League leaders Cork City too slick for U-17 squad
Wexford Youths slumped to their eighth defeat of the campaign, going under to leaders Cork City in this SSE Airtricity League Under-17 Southern Elite Section tie at Ferrycarrig Park on Sunday.
Wexford Youths 1 Cork City 4
Two first-half goals from William Armshaw inspired Cork City but it left the Youths with an uphill struggle for the remainder of the game.
The win keeps the Cork boys at the top of the table and those two superb early Armshaw strikes inspired the team as they totally dominated this 90 minutes.
Having hit three first-half goals, they eased off somewhat on the resumption, but despite this they remained in control and their victory margin could have been greater.
The Youths, who lay eighth in the table going into this game, turned in a dreadful opening 45 minutes, a period during which they were totally outplayed.
While they showed considerable improvement on the resumption, they were always heading for a defeat as they lacked any real firepower up front.
The home side had opened impressively as they mounted some threatening attacks, but the visitors' back four remained firm with both Thomas O'Donovan and Mark Brosnan providing a solid central defensive pairing, as they easily cut out any threat close to goal.
Cork City gradually played their way into the game as Brian Mulcahy and Dale Holland began to gain a grip in midfield.
They now began to show more on the ball and playing with the greater composure and skill, so it was no surprise when they eventually took the lead after 18 minutes.
One minute earlier they should have gone ahead when Rory Doyle pulled a superb Cian Murphy cross wide from in front of a gaping goal, but one minute later the breakthrough did arrive when Armshaw sent in a superb 25-metre right-footed shot high into the top right-hand corner of the net beyond the reach of the diving Ciarán Sheil in the home goal.
As the home side looked to get back into the game, they were caught with a quick counter-attack.
The ball was played out quickly to Armshaw who once again found the corner of the net with a right-footed effort, with the 'keeper only able to get his fingertips to the ball but unable to keep it out, leaving it 2-0 after 23 minutes.
The leaders were now controlling matters, adding a third on 30 minutes when Dylan Scott lifted a free-kick to the right edge of the area over the wall into the bottom corner of the net.
That made it 3-0 which was how it remained until the interval, as the home side were unable to create even one scoring chance.
The tempo of the game dropped considerably after Thomas O'Donovan made it 4-0 on 55 minutes.
Now content just to play out the game, the visitors still remained in total control, with the Youths only managing to pull a goal back seven minutes from the end when Danny Doyle fired home from close range.
Doyle later came close with another attempt on goal but on this occasion the visitors' 'keeper proved equal to the task with a fine save.
Next up is a trip to face Cabinteely on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Wexford Youths: Ciarán Shiel, Kalum Broaders (Ronan O'Reilly, 55), Jack Brazzill (Jack Bates, 55), Cian Foley, Paddy Barron, Craig O'Reilly (Adam Dempsey, 73), Michael Carroll, Sam O'Neill (Steve Kearney, 55), Danny Doyle, Adham Masood, Luke O'Neill (Kyle Kennedy, 55).
Cork City: Patryk Osinskei, Dylan Scott, Ronan Hurley (Ciarán Gough, 88), Thomas O'Donovan, Mark Brosnan, Brian Mulcahy (Beineon O'Brien-Whitemarsk, 69), Willaim Armshaw (Brian Lynch, 67), Dale Holland (James Fitzgerald, 80), Cian Murphy, Dane Van Sinderan, Rory Doyle.
Referee: Brian Fenlon (Wexford).