Connor moves on to Cork challenge
Published 16/07/2016 | 00:00
Matt Connor was probably fortunate that he wasn't part of Cork City's matchday squad in Ferrycarrig Park on Sunday, because the talented young goalkeeper could have been forgiven for making his way to the incorrect bench.
The 19-year-old completed a big move during the week when he left Wexford Youths after seven months as understudy to Graham Doyle to join John Caulfield's Rebel Army.
He started between the posts in a friendly at Turner's Cross on Saturday afternoon when a second-string City side lost 3-0 to English Championship outfit Fulham in a friendly.
While Connor isn't expected to dislodge regular netminder Mark McNulty from the first team, the Waterford lad will be battling it out with David Coffey - the reserve in Ferrycarrig Park on Sunday - for a place on the bench.
Manager Caulfield sought him as additional cover for the number one position due to an injury to Alan Smith.
Connor never made a league appearance with Wexford Youths, although he was on the bench for all 17 matches before his departure.
However, he was used in the EA Sports Cup defeat away to Limerick, and in all three Leinster Senior Cup outings which featured extra-time wins over Athlone Town, Longford Town and Collinstown respectively en route to a final appearance to come against Bohemians.
Local lad Darryl Power, who made three cup appearances overall, had left the squad by mutual consent earlier in the summer, and midfielder Craig Wall has also departed after a career marked by 97 games and three goals.
A member of the Defence Forces from Kilkenny, Wall had soldiered effectively in the Youths engine room since making his debut against Cork City in Turner's Cross five years ago.
Meanwhile, two ex-Youths players, Jimmy Dermody and Dean Broaders, have been released by Waterford United along with New Ross lad Eoin Rhodes.
Enniscorthy defender Ian Sinnott was the only Wexfordman to feature in their 5-1 loss to high-flying Limerick in the R.S.C. on Friday, although Campile young gun Mikie Rowe has re-joined the club after his stint with Young Harris College in the United States.