Wicklow teams do county proud
WICKLOW’S under-15 and under-13 soccer squads did their clubs and county proud last week in the annual Galway Cup compeition in Galway with the under-15 side losing out in the Plate final after a penalty shootout with Shrewbury while the gallant under-13s finished well up the placings.
The under-15s got their campaign off with a 1-1 draw with Salthill Devon. This was a game with plenty of chances for both sides with Wicklow edging the shot count. It was 0-0 at half-time aqnd the second half again saw great play by both teams, with defences cancelling out each other until Salthill scored from an opportunist long-range effort with six minutes to go.
After that, it was all Wicklow chances with Ronan Gilpin being taken down in the box. He stood up and hit the penalty only to see it saved by the keeper, but he had moved off his line resulting in a retake. Ronan made no hesitation this time and scored.
The Wicklow under-13s opened their campaign with a morning game against Dundalk. In what was a very good game, Kian Keogh scored for Wicklow just before half-time in the 24th minute. A stone-cold penalty was ignored on the stroke of half-time which might have changed the result. Wicklow went inleading 1-nil at the break.
Dundalk came out of the traps quickly, scoring the equaliser five minutes into the second half and sealing the win four minutes from theend.
There were mixed for the Wicklow outfits in their afternoon games with the under-13’s winning 2-0 against Finn Harps and the under-15s losing 2 0 to a very slick Mervue side.
It was on to Thursday then and it was the under-15s first up against Shrewsbury Town. This was another good game for the Wicklow lads. It was 0 0 at half-time with Wicklow losing to the only goal of the game in the second half, where a draw would have been the fairest result.
It was better news for the under-15s in the afternoon game where they defeated Longford 3-1.
In their Thursday game, the Wicklow under-13s drew 2-2 with a very handy Carlow side before Friday rolled around and it was Waterford standing in front of the Wicklow under-13s in an early kick off.
Both teams needed to win to keep pressure on Carlow and Dundalk. At half-time things were looking bleak for the Garden County side with Waterford leading 2-0 after two similar wellworked goals.
In the second half Wicklow came out strong and tried very hard to get the goal that the play deserved at times, but strong Waterford defence kept them out.
Waterford’s third goal came from a well-taken free kick. The score line did not reflect the overall play.
The Wicklow under-15s enjoyed a sweet success on the Friday when they stopped Cheery Orhcard’s unbeaten run to secure a place in the Plate final.
This was a great game with lots of skill and passing from both teams. In the first half Wicklow had the better chances with five efforts on goal to one for Cherry Orchard and a fantastic save by the Cherry Orchard goalkeeper to keep it 0-0.
In the second half, Wicklow started as they left off with a couple of decent chances before Shane Byrne scored a rasper from a corner after 10 minutes. Great fight and effort from all with another penalty claim not given.
That sent the under-15s on to the Plate final where normal time showed 0-0 between them and Shrewbury Town with the British side winning 4-3 on penalties.
Well done, lads.
The Wicklow under-15 side who reached the Plate final in the Galway Cup.