Sunday 21 January 2018

Ramblers hold U19 side

Jason Goodison

Team captain Conor Sutton (right) who is likely to feature on the first team squad for the Leinster Senior Cup tonight (Tuesday)
Team captain Conor Sutton (right) who is likely to feature on the first team squad for the Leinster Senior Cup tonight (Tuesday)

Wexford Youths were made settle for a draw as they were pegged back from leading positions twice by Cobh Ramblers during their League of Ireland Under-19 Southern Elite Division game in Ferrycarrig Park on Wednesday.

Wexford Youths 2 Cobh Ramblers 2

The home club, who led twice, missed out on a great opportunity to move into fourth place in the table. In an extremely quiet opening half, void of clear opportunities, Wexford proved the more clinical side, scoring one of the few chances created after a piece of good fortune.

Dean George pounced on Daniel Brennan's ball, found a yard of space on the edge of the box and let fly. The strike took a wicked deflection and wrong-footed goalkeeper Andrew Kingston in the process.

The goal had come after Youths' first real period of pressure. Paul Brennan's cross into the danger area needed a solid clearance for a corner and from the resulting setpiece Kingston did well to deny Owen McCormack.

At the other end a looping Timmy Foley header, easily saved by Dylan Furlong, was the closest the away side came to a goal.

The game exploded into life after the interval as Cobh had the ball in the net just moments after the re-start. A goal-line scramble was emphatically finished when Jakub Buris found Foley unmarked two yards out.

However, Ramblers could only enjoy their new-found equality for five minutes, as George caught out defender Theo Gibbons dallying on the ball in his own penalty area before finishing expertly into the top left corner, restoring Wexford's lead.

Youths went close to extending their advantage through Neil Murphy and Conor Sutton, but there was one last sting in the tail in Ferrycarrig. In the 78th minute, substitute Ciarán Hanafin cut into the penalty area from the left wing before going down under a challenge from Martin O'Connor and earning his side a spot kick, which Chris Coleman struck powerfully to the left and home.

The home side dominated a high-octane closing ten minutes but could not find a winner. Eric Quinn and Seán Duffy both went close before Sutton spurned the final opportunity.

The ambitious centre-back found himself in the opposition penalty area with just Kingston to beat, but with the last kick of the game he side-footed inches wide to guarantee the travelling side a hard-earned point.

Wexford Youths: Dylan Furlong; Martin O'Connor, Paul Brennan, Conor Sutton (capt.), Owen McCormack; Neil Murphy, Ivan Meegan, Daniel Brennan, Eoin Donnelly, Eric Quinn; Dean George. Subs. - Adam Rochford for George, inj. (63), Seán Duffy for Meegan (69), Eoin McDonald for Brennan (75), Craig Hynes for Donnelly (78), Paul Carton for Quinn (87), also Vincent Quinlan, Adam Dunbar.

Cobh Ramblers: Andrew Kingston; Matt Murray, Kyle McNamara, Theo Gibbons, Ben O'Riordan (capt.); Seán Cooke, Jakub Buris, David O'Gorman, Chris Coleman, Stuart Murphy; Timmy Foley. Subs. - David Grant-O'Sullivan for Buris (62), Ciarán Hanafin for Gibbons (67), Cian McCarthy for O'Gorman (87), also Killian Murphy, Cal Sheehy, Ryan McCarthy.

Referee: Marc Kelly (Wexford).

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