New Ross Celtic ruin Duncannon's hopes
Duncannon's slim hopes of Wexford and District Schoolboys Soccer Under-13 Division 1A title glory took a near-fatal blow as New Ross Celtic smashed nine past them at Ryan's Park on Saturday.
New Ross Celtic 9 - Duncannon 2
The hosts came into the game ahead of Celtic in the table and with the opportunity to get right back into title contention with a win. However, despite leading twice, the visitors consistently caused them problems and ended up running out big winners.
There was no sign whatsoever of what would follow in the second-half as New Ross Celtic edged to a 3-2 lead at the interval. Indeed, after sending out a warning in the fourth minute when Cameron Kenny forced Dean Bookle into a fine save, Duncannon quickly took the lead a minute later.
Brian Cooke took the accolades after his shot deflected off a New Ross defender and wrong-footed Bookle and nestled in the net. Celtic responded well and on three occasions Eryk Borowicz came close to an equaliser.
When the leveller arrived in the 16th minute it also carried an element of luck as Alan Grochowalski's corner was flicked over his own line off the crown of Stephen Clarke's head.
Back came Duncannon and they regained the lead against the run of play when Paudie Barron worked a yard of space on the right-hand side of the box and flashed a shot high to the New Ross net.
If that goal was superb then Borowicz's first was exquisite as he picked up possession on the left, 30 yards out, turned at goal and smashed a stunning shot into the roof of the Duncannon net to make it 2-2.
Grochowalski added his second from the edge of the area just before half-time to give Celtic their first lead but nothing that happened in the opening half suggested the avalanche of goals that would follow for the victors later on.
Craig Bolger scored his side's fourth 13 minutes after the interval after nice play by Matij Stepank, and Borowicz made it 5-2 four minutes later. Even heading into the last ten minutes Duncannon still felt they had a chance and threw men forward searching for a way into the game.
Yet New Ross were on form and scored four times in the last seven minutes. Grochowalski and Borowicz both completed hat-tricks while Rory O'Connor bagged a brace which means Celtic leapfrog Duncannon into fourth in the table.
Star man - Eryk Borowicz (New Ross Celtic): Got three and it could have been more. A constant thorn in the Duncannon side, they simply couldn't deal with the deadly striker.
New Ross Celtic: Dean Bookle; Michael Griffin, Aaron Kinsella, Jamie Malone (capt.), Ciarán Murtagh; Matij Stepank, Rory O'Connor, Alan Grochowalski, Michael Bradley; Craig Bolger, Eryk Borowicz. Sub. - Daniel Kuda for Bradley (43).
Duncannon: Rory Lynch; Darragh McPhillips, Keelan Foley, Ben Furlong, Alfie Eite; Brian Cooke, Stephen Clarke, Sam Wallace, Tomás Barron (capt.); Cameron Kenny, Calum Cullen. Subs. - Paudie Barron for Clarke (13), Colm Fitzgerald for Cullen (16), Mark Whitty for Kenny (16), Josh Keating for Cooke (31), also Finn Burke.
Referee: Peter O'Rourke.