U-19s bounce back in style
Clearcut success in derby
Wexford Youths turned on the style in their first home game of the season in the SSE Airtricity League Under-19 southern section as they brushed aside Waterford United in Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday.
Wexford Youths 3 Waterford United 0
In the end there was three goals between the sides but it could have been double that as Youths continued to show their superiority to their south-east rivals right through the club at this moment in time.
Coming into the game off a disappointing opening loss away to Bray, Youths were determined not to put back-to-back defeats together. Understandably, the start was a little nervy as the sides felt each other out, but Wexford soon settled.
Only a great tackle by Tunmise Sobowale stopped Dean George getting in on goal in the 12th minute, but Craig Hayes did break in behind the visiting defence moments later and forced the impressive Irish Youths international, Gorey resident Corey Chambers, into an excellent save.
However, there was nothing the Waterford stopper could do to deny George in the 20th minute when he broke onto a mistake by Sobowale, ran in on goal and slotted low to the rigging to open the scoring for the hosts.
Youths had a team full of fantastic performers but Dan Brennan stood head and shoulders above everyone in midfield. He started the move that saw Ivan Meegan break away on the left and brilliantly cross for Hayes, but the attacker slashed his shot over the crossbar.
A couple of loose passes in defence were all the Wexford backs had to worry about in the opening half. Both times the tricky Jake Mooney almost took advantage, but Adam Dunbar was always composed and alert between the sticks.
Eoin Donnelly had the ball in the net after a Chambers save from a Hayes shot fell to him, only to see the linesman's flag up. George then sent Meegan away but the winger chipped narrowly over Chambers' crossbar.
Somehow just one up at the interval, Youths went close 21 seconds after half-time when Seán Duffy got in on the left and forced Chambers to save again. However, his opposite number, Dunbar, also made a fine stop from Dean Walsh a minute later.
Waterford had a couple of sighters that Dunbar dealt with but as the second-half wore on, and the visitors threw men forward, Wexford created more and more chances.
George mis-hit when cutting in from the left in the 61st minute before the hosts went even closer. Hayes headed a corner onto the post while in the next attack Meegan and George forced Chambers into a stunning double-save.
Finally, with ten minutes remaining, Wexford got the second their play deserved. Paul Brennan won the ball in midfield and released Donnelly on the right. He in turn got Hayes away and the rangy striker beat Chambers with a powerful low strike.
Frustration over, Hayes made it 3-0 four minutes from time when heading Dan Brennan's chipped cross to the right-corner of the net. Next up for Billy Molloy's side is a trip to Cork City on April 2.
Wexford Youths: Adam Dunbar (capt.); Martin O'Connor, Eoin McCormack, Conor Sutton, Seán Duffy; Paul Brennan, Dan Brennan; Eoin Donnelly, Dean George, Ivan Meegan; Craig Hayes. Subs. - Stephen Hempenstall for George (84), Eric Quinn for Donnelly (84), Adam Rochford for Hayes (86), Chris Phelan for D. Brennan (87), Paul Carton for O'Connor (90), also Eoin McDonald, Dylan Furlong.
Waterford United: Corey Chambers; Dylan Walsh, Roy Butler (capt.), Tunmise Sobowale, Emmet Coakley; Glenn Waters, Dara Keane; Jake Mooney, Dean Walsh, Sam Sheppard; Eoin Porter. Subs. - Alan Fitzsimons for Sheppard (63), Luke Doherty for Dean Walsh (86), Fawaz Ishola for Mooney (86), also Valdrin Fazliu, Matthew Sheehan.
Referee: Brian Fenlon.