Cabinteely FC 2
Wexford FC 0
It was a gritty, hard fought win for Cabinteely U19s today in Ballycorus over what will no doubt be a disappointed Wexford’s Youth side in the SSE Airtricity League Southern Division.
In a match that featured few moments of individual brilliance, Cabinteely’s No. 10 Andy Byrne proved to be the difference between the sides.
The majority of the match was fought in scrappy fashion between either sides central midfielders, Cabinteely’s Dylan Bermingham and Wexford captain, Ethan Vickers impressed the most with their constant breaking up of play and excellent distribution.
Cabinteely settled into the game quickest, dominating possession in the early stages but unable to break down the stout Wexford defence.
As the game wore on, Wexford grew into the game and had the majority of the chances, a crucial free header in the Cabinteely box flying agonizingly wide. Throughout the first half, Wexford squandered chance after chance while Cabinteely were ruthlessly efficient with Andy Byrne heading home from close range in their first clear cut chance of the game.
Wexford’s full backs, Stephen Kearns and Torik Adegowe were a constant outlet for the side and impressed with their directness and pace down the flanks. The second half began as the first finished, Wexford threatening the back four with striker Kieran Murphy cracking a thunderous shot off the upright.
This would prove to be the best chance they would have in a half that was scrappy and devoid of much quality from either side.
As the game drew towards its conclusion, Wexford forced more men forward which left space for Cabinteely’s hard working and strong substitute Jem Campion who capitalized on this space by creating an opportunity that ended with Cabinteely’s second goal.
After a sequence of blocks and saves, it frustratingly went in as an own goal from Wexford’s previously stellar goalkeeper Calum Feeney.
Overall, a performance to happy with for Cabinteely as they won without needing to dominate the game and capitalized on every possibility Wexford provided for them.
Wexford will head home feeling like they left points out there on the pitch but can be happy with the quality of play they showed.