Taghmon top dogs
Under-16 title won in poor conditions
Taghmon United were given a stern test in horrible conditions by Enniscorthy Town but eventually emerged with the Wexford and District Schoolboys League Under-16 Division 2A crown in Pearse Road, Enniscorthy on Saturday.
Taghmon United 6 - Enniscorthy Town 1
The champions have had an exceptional season, winning 13 and drawing just one of their 14 games. However, they were chased the whole way by Ferns with only a 4-2 victory for the table-toppers over the runners-up separating them in the standings at season's end.
Ferns put the pressure on their rivals with a 7-0 win earlier in the day and it seemed to be having an impact on the visitors in a sloppy first-half in teeming rain.
Taghmon started in alright fashion with with Shane Leacy being denied by Bradley Fortune in the opening minutes, but it was tough going.
Then they opened the scoring. Leacy got away down the left following a spell of nice passing in midfield, and he swung the ball over where Dylan Colfer was waiting to nod to the net just inside the six-yard box.
The weather made good football almost impossible but Enniscorthy slowly found their feet and went close when Kevin Kehoe and Aaron McNiffe combined, only for the latter to scuff his shot when well placed.
At the other end Thomas Banville's long free-kick fell perfectly for Eoin McLoughlin but he volleyed wide of Fortune's goal.
Sam Murphy tried to slip a ball through the visitors' defence in the 30th minute but it rebounded back into his path and he coolly slotted a finish past Pádraig Hore to make it 1-1 and leave the destination of the title very much up in the air at half-time.
Taghmon were a different team after the break and took the lead within 60 seconds when Leacy stole in behind the back four and found the net.
Two became three nine minutes later when Pete Murphy unleashed a stunning, swerving effort that flew into the roof of the Town goal.
Leacy made it 4-1 four minutes later with another calm finish low past Fortune, and he completed his hat-trick midway through the half after great work by Luke Boylan on the right.
Taghmon wrapped up the title, and the scoring, seven minutes from time through captain Eoin McLoughlin.
He went on to lift the league trophy on behalf of his side and entertained the small gathering with a rousing acceptance speech.
Star man - Shane Leacy (Taghmon): the attacker picked the right day to get a hat-trick. He was always involved cutting in from the wing, Town just didn't have the answer to his questions.
Taghmon United: Pádraig Hore; James Walsh, Eoin McLoughlin (capt.), Thomas Banville, Darragh Winters; Conor McGee, Eric Cahill, Pete Murphy, Seán O'Keeffe, Shane Leacy; Dylan Colfer. Subs. - Joseph O'Hanlon for Colfer (41), Luke Boylan for Walsh (48), Cian O'Grady-Fortune for Winters (58), Adam Boylan for O'Keeffe (58).
Enniscorthy Town: Bradley Fortune; Dylan Murphy, Jamie Murphy, Kyle Leacy (capt.), Andy Lawlor; Aaron Kenny, Callum Kinsella, Kevin Kehoe, Sam Murphy, Harry McCafferty; Aaron McNiffe. Subs. - Brendan Edwards for Kehoe (41), Brian Walsh for McNiffe (41).
Referee: Jason Byrne.