U-17s lose in Kingdom
Kerry 2 Wexford FC 0
Wexford slipped to a second consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of Kerry, in the SSE Airtricity League Under-17 Southern Elite Division in Mounthawk on Sunday afternoon last.
Any remaining hopes of a top four finish for the Ferrycarrig Park side ended with defeat to Cork City last week but Wexford boss Derek O'Brien will still be looking for a positive finish to the season ahead of the shield competition.
While this game didn't provide the desired outcome, it wasn't all bad. In truth, Wexford played reasonably well but couldn't make the most of their opportunities. On the other hand, Kerry did take their chances and it was enough to leapfrog their opponents in the table.
The first quarter proved to be a cagey affair.
Neither side created a great deal of note but Wexford slightly shaded the game. The visitors might have had a penalty before Kerry took the lead in the 28th minute.
Thomas Burke supplied the finishing touches, firing in a rebound after Colum Feeney could only parry Dillon Robinson's shot. Wexford had chances to draw level before the break,
Craig O'Reilly missed the target and host 'stopper Robert Osborne made solid stops from Adham Masoon and James Esser.
The game continued in a similar pattern after the interval. Kerry were happy to sit back in numbers and soak up the Wexford pressure. Then they looked to hit their guests on the counter-attack.
In the 74th minute they did it to perfection.
A long ball over the top saw Robinson race away on the Wexford goal.
He took his time and sent a controlled, composed finish past Feeney to wrap up a third win in a row for the boys from the Kingdom.
Next up for Wexford is a home tie against top four chasing Galway United on Saturday afternoon in Ferrycarrig Park.
That game will be followed by a trip to table-toppers Waterford before the league season is rounded out with the visit of UCD to the south-east.
KERRY: Robert Osborne; John Hayes, John Ward, James Rusk, Ronan Cahill, Sheagh O'Connor, Kevin Williams, Michael O'Gara, Dillon Robinson, Martin Coughlin, Thomas Burke. Subs. - Paddy O'Rourke for Ward, Boki Nikic for Burke, also, Alex O'Connor, Dylan Murphy.
WEXFORD FC: Colum Feeney; Jack Gallagher, Reece Murphy, Conor Signorelli, Cian Foley, Patrick Barron, Craig O'Reilly, Oscar Smith, Brandon Deady, Adham Masood, James Esser. Subs. - Liam Berry for Esser, Jason Daly for Deady, Callum Travers-Devlin for Barron, Ciaran Paige for Smith.