Curracloe look good as Bree Beaten
Curracloe impressed with a five-goal victory against home side Bree United in the Wexford and District Schoolboys Soccer Under-11 Division 2A on Saturday.
Curracloe United 5 Bree United 0
It was a tremendously sporting game played by two teams intent on playing football the right way. All 33 players got a good run out which doesn't always happen at this level, and the visitors made the most of their resources with five different scorers.
The five goals were a little harsh on Bree who came into the game with a solitary win to their credit this season. They defended well for long spells and tried to counter-attack but came up against an in-form side.
A snap-shot by Bobby Connolly from Tom Garry's cross warmed the hands of Keith Roche in the early exchanges. Curracloe took the lead in the 12th minute when Aaron Howlin played a tantalising ball into the danger area which Cathal Harding and Frankie McGuinness attacked, and it eventually deflected into the net off a Bree defender.
Harding then had a sighter that Roche saved well but there was nothing the talented stopper could do to deny attacker Harding three minutes later when the Curracloe lad finished to the net after a superb move involving Garry and McGuinness.
Howlin and substitute Jack O'Leary both missed the target with strikes as the game moved towards half-time, while the former also saw a low strike well saved by Roche to keep the score at 2-0 at the interval.
Almost a completely different set of players came out for the second-half but it was business as usual for the visitors who stayed on the front foot and tested Roche with a shot from Abi Murphy.
At the other end Lee Duffy broke away on the right wing and brought out a great save from Daniel Ormonde with a shot that was arrowing towards the top right corner of the Curracloe net.
United got their third goal eleven minutes into the period when Luke Roche's corner was collected and smacked to the net by Luke Cullen from the edge of the area.
Cathal Harding and Cullen were involved in the build-up to their side's fourth goal ten minutes from time.
It was the alert Abi Murphy who pounced to score from close range after Roche initially saved an earlier shot.
The visitors wrapped up their fourth win of the season with two minutes to go when Adam Murphy's strike from long range flew into the bottom corner of the Bree net.
Star man - Cathal Harding (Curracloe): On a congested pitch it needed a bit of guile to make the difference and Harding did just that by scoring one and forcing another.
Curracloe United: Daniel Ormonde; Harry Ferrick, Ben Monaghan, Tom Garry; Ciarán Hearne, Luke Roche (capt.), Frankie McGuinness; Bobby Connolly, Aaron Howlin, Cathal Harding. Subs. (rolling) - Adam Murphy, Luke Cullen, Andrew Bolger, Abi Murphy, Brian Donohoe, Ryan Doyle, Jack O'Leary.
Bree United: Keith Roche; Ben Asple, Luke Hynes, Nicky Dempsey (capt.), Brendan Devereux; Conor O'Brien, Keith Keshinka, Scott Doherty; Craig Rossiter, Kieran Furlong. Subs. (rolling) - Finlay Crampton, Lee Duffy, Lochlann Mechan, Adam Murphy, Zac Levingston, Daniel Cullen.
Referee: Niall Whelan.