U-16s reach fi­nal of the Fr Man­ning Cup

Un­der-16s beat Water­ford to reach Fr Man­ning Cup fi­nal

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT -

WICK­LOW qual­i­fied for the fi­nal of the Fa­ther Man­ning Cup, with a hard-earned win, over a dogged Water­ford out­fit last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Wick­low won the toss and played with the aid of a strong breeze. They put in good strong solid dis­play in the open­ing 30 min­utes, to build a com­mand­ing lead.

How­ever, they will need to tighten up on their mark­ing and pol­ish up some of their shoot­ing skills, when they take to Long­ford’s Pearse Park, next Satu­day at 3 p.m., against Sligo in the fi­nal.

Matthew Ging opened the scor­ing with a point from an acute an­gle in the open­ing minute to get Wick­low off to a fly­ing start.

Matthew Ging tagged on a brace of points as Bray’s Sam Kear­ney was win­ning lots of pos­ses­sion in the early ex­changes and sup­ply­ing great ball to his of­fence. Ja­son Kenny was next on the score­board, with a point as Wick­low were fly­ing aided by a strong breeze.

Water­ford broke up the field, how­ever Dunlavin’s Tom Mo­ran cut out the threat and cleared out the field to Sean Cof­fey who put a high ball into the dan­ger­zone, where Keith Burke duly punched the ball over the cross­bar for Wick­low’s fifth white flag of the match go­ing into the se­cond quar­ter.

Ely Cullen had a shot on goal well dealt with by Aughrim’s Sean Camp­bell, in Water­ford’s first real scor­ing chance.

Wick­low wasted a host of chances to put the game to bed, with some rushed shoot­ing and some poor shot se­lec­tions, turn­ing over ball in good po­si­tions.

Water­ford fi­nally got off the mark with a mon­ster of a point by Tom O’Con­nell in the next at­tack, how­ever, Water­ford let their hosts off the hook as they landed four bad wides in a row, go­ing into the clos­ing stages of the first half.

Sean Cof­fey made a great pen­e­trat­ing run up the field and bombed over Wick­low’s sixth point be­fore the lively Conor Ful­ham fired over an­other point to close out the half with the score 7 to 1 in Wick­low’s favour.

Wick­low would face up against the wind in the se­cond half and the man­age­ment made a bold call, in with­draw­ing full-for­ward Keith Burke and bring­ing on Jack Grace as an ex­tra de­fender, to ab­sorb any early Deise pres­sure.

Again Wick­low got of to a flyer when Matthew Ging had the ball over the cross­bar in­side the first minute.

Water­ford had a great chance of a goal in the next at­tack but Ely Cullen some­how pulled his shot over the cross­bar, with the goal at his mercy.

DJ Melia added a point for Water­ford, to cut the lead down to five. Eoin O’Neill pointed to quell the Water­ford come­back.

The Car­low ref­eree had to pro­duce three yel­low cards as things heated up be­tween the sides.

Sam Kear­ney, Tom Mo­ran and Cil­lian Keane were putting a huge amount of ef­fort in, break­ing down Water­ford at­tack­ing play. Tom O’Con­nell fired over a point for Water­ford. Sean Cof­fey blazed a gilt edged goal chance wide of the mark, as an­other chance to put the game be­yond doubt went amiss.

Cil­lian Mc­Don­ald knocked over Wick­low’s tenth point to close out the third quar­ter, now lead­ing by six points.

Matthew Ging fi­nally put the game to bed when the Ti­na­hely man found the back of the Deise net after a Conor Ful­ham shot crashed back out of the cross­bar, where Ging was on hand to fin­ish home.

Wick­low ma­m­age­ment emp­tied the bench. Rob­bie Mi­ley fired over Wick­low’s fi­nal point in the 55th minute.

Water­ford ral­lied and added 1-02 be­fore the full time whis­tle sounded.

Scor­ers - Wick­low : Matthew Ging 1-04 (2f), Cil­lian Mc­Don­ald 0-1, Keith Burke 0-1, Sean Cof­fey 0-1,Ja­son Kenny 0-1, Conor Ful­ham 0-1, Eoin O’Neill 0-1, Rob­bie Mi­ley 0-1.

Water­ford: Ely Cullen 1-01, Dj Melia 0-2, Tom O’Con­nell 0-2, Mark Fitzger­ald 0-1. WICK­LOW: Sean Cam­pell (Aughrim); Tom Mo­ran (Dunlavin), Adam Had­den (Ti­na­hely), Jor­dan Brady (An Tochar); Cil­lian Keane (Er Og), Neil Browne (Er Og), Bradley Hickey (Ti­na­hely); Sam Kear­ney (Bray), Cil­lian Mc­Don­ald (Ti­na­hely); Conor Ful­ham (Er Og), Sean Cof­fey (Rath­new), Eoin O’Neill (Er Og); Mathew Ging (Ti­na­hely), Keith Burke (Hol­ly­wood), Ja­son Kenny (Balt­in­glass). Subs: Arun Daly Danne (Balt­in­glass), Jack Grace (Donard/Glen), Rob­bie Mi­ley (Val­ley­mount), Dan Healy (Er Og), Thade Shana­han (Er Og),

WATER­FORD: Tadgh Mur­ray; Caoilin Tay­lor, Sean Boyle, Jaimie Moy­lan; Jack O Floinn, Colm Fo­ley, Kyle Sloane; Sean Welsh, David Con­don; Dj Melia, Mark Fitzger­ald, Tom O Con­nell; Cathal Daly, Ely Cullen, Cathal Scan­lon.

REF­EREE: John Hickey (Fe­nagh).

The Wick­low Un­der-16 team that de­feated Water­ford.

Wick­low’s Cil­lian Mc­Don­ald.

Wick­low’s Keith Burke in ac­tion for Wick­low Un­der-16s dur­ing their re­cent Fr Man­ning Cup game against Roscom­mon.

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