Impressive Youths hit Salthill for six
A Wexford Youths side flowing with confidence claimed their biggest win of the season against Salthill Devon at Bunclody on Sunday afternoon last in the SSE Airtricity Under-17 League Southern Elite Section.
Wexford Youths 6 Salthill Devon 1
The victory is the second in three games for a Youths side that have picked up seven points from a possible nine to move up to eighth in the table.
After a tough opening to the season, Garrett Larkin's charges are showing their true quality and their confidence levels are no small part of that.
Danny Doyle made his first start of the season after recovering from injury and his influence was vital. With Sam O'Neill also in flying form, the visitors from Galway were no match for the hosts.
Wexford got off to a flying start and were two up in fifteen minutes. Doyle didn't take long to make his return with a goal and when Ciaran Murphy hit the rigging Youths had the start they would have targeted.
A handball in the penalty area gave Wexford the chance to make it 3-0 before the break and Cian Doyle made no mistake from the spot.
Against Cabinteely two weeks ago, Youths nearly blew a three-goal lead and that would have jumped to their minds when Salthill pulled one back.
However, the goal didn't dent Wexford's confidence and soon Sam O'Neill got to the byline on the right and squared for Ciaran Murphy to net his second. When Luke O'Neill eased away on the other wing, heading into the last twenty minutes, he crossed for his twin Sam to apply the finishing touches for a fifth.
There was still time for Youths to complete the rout and a superb performance in the last ten minutes when impressive substitute Eddie Black rose highest to head a corner past the visiting goalkeeper.
Next up for Youths is a long trip to a Limerick on Sunday afternoon, the Treaty lads picked up a credible draw with Shamrock Rovers last week and will be tough proposition for the visitors.
That fixture comes just before the mid-season break for the Ferrycarrig boys.
WEXFORD YOUTHS: Adam Dempsey; Kallem Broaders, Cian Larkin, Paddy Barron, Jack Bates; Sam O'Neill, Cian Doyle, Mikey Carroll, Ciaran Murphy; Danny Doyle, Ronan O'Kelly. Subs. - Jack Brazill for Larkin, inj, Luke O'Neill for O'Kelly, Ciaran Sheil for Dempsey, Eddie Black for C. Doyle, Craig O'Reilly for Carroll, also Vincent Quinlan.