Under 17 Soccer
Wexford CBS 2-1 St. Kierans College
O’Neill twins both hit the net as Bokerboys advance to Leinster ¼ final
Wexford CBS under-17 soccer team beat St.Kierans College of Kilkenny in Curracloe on the 9th of December to advance to the quarter final of the Leinster cup. The boys took to the field backed by a strong wind in the first half and from the first minute put their opponents under severe pressure. Luke O’Neill put the Bokerboys ahead inside two minutes after a fine individual run saw him beat two players before hitting a powerful shot which the keeper got a hand to but failed to keep out of the net to give the CBS a dream start. In spite of a fierce wind this was a game of high quality and the game flowed from end to end. St. Kierans came close to equalising five minutes later but flashed a shot just wide of the post. The CBS gained the upper hand and created several chances but a combination of good goal keeping and poor finishing halted them from doubling their advantage. Luke O’Neill, Luke Dowdall and Jamie Thomas were wreaking havoc on the opposing defence as time and time again they looked to run at their opponents and played a high energy game. Ryan Busher, Sam O’Neill and Paddy O’Reilly were in control on midfield and dictated the game. A fine passage of play involving O’Reilly, Busher and Luke O’Neill played in Sam O’Neill but he hit an effort straight at the keeper. The CBS continued to press, Jamie Thomas played a wonderful curled pass over the top of defence to Luke O’Neill on the other side but he found his effort well saved. Ryan Busher was next up for the CBS as he hit an effort narrowly over. Luke Dowdall could have added another but some last ditch defending blocked him down after a great ball in from Luke O’Neill. The Bokerboys continued to apply the pressure, Luke O’Neill saw a freekick tipped over with ten minutes remaining. Jamie Thomas almost hit the net shortly after with a thunderous strike but again it was well saved by St. Kierans impressive keeper. St. Kierans always looked dangerous in the counter attack particularly their number 10 who plays with the Irish under 15 international team and were very close to levelling the scores on the stroke of half time after a neat one two played in their number 11 who attempted to go around Adam Dempsey but was forced wide and eventually he attempted a cross which Dempsey gathered gratefully.
The second half the Bokerboys were forced to play against a fierce wind but to their credit they certainly upped their game, they kept the ball moving on the ground and dominating possession, Paddy O’Reilly in midfield in particular was at the heart of everything as the CBS overlapped and played some scintillating football. Inside two minutes Jamie Thomas and Luke O’Neill combined well before finding a defence splitting pass for Luke Dowdall who raced into a one on one position and with plenty of time really should have hit the net but his effort was well saved. Dowdall came close again shortly after as Ben Butler overlapped before whipping in a dangerous cross. The Bokerboys eventually added a deserved second midway through the second half, a fine flowing move started by Ryan Busher and involving Jamie Thomas and Luke O’Neill eventually fed the ball to Sam O’Neill who beat his man on the edge of the box before slotting home a lovely finish to the bottom left corner of the net. St. Kierans at this point poured everything forward in search of an equaliser but found the back four of Dion Murphy, Kallum Broaders, Jack O’Leary and Ben Butler in no mood to give them a chance. Broaders and O’Leary in the centre defended resolutely throughout the game and had to up their game considerably as Kierans attempted to get back in the game. The Bokerboys did have chances to add another, Jamie Thomas almost tripled the lead with a freekick which he fired just over and TJ Cousins was unfortunate not to receive a penalty after a stumble in the box. St.Kierans did pull one back with 15 minutes remaining after some individual brilliance from their number ten who exploited space in the CBS defence before rifling home a shot to leaving Dempsey with no chance 2-1. Substitute Leon Nolan-Cullen gained possession for the CBS on the half-way line and raced down the wing before delivering a lovely ball to Luke O’Neill who hit an effort on target but which was well saved by the away keeper. St.Kierans backed by the wind upped their game and put real pressure on the CBS in the final ten minutes as they went with a very direct approach but were not afforded any clear cut chances. Adam Dempsey was forced into one excellent save from a flicked header from a free and Jack O’Leary pulled off a phenomenal sliding tackle to calm the nerves. CBS introduced some substitutes who all had an impact on the final stage of the game with Chris Cowman shoring up midfield and Todd Hynes adding renewed energy at left back as the home team saw out the remainder of the game and secured a great victory.
An excellent team performance again from the CBS in their closest game so far this season, this was a test for the boys which they proved to be more than capable of meeting. Excellent performances all over the field backed by the composure of their captain, Adam Dempsey in goal, on the day man of the match was deservedly Paddy O’Reilly who controlled the game from midfield but of course honourable mentions to the O’Neill twins Sam and Luke who both hit the net and played brilliantly throughout. The lads now await the draw for the ¼ final but with this kind of performance and two more players to come back into the squad they stand every chance of going all the way.
Wexford CBS: Wexford CBS: Adam Dempsey (Wexford Youths), Dion Murphy (Wexford Albion), Kallum Broaders (North End), Jack O’Leary (Wexford Albion), Ben Butler (Wexford Albion), Paddy O’Reilly (Wexford Albion), Sam O’Neill (Wexford Albion), Ryan Busher (Wexford Youths), Luke O’Neill (Wexford Albion), Luke Dowdall (Wexford Albion), Jamie Thomas (Wexford Albion) Subs: T.J Cousins (Wexford Albion) for Dowdall (Wexford Albion), Chris Cowman (Curracloe Utd.) for Busher, Leon Nolan-Cullen (North End) for Thomas, Todd Hynes (North End) for Butler
Bridgetown 0 Wexford CBS 1
On Friday 11th of October Wexford CBS began their under 17 league campaign with a hard fought win away to Bridgetown. The Boker boys played some lovely football but found it very difficult to break down a determined Bridgetown side.
The game began brightly and the CBS knew they were not going to have it easy as Bridgetown hassled and harried and made it very difficult for the boys to find any rhythm. Early in the game Shane McGrath was forced into action and dealt well with a Bridgetown attack. The CBS were playing some lovely football and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but found it difficult to create a good goal scoring opportunity. Jessie Farrell and Dylan Dixon were working well together up front and forced the excellent Bridgetown keeper into a number of fine saves. The breakthrough arrived around half way through the first half as Darragh Rossiter split the defence with a delightful through ball over the top onto the foot of the onrushing Dixon who controlled well before slotting home from just inside the box for what proved to be the games only goal.
The second half saw more of the same as Bridgetown defended deep and made it very difficult for the CBS to grab a second goal. The CBS dominated possession and to be fair defended very well when Bridgetown broke forward but could not find a way past a very determined backline and an excellent keeper in the Bridgetown goal. CBS took all three points and in a three team group that will be vital, next up is a home clash with Gorey C.S znd the Bokerboys will have to improve in front of goal to get a result there, having said that the CBS put in an impressive performance and on another day could have scored more had it not been for a resolute defence. Best on the day for the lads were Alex Bergin, Eoin Doyle and Darragh Rossiter.
Wexford CBS: Shane McGrath (Wexford Bohs), Lee Busher (Wexford Albion), Emmett Sinnott (North End), Eoin Doyle (Wexford Youths), Aaron Goodison (Wexford Bohs), Alex Bergin (Wexford Bohs), John Hamilton (Forth Celtic), Eoin MacDonald (Wexford Celtic), Darragh Rossiter (Wexford Youths), Jessie Farrell (North End), Dylan Dixon (Curracloe), Subs: Mikey Lawlor (North End) for Busher, Dylan Ennis (North End) for Goodison, Gary Cullen (North End) for Farrell, Emmet Ryan (Wexford Celtic) for Hmailton, also Rob Donnelly (St.Joseph)
Wexford CBS 2 Colaiste Bhride Carnew 3
On Tuesday 15th of January the under 17 soccer side of Wexford CBS bowed out of the Wicklow Wexford league at the ¼ final stage. The Boker boys had home advantage and will be bitterly disappointed after this defeat. The game started very brightly for the home side as they completely dominated for the opening 25 minutes of the first half, playing some lovely football in the process, as they tested Carnew on a number of occasions. This pressure resulted in Cian Doyle giving the CBS the lead after about 10 minutes. Eoghan Whitty started the move from the right back position as he switched the play with a lovely cross field pass which found Mark Doyle who then switched the play back to the right again with a ball over the top which Eoin MacDonald ran onto, he turned and laid the ball into the path of Cian Doyle who, with some lovely footwork beat two Carnew defenders before firing a shot to the roof of the net to give the CBS a well-deserved lead and finish off a great team move with a fine goal. CBS continued to dominate proceedings and were guilty of pushing too far forward on occasion, Carnew punished them for this as they counter-attacked with a ball over the top and their pacey centre forward ran onto it and was one on one with Shane McGrath and he finished with a well-placed shot to the bottom corner of the net 1-1. Carnew now began to find their way into the game and really got stuck in and made a game of it as they began to put CBS under pressure. The away side attacked down the left and their winger out-muscled Eoghan Whitty and followed through into another one on one position and finished past Shane McGrath via the post to give Carnew a 2-1 lead at half time.
The second half saw a rejuvenated CBS side look to take the game to their opponents, as they began to move the ball around with real purpose. Jessie Farrell attempted a pass back towards the centre of defence but this was intercepted and Carnew’s number 9 really made Wexford pay for a lapse in concentration with a stunning finish from outside the box into the top corner of the net to make the score 3-1 and leave the CBS with a mountain to climb. The CBS almost had an immediate response as straight from the kick-off as some good one touch football from Eoin MacDonald and Cian Doyle played in Jessie Farrell who finished well but unfortunately saw his effort ruled out for offside. CBS now began to pile on the pressure and Carnew soaked this up well as they defended in large numbers and always looked to hit on the counter-attack. CBS were pushing forward and urged on by captain Richie Kearney. Shane McGrath’s long ball caught out Carnew as Jessie Farrell raced in to finish well to make the score 3-2. The CBS now threw everything forward but Carnew were defending resolutely. Captain Richie Kearney was taken down in the box, but no penalty was awarded. With now only minutes remaining the CBS were throwing everything forward as they looked to find an equaliser. Substitute Dylan Dixon met Jessie Farrell’s cross well in the air but saw his header crash off the crossbar and come back out. Dylan Dixon found space in the box again and hit a volley which clipped the cprssbar again before going over. George Cullen saw his shot spilled by the keeper and fall to Jessie Farrell who attempted a backheel which was somehow blocked down by a Carnew defender on the line. Richie Kearney was again taken down in the box but again no penalty was awarded in what was a frantic finish as Carnew hit on the counter-attack and forced Shane McGrath into making an outstanding save as he tipped a rocket of a shot over the bar. With time now running out for the CBS substitute Tadhg Dunleavy saw his deflected free kick hit the post before running out for a corner kick. Unfortunately for the CBS the final whistle came too soon. The CBS will be bitterly disappointed at going out at this stage as they were the reiging under 16 champions from last year, but credit to Carnew who defended very well and took their chances when they came. It finished as a season of what if’s for this CBS side. Best on the day for the CBS were Cian Doyle, Mark Doyle and John Hamilton.
Wexford CBS: Shane McGrath (Wexford Albion), Eoghan Whitty (Forth Celtic), Richie Kearny Cpt. (North End), Lar Stoutt (North End), Emmet Sinnot (North End), John Hamilton (Forth Celtic), Darragh Rossiter (Forth Celtic), Eoin MacDonald (Wexford Celtic), Cian Doyle (Wexford Celtic), Mark Doyle (Wexford Celtic), Jessie Farrell (North End) Subs: George Cullen (North End) for Sinnot, Dylan Dixon (Curracloe) for Whitty, Tadhg Dunleavy (North End) for MacDonald, Eoin Doyle (New Ross Celtic) for Mark Doyle also Emmett Ryan (Wexford Celtic), Alan Larkin (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 C.B.S. …5 Enniscorthy V.C. …0
Wexford CBS Under 17 side began their Wicklow-Wexford league campaign with an impressive victory away to a well drilled Enniscorthy side. In recent years Enniscorthy have proved a difficult stumbling block for the Boker boys but on this occasion the lads produced a dominant performance to take all 3 points.
The first half proved a frustrating affair for the CBS as Enniscorthy defended deep and looked to frustrate their opponents. CBS began well and controlled possession from the off, Emmet Sinnot and Mark Doyle were combining well down the left flank and creating numerous chances for the away side as Jessie Farrell, Cian Doyle and John Hamilton all went close to scoring. Both Doyle and Sinnott were firing in a number of dangerous crosses which the Enniscorthy side were struggling to deal with and Emmer went close with a good strike from range only to force a good stop from the keeper. Half way through the first half the CBS thought they had broken the deadlock only for Jessie Farrell to be marginally ruled offside as he neatly finished a Darragh Rossiter through ball. The Wexford town side continued to impress and create chances but were unable to find a first-half goal against a resolute Enniscorthy side as Richie Kearney narrowly headed over from a corner and right on the stroke of half time Jessie Farrell chipped the keeper but also saw his effort narrowly float over the bar. This left the sides level at the break 0-0.
The second half began with a renewed vigour in the CBS side as they upped the tempo in a search of that elusive goal. It did not take long to come as the boys moved the ball around nicely up front before setting up John Hamilton who took a touch before unleashing a ferocious strike from outside the box which hit the top corner to leave the Enniscorthy keeper with no chance to put the bokerboys one up. The Wexford lads now smelt blood and another goal soon followed as impressive half time sub Dylan Dixon took a nice touch before firing home from a narrow angle after good build up play from Rossiter, Hamilton and Cian Doyle to make it 2-0. A third soon followed as CBS pressure forced a corner and captain Richie Kearney rose well at the far post to nod home a Mark Doyle corner. The CBS were forced into changing centre half Lar Stoutt after he took a blow to the ribs from a tough challenge.
A 4th goal immediately followed as the Enniscorthy side lost their composure, the referee bizarrely waved play on as the Enniscorthy keeper tried to tear Jessie Farrell’s shirt off after he had side-stepped him but Jessie managed to stay on his feet and lay the ball out to onrushing winger Dixon who netted his second goal with a lovely curling effort with the outside of the right foot. The bokerboys continued to dominate the game through the middle of the field as John Hamilton and Darragh Rossiter dominated the centre and found a fifth goal when substitute Sam Okegbile finished from close range after some good play from the left wing from the CBS. Enniscorthy almost got themselves a consolation goal only for an acrobatic save from Shane McGrath who was in no mood to relinquish his clean sheet.
A very good start to the season for the under 17 side who are of course looking to retain their under 16 Wicklow-Wexford title from last year. Up next are Bridgetown at home. Best on the day for the CBS from an exceptional team performance were Kearney, Sinnot, Hamilton, Mark Doyle and super-sub Dixon.
Wexford CBS: Shane McGrath (Wexford Albion), Eoghan Whitty (Forth Celtic), Richie Kearney (cpt) (North End), Lar Stoutt (North End), Emmet Sinnot (North End), Tadhg Dunleavy (North End), John Hamilton (Forth Celtic), Darragh Rossiter (Forth Celtic), Mark Doyle (Wexford Celtic), Jessie Farrell (North End), Cian Doyle (Wexford Celtic) Subs: Dylan Dixon (Curracloe Utd.), Emmet O’Connor (Corach Ramblers), Sam Okegbile (Wexford Celtic), George Cullen (North End), Emmet Ryan (Wexford Celtic) Matthew Devereaux (Wexford Celtic)
Wexford CBS 4 Ramsgrange Community College 2
Wexford CBS began their under 17 soccer season with a 4-2 victory over Ramsgrange Community School on Friday 30th September in Duncannon. The Wexford side began brightly playing some excellent football with their passing and movement giving them the edge early on. Dylan Walsh and Keith Morrissey were causing Ramsgrange serious problems down the flanks and were involved in numerous attacks as Wexford were dominant for the opening period, this pressure forced the Ramsgrange keeper into making some fine saves as Keith Morrissey and Mark Doyle went close. Dylan Walsh broke the dead lock after some good midfield play set him free on the right wing, Dylan took on the left back with success before cooly slotting home to make it 1-0. Keith Morrissey soon doubled the advantage after a nice one two played him in and he chipped the keeper to put CBS 2-0 up. Wexford continued to enjoy the majority of possession and went close on several occasions. Ramsgrange finally got a hold of the game towards the end of the first half and pulled one back in the final minute of the first half after Jamie McDonnell has made a good save but was unable to stop the close range follow up from winger Adam Blake. This goal gave the home side a much needed boost and they battled hard right from the beginning of the second half which saw both sides make some changes, Wexford were first to take a hold of the game again yet found the Ramsgrange defence in a defiant mood. Keith Morrisey was still running wild on the left wing and twice forced the Ramsgrange keeper into good saves as two curling efforts were heading for the top corner. The Ramsgrange effort finally paid dividends as a long ball over the top of the CBS defence allowed Adam Prendergast in and his effort beat McDonnel and levelled the scores. Wexford dug deep however and responded immediately with Cian Doyle breaking through and firing a low effort into the bottom corner to make it 3-2. Wexford continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession and should have increased their lead as Ramsgrange broke forward at every opportunity. Wexford finally regained the 2 goal cushion with a couple of minutes remaining as Keith Morrissey finally managed to beat the keeper with a spectacular curling effort from outside of the box into the top corner. Impressive for the Wexford side on the day were Morrissey and Wlash going forward and captain Dale Scallan Jason Kearns at the back.
Wexford CBS: Jamie McDonnell, Daniel White, Dale Scallan (C), Jason Kearns, Richard Kearney, Dylan Walsh, Conor Clancy, Emmet Fox, Keith Morrissey, Mark Doyle, Bobby Barnes, Cian Doyle, Mark Hayes, Luke Byrne, Philip Bent, Aidan Murphy, Dylan Goodison, Marty Mullally,