Vi­tal point for Un­der-15 side

Draw enough for semi-fi­nal

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - DAVE DEV­EREUX

WEX­FORD F.C. SHEL­BOURNE

WEX­FORD F.C. got the point they re­quired to reach the SSE Airtricity League Un­der-15 shield semi-fi­nals when they shared the spoils with Shel­bourne in a high-oc­tane Group 4 con­test at Fer­rycar­rig Park on Sun­day.

The hosts got off to the ideal start, tak­ing the lead with just eleven min­utes on the clock through Liam Doyle, and although Max Kelly scored a fan­tas­tic equaliser for the Dublin­ers mid­way through the sec­ond-half, Wex­ford kept them at bay for the re­main­der of the con­test to earn a pre­cious point.

Shel­bourne threat­ened on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions early on, with Wex­ford goal­keeper Luke Mur­phy hav­ing to be alert to block at the feet of Josh Dev­ereux in the sixth minute, and he was called into ac­tion again mo­ments later when his gloves were warmed by a Har­ri­son McGrane free-kick.

How­ever, Wex­ford got their noses in front in the twelfth minute when a beau­ti­fully-de­liv­ered in­swing­ing Seán Red­mond cor­ner from the right was forced in at the back post by Liam Doyle.

The home side tried to strike again when the iron was hot, and four min­utes later Doyle had an­other sight of goal when he ran on to a sweet through ball from Seán Fitz­patrick, but goal­keeper Cathal Byrne was quickly off his line to make the block.

Shel­bourne upped the ante to try to force their way back into the game as the first pe­riod wore on, and net­min­der Mur­phy did well to block a David Ag­bony­inma ef­fort, be­fore sav­ing a Har­ri­son McGrane snap-shot as Zach Dono­hue closed in.

Wex­ford had to soak up plenty of pres­sure in the sec­ond-half, although just over a minute af­ter the re-start they came close to dou­bling their ad­van­tage, but Kyle Clancy saw his ef­fort from a tight an­gle stopped by Byrne.

Shel­bourne pushed for­ward in droves as they searched des­per­ately for an equaliser, but they found it dif­fi­cult to carve open a well-drilled home de­fence.

They did look dan­ger­ous from set-pieces though, and Rob­bie Dra­gusin slid in to meet a McGrane cor­ner eight min­utes into the half, but his shot trick­led wide of the right post.

The in­tro­duc­tion of sub­sti­tutes Korde Odu­mosu and Aidomo Emakhu added fresh im­pe­tus to Shel­bourne and the lat­ter made space for him­self and let fly from dis­tance on the hour mark, but his ef­fort failed to trou­ble Mur­phy.

When the goal did come it was a thing of beauty as Shel­bourne cap­tain Max Kelly un­leashed a fan­tas­tic left-footed, dip­ping lon­grange strike that flew into the top cor­ner of the net.

Shel­bourne’s joy quickly turned to de­s­pair though as, af­ter a brief flare-up fol­low­ing the goal, ref­eree Michelle O’Neill showed Shel­bourne’s Lee Costi­gan a straight red card for his part in the scuf­fle.

That said, the Wex­ford de­fence had to be alert to deny Ag­bony­inma al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter his side had been re­duced to ten men, although at the other end Wex­ford’s Conor Carew forced a save out of Byrne.

Wex­ford played out the re­main­ing min­utes with­out any real scares and, hav­ing fin­ished top of the pile in a group con­tain­ing Shel­bourne, Cabin­teely and U.C.D., they can look for­ward to their shield semi-fi­nal with a de­gree of con­fi­dence.

Wex­ford F.C.: Luke Mur­phy, Dar­ragh McGuire, Paddy Red­mond, Conor Carew, Seán Red­mond, Seán Fitz­patrick, Pa­tryk Rami­asz, James Cullen, Kyle Clancy, Liam Doyle, Evan Far­rell (capt.). Subs. (rolling) – Aaron Phe­lan, Seán Adam Gourlay, Harry Cur­tis, Tyler Dun­phy, Dy­lan McEvoy, Kyle Rankin.

Shel­bourne: Cathal Byrne, Marc Nolan, Kle­in­field Newti, Rob­bie Dra­gusin, Kevin Cum­mins, Josh Dev­ereux, Har­ri­son McGrane, Max Kelly (capt.), Zach Dono­hue, Ryan Reape, David Ag­bony­inma. Subs. (rolling) – Lee Costi­gan, Seán Hickey, Greg Ka­vanagh, Aidomo Emakhu, Korde Odu­moso.

Ref­eree: Michelle O’Neill.

SHELS WIN 4-2 ON PENS. WEX­FORD F.C. ended their sea­son with a heart­break­ing penalty shoot-out loss against Shel­bourne in the SSE Airtricity Un­der-19 League Shield at Fer­rycar­rig Park on Sun­day.

The north Dublin side scored all four of their penal­ties in the shoot-out, while Ciarán Mur­phy and Ciarán Paige both net­ted for Wex­ford, but ‘keeper Jack Ly­don re­pelled ef­forts from Cian Larkin and Craig O’Reilly to seal a spot in the quar­ter-fi­nals for the vis­i­tors.

James Quinn’s side came into the game with just one league win all sea­son long but put it up to the capital out­fit in this en­counter. The hosts took the lead right at the end of the firsthalf when Liam Evans found the net in the 43rd minute.

Shel­bourne got back on level terms when tow­er­ing striker Ade­ola Abass beat Colum Feeney in the 54th minute.

Both sides had chances to win it in nor­mal time, with Yaw Aboagye break­ing though late on only to drib­ble a shot wide.

The even­tual vic­tors started ex­tra-time on the front foot and Feeney was forced into a smart save from an Abass header.

How­ever, there was noth­ing the Wex­ford stop­per could do to deny the striker when he flicked a left-wing cross to the net mo­ments later.

Seán Mur­phy was sent-off for a sec­ond yel­low card of­fence af­ter the goal and Shel­bourne missed a glo­ri­ous chance to wrap up the game when Bog­dan Baci picked James Cum­mins out, but he com­pletely fluffed his lines with only Feeney to beat.

Still, Shel­bourne looked safe deep into added time, only for Ciarán Paige to get to the by­line on the right, whip one last, low cross into the box, and it fell to Aboagye to bun­dle home the equaliser with the last kick of the game.

How­ever, it wasn’t to be in the penalty shoot-out. Af­ter this bit­terly dis­ap­point­ing sea­son, the club will have to tave a good look at why this team per­formed so badly, for the sec­ond sea­son in a row, and at­tempt to make im­prove­ments ahead of next term.

Wex­ford F.C.: Colum Feeney, Seán Mur­phy, Danny Bruce, Shane Gib­son, Kevin Mur­phy, Cian Larkin, Ciarán Mur­phy, Ciarán Paige, Liam Evans, Craig O’Reilly, Yaw Aboagye. Sub. - Ethan O’Neill for Evans (61).

Shel­bourne: Jack Ly­don; Michael McHugh, Niall McCarthy, Bran­don Mul­vey, Flavio Marku, Mark Mur­ray, James Cum­mins, Bran­don McCann, Ade­ola Abass, Ross Strong, Ab­dul­rasaq Alamu-Ta­judeen. Subs. - Amadeusz Tarnopow­icz for Mul­vey (66), Daragh Keat­ing for Strong (66), Aaron Con­nolly for Alamu-Ta­judeen (79), Bog­dan Baci for Mur­ray, inj. (107), also An­drew Dug­gan.

Ref­eree: Brian Fen­lon (Wex­ford).

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