O’Neill Hattrick Crowns CBS Champions after Heroic Display
Wexford CBS 4 Presentation College Bray 3 A.E.T
Wexford CBS claimed the senior Wicklow/Wexford league title last Tuesday after an incredible team performance. Deprived of 6 members of their usual squad, CBS knew they were in for a tough battle against an impressive Presentation College Bray. Forced into making some changes the players gave absolutely everything to claim a memorable victory. Pres Bray enjoyed the better of the exchanges early on and some resolute defending from the young backline, Captain Dion Murphy in particular was leading by example, held them at bay. The first notable chance arrived about 10 minutes into the game, after some impressive movement and play from the pacey front trio of Pres Bray culminating in a powerful strike from outside the box which was expertly saved by stand in keeper Sean Hopkins. As the game progressed the CBS began to grow in confidence and fashioned a few chances of their own. Jamie Thomas nutmegged the opposing full back and whipped in a dangerous cross which was well caught by the Bray keeper. Wexford took the lead midway through the first half after a defence splitting pass from Shane Hall to release TJ Cousins on the right flank, Cousins took on and beat one player before getting his head up and drilling a low cross into the box which was expertly met by Luke O’Neill who fired home in off the crossbar to give the Bokerboys a well-earned lead. This gave the Wexford lads confidence and they really took the game to their opponents and perhaps should have doubled their lead with Shane Hall narrowly heading wide from a corner and O’Neill coming close on a couple of occasions but to no avail. Pres were however dangerous on the counter with their pace and Simon Power in particular who plays with UCD’s first team causing problems. Power went on a mazy run beating two Wexford defenders and almost finding the net only for a brilliant goalline clearance from Ben Butler. In a terrific game of end to end football CBS went in at half time with a well-deserved lead.
Within 5 minutes of the restart the Bokerboys should have doubled their lead, Jamie Thomas whipped in a delightful free kick from the right which Shane Hall met again but directed his effort straight at the keeper. Pres Bray began to up their tempo in the 2nd period as they were chasing the game and to their credit began to play some brilliant football. No. 8 in centre midfield fired a warning shot from 25 yards which narrowly went over. The Bray team got their tails up and started to overrun the CBS midfield. Hopkins in the CBS goal was forced into making two extraordinary saves to keep the Bokerboys in front, and Shane Hall produced a memorable moment midway through the half as with Hopkins defeated he acrobatically rose and managed to flick the goalward effort over the bar saving what was a definite goal and keeping the CBS lead intact. CBS looked dangerous on the break but couldn’t quite manage to click and double their advantage on a number of breaks. However to their credit Bray kept pushing and soon levelled after some good play down their left flank with a winger finding himself in space, his effort was again well saved by Hopkins but the rebound fell to Power who fired home the rebound. Within minutes Pres took the lead in the game finding the net from a well-placed corner with a nearpost header. This CBS side however displayed tremendous courage and character as they dug deep to force their way back into the game. The introduction of Leon Nolan Cullen into centre midfield provided some much needed energy and with his determination and silky skills he exerted a huge influence as the Bokerboys regained their earlier momentum. Jamie Thomas and Luke O’Neill with their pace and trickery on the wings pinned back Pres and the tireless efforts of Sam O’Neill and Shane Hall in midfield saw the Bokerboys begin to dominate possession. Nolan Cullen struck the post with a spectacular 25 yard effort with 10 minutes remaining. With time running out CBS sent on their under 17 keeper and moved Hopkins up front where he added to the aerial threat. CBS saw efforts blocked and cleared and go narrowly wide, but to their credit refused to accept defeat. With one minute of time remaining Hopkins glanced a header into the path of Captain Dion Murphy who placed an effort low across the keeper who managed to get a hand to it, the save was picked up by O’Neill at the back post who cooly slotted home from a tight angle amid scenes of joy from the CBS. Kallum Broaders drove forward down the right hand side in the final seconds but saw an effort flash wide. Full time 2-2 and extra time was to follow.
Wexford CBS emerged in extra time in a confident fashion and took the game to their opponents who had expelled so much energy during the 2nd half. Within 4 minutes Jamie Thomas put the Bokerboys in front with a spectacular strike. A well worked move down the left flank found its way to Luke O’Neill who split the Pres defence with a deft flick into the path of the onrushing Thomas who volleyed a thunderous effort low into the corner at pace to send the CBS into wild scenes of celebration. Luke O’Neill took control of the ball a minute later and left 3 players in his wake on a run down the wing before firing in a low cross which his twin brother Sam just failed to connect with to put the game to bed. A tired Bray side threw all they had forward in search of an equaliser in a tremendous game and again levelled with a minute remaining in the 1st half if extra time with a fine strike from just outside the box finding its way low to the corner of the net. In the 2nd half of extra time CBS again took the lead in the contest, Broaders was fouled in an advanced position, Jamie Thomas stepped up and whipped in a fierce delivery which was palmed away but to the feet of Luke O’Neill who again was quickest to react and once more he kept his cool to slot home from close range. Sam O’Neill almost doubled the advantage late on, but there was time for another dramatic moment right at the death of the game as the Bray keeper who came forward for a corner managed to get his head to the ball only to see it glance wide off the post. The full time whistle was blown and a young Wexford CBS side were crowned champions and now advance to the ¼ final stage of the Leinster Champions league. Every member of the team who performed gave everything to claim a victory that will live long in the memory. This game was a joy to watch and displayed everything great about the game, either side would have been a worthy winner but it was the CBS and Luke O’Neill who bagged a hat-trick and a man of the match display who went home smiling.
Wexford CBS: Sean Hopkins (Wexford Celtic), Kallum Broaders (Waterford Utd), Ben Butler (Wexford Albion), Cian Foley (Wexford Youths), Dion Murphy (Cpt) (Wexford Albion), Shane Hall (Wexford Albion), Ryan Busher (Forth Celtic), Sam O’Neill (Wexford Albion), Jamie Thomas (Wexford Albion), Luke O’Neill (Wexford Albion), TJ Cousins (Wexford Albion), Subs: Leon Nolan Cullen (Wexford Youths), Reece Murphy (Wexford Youths),also Adam Dempsey (Wexford Youths), Danny Walsh (Wexford Albion), James Creane (Wexford Albion), Jack O’Leary (Wexford Albion)
Wexford CBS 3-1 Carnew (a.e.t)
CBS Seniors book semi-final spot
The Senior soccer team beat Carnew on the 1st December after extra time with literally a hard-fought victory. Playing in Wexford Albion Coolcotts pitch and in horrible conditions the boys found it hard to find their rhythm against a gale-force wind. Carnew backed by the wind opened the scoring in the first minute of the game as they exploited some weak defending and their number ten drilled a shot low into Adam Dempsey’s right corner to take a one goal lead. The CBS responded well playing against the wind, they managed to keep the ball down on the floor and played a delightful passing game and took control. Luke O’Neill on the right wing was causing havoc as he ran time and time again at his opponent and whipped in two dangerous balls within 5 minutes, unfortunately Dylan Dixon couldn’t quite get on the end of either cross. Minutes later the CBS should have equalised Jesse Farrell found Luke O’Neill with a defence splitting pass, Luke was in a one on one position but his effort was well saved by the Carnew keeper. The Bokerboys began to pile the pressure on their opponents and forced a number of corner kicks and some solid defending from Carnew kept them at bay. Midway through the first half the CBS were awarded a penalty, Darragh Rossiter split the defence with a pass from midfield, Jesse Farrell received possession and raced past one opponent before he was taken down from behind just inside the box. Carnew’s defender injured himself in the process, received a yellow card and was substituted, Darragh Rossiter stepped up and saw his attempt well saved. The Bokerboys continued to press against the wind and Luke O’Neill who was playing brilliantly on the right wing fashioned two more chances for himself but on both occasions was thwarted by the keeper who produced two good saves to keep Carnew ahead. Half time came, the score 1-0 to the away side.
The second half saw the CBS continue their dominance as they went in search of an equaliser, Luke O’Neill again beat his opponent and raced into a one on one position before seeing another effort well saved by the opposing keeper. Jesse Farrell hit the side netting after some neat link up play between Shane McGrath and Dylan Dixon put him in. The Bokerboys were throwing everything forward but it was beginning to look like it wouldn’t be their day. Paddy O’Reilly went on a great run overlapping from left back and was played in by Jesse Farrell as the CBS play opened up Carnew again but Paddy unfortunately hit his effort wide of the goal from 10 yards out. The Bokerboys made some changes and went with a more attacking outlook as they pushed everything forward in search of the equaliser. Supersub Liam Rockett immediately made an impact as he flashed two shots just wide. Rockett was soon instrumental in the equaliser as he worked well with Luke O’Neill on the right side before drilling a cross in from the right which was touched away by a defender from Dylan Dixon but straight into the path of Lee Busher who buried an effort to the roof of the net. Carnew came back into the game in the last ten minutes and almost netted a winner after some good play found their left winger in space, he was in a one on one position and he fired an effort from which Adam Dempsey produced a fantastic save to keep the scores level. The home side almost found a winner in the final minute as Shane McGrath took a strike from 20 yards saw his effort fly inches wide of the post with the keeper beaten. 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time was to be played.
Wexford CBS again upped their performance and 5 minutes into extra time finally took the lead, Brendan Furlong found Darragh Rossiter with an excellent pass in space on the right side, Darragh burst forward and turned inside and out beating two players before smashing home his strike to the near post to give the Bokerboys a deserved lead. From this point on the CBS dropped back a little and looked comfortable. In the 2nd half of extra time the CBS added another to wrap up the victory after some excellent individual play from Dylan Dixon up front as he beat 3 opponents with some good footwork, he then played the ball to Liam Rockett just inside the box and Rockett made no mistake sending a strike across the keeper to find the bottom corner of the net and effectively finish the game as a contest. A good solid performance on the day from the CBS as they had to overcome a physically demanding test in ferocious conditions, they know themselves that at this level they have to take more chances but as a team they give their all and are a credit to the jersey and their school. Next up is a semi-final against Arklow CBS which should be a fantastic game of football and the Wexford lads know they will have to be at their best if they are to win and look to retain their league title. Best on the day for the CBS in a good team performance were Ryan Byrne, Lee Busher, Darragh Rossiter and supersub Liam Rockett.
Wexford CBS: Wexford CBS: Adam Dempsey (Wexford Youths), Padraic Rossiter (Forth Celtic), Ryan Byrne (Wexford Bohs), Aaron Goodison (Wexford Bohs), Paddy O’Reilly (Wexford Albion), Luke O’Neill (Wexford Albion), Lee Busher (Wexford Youths), Darragh Rossiter (Forth Celtic), Shane McGrath (Wexford Bohs) Jesse Farrell (Wexford Youths), Dylan Dixon (Curracloe Utd), Subs: Liam Rockett (Curracloe Utd) for P.Rossiter, Kallum Broaders (North End) for O’Reilly, Brendan Furlong (Wexford Celtic) for O’Neill, Cormac Byrne (Wexford Bohs) for Goodison, also; Sam O’Neill (Wexford Albion), Dion Murphy (Wexford Albion), and Rob Donnelly (Wexford Bohs)
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Bridgetown V.C 0 Wexford CBS 2
On Friday 15th of November the senior soccer side of Wexford CBS finished out their group campaign with a 100% record after a real battle down in Bridgetown. The result puts the Bokerboys straight into the Semi-Finals of the competition and they will be unlikely to be in action before the Christmas holidays.
Wexford CBS were missing a number of their regular starting players from this season. Bridgetown started the game in determined fashion and looked to put the Bokerboys under pressure from the start. They had the better of the games early exchanges but found the CBS defence in defiant form as they have been in every game this season, during this period Joe Coleman had to tip one long range effort wide of the post. Bridgetown were very physical in this early period and it took the CBS a bit of time to settle and find their rhythm, on their first real attack Cian Doyle broke well down the left wing beating two players before passing to Richie Kearney who unleashed a swerving effort from outside the box which beat the keeper but crashed off the crossbar and Bridgetown cleared the danger. The game was proving to be a really tough affair with neither side really getting on top; Bridgetown lost their influential captain midway through the first half. Best for the CBS at this point was Cian Doyle who was causing the home side all sorts of problems with his marauding runs down the left flank. As the game wore on the CBS got their passing game going and had a good ten minute spell. Cian Doyle again made a dangerous run down the left wing beating 3 players before finding Kearney with a neat pass Kearney laid the ball into the path of onrushing midfielder Ian Moran who hit a powerful goalbound effort which took a deflection before beating the keeper to give the CBS the lead. Before the end of the half Bridgetown did manage to fashion a very good chance some good work down the right wing, and their right winger sent in a dangerous cross and a defensive mix up saw two CBS defenders compete for the same ball which fell to the back post and an unmarked Bridgetown player fired narrowly over as the CBS were let off.
In the second half, Bridgetown came out determined to get nack into the game and very nearly did, as a well struck effort from just outside the box hit the wrong side of the post before going wide. Wexford CBS responded to this wake-up call and really started to get on top in terms of possession as they passed the ball with real purpose. Within 5 minutes they had doubled their lead, Ian Moran won a freekick on the edge of the box, up stepped Richie Kearney and his effort was saved but fumbled by Bridgetown’s keeper, Eoghan Whitty was quickly on hand to finish from close range 2-0 Wexford CBS. The CBS dominated most of the second half and created some good openings but could found their route to goal often blocked down by determined defending, and even after that Bridgetown’s keeper was in fine form. Richie Kearney thought he had finally opened his account after some fine work down the right wing from Lar Stoutt and Eoghan Whitty but his close range effort was spectacularly tipped over for a corner. Jamie MacDonnell and Sean Stafford were driving the team forward from the middle as the CBS looked to add a third. Substitute Jessie Farrell came close also but his effort was well blocked. Bridgetown did their best to get back in the game and threw everything forward but their efforts found no reward as the CBS repelled every attack. A very good win for the CBS after a really physical contest against a resilient Bridgetown side. The Bokerboys now advance to the semi-final stage of the competition with 3 wins from 3. So far this team has shown remarkable team strength and will again need to dig deep in order to continue to progress in the competition. Best for the CBS on the day were Jamie MacDonnell, Eoghan Whitty, Cian Doyle and man of the match Lar Stoutt.
Wexford CBS: Joe Coleman (Forth Celtic), Lar Stoutt (North End), Evan Dubar (North End), Emmet Fox (Crossabeg), John Forde(Curracloe Utd.), Ian Moran (Crossabeg), Eoghan Whitty (Wexford Bohs), Jamie MacDonnell (Wexford Celtic), Sean Stafford (Forth Celtic), Cian Doyle (Wexford Celtic), Richie Kearney (North End), Subs: Eoin MacDonald (Wexford Celtic) for Forde, Darragh Rossiter (Wexford Youths) for Moran, Jessie Farrell (North End) for Doyle, Jack Robinson (Wexford Celtic) for Whitty, Emmet O’Connor (Corach Ramblers) for Fox
Gorey C.S 1 – 3 Wexford C.B.S
On Tuesday the 16th of October the senior soccer side of Wexford CBS came away from Gorey with a precious 3 points after an intense game. Gorey away is always going to be a tough game, and the Bokerboys will have learned a lot about themselves from this encounter.
Gorey began the game brightly and put the CBS defence under pressure from the off. The CBS coped with this with Evan Dunbar and Emmett Fox emerging as real leaders at the back. CBS began to find their feet in the game and pushed forward down the wings, left back Eoin Doyle took on two Gorey defenders before being taken down in the box but the referee judged that it was not to be a penalty. Almost straight away Gorey responded with a quick counter attack and played an excellent through ball into an onrushing centre forward who faced keeper Joe Coleman in a one on one situation with the CBS keeper bravely coming out to block the Gorey effort and keep the game scoreless. The game was proving to be a very tense affair with neither side getting a real hold of proceedings with the ball remaining around the midfield area in a real battle for possession and the upper hand. The Gorey side did manage to create a good opening after about 20 minutes but again Joe Coleman produced a great save to deny another one on one opportunity and keep the teams’ level. CBS now began to press their opponents and forced a couple of corners but were unable to test the Gorey keeper, Richie Kearney was working well as the lone striker and held up the ball well but a very solid Gorey backline were protecting their keeper well. Some fantastic football was on display as there was no real difference between the sides and it looked as if it would take a moment of magic to separate them.
That moment of magic soon arrived and the Bokerboys took the lead. Eoghan Whitty was at the heart of everything good from the CBS going forward and he played a delightful cross field pass to Richie Kearney just inside the Gorey half, Kearney caught a glimpse of the Gorey keeper standing at the edge of his box and from wide left on the field he controlled the ball well and attempted an audacious effort with his weaker left foot which hit the far top corner of the net for a truly spectacular goal. CBS looked to double their lead before the interval with Sean Stafford driving through the middle of the field before firing a well-placed effort towards the top corner of the net but saw his effort saved by a remarkable save from Gorey’s Irish international keeper. Gorey responded very well and were unlucky not to level the scores before half time as a combination of luck and resolute defending kept them at bay. Having done all the hard work their number ten managed to beat the keeper but not the crossbar at first and Emmett Fox blocked another goalbound effort on the line before the halftime whistle arrived.
Wexford began the second half in much better fashion as they looked to add another goal. Substitute Mark Doyle began very brightly and on two occasions made space for a shot but was unfortunate not to hit the target. Some excellent football was on display and both the defences were on top with very few chances being created at either end. Gorey broke well down the right wing and hit a neat cross but their attacker unfortunately couldn’t get enough on the ball and it skimmed off his head and away from danger. CBS broke from this with Lar Stoutt finding substitute Darragh Rossiter and the Bokerboys countered well but again couldn’t get a clear shot off. The CBS did add a second with about 15 minutes remaining, Gorey were at this stage pushing up in desperate search of an equaliser and leaving gaps at the back, Eoghan Whitty exploited that gap with a precise ball over the top for Sean Stafford who latched onto the pass and found himself in a one on one position from which he made no mistake in adding a second 2-0!! The Bokerboys were delighted at having deservedly added to their lead. Gorey responded almost immediately, they received a free wide on the left and swung in a dangerous ball which was met at the back post with a well-placed headed effort to make it 2-1 with ten minutes remaining. Wexford CBS upped their performance at this stage and did not allow Gorey back near their goal, after some good work down the right wing Darragh Rossiter was fouled. Up stepped Richie Kearney and from another tough angle fired in a looping effort which beat the keeper and found the top corner,almost as good as his first, 3-1 the score and the boys couldn’t hide their excitement as only extra time remained. They almost celebrated too much as Gorey took a quick tip and only for a rash tackle from Eoin Doyle would have been in for a second goal. The CBS defended resolutely until the final whistle to take all 3 points from a very tough game. The CBS have started this season very well and yet again the attitude and workrate of the team was exemplary. Next up is a tough fixture away to Bridgetown but if the boys continue with this effort they will have no reason to be fearful. It would be very difficult to choose a player of the match from this game as it was such an excellent team performance with everyone playing their part, Joe Coleman did well to keep us in the game, the centre half pairing of Emmett Fox and Evan Dunbar were immense throughout, Eoghan Whitty created a lot for the side throughout the game, and Richie Kearney of course had a part to play with those special goals.
Wexford CBS: Joe Coleman (Forth Celtic), Lar Stoutt (North End), Evan Dubar (North End), Emmet Fox (Crossabeg), Eoin Doyle (Wexford Youths), Adam Roche (Wexford Celtic), Eoghan Whitty (Wexford Bohs), Jamie MacDonnell (Wexford Celtic), Sean Stafford (Forth Celtic), Cian Doyle (Wexford Celtic), Richie Kearney (North End), Subs: Mark Doyle (Wexford Celtic) for C.Doyle, Darragh Rossiter (Wexford Youths) for Roche, Eoin MacDonald (Wexford Celtic) for Whitty, Jessie Farrell (North End) for Stafford also Shane McGrath(Wexford Bohs), Dylan Dixon (Curracloe), John Hamilton (Forth Celtic)
Wexford CBS 10 Enniscorthy V.C 4
On Wednesday 9th of October the Senior Wexford CBS soccer side got their league campaign underway in emphatic fashion with a big win over Enniscorthy V.C. This is almost a completely new side for the Bokerboys with the majority of last year’s side having left the school. This side has shown an excellent attitude so far and there is a great atmosphere within the team at the minute as illustrated by the huge turnout seen at training every week. Captained by Evan Dubar this team is really showing a great team spirit. Hopefully this attitude will remain throughout the season.
The match got off to a dream start for the boker boys as within 5 minutes Sean Stafford won possession in the Enniscorthy half and played in Eoghan Whitty with a neat pass and Eoghan made no mistake as he curled a cool finish in off the post to give the boys a dream start. The CBS absolutely dominated the remainder of the first half, Sean Stafford was taken down in the box and the teams’ youngest member Eoin Doyle calmly slotted home the resultant penalty. Eoin scored his second and the sides third soon after as the ball broke down from a corner 3-0. Wexford continued to create a number of chances and Sean Stafford went close to furthering the lead on quite a number of occasions (4 or 5). A fourth goal soon arrived as Richie Kearney fired home a freekick from just outside the box in off the underside of the crossbar, a goal David Beckham would have been proud of. Just before half time Sean Stafford eventually managed to hit the net to make it 5, with a well taken goal from close range.
The second half saw a number of changes from both sides as the sting left the game a little, substitute Mark Doyle made it 6-0 as he nodded home from close range after Eoghan Whitty whipped in a dangerous ball from just outside the box. Enniscorthy gave themselves a glimmer of hope as they took advantage of two mistakes at the back from Wexford CBS as ‘Sharky’ raced into two one on one positions and finished well on both occasions. Wexford CBS responded by putting real pressure on the Enniscorthy side, this topsy turvy second half soon saw its most bizarre goal as CBS keeper Joe Coleman launched a ball forward only to see it skin off the back of an Enniscorthy head and bounce over the keeper and into the net, 7-2. Some excellent work from Jessie Farrell widened the advantage as he twisted and turned in the box before squaring to Shane McGrath who made no mistake from close range. The CBS were again dominating and were guilty of missing some very good opportunities (Dylan Dixon). Enniscorthy hit back twice more coming to the end another good run from midfield as the CBS attempted an unsuccessful offside trap and a rebound from a well taken free to bring the score to 8-4 in a very entertaining second half. With ten minutes to go, the CBS introduced Keith Harpur, making his school debut and it was one to remember, Richie Kearney was taken down in the box and Keith stepped up to fire home the resulting penalty, 9-4, to rapturous applause from the home crowd. He wasn’t finished there as he slotted home another fine finish just before the final whistle 10-4!
CBS were very impressive especially in the first half before making so many changes, next up is a tough trip to Gorey. Best on the day were Kearney, Evan Dunbar and Eoghan Whitty.
Wexford CBS: Joe Coleman (Forth Celtic), Lar Stoutt (North End), Evan Dubar (North End), Emmet Fox (Crossabeg), Eoin Doyle (Wexford Youths), Adam Roche (Wexford Celtic), Eoghan Whitty (Wexford Bohs), Jamie MacDonnell (Wexford Celtic), Sean Stafford (Forth Celtic), Cian Doyle (Wexford Celtic), Richie Kearney (North End), Subs: Emmett O’Connor (Corach Ramblers), Jack Robinson (Wexford Celtic), Dylan Dixon (Curracloe), Mark Doyle (Wexford Celtic), John Hamilton (Forth Celtic), Eoin MacDonald(Wexford Celtic), Jessie Farrell (North End), Shane McGrath (Wexford Bohs), Keith Harpur (North End)
Senior Soccer November 2012
Walsh’s Wonder strike seals memorable win
Arklow CBS 3 Wexford CBS 5
On Thursday 17th of January the Wexford CBS produced a breath-taking display to beat a very highly fancied Arklow CBS in the ¼ final of the Senior Wicklow/Wexford league competition. The senior side of Wexford CBS had not quite played up to their level yet this season having struggled to qualify from their group relying on Enniscorthy to get a result against Bridgetown to ensure qualification to the knockout stages as runners up. However this team has a lot of ability with the majority of the squad having played in the last two campaigns reaching the final both years, and they finally played to their potential against a very good Arklow CBS team. The opening exchanges saw Wexford trying to ensure they took a foothold in the game by moving the ball around nicely. It was Arklow CBS who drew first blood, a long ball over the top was chased down by Arklow attackers and Wexford defenders, Dale Scallan attempted to head back to keeper Jamie MacDonnell but he under-played it and an Arklow forward nipped in to finish past the helpless keeper to give Arklow a 1-0 lead inside 5 minutes. Wexford responded with some good attacking football as they retained the ball very well and John Bridges came close to finding an equaliser. The Wexford side soon managed to get themselves level, Cian Doyle was taken down on the left wing and Dale Scallan stepped up to take the resulting free kick, he fired an effort goal wards which was flicked on by John Bridges and an Arklow defender but did not change direction before finding the top corner of the net 1-1.
Wexford CBS continued to press but Arklow CBS came back into the game and put some pressure on the Wexford CBS defence who were defending very well. The Bokerboys will be disappointed that they conceded a soft free kick on the edge of the area, from the resulting free Arklow hit a well drilled effort which was save by MacDonnell but he didn’t hold onto it and the rebound was tapped into the net by an Arklow forward on the half hour mark 2-1. Wexford CBS began to look for an equaliser and were enjoying the majority of possession with Conor Clancy and Evan Dunbar really beginning to enforce themselves in midfield as they dominated the centre of the field winning a lot of ball in the air and on the ground as the Wexford side really began to get on top. Full back Richie Kearny took the ball on the edge of the area and forced a good save from the Arklow keeper, the home side counter-attacked and Jamie MacDonnell made a crucial save from a one on one to keep the Bokerboys within one goal of their opponents. CBS responded well and soon levelled; Conor Clancy won the ball in the centre and played a lovely ball out wide to Cian Doyle who gave a neat pass into John Bridges who turned one defender before squaring the ball to Danny Fitzpatrick who placed a lovely shot into the bottom right corner of the net 2-2. Wexford continued to press but didn’t manage to take the lead before the half-time whistle.
The second half saw Wexford CBS really step up their performance as they really took the game to their opponents. Dylan Walsh and Cian Doyle were posing a real threat from the wings and John Bridges and Danny Fitzpatricks link up play was causing real problems for the Arklow defence. Wexford soon took a deserved lead, after Dylan Walsh and John Bridges combined well before switching the play to Cian Doyle who with some fancy footwork took the ball around two opponents before giving a pass to Bridges who again squared a neat ball to Danny Fitzpatrick who once again placed a shot to the corner of the net 3-2. Wexford continued to press and were enjoying the majority of possession with Danny Fitz really giving the Arklow backline a nightmare as he looked to run at them every time he received the ball. The Bokerboys doubled their lead after about 55 minutes in the game, Dylan Walsh scoring with a wonderful strike. Wexford had a corner and John Bridges was sharp enough to give a short pass to Walsh who had a little bit of time before looking up and unleashing a fabulous strike from out wide which hit the top corner of the net leaving the Arklow keeper with no chance and giving the away side a 4-2 lead. Arklow to their credit looked to attack straight away and put the Wexford lads under a lot of pressure but found Dale Scallan, Jason Kearns, Richie Kearney and Aaron McMahon in no mood to concede as they defended brilliantly. John Bridges dropped himself back into the centre of the field and was leading by example as he encouraged his team mates. Dylan Walsh was now full of confidence and was really giving the left back on the Arklow side a torrid time of it as his trickery brought him by him again and again, he managed to get himself into the box but finished poorly and the keeper made a comfortable save. A long ball over the top of an exposed Arklow defence was flicked on by the head of Danny Fitzpatrick who saw the keeper coming out of his goal and lobbed his shot for an exquisite finish and complete a memorable hat-trick. Arklow managed a consolation goal in injury time with a well-placed free kick from their impressive centre-half. At the other end substitute Jessie Farrell will be disappointed that he couldn’t manage a finish from close range after more good work from Danny Fitzpatrick.
Overall this was a great win for the Wexford CBS, they started the game as under-dogs and twice had to come from behind before they really managed to show their quality and beat a very good Arklow side in some style. This was an excellent team performance and the Boker boys will again have to be at their best when they face East Glendalough in the semi-final of the competition. Best on the day for the Wexford CBS from a very impressive performance were Dale Scallan, John Bridges, Dylan Walsh, and Danny Fitzpatrick.
Wexford CBS: Jamie MacDonnell (Wexford Celtic), Richie Kearney (North End), Dale Scallan (Wexford Youths), Jason Kearns (North End), Aaron McMahon (North End), Dylan Walsh (North End), Conor Clancy (Rosslare Strand), Evan Dunbar (North End), Cian Doyle (Wexford Celtic), John Bridges (Wexford Celtic), Danny Fitzpatrick (Wexford Youths), Subs: Darragh Rossiter (Forth Celtic) for Doyle, Jessie Farrell (North End) for Kearney, Eoin MacDonald (Wexford Celtic) for Clancy, also; Tadhg Dunleavy (North End), Joe Coleman (Forth Celtic), George Cullen (North End), Mark Doyle (Wexford Celtic)
Wexford CBS 2 Bridgetown V.C 3
On Thursday 15th of November the under 17 Wexford CBS side were defeated by a determined Bridgetown side. The Bokerboys fancied their chances and perhaps underestimated their opponents going into the fixture knowing that at least a draw would see them into the quarter finals as group winners. Bridgetown however had different ideas as they raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first five minutes to leave the home side stunned. CBS defended very poorly and allowed space through the centre of defence which Bridgetown exploited as they played in their lively number 10 in with a long ball over the top and he was clinical with his finish to put Bridgetown ahead, CBS still were not coping with a physical approach from Bridgetown as they again attacked through the centre and again left Shane McGrath with no chance from a one on one position to go 2 ahead. CBS soon began to get a foot in the game and Cian Doyle and Jesse Farrell both came close to getting one back but found an impressive Bridgetown keeper in no mood to be beaten as he saved well twice. Bridgetown pumped a long ball forward and CBS again did not deal with the high ball over the top, Bridgetown again exploited poor defending from the right hand side to drill in a low cross which was neatly finished to give them a 3-0 lead inside 15 minutes.
Wexford CBS were in disarray and slowly started to gain an upper hand but a combination of determined defending and an impressive keeper was making it difficult for them to force their way back into the game. Right before half time DarraghRossiter played a through ball in over the defence and a defensive mix up allowed Eoin MacDonald to bring the Bokerboys back into the game 3-1. Jesse Farrell was very unlucky not to make it 3-2 on the stroke of half time as he hit a ferocious strike from outside the box but the Bridgetown keeper made an acrobatic save to tip it onto the post. The second half saw a different CBS emerge as they completely dominated from the kick off, they created chance after chance but could not find a way past Bridgetown who were literally throwing their bodies on the line to block down every effort from the Bokerboys who were becoming frustrated. Emmet Sinnott made way for Dylan Dixon who almost made an immediate impact with a looping effort that just went wide. Cian Doyle was causing a lot of trouble down the right wing and squared a neat ball to Mark Doyle whose effort narrowly went wide after another fine save. From the resulting corner a goalmouth scramble should have been finished from the CBS but Bridgetown again managed to clear their lines. CBS got back to 3-2 with 15 minutes remaining as Mark Doyle slid in after good work down the flanks. CBS were laying siege now to the Bridgetown goal but were finding no luck as Bridgetown continued to scramble the ball away from goal. Jessie Farrell again came close to finding the net with an effort from distance but his shot crashed against the crossbar, Cian Doyle played a ball across from which Eoin MacDonald managed to beat the keeper but his effort rebounded off the back of Mark Doyle’s leg and the away side managed to clear. Shane McGrath was forced into a late save from a one on one effort as Bridgetown broke. CBS were launching every ball into the box at this stage but through a combination of some bad luck as well as a ferocious defensive attitude from Bridgetown meant that could not find that elusive goal. The CBS may now rue such a fragile defensive display and must do better next time out as they play away in the quarter final stage. Best on the day for the CBS were John Hamilton, Jessie Farrell, Cian Doyle and Mark Doyle.
Wexford CBS: Shane McGrath (Wexford Albion), Eoghan Whitty (Forth Celtic) Richie Kearney (cpt) (North End), LarStoutt (North End), Emmet Sinnot (North End), DarraghRossiter (Forth Celtic),John Hamilton (Forth Celtic),Eoin MacDonald (Wexford Celtic), Mark Doyle (Wexford Celtic), Jessie Farrell (North End), Cian Doyle (Wexford Celtic) Subs: Dylan Dixon (CurracloeUtd.) for Sinnott, also Tadhg Dunleavy (North End), Emmet O’Connor (Corach Ramblers), Sam Okegbile (Wexford Celtic), Alan Larkin (Wexford Celtic), Emmet Ryan (Wexford Celtic) Matthew Devereaux (Wexford Celtic), Dylan Bolger (North End)
Wexford CBS 3 Bridgetown VC 2
On Thursday 8th of November the senior soccer team managed to hold off a strong Bridgetown challenge in Wexford Celtics grounds. Wexford CBS began the game brightly and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but were finding it difficult to create an opening against a well organised Bridgetown defence. Conor Clancy, Danny Fitz and Mark Doyle all came close to opening the scoring in the opening twenty minutes but none managed to hit the target when presented with an opportunity. Bridgetown began to find their way into the game and almost took the lead, CBS didn’t deal with a free kick crossed into the box and the ball found its way to a Bridgetown player at the edge of the box who struck the cross bar from the edge of the box. Bridgetown were now enjoying the better of the game and soon took the lead after a corner was not completely cleared by the Bokerboys and the ball landed at the edge of the box and Bridgetown’s no.10 struck a well-placed volley which found the net. This goal seemed to galvanise the home side however as the CBS came back strong and put Bridgetown under severe pressure. Danny Fitz was played in but was taken down by the keeper outside the box as he was in one on one, the keeper received a yellow and Dale Scallan came close with the resulting free kick.
The Bokerboys upped the pressure in search of an equaliser and Richie Kearney, Dale Scallan, Jessie Farrell and Danny Fitz all came close to equalising before John Bridges managed to finally to force one over the line directly from a corner kick. The second half began as the first ended with the CBS on top and looking to get the lead, Danny Fitz waltzed through the Bridgetown defence before mixing up his angles and hitting narrowly wide inside the penalty spot. Jessie Farrell and Mark Doyle were also played into good positions but were unable to hit the net. CBS soon took the lead however as Danny Fitz again ran at the Bridgetown defence before playing in John Bridges who finished neatly to give Wexford a 2-1 lead. Wexford were dominating the game at this point with Dylan Walsh running the show but may regret the fact that they were unable to double their advantage as they were wasteful with the chances they created. Dale Scallan came forward from centre back and came close again with a shot from distance. Bridgetown played a long ball forward from defence and Evan Dunbar seemed to have coped well as he cleared the ball against a Bridgetown player and over the side-line but somehow the referee decided to award the throw to the away side. From the resulting throw in Bridgetown managed to attack down the wing and square a good cross from which they found an equaliser from no. 10 again, 2-2. The goal gave the away side renewed hope and they really came back into the game, the match now was end to end as both sides went all out attack in search of a winner. Substitute Cian Doyle made a great run and was taken down by the Bridgetown keeper inside the area with less than ten to go, up stepped captain Dale Scallan who netted to put the Bokerboys 3-2 ahead. Bridgetown rallied and came back at them and struck the bar with minutes remaining. The referee blew the whistle with Dylan Walsh on the counter attack close to the away sides goal. In a three team group it is now a nervous wait for the CBS as they await the result between Enniscorthy and Bridgetown to confirm who will progress from the group. A good victory for the CBS, as they were pushed all the way in a tight contest by a resolute Bridgetown side. Best on the day for the Bokerboys were Danny Fitzpatrick, John Bridges, Dale Scallan and Dylan Walsh.
Wexford CBS: Shane McGrath (Wexford Albion), Jason Kearns (North End), Dale Scallan (Wexford Youths), Evan Dunbar (North End), Richie Kearney (North End), Dylan Walsh (North End), Conor Clancy (Rosslare Strand), John Bridges (Wexford Celtic), Mark Doyle (Wexford Celtic), Jessie Farrell (North End), Danny Fitzpatrick (Wexford Youths), Subs; John Hamilton (Forth Celtic) for Kearns, Cian Doyle (Wexford Celtic) for Bridges, John Forde (Curracloe Utd.) for Farrell, also Eoghan Whitty (Forth Celtic), Darragh Rossiter (Forth Celtic), Jamie MacDonnell (Wexford Celtic)
Senior Soccer Semi Final Success
22nd September 2011 EVC 0 – CBS 5
Seniors start season in Style
The Weford CBS senior soccer side began their season with a comprehensive defeat of Enniscorthy Vocational College in Enniscorthy on Thursday the 22nd September, The senior side who are of course,the defending Wicklow/Wexford champions fielded a very strong line up for the first half, while allowing some of the squad players to stake a claim for a place in the second. This season will see Keith Morrissey captain the School’s Senior team and he led by example alongside the excellent Robin Dempsey in midfield. Both Bobby Barnes and Danny Fitzpatrick bagged first half braces as the Wexford boys’ superiority showed
The second half however proved to be more testing though special mention must go to Mark Hayes, Jason Kearns, Ryan Walsh and Shane Murray for their excellent efforts. The loudest cheer of the day was reserved for a super strike from Corey Ennis who volleyed in the game’s fifth and final goal. A long and difficult campaign is ahead but the champions are off to the perfect start.