Super Barry strike sinks the under-17s
Limerick FC stunned an ever improving Wexford Youths during their SSE Airtricity League Under 17 Southern Elite Division encounter on Sunday in Ferrycarrig Park.
Wexford Youths 1 Limerick FC 2
Youths battled back from a one goal deficit in the second half and looked like favourites to take all three points until a scintillating strike from Limerick captain Ger Barry sent victory back home with the travelling side.
Will Fitzgerald had put Limerick ahead in the 29thminute after what had been a relatively quiet half of football.
The Ferrycarrig side moved the ball well but struggled to break down a resolute and well organised Limerick defence.
The upper hand held by the Youths was not being shown on the scoreboard as the side three points above them in the table before play began proved more clinical in a half of few chances.
With legs tiring, chances began to present themselves to the home side after the interval. Kyle Kennedy saw a shot saved and a header sail wide in the early exchanges.
Youth's growth into the game was obvious in the 68th minute when Sam O'Neill's shot rebounded back off the post after he was found in the box by substitute Jack Brazil.
The net did bulge six minutes later and it was the result of the finest passage of play produced by Wexford.
Clever footwork from Michael Carroll on the edge of the Limerick penalty area bought him enough time to pick out Adam Masoud on the right wing,
Masoud's cross found Kennedy who's shot was parried leaving Danny Doyle with the easiest of jobs of tapping into an empty net.
While Limerick were finding themselves dropping deeper and deeper to cope with the Youths onslaught,
Masoud nearly put Wexford into a deserved lead. He latched on to Doyle's knock on but was tackled well by Sean Madigan just as he was about to pull the trigger.
Limerick's winning goal took the gloss off stellar defensive performances from Paddy Barron and Kallum Broaders, while Sam O'Neill deserves applause for his attacking shift.
Wexford Youths will look to get back to winning ways next week away to Cobh Ramblers.
WEXFORD YOUTHS: Adam Dempsey (capt.); Kallum Broaders, Jack Bates, Cian Larkin, Paddy Barron; Stephen Kearns, Michael Carroll, Craig O'Reilly, Sam O'Neill; Danny Doyle, Kyle Kennedy. Subs: Jack Brazil for Larkin (53), Adam Massoud for Kearns (63), Ronan O'Reilly for Craig O'Reilly (73), Liam Berry for Bates (79).
LIMERICK: Carl Williams; Darragh Lowth, Sean Madigan, Kevin Fitzgerald, Brandon O'Halloran; Edmund O'Dwyer, Aaron Fitzgerald, Gearoid Murphy, Bradley McNamara; Ger Barry (capt.), Will Fitzgerald. Subs: Dylan Higgins-Kelly for Will Fitzgerald (46), Conor McManus for Williams (48), Lee Devitt-Molly for Murphy (61), Andy Quaid for McNamara (86).
REFEREE: Michelle O'Neill (Wexford).