George grabs late equaliser
U19 improvement goes on
After a recent rough run, Wexford Youths continued their improved form of late with a battling come-from-behind draw against Waterford United on the back pitch at the R.S.C. in the SSE Airtricity Under-19 Southern Elite League on Saturday.
Waterford United 4 Wexford Youths 4
Dean George struck the last-gasp equaliser, latching on to Conor Sutton's pass following a drop-ball, skipping past a handful of United defenders and dispatching past home 'keeper Matthew Sheehan to grab a share of the points.
It was just desserts for a Wexford side which played really well in patches, only to concede a few soft goals.
Playing up the hill and into the wind, the first-half was always likely to be a struggle for the visitors and they fell behind less than four minutes in.
Dylan McGuire sent a free-kick into Youths' penalty area and Dean Walsh rose highest to finish past Dylan Furlong. Wexford levelled shortly after when Eoin Donnelly was fouled on the edge of the box and Seán Duffy fired the resulting free-kick in off the post.
Youths played well for the next 25 minutes but still fell behind again. This time it was Alan Fitzsimons who finished Tommy Teer's ball to the net.
Things got worse for the visitors when Dean Walsh sent a screamer into the top corner of Furlong's net from outside the penalty area.
With the game in danger of getting away from Wexford, they hit back.
A lovely passing triangle between Eoin Donnelly, David Doyle and Adam Rochford ended with Rochford breaking through one-on-one and slotting past Sheehan.
Facing into the second period playing down-breeze and slope, Youths must have been confident of turning the game around. However, with just two minutes on the clock Walsh completed his hat-trick with another cracking finish.
Wexford pressed and pressed, and then they went to a 3-4-3 formation, bringing on Martin O'Connor and Dean George, who was returning after a collar bone injury. The pressure finally told in the 89th minute when they pulled one back.
It was Vincent Quinlan with the goal, as the 17-year old hit a shot that deflected off a defender and flew into the top corner. All that was left was for George to fire home the leveller in the 94th minute to rescue a point for Youths.
The result, for 24 hours at least, moves Wexford off the bottom of the table ahead of Cobh Ramblers. Next up for Youths is the trip of league leaders Cork City to Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday afternoon.
Wexford Youths: Dylan Furlong; Paul Carton, Conor Sutton (capt.), Owen McCormack, Seán Duffy; Michael Molloy, Vincent Quinlan, Dan Brennan, Eoin Donnelly, Adam Rochford; David Doyle. Subs. - Dean George for McCormack, Martin O'Connor for Carton, also Paul Brennan.
Waterford United: Matthew Sheehan; Dylan Walsh, Dylan McGuire, Roy Butler (capt.), Corey Gallagher; Thomas Teer, Dara Keane, Glenn Waters, Sam Sheppard; Dean Walsh, Alan Fitzsimons. Subs. - Jake Mooney, Shane Russell, Tunmise Sobowale, Conor Dunphy, Hayden Galibert, Ben Palmer, Seán Darcy.