Monday 19 August 2019

Pat's pay penalty

WEXFORD YOUTHS snatched the penalty shoot-out to send Carlow side St. Patrick's Boys packing after what was a thrilling Leinster Youths first round clash at Ferrycarrig Park.

The game may have failed to produce goals but the quality of football was exceptional from both sides and really it was some excellent individual displays that really caught the eye.

St. Pat's 'keeper Abi Adegore was exceptional, producing a string of outstanding saves in each half to keep his goal intact, while 15-yearold Evan Carroll, playing in the centre-back role, belied his tender age with a quality defensive display, showing fine positional sense, good first touch, and accurate passinge, which contributed so much to keeping his side in the game through normal time and extra-time.

Wexford Youths for their part contributed some excellent attacking football. Dale Galway was an outstanding attacking right full, while Gary Delaney showed his class at centre-back.

Eric Banville and Donal Shanley were exceptional in midfield, with Aaron Kinsella showing some great attacking qualities down the left flank.

This was a game that took off from the opening minutes. First it was Wexford Youths who laid siege to the visitors' goal, with Timmy Dwyer bringing the best out of visiting 'keeper Adegore after just five minutes with an excellent shot.

That was to be the pattern for much of the first-half, with 'keeper Adegore also going on to deny Ben Duffy and Aaron Kinsella, but St. Patrick's also had their attacking moments.

Twenty minutes in a cracking leftfoot shot from Owen Lowry forced Brendan O'Callaghan into a fine save, while Keith Curran and Dean Lewis also went close with efforts, leaving the sides to go in 0-0 at the interval after an excellent opening 45 minutes.

Five minutes into the second-half, Timmy Dwyer was denied by 'keeper Adegore, while at the opposite end it was the safe hands of 'keeper O'Callaghan that kept out an Owen Lowry effort.

With both sides opting for attacking football, it was no surprise that the respective 'keepers were constantly in the thick of the action, but with the front players unable to find a way through the game ended 0-0, forcing extra-time.

As extra-time wore on, both sides began to tire, but Wexford Youths were handed a chance of snatching a dramatic winner two minutes from the end of the second period.

After Timmy Dwyer had been brought down, referee Damien Donovan had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. However, to the dismay of home supporters, Dwyer blazed the resulting spot kick high over the bar, leading to the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

Wexford Youths kept their nerve, leading 4-3, with Aaron Kinsella clinching his side's place in the second round draw by neatly tucking away their fifth attempt, to bring to an end a night of real drama from two excellent sides.