U-15 work pays off

Wex­ford get re­sult to match dis­play

Gorey Guardian - - SPORT -


WEX­FORD FI­NALLY got the re­sult their per­for­mance de­served, beat­ing hosts Lim­er­ick in Group 3 of the SSE Airtricity Un­der-15 League re­cently.

It was a first vic­tory of the sea­son for Mark Do­ran’s side and, given the way they are quickly find­ing form, it will be no sur­prise if sev­eral more fol­low in quick suc­ces­sion.

This team had been threat­en­ing this re­sult in re­cent weeks. Wex­ford picked up moral vic­to­ries but no points against Cork and Gal­way in their pre­vi­ous two games, but they were de­ter­mined to make their strong per­for­mance count on their trip west. They did just that.

This win was based on an all­round squad ef­fort. It wasn’t about the eleven starters, it was about the roll-on, roll-off sub­sti­tu­tions giv­ing fresh legs but keep­ing the qual­ity and in­ten­sity lev­els high through­out the 80 min­utes.

Lim­er­ick had plenty of the ball but the vis­it­ing three-man de­fence was ex­cep­tional in pre­vent­ing clear op­por­tu­ni­ties. Seán Red­mond and Dar­ragh McGuire were ex­cel­lent in de­fence but Dy­lan Casey was an ab­so­lute colos­sus.

Wex­ford could, prob­a­bly should, have had a goal in the 15th minute. The su­perb Liam Doyle hit a shot that can­noned off the un­der­side of the cross­bar and bounced down. It seemed to cross the line be­fore spin­ning out but the match of­fi­cials didn’t give it.

When luck is go­ing against you, those sit­u­a­tions can re­ally st­ing. Wex­ford didn’t let it up­set them, as they kept prob­ing and took a de­served lead eleven min­utes later when Pa­tryk Remi­asz fired a cracking shot from the right edge of the area that flew into the top left corner of Ryan Man­ning’s net.

With Wex­ford press­ing hard from the front, Lim­er­ick were strug­gling to set­tle. The workrate of the vis­i­tors was through the roof and they were fully de­serv­ing of their in­ter­val lead.

Evan Far­rell had a chance to add to his side’s ad­van­tage in the sec­ond-half but he fired over the cross­bar.

At the other end, just sec­onds af­ter com­ing off the bench, Eoin Mur­phy some­how got down low to fin­ger­tip away what looked to be a cer­tain Lim­er­ick goal. De­spite their pos­ses­sion, that was as close as they came to an equaliser as the vis­i­tors nabbed the spoils.

The win moved Wex­ford to sev­enth place in the ta­ble. It’s a closely-matched set of teams in Group 3, so much so that had the Fer­rycar­rig Park side scored the late goal in the open­ing game against Water­ford, rather than their hosts, they would have been sit­ting in joint-sec­ond spot af­ter this win.

Wex­ford: Aaron Phe­lan; Seán Red­mond, Dar­ragh McGuire, Dy­lan Casey; Seán Adam Gour­ley, Pa­tryk Remi­asz, Evan Far­rell (capt.), Rian Fitz­patrick, Paddy Red­mond; Micheál Quin­lan, Liam Doyle. Subs. (rolling) - Harry Cur­tis, Conor Carew, Eoin Mur­phy, Luke O’Rourke, Dy­lan McEvoy, Luke Mur­phy.

Lim­er­ick: Ryan Man­ning, Ri­ain O’Con­nell, Jack Pren­der­gast, Michael Cor­co­ran (capt.), An­dri Hax­hiaj, Adam Brennan, Conor Keane, Was­siou Ayawe, Toby Lambe, De­nis Dluha, Josh Quin­li­van. Subs. (rolling) - James Grif­fin, Ger­ard Quaid, Joey Rushe, Oisín En­right, Josh Toomey, Jake O’Rior­dan.

Ref­eree: An­drew Hall.

The Wex­ford Un­der-15 squad and men­tors in Easter Road, home of Hiber­nian F.C., on their re­cent visit to Scot­land.

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