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Friday 20 September 2019

Under-17s target play-off spot

Wexford Wanderers Under-17s hosted Suttonians at Park Lane as the side continues its push to make the play-offs in the Leinster Premier League.

Wanderers 27 - Suttonians 24

The team came into the fixture on the back of a strong 12-8 win over Carlow last week when Alex Ryan scored a brilliant kick and collect try before Calum Murphy scored in the corner in the dying seconds to seal the win.

On Saturday the stakes to make the play-offs remained high and the team scored early with Calum Murphy and Alex Ryan picking up from where they finished the previous week in the first-half.

The pack were excellently motivated by No. 8 Ben Moore who led by example to score an excellent try. Not to be outdone, prop Chris Vickery (nothing to former 'Raging Bull' English Prop Phil) broke through the Sutton defence to score an important try for Wanderers after Sutton had slowly kept edging the scoring.

In the dying minutes and two points behind, winger Rich Watters managed to elude the tiring visitors to score in the corner and give Wanderers a well-deserved 27-24 win.

The Under-17s travelled to Tullamore on Saturday for a must-win clash in their drive to make the league play-offs. Following the narrow home win over Suttonians, the race is heating up with only four berths up for grabs.

In the opening minutes the ever-reliable Darragh Sinnott executed a perfect turnover at a ruck to create the opening for back Rich Watters to score near the posts. Tullamore hit back with a penalty before adding a converted try before the break to lead 10-5.

This side is nothing if not determined and after the interval winger Finn O'Driscoll added a try which was converted by Watters. Midway through the period Wanderers sprung Ian Bennett from the bench and he immediately created an impact with another Wanderers try being added.

Despite intense pressure from the home side, the visitors managed to keep a solid defence with Ben Moore, Alex Ryan, Chris Vickery and Barry O'Connor all impressive.

Next Saturday will see the final round of this phase of the league and Wanderers will face Carlow for the second time in a month at Park Lane.

On the last occasion Wanderers were last-minute winners by 12-8 and Carlow will certainly be looking to exact some level of revenge to decide where the play-off places go.

At the time of going to print the scheduled kick-off is 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, however it is hoped as many supporters as possible can attend this must-see fixture and people are reminded to check out the club Facebook page and Twitter account for up to date times.

Wexford People