Tuesday 23 January 2018

Late strike breaks Campile hearts

Jason Goodison

Gorey Rangers celebrate after winning the Under-14 Nicky O'Brien Cup
Gorey Rangers celebrate after winning the Under-14 Nicky O'Brien Cup
The beaten finalists from Campile United
Campile's Joe O'Sullivan scores from the spot

The so-called 'beautiful game' dealt out its fair share of devastation for Campile United as a goal two minutes from the end of extra time broke their hearts to the ecstasy of opponents Gorey Rangers.

Gorey Rangers 2 Campile United 1

Rangers, who had already lifted one cup in North End on Sunday, were rejoicing again after a gutsy performance propelled the North-Wexford side to the Under-14 Nicky O'Brien cup.

It was obvious from early on that confidence was oozing from the Showgrounds side who had conceded just one goal on the way to the final and their bright start was rewarded when Matthew Healy's cross was blasted into the top of the net by Darragh Levingston.

One may have been forgiven at this stage for thinking that this may be a walk in the park for Rangers who sit unbeaten, atop of the Under 14 Division 1 league but their lower division opposition had different ideas.

Spurred on by solid defensive figures in Neil Ennis, Daryl Parle and Jason Murphy, the Campile team grew into the game, Cian Byrne going close from 20 yards out.

The equaliser then came five minutes before the break, Joe O'Sullivan placed well beyond 'keeper Cian Browne from the spot after a foul on Dylan Whelan.

An end to end encounter developed after the restart, with man of the match Byrne terrorising the Rangers backline of Shane Gibson, Sean O'Brien-Murphy, Ryan Connolly and Jason Bolger.

Byrne went close twice, testing Browne at his near post before pummelling the crossbar from a free-kick.

Gorey weren't without their share of the chances in the second 35 either, with Levingston and Aaron Whelan both seeing their efforts flash wide of the frame.

After a game which was shaded by the Ballykerogue side, Gorey Rangers fitness levels began to show as they started to dominate in the first period of extra time.

Andrew Mulvey-Mescall was in the thick of the action, testing Ryan Rowe twice before drilling an unstoppable 25 yard shot inches to the left and agonisingly wide of the post.

Going into the second period of extra-time, there was always likely to be one good chance for one of the sides to prevent the lottery that is the penalty shoot-out. But, it wasn't until the penultimate minute of the game that that chance arrived.

Breaking from defence, Mulvey-Mescall found himself clean through on goal before unselfishly squaring the ball to teammate Oisin Woolmington who was left with the simplest job of tapping into an open net and breaking Campile hearts in the process.

GOREY RANGERS: Cian Browne; Sean O'Brien-Murphy, Jason Bolger, Ryan Connolly, Shane Gibson; Oisin Woolmington, Luke Green, Darragh Levingston (capt.), Matthew Healy; Ross Proudfoot, Aaron Whelan. Subs (Rolling): Andrew Mulvey-Mescall, Cian Herbage, Paul Gibson, Joe Curtis. Not Used: Conor Kinsella.

CAMPILE UNITED: Ryan Rowe (joint capt.); Neil Ennis, Daryl Parle, Jason Murphy, Conor Foley; Danny Nolan, Joe O'Sullivan (joint capt.), Dylan Whelan, Kevin Wallace; Cian Byrne, Matthew Foley. Subs: James Murphy, Calvin Donovan-O'Rourke, Josh Shannon, Ryan Mylett.

REFEREE: Jimmy O'Neill.

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