U-15 side best in derby clash

Ster­ling show from vis­i­tors

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CAR­LOW/KILKENNY WEX­FORD F.C. 0 3

IT WAS eleven points from a pos­si­ble 15 for Wex­ford in the SSE Airtricity Un­der-15 League Group 3 af­ter an­other ster­ling per­for­mance from Mark Do­ran’s side in Derdimus Park, Kilkenny, on Tues­day.

Af­ter start­ing the sea­son with one point from four games, Wex­ford have kicked on and have an iden­ti­cal record to ta­ble-top­pers Cork City in the last five out­ings, se­cur­ing eleven points on their way to fourth po­si­tion in the ta­ble.

This re­sult was the prod­uct of a fan­tas­tic all-round team dis­play. Right from goal­keeper Aaron Phe­lan, up to dou­ble-goalscorer Evan Far­rell, who now has five goals in two games, down to the subs’ bench, ev­ery­one played a role.

Car­low/Kilkenny were prob­a­bly ex­pect­ing Wex­ford to set up with three at the back, hav­ing done so for most of the sea­son. How­ever, boss Do­ran had a kink up his sleeve and went out with a flat back four.

Not only did it throw the hosts a lit­tle, but the de­fence was ab­so­lutely su­perb. The cen­tre was solid as a rock and the full-backs, Dar­ragh McGuire and Seán Red­mond, at­tacked at will, al­ways giv­ing their op­po­si­tion some­thing to worry about go­ing the other way.

How­ever, while the team was fan­tas­tic, it was prob­a­bly Evan Connolly who pro­duced the best per­for­mance on the pitch. The Car­low na­tive had the bit be­tween his teeth be­cause of the op­po­nents and he was out­stand­ing.

One small rea­son for an­other strong show­ing was the in­tro­duc­tion of three of the squad’s four new sign­ings.

James Cullen and Seán Fitz­patrick im­pressed while pow­er­ful Tyler Dun­phy was a livewire as soon as he was in­tro­duced. Throw in the im­mi­nent ar­rival of Kyle Clancy and Wex­ford seem to have the squad to push on in the fi­nal weeks of the sea­son.

Car­low/Kilkenny looked to set the tone with a phys­i­cal gameplan in the open­ing stages, but Wex­ford were fine with that type of bat­tle.

The open­ing few min­utes were scrappy as the teams got ac­quainted, but the vis­i­tors took the lead in the 18th minute when Dy­lan Casey fired home from a half-vol­ley af­ter a left wing cor­ner landed at his feet.

The pace of Dy­lan McEvoy, ar­guably Wex­ford’s most im­proved player so far this sea­son, is ter­ri­fy­ing for op­po­nents. He was prov­ing that long be­fore he got away on the right wing and crossed for Far­rell to head home the sec­ond in the 25th minute.

Brim­ming with con­fi­dence, the vis­i­tors came out af­ter the in­ter­val 2-0 in front and purred through the sec­ond-half.

Casey, Pa­tryk Remi­asz, Seán Fitz­patrick and Far­rell all had chances to add to the ad­van­tage be­fore Wex­ford found the net again in the 68th minute.

Fitz­patrick was provider down the right, and fed the ball across the box to Far­rell. The Wex­ford hot­shot still had plenty to do but he beat his man and fired low past the ‘keeper to put the game to bed.

Casey nar­rowly missed the tar­get when look­ing to make it four at the back post from a right wing cor­ner, while Harry Cur­tis later fired over af­ter great work again by the phys­i­cally dom­i­nant Tyler Dun­phy.

Wex­ford are now look­ing up the ta­ble at both Lim­er­ick and Gal­way just ahead of them and are aim­ing to fin­ish the group stage by leapfrog­ging at least one of those two qual­ity sides.

Wex­ford: Aaron Phe­lan; Dar­ragh McGuire, Sean Adam Gour­ley, Dy­lan Casey, Seán Red­mond; Dy­lan McEvoy, Evan Connolly, Pa­tryk Remi­asz, Rian Fitz­patrick, Conor Carew; Evan Far­rell. Subs. - Harry Cur­tis, Seán Fitz­patrick, Tyler Dun­phy, Paddy Red­mond, James Cullen.

Evan Far­rell sur­vives a strong Cork City tackle on Sun­day.

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