Sunday 21 January 2018

Festy's show!

Ace Moyne attacher shines

Dean Goodison

Darragh Roche of Moyne Rangers puts pressure on Luke Greene (Gorey Rangers)
Darragh Roche of Moyne Rangers puts pressure on Luke Greene (Gorey Rangers)
Moyne Rangers. Back (from left): Dylan Nolan, Ian Vonno, Matthew Balfe, Shane Farrell, Darragh Roche, Adam Sheridan, Michael McGrath, Festy Ebosele. Front (from left): Reece Dobbs, Ralpy Abidoye, Matteus Scrabba, Seán Maher, Dean Franklin, Cathal Roche, Jack Kirwan (capt.)

Moyne Rangers rode away with the Wexford and District Schoolboys Under-13 Cup on the back of a simply outstanding performance from attacker Festy Ebosele in Hollygrove on Saturday.

Moyne Rangers 4 Gorey Rangers 1

It's oft stated that it takes teams to win trophies but these two sides were equally as good as each other in this decider.

The difference was quite simply the moments of brilliance produced by hat-trick hero Ebosele.

Gorey probably still don't know what hit them. For long periods they bossed possession and were the better footballing team, playing neat triangles around midfield, however, Moyne had a gameplan and executed it to perfection to see them off.

The runners-up will grow from this experience and come back stronger.

They have talented players all over the park and it would be no surprise at all to see them advance from their mid-table finish this season to title challengers in 2016.

Yet Saturday was about Moyne and their moment of glory. They survived a scare in the second minute when the excellent Seán Maher got back to scoop Ross Proudfoot's flick off the line but soon they were threatening at the other end.

Three half-chances all came and went for Moyne but there was no missing a fourth. Cathal Roche put the perfect through ball over the top for Ebosele to run on to and he rounded Alan Hayes and sidefooted to the empty net.

One became two four minutes later, and this time it was all Ebosele. He picked up possession on the right touchline inside his own half, cut inside, dancing past two defenders and coolly fired past Hayes for a second time.

He found the net again only for it to be ruled out for offside in the 25th minute but the third did come two minutes before the interval when Jack Kirwan hit a stunning shot from the centre circle that flew into the roof of the net.

Moyne got a little deep, and a bit nervous after the break but held Gorey out until Darragh Levingston drilled a perfect free-kick from the right edge of the penalty area into the top left corner of the rigging.

It was left to man of the hour Ebosele to have the final say. He went clean through from another Roche pass in the final minute and dinked a finish past a diving Hayes to clinch a stunning success for the Enniscorthy town side.

Star man - Festy Ebosele (Moyne Rangers): quite simply the best individual performance this reporter has seen in schoolboys soccer this season, magnificent.

Moyne Rangers: Seán Maher; Michael McGrath, Matthew Balfe, Reece Dobbs, Adam Sheridan; Ralpy Abidoye, Cathal Roche, Jack Kirwan (capt.), Darragh Roche; Festy Ebosele; Shane Farrell. Subs. - Dylan Nolan for Farrell (39), Dean Franklin for Sheridan (58), also Matteus Scrabba, Ian Vonno, Conor Kenny.

Gorey Rangers: Alan Hayes; Seán O'Brien-Murphy, Jason Bolger, Paul Gibson, Shane Gibson; Luke Greene, Conor Kinsella (capt.), Darragh Levingston, Matthew Healy; Ross Proudfoot, Oisín Woolington. Subs. - Andrew Mulvey-Meskil for Proudfoot (36), Aaron Whelan for Healy (48), Cian Herbage for Woolington (59), Darragh Flanagan for Bolger (59), Paddy Darcy for Levingston (59).

Referee: Michael Comiskey.

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