side, al­ready with 4-0 and 9-0 losses this sea­son, col­lapsed again in this con­test.

In the pre­vi­ous two games the se­cret to the rel­a­tive suc­cess Wex­ford had tasted was keep­ing the games close. When they have gone two down, the prover­bial has hit the fan and U.C.D. prob­a­bly recog­nised that fact.

They went af­ter this game, know­ing that their op­po­nents’ con­fi­dence was tee­ter­ing and on the verge of col­lapse. Ryan Meaney opened the scor­ing for the hosts early in the sec­ond quar­ter and then saw his ef­fort de­flected into his own net by Jack White.

Early in the sec­ond-half Meaney got his sec­ond as­sist when send­ing through Seán McDon­ald to make it 3-0. A slack er­ror in pos­ses­sion sent John O’Keane away to add an­other just af­ter the hour mark.

With Wex­ford all over the place, Luke Han­ni­gan scored to make it five as Meaney com­pleted the hat-trick of as­sists.

U.C.D. had emp­tied their bench by this stage and one of those sub­sti­tu­tions, Char­lie Smith, saun­tered past two be­fore be­ing hacked down for a penalty that Meaney con­verted.

While it was never go­ing to reach the nine that Sham­rock Rovers man­aged, U.C.D. did add a sev­enth late in the game when an­other sub­sti­tute, the mar­vel­lously named Robin Wind­vo­gel, fired home to com­plete a mis­er­able af­ter­noon for the vis­i­tors.

Wex­ford F.C.: Colum Feeney, Ger Mur­ray, Mick Gar­diner, Vinny Quin­lan, Liam Berry, Ad­ham Ma­sood, Ciarán Mur­phy, Jack White, Craig O’Reilly, Shane Cahill. Subs. - Yaw Aboagye for Berry (60), Ciarán Paige for Ma­sood (67), Danny Bruce for Cahill (77), also Adam Feeney, Co­ran Lind­say.

U.C.D.: Matthew Traynor; Esta­ban McEvilly-Brown, Mark Dig­nam, Evan Far­rell, Luke Boore, Luka Lovic, John O’Keane, Jack Ryan, Seán McDon­ald, Seán Quinn, Ryan Meaney. Subs. - Char­lie Smith for McDon­ald (63), Luke Han­ni­gan for Ryan (63), Adam Byrne for McEvilly-Brown (65), Robin Wind­vo­gel for Dig­nam (71), also Jack Whe­lan, Billy Grif­fin, Adam Byrne. Ref­eree: Oliver Moran (Dublin). Wex­ford F.C. 0, Cork City 2: Wex­ford’s mis­er­able time in the SSE Airtricity Un­der-19 South­ern Elite Di­vi­sion con­tin­ued on Satur­day as Cork City marched into Fer­rycar­rig Park and went away with the points.

With four losses from five games for their guests, there was some hope that James Quinn’s point-less side would get their sea­son back on track, to some ex­tent. How­ever, there was no such oc­curence as Wex­ford slumped to their sixth straight loss.

At least Wex­ford showed some life in the open­ing quar­ter. Ger Mur­ray had a cou­ple of ef­forts that missed the tar­get while a Danny Doyle at­tempt from the edge of the area also flew wide of Adam Cantwell’s goal.

Cork had only just showed their first real threat when Cian Mur­phy fired over but it shook the vis­i­tors to life.

A minute later they took the lead when Mur­phy’s run went un­chal­lenged. His shot was saved by Colum Feeney but Dale Hol­land fol­lowed in to net the re­bound.

Mur­phy prob­a­bly should have added a sec­ond in the 37th minute but he failed to hit the tar­get from point-blank range.

Ciarán Mur­phy and Ad­ham Ma­sood both missed the tar­get with shots be­fore the break but their side went in one down.

Maybe the heat played a part but both sides emerged from the dress­ing-room and re­ally strug­gled in the third quar­ter. The slum­ber was bro­ken by that man Cian Mur­phy in the 67th minute, but his shot was well saved by Feeney.

Danny Doyle missed get­ting a touch on Ma­sood’s cross four min­utes later.

With twelve min­utes re­main­ing Cork wrapped up their sec­ond win of the sea­son.

Cian Mur­phy was fouled on the edge of the box and Hol­land curled a suc­cu­lent free-kick past Feeney to the net.

Next up for Wex­ford is a spin down the N25 this Sun­day to face lo­cal foes Water­ford. That’s fol­lowed by the fi­nal league game be­fore the mid-sea­son break, a home tie against fel­low strug­glers Bray Wan­der­ers.

Wex­ford F.C.: Colum Feeney, Seán Mur­phy, Danny Bruce, Ger Mur­ray, Ciarán Paige, Mikey Car­roll, Danny Doyle, Ciarán Mur­phy, Ad­ham Ma­sood, Craig O’Reilly, Yaw Aboagye. Subs. - Adam Feeney for O’Reilly, Liam Berry for Aboagye, also Kealan Gaffney, Peter Collins, Co­ran Lins­ley, Mick Gar­diner.

Cork City: Adam Cantwell, Dy­lan Scott, Colin O’Ma­hony, Ro­nan Hur­ley, Thomas O’Dono­van, Rory Doyle, Conor Bow­dren, James Sul­li­van, Cian Mur­phy, Douwie Van Sin­deren, Dale Hol­land. Subs. - Jamie O’Sul­li­van for O’Ma­hony, Bryan Lynch for Bow­dren, Shane O’Rior­dan for Scott, also Tomás Collins, Cian Bar­gary, Joe Meaney, Jack O’Sul­li­van.

Ref­eree: Fran Sin­nott.

Danny Doyle of Wex­ford F.C. is out­num­bered by Cork City duo Rory Doyle and Dale Hol­land.

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