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Friday 20 September 2019

Duncannon ease into pole position

Dean Goodison

Duncannon went goal crazy as they moved to the summit of the Wexford and District Schoolboys Soccer Under-15 Division 2 league in Ryan's Park.

Duncannon 10 - Bridge Rovers 0

It's no exaggeration to say that it could have been many more as the home side put on a stunning display.

It was a bit tough on Rovers who came up against a side in tip-top form, a team that has Division 1 quality all over the field.

It's difficult to pinpoint the best section of this team.

Defensively they were exceptional with the back four in imperious form. In midfield they were solid, building a foundation for the front two to flourish. Then there was Kevin White and Aaron O'Brien.

White spent a lot of his time dropping deeper, getting in between the lines and being a complete nuisance for Bridge Rovers. O'Brien was irrepressible, driving run after jinking slalom terrorised the back four and on another day, with a bit of luck, he would have scored six or seven.

As it was O'Brien scored three and had five assists. His shot was saved in the sixth minute and the rebound fell for White who tucked home the first of a hat-trick.

Attacker O'Brien saw several chances come and go but often that was down to an inspired Brandon Maltby who made several stunning stops.

However, the pressure finally told in the last couple of minutes of the half when 1-0 quickly turned into three.

O'Brien sent Kevin White away down the left and he squared for his strike partner to grab his first, and Eoin Whitty unleashed a thumping drive from 30 yards right at the end of the period to all but put the game to bed.

A slide-rule pass from O'Brien to White produced goal number four within three minutes of the re-start, and he completed his treble six minutes later after a lovely one-two between O'Brien and Devin Wall-Walsh.

O'Brien got his second after Kieran White's shot was parried into his path and he completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box. Wall-Walsh darted away down the left and calmly slotted in the eighth with 13 minutes left.

There was still time for two more goals and both were created by O'Brien.

Evan Dwyer got the first with a tidy finish but the biggest cheer of the day was saved for substitute Corey Cullen who rounded off ten of the best four minutes from time.

Duncannon will switch their attention to the cup on Saturday when they travel to take on Oylegate United in the second round, while Bridge Rovers are away to Shamrock Rovers in the league.

Star man - Aaron O'Brien (Duncannon): Lots of great performances but O'Brien was superb - creative both for himself and others and a thoroughly-deserved hat-trick.

Duncannon: Mark Waters; David Ovsianikouas, Kieran White, Eoin Whitty, Adam Waters; Sam Foley, Evan Dwyer, Devin Wall-Walsh, James Walsh; Kevin White, Aaron O'Brien. Subs. - Ethan Kehoe for Walsh (53), Mark Keating for Kevin White (59), Corey Cullen for Kieran White (63).

Bridge Rovers: Brandon Maltby; Liam Leacy, P.J. Jordan, Mark Kavanagh, Martin Sludds; Gludy Makiese, Tomás Scallan, Ciaran Rattigan-O'Neill, Tom Keavney; Aaron Kinsella, Darragh Malone. Sub. - Aaron Jackman.

Referee: Eric Molloy.

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