Thursday 29 January 2015

Basketball Champions

Congratulations to our Basketball team who won the Wexford Schools Championship against locals rivals St. Peter's.
On Friday 23rd Jan.our U.16's faced St.Peters in the scholls final. The starting team was Kean Kehoe, Isaac Doyle, Eoghan Mahon, Abdul Wahab and Angelo Miculescu. Replacements included Sean Reck, Sean Beale, Dylan Kavanagh, Shane Jordan and Andy Womprachan.
The first and second quarters were controlled by Mr. Francis' side, however St. Peters rallied in the third and the final quarter went down to the wire, as only four points seperated the teams in the end. The team were given their medals and MVP went to Bokerboys captain Angelo Miculescu, who raised the cup aloft.

U.15's Soccer Champions

U-15 Wicklow-Wexford Schools League Final
Result : Wexford CBS 2-2 Arklow CBS a.e.t
Wexford win 5-4 on penalties.

A Thrilling U-15 Schools Final concluded Wednesday with Wexford CBS lifting the U-15 Wicklow-Wexford Perpetual Cup, after a dramatic penalty shootout win.
Arklow had taken a 1-0 lead early in the second half but Wexford fought back bravely to level through Leon Nolan and maybe could have won it in normal time on the balance of play. The Wexford boys took a 2-1 lead in the second half of extra-time when Todd Hynes fired what looked like the winner to the bottom corner, but Arklow replied almost instantly to level it up again and send the game to penalties.
Wexford’s penalty takers made no mistake as all five dispatched their spot kicks confidently, Shane Bergin converting the decisive kick after Arklow’s miss.
Team; Luke Moloney, Reece Murphy, Cian Foley(Capt), Kallum Broaders, Tre Long, Justin Butler, Gary Hall-Roche, Ciaran Carthy, Shane Bergin, Leon Nolan, Todd Hynes.
Substitutions; Gary Carroll for Tre Long, Scott Keeling for Ciaran Carthy.
Also Cian Whelan, Jamie Dawson, Ryan Lynch, Dylan French, Shane O’Neill, Jack Byrne, David Harte, Liam Godkin.

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Senior Soccer Champions

Brave Bokerboys Battle for Brilliant win

On Friday 16th of January Wexford CBS faced Presentation College Bray in the decider of the Senior Wicklow/Wexford schools league on a sunny day in Arklow. Forced into a change in the absence of Ryan Byrne at centre back the CBS knew they were in for a battle. The first half was a typically cagey affair between two teams of top quality. The football on display was a joy to behold. Darragh Rossiter almost gave the CBS an early lead as he hit a curling effort just over the bar from a freekick just outside the box. There was very little difference between the two teams and for the first half the ball did not often leave the centre of the field as both defences were on top, Lar Stoutt was leading by example in the heart of the Wexford defence alongside Alex Bergin who was dominant in the air. Eoin MacDonald gained control of the ball in the middle of the field and took on and beat 3 Bray defenders before squaring a cross to Shane McGrath his effort was well blocked by a Bray defender and the ball went out for a corner. Mikey Lawlor whipped in a cross but unfortunately couldn’t find a CBS player Pres Bray broke quickly playing a ball towards their left winger, who exploded into life turning Lee Busher and bursting down the line leaving CBS defenders in his wake before firing an effort goal-wards only to see it saved by the outstanding Adam Dempsey to keep the sides level. The remainder of the first half offered no goals but a display to be proud of from two teams giving their all in a fierce match, tackles and blocks being thrown in all over the field and chances hard to come by, Jessie Farrell was at the heart of everything good for the CBS as he dropped deep from his forward position and looked to create chances and played a delightful ball into the path of Shane McGrath who unfortunately saw his effort well blocked. Half time and no goals to show for either side but 2 yellow cards for Bray and one for Wexford.
In the second half a Pres Bray began to really get on top in the game pressing high up and hard on the CBS who had to defend resolutely to keep their opponents at bay with Darragh Rossiter in particular, giving an outstanding display in defence. Presentation Bray took the lead ten minutes into the second half forcing home a scrappy goal from close range after Adam Dempsey had made a great save, this was soon followed up by an effort from the edge of the box which rebounded off the bar, Wexford were living dangerously and were fortunate to only be down by one goal. The CBS had to make a change and indeed they did now operating in a 3-5-2 formation with the energetic Darragh Rossiter and inventive Alex Bergin joining the midfield and Gary Cullen moving to centre half. CBS were now in the driving seat throwing all they had forward in a remarkable final, Mikey Lawlor forced the Bray keeper into a fine save with an effort from the right wing after good play from Jessie Farrell and Eoin MacDonald played him into space. Farrell himself soon saw an effort hit the side netting. CBS were pushing but running out of time Dylan Dixon did manage to find the net with 15 minutes to go, however saw his effort ruled out for a marginal offside decision. With 12 minutes remaining the CBS pressure paid off Jessie Farrell and Eoin MacDonald combined well with a neat one two MacDonald rounded one more defender before placing a curled effort towards the far corner of the net, Pres Bray’s keeper again produced a save but Dylan Dixon was in the right place as he instinctively ghosted in behind the defence to tap home the rebound 1-1 and the initiative firmly now in the hands of the Bokerboys. However to their credit Pres Bray responded well and dug deep as the game now ebbed and flowed from end to end with either team likely to win, cruelly for Pres Bray they surely thought they had done enough with just 5 minutes to go as they had a goal ruled out for offside after a goalmouth scramble, one minute later their centre forward was played in on goal but Gary Cullen emerged from nowhere to make an incredible sliding tackle winning the ball and starting another Wexford attack as he played it to Lee Busher at right back. The CBS drove at their opponents again and some excellent play from substitute Emmet Ryan down the right hand side found Farrell with a ball to feet, Jessie played an attempted one two and managed to get on the end of the ball again inside the box and made no mistake as he prodded home to give the CBS a lead with only moments remaining. The CBS soaked up any remaining pressure to see out the victory, a fantastic victory for the Bokerboys after a performance to be proud of, their first at senior level since 2011, they will now face Marian College, Ballsbridge Dublin in the ¼ final of the Leinster Champions league. The CBS were worthy winners after an excellent contest but in truth either team would have been, best on the day for the Bokerboys in an incredible team performance in which they displayed real heart and determination were: Lar Stoutt, Darragh Rossiter, match winner Jessie Farrell and keeper Adam Dempsey. This will hopefully be one of many titles won in the school this year as both the under 15 and 17 sides have qualified for the final of their leagues also with the under 15s due to play Arklow CBS in Wexford Youths grounds on Wednesday 28/1/2015 and the 17s facing St.Brendan’s Bray the following week in Arklow.

Wexford CBS: Adam Dempsey (Wexford Albion),Lee Busher (Wexford Youths), Lar Stoutt (North End), Alex Bergin (Wexford Bohs), Darragh Rossiter (Forth Celtic), Mikey Lawlor (North End),  Eoin MacDonald (Wexford Youths), John Hamilton (Forth Celtic), Cian Doyle (Wexford Celtic)  Jessie Farrell (North End), Shane McGrath (Wexford Bohs) Subs: Dylan Dixon (Blackwater) for McGrath,  Gary Cullen (North End) for Hamilton, Emmett Ryan (North End) for Lawler, Emmet Sinnott (North Ebd) for Bergin, also: Dylan Bolger (North End), Shaun Donoghue, Liam Rockett (Curracloe Utd.), Extended Panel; Aaron Goodison(Wexford Bohs), Tony Crosbie (North End), Rob Donnelly (Blackwater), Padraic Rossiter (Forth Celtic), Ryan Byrne (Wexford Bohs), Dave Tormey 

Senior Soccer


Wexford CBS faced reigning champions St. Brendan’s of Bray in the semi-final of the senior Wicklow/Wexford league and emerged victorious after an emphatic display. The Bokerboys were a class above their opponents who were weakened by the loss of 3 players, suspended after a feud erupted after their ¼ final victory. That however was not the fault of the Wexford boys and they produced a display of discipline, determination and pure class as they swept aside their opponents to book a final place.
CBS fired a warning shot early on; the lively Cian Doyle was taken down just outside of the box in a dangerous position. The imperative Darragh Rossiter stepped up and rattled an effort off the crossbar; a hesitant Brendan’s side cleared the danger. Wexford established supremacy early on and were controlling the game with Jessie Farrell dropping deep from up front to grab possession and drive the CBS forward at every opportunity. Brendan’s were hanging on from an early stage. Wexford CBS were dealt a blow early on as they lost influential midfielder Eoin MacDonald to injury inside the opening ten minutes. However the Wicklow side almost took an unlikely lead, a refereeing indecision almost proving invaluable to them, Ryan Byrne played a ball back towards Adam Dempsey in the goal for the CBS which was almost intercepted by the touch of a Brendan’s attacker. Dempsey claimed possession but somehow the referee missed the Brendan’s touch and awarded an indirect free for a “backpass”. St. Brendan’s almost capitalised taking a quick free and smacking an effort off the underside of the bar, a shot so powerful it almost moved the goalposts. The CBS were looking a little shaky for the next five minutes but soon again took control. Shane McGrath and Jessie Farrell combined well up front with some neat link up play, McGrath receiving the ball after Cian Doyle ghosted past two players on the wing, he knocked it back to Farrell, Jessie switched the ball towards Mikey Lawlor on the right wing who knocked in a cross/shot (cross according to anyone other than Mikey of course) which looped over the helpless keeper into the far top corner to give Wexford a deserved lead 1-0. Wexford pressed high up on their opponents and faced no real threat for the remainder of the first half. Jessie Farrell doubled the lead for the Bokerboys with ten minutes remaining in the first half Mikey Lawlor picked out his impeccably timed run with a precise cross-field pass, Jessie controlled beautifully before unleashing a ferocious volley to the top corner from just inside the box. 2-0 at half time with Wexford in total control.
The second half saw a resumption of Wexford dominance with Shane McGrath smashing a header off the inside of the post, poor Shane is getting in all of the right positions lately but just can’t seem to find any luck in front of goal. Brendan’s did lift their game a little attempting to get back into the game, winning a corner after some good shadowing from Lee Busher from their left winger and he blocked a cross out for a corner. Brendan’s most impressive player by far their young centre forward saw a well won header deflected by Captain fantastic Lar Stoutt off the post stopping a sure goal at a time which would’ve really boosted the Bray side. Soon it was 3-0 Jessie Farrell again involved linking up well with Alex Bergin and Lawlor before switching to the lightning quick Cian Doyle who ran from inside from the left wing and finished to make it 3. Farrell was the real star of the show for an outstanding performance from the CBS and almost made it 4 (the tonk) in spectacular fashion Alex Bergin found him with a neat pass, Jessie turned and fired an effort from 25 yards which beat the keeper but unfortunately not the crossbar as it rattled off its underside and the ball was scrambled away. Farrell soon got a deserved second goal collecting a through ball from Bergin ghosting past two defenders and making no mistake in a one-on-one position opting to neatly stroke an effort towards the near post, 4-0. Brendan’s in a rare breakaway played a ball over the top from their own half and substitute right winger beat keeper Adam Dempsey to the ball and chipped home to make it 4-1. They almost added another immediately after with the exact same move but Ryan Byrne recovered and managed to clear the effort off the line.  Dylan Dixon added a 5th for the Bokerboys after 80 minutes tapping in the rebound of a parried effort from Emmet Ryan. Darragh Rossiter had a goal disallowed for an unlikely looking “offside” decision just 2 minutes later. The final whistle was blown and Wexford emerged victorious now looking forward to a final meeting with Pres Bray after an outstanding team performance. Best on the day for the CBS were Alex Bergin at the heart of everything in midfield, lion-heart captain Lar Stoutt at the back and Jessie Farrell who on the day was phenomenal.
Wexford CBS: Adam Dempsey (Wexford Albion),Lee Busher (Wexford Youths), Lar Stoutt (North End), Ryan Byrne (Wexford Bohs), Darragh Rossiter (Forth Celtic), Mikey Lawlor (North End),  Eoin MacDonald (Wexford Youths), John Hamilton (Forth Celtic), Cian Doyle (Wexford Celtic)  Jessie Farrell (North End), Shane McGrath (Wexford Bohs) Subs: Alex Bergin (Wexford Bohs) for McDonald,  Dylan Dixon (Blackwater) for McGrath,  Gary Cullen (North End) for Hamilton, Emmett Ryan (North End) for Farrell, Emmet Sinnott (North End) for Busher, Shaun Donoghue for Lawlor, Liam Rockett (Curracloe Utd.) for Doyle, Aaron Goodison(Wexford Bohs) for Byrne,

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Inter Schools Showjumping

Wexford Equestrian are organising their annual Inter School Showjumping, any pupils interested can apply to Mrs. Barry for inclusion.

U.15 Soccer

Wexford C.B.S... 5   CCA Kilcoole...0
The U-15 soccer squad booked their final spot on Friday 16th
Goals: Leon Nolan (2), Kallum Broaders, Todd Hynes, Scott Keeling.
Team: Luke Moloney, Reece Murphy, Cian Foley, Kallum Broaders, Tre Long, Justin Butler, Gary Hall-Roche, Ciaran Carthy, Leon Nolan, Shane Bergin, Todd Hynes.       

 Subs: Gary Carroll, Scott Keeling, Cian Whelan, Liam Godkin, Josh Kavanagh, Shane O’Neill, Dylan French, Ryan Lynch, David Harte, Jamie Dawson, Jack Byrne.

Friday 16 January 2015

Positive Affirmations

Work Ethic
Urii Sanin, Lee Somers, Jack Webster, Kallum Broaders, Gary Carroll, Paul Lohier, Lukas Zillionis, Ciaran Bridson, Cian Foley, Kian McCormack, Daniel Tsapchuk, Ryan Healy, George Gould.

Cycle Against Suicide Conference

CBS students, alongside members of the CBS Wexford Cycling Club attended another successful Cycle Against Suicide 2015 Congress, held in the RDS, Dublin. This is the third year running and students from around the island of Ireland joined forces to help promote positive mental help under the 2014-2015 umbrella theme, Appreciate Your Mind.
Speakers, such as Conor Cusack, Seamus Hennessey, Ellie McNamara, Alan Quinlan and Bressie were courageous and insightful as the discussed the barriers young people face whilst dealing with mental illnesses. They shared their own experiences and were open to showing vulnerability, highlighting for us all the importance of our own uniqueness.
Bressie offered up a series of steps, that we all could do with following:
1. Stop judging others
2. Show self compassion
3. Before you get out of bed, before you start your day, list 30 things you are grateful for.
4. Show gratitude
Throughout the day schools from around Ireland show-cased their on-going work and enthusiasm for continually helping to convey the message that 'It's okay not to feel okay, and it's absolutely okay to ask for help.' The CBS Wexford students played their unique roll, and on stage performed their Human Bicycle which they had previously taken around Wexford Town promoting positive mental health awareness.
Sonia O'Sullivan showed true humility, as Jim Breen described it, when sharing with us her sporting journey, both through the highs and the lows. She clearly illustrated a drive for winning, whilst acknowledging that not being number one is doesn't mean you have not succeeded.
The day was rounded up by a remarkable set of speakers, Mark Pollock and his fiance Simone George who described their recent challenge of finding a cure for paralysis, as a direct result of Mark's back being broken in an accident a few years previously. Mark Pollack turned blind at the age of 20 & yet his charisma and willingness to live and achieve the impossible is infectious. Their story helped send all of us away on a positive and optimistic note.
The Cycle Against Suicide 2015 journey begins in Belfast on the Monday 27th April 2015, travelling through the Midlands this year, and returns to Dublin on Sunday 10th May 2015.
Please see for further details.
"Together we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland.'
Many thanks to all of those who have gotten involved, and continue to be involved. Your support is very welcome."

Wednesday 7 January 2015

U.17 Soccer Leinster Shield

Wexford CBS 1 – 0            Tallaght C.S
Bokerboys ensure home ¼ final fixture
Wexford CBS continued their impressive season with a hard fought but deserved victory over Tallaght Community School in Wexford Celtic. After enjoying a free-flowing open game in the previous round, the Bokerboys saw an entirely different side to Tallaght in this game as their opponents were very well organised and a much more resilient outfit. This game was a real battle throughout and the opening 20 minutes was pretty much a constant battle for supremacy taking place in the middle of the field. After 15 minutes Wexford almost opened the scoring, Lee Busher gathered possession on the right flank took on and beat two players before lobbing in a cross which almost caught the keeper unawares but he managed to get a hand to it at the last second and put it out for a corner. Tallaght responded well and gradually began to exert more pressure on the CBS aided by a strong wind. A defensive mix up between Jason Nolan and keeper Adam Dempsey played in their nippy centre forward into a one on one position he fired an effort goalwards but Adam Dempsey produced a marvellous save to keep the scores level. Chances were few and far between in this game with the ball being worked well by both sides however when either team got forward, both defences coped admirably in a game were the defence was well and truly on top. Liam Rockett and TJ Cousins up front for the CBS were finding it difficult to find any space whatsoever as their opponents sat deep and packed their midfield. Aaron McGuire was having an excellent game and was involved in a fine move combing with Gary Cullen and Liam Rockett before playing a neat pass into the path of Luke O’Neill into an excellent position but the ref called a marginal offside. Tallaght upped their tempo towards the end of the half and piled forward but excellent defending by the entire CBS backline ensured they were allowed no efforts on goal.
The second half began in a different manner; the home side really took the game to their opponents, Tallaght however defended well Cormac Byrne and Gary Cullen were beginning to win the midfield battle. This was proving to be a tight contest and in truth the first team to score would always be the team to win. Thankfully it was the CBS who managed to break the deadlock with an excellent goal, Aaron McGuire picked up possession in his own half and carried it forward before releasing an exquisite defence splitting pass into the path of Lee Busher who beat one player before rifling an effort to the roof of the net leaving the keeper with no chance. As the game wore on the CBS exerted control over the remainder, Tallaght C.S poured everything they had forward including their keeper for a corner but it was to no avail as the CBS defence was in no mood to concede on the day, Matthew Creane almost added another just before the finish, the final whistle blew and the Bokerboys were jubilant after a hard-fought victory. Another impressive performance for the Bokerboys and an important win the boys will now meet Arklow CBS in the ¼ final at home after the Christmas holidays. The games will only get tougher from here on out but if this team can at least maintain the level of performance shown so far, or even look to improve upon it they stand every chance of going to whole way. Best on the day for the CBS were Aaron McGuire, Ryan Byrne and man of the match Lee Busher.

Wexford CBS: Adam Dempsey (Wexford Albion), Aaron McGuire (North End), Jason Nolan (North End), Ryan Byrne (Wexford Bohs), Craig Kelly (Wexford Bohs), Lee Busher(Wexford Youths), Cormac Byrne(North End), Gary Cullen (North End), Luke O’Neill (Wexford Albion), Liam Rockett (Curracloe), T.J Cousins (Wexford Albion) Subs: Matthew Creane (Wexford Bohs) for Cousins, Jamie Thomas (Wexford Albion) for O’Neill, Adam Carroll (Wexford Albion) for Rockett, Dylan O’Regan(Wexford Albion) for Cullen, Dion Murphy (Wexford Albion) for Kelly

U.17 Soccer Leinster Shield

Wexford CBS 8 – 2            St.Aidans C.S Tallaght
Wexford CBS progress in style
Wexford CBS advanced to the second round of the Leinster shield in serious style at Wexford Celtic defeating Robbie Keane’s former school by a huge margin. In truth it was the away side that started stronger as their central midfield really got on top in this game and moved the ball about well, they did lack a cutting edge up front as the Bokerboys defended comfortably enough Ryan Byrne leading the line at centre half alongside Jason Nolan who kept their opponents at bay. CBS took the lead from their first real attack after 10 minutes Adam Carrol linked up well with Gary Cullen before finding a neat finish to beat the away keeper. The away side rallied and enjoyed a lot of possession without ever really threatening. The Bokerboys doubled their lead midway through the first half Gary Cullen found Luke O’Neill with a defence splitting pass on the right wing and his cross was met powerfully by T.J Cousins who found the top corner to double the lead. The CBS were now well on top and it was soon 3-0 Gary Cullen combined well with Cousins with a neat one two before playing it to Adam Carroll who found Cousins again with an angled pass Cousins was surrounded in the box but finished it with an exceptional strike to find the top corner with a curling effort. The Bokerboys almost were caught napping as a defensive mix up gave the ball back to Adam Dempsey and he scuffed his clearance into the path of an attacker who was only yards from goal he instinctively struck an effort only to be astounded by the world class save produced by Dempsey to redeem himself after a mistake. Half time 3-0.
In the second half the CBS having learned from their encounter against Bridgetown came out and really took the game to St.Aidans T.J Cousins completed his hat-trick within minutes following a fine team move. The Bokerboys began to ring the changes but the goals didn’t stop coming Dylan O’Regan was introduced and his first action was to gain possession out wide from the box before curling in a beautiful cross to Cousins who scored his 4th 5-0. O’Reagan himself added a 6th making a fool of the keeper with a fantastic turn of the ball before tapping into an empty net. St.Aidans did manage to pull one back through their impressive central midfielder. O’Regan again was involved as the Bokerboys added a 7th playing in fellow sub Jamie Thomas who left his opposing defenders for dead before letting rip and firing a shot to the roof of the net leaving the keeper with no chance. St.Aidans broke and added another to make it 7-2 as the game wound down. Dylan O’Regan was taken down in the box in the dying minutes and captain Gary Cullen stepped up to calmly slot home a well-deserved goal. The boys progress to the 2nd round in style after the floodgates opened here in this game. An excellent team performance again with a number of subs getting involved and ensuring no drop in the level of performance. This team is really finding their stride now and if they continue to play like this should reap rewards by the end of the season.

Wexford CBS: Adam Dempsey (Wexford Albion), Aaron McGuire (North End), Jason Nolan (North End), Ryan Byrne (Wexford Bohs), Craig Kelly (Wexford Bohs), Lee Busher(Wexford Youths), Cormac Byrne(North End), Gary Cullen (North End), Luke O’Neill (Wexford Albion), Adam Carroll (Wexford Albion), T.J Cousins (Wexford Albion) Subs: Dylan O’Regan(Wexford Albion) for Carroll, Peter Doyle (Wexford Albion) for Cousins, Cathal Kirwan (Wexford Albion) for O’Neill, Ben Butler (Wexford Albion) for Kelly, Alec Lohier (Wex Bohs) for McGuire, Jamie Thomas (Wexford Albion) for Busher

Senior Soccer

Wexford CBS 2 – 5 Palmerstown C.C
Heartbreak for CBS in All-Ireland quest
It was heartbreak for the senior soccer team as they succumbed to their first defeat of the season in the last 16 of the Leinster Senior cup against very good opposition at the Wexford Youths complex. The defeat will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of the team as on the day they outplayed their opponents for large parts of the game especially in the 2nd half but were made to pay a lesson in finishing your chances. The game truly was a joy to be hold for the onlooker as it flowed from end to end straight from the off. The quality of football on show was immense one side would enjoy a dominant spell for a few minutes and then the other side would enjoy a spell. Both sides were looking to move the ball on the ground quickly and managed to do so with real purpose in a very open game of football.
The away side took the lead 10 minutes into first half Wexford CBS gave away a cheap corner and were made to pay as Palmerstowns left winger poked the ball home at the near post from a good delivery. The Bokerboys responded well with Shane McGrath forcing the keeper into a fine save, McGrath linked up well with Jessie Farrell to play in winger Mikey Lawlor who finished to level the scores 1- 1 and game on. The game continued to swing one way then another and soon the Bokerboys found themselves behind again as Palmerstown hit a shot from the left wing which found its way through a CBS defenders legs before hitting the net. Wexford were pressing hard to get level again with the Palmerstown keeper making some impressive saves, the excellent Darragh Rossiter was driving his side on and initiating attacks down the left hand side. The CBS were again punished for sloppy defending with just 3 minutes before the break, this time Tony Crosbie was guilty of holding onto possession too long when he should’ve cleared the danger, Tony was looking around for a pass and lost control to the oncoming Palmerstown striker who persistently pressed him won the ball and continued his run before finishing a well-placed effort to make it 3-1. This was a harsh lesson for the Bokerboys who were missing regular centre back Ryan Byrne who was out through illness. There was time again for another attack from the Bokerboys Mikey Lawlor winning a corner. From the resulting corner Eoin MacDonald rose highest but saw his effort crash off the underside of the crossbar. Half time 3-1.
The second half saw the Bokerboys come out with real purpose and renewed vigour as they completely dominated their opponents for the opening ten minutes. During this time Shane McGrath managed to round the keeper before firing wide, he again was in the right position moments later but headed over. Jessie Farrell was played in but was met by an outstanding save from the away keeper. McGrath had another headed effort go just over the bar but really he should’ve hit the target. The CBS were giving all they had looking to get back into the game and soon their hearts were broken. On their first attack of the 2nd half after weathering a CBS storm Palmerstown added a 4th Tony Crosbie received possession from Darragh Rossiter who won a tackle at left back Tony played a pass across to Emmet Sinnott who was fouled with a nasty two footed challenge which went unpunished from the referee the ball broke into the path of their left winger who completed his hat-trick with a first time effort to make it 4-1 totally against the run of play and the home side left aggrieved with the referee. The Bokerboys introduced some changes and attempted to get back into the game. Mikey Lawlor reduced the scoreline to 4-2 with his 2nd goal with 20 minutes remaining and what a goal it was, truly an effort Cristiano Ronaldo would be proud of as he unleashed a ferocious effort from 35 yards out which left the keeper with no chance as it flew into the top corner almost bursting the net in the process. The CBS continued to play with passion and had the better of proceedings as they had changed to a 3-4-3 formation, they were found wanting again at the back as more sloppy defending left a man unmarked and into a one on one position from which he finished well to make it 5-2. CBS continued to play with their hearts upon their chest pushing everything forward but Palmerstown goalkeeper and defence coped admirably as they blocked a number of efforts with Dylan Dixon and Liam Rockett coming close to scoring. The scoreline certainly flattered the victors but the CBS were dealt a harsh lesson in taking chances and in being punished for making mistakes, Dylan Bolger can be proud of his display in goal despite letting in 5 this game could easily have finished 7 goals apiece. Still however they can be proud of their display as they gave their all nonetheless and never gave up during the game despite so many setbacks. The boys can also take pride in getting this far in the competition but know that this game could have finished differently had they ensured things went their way. That is how it is at this level however and next season perhaps we can go a few steps further. Best on the day for CBS were Darragh Rossiter, Eoin MacDonald, Jessie Farrell and Cian Doyle.
Wexford CBS: Dylan Bolger (North End),Emmet Sinnott (North End), Lar Stoutt (North End), Tony Crosbie (North End), Darragh Rossiter (Forth Celtic), Mikey Lawlor (North End),  Eoin MacDonald (Wexford Youths), Cian Doyle (Wexford Celtic), John Hamilton (Forth Celtic), Jessie Farrell (North End), Shane McGrath (Wexford Bohs) Subs: Dylan Dixon (Blackwater) for McGrath, Emmet Ryan (North End) for Crosbie, Shaun Donoghue (Unnatached) for Hamilton, Aaron Goodison(Wexford Bohs) for Sinnott, Liam Rockett (Curracloe) for Farrell

U.17 Soccer

Wexford CBS 3 – 1 Bridgetown V.C
Wexford CBS finished out their group campaign with a win at home to Bridgetown V.C. which ensured top place in the group and thus sees them progress straight to the semi-final where they await the winners of Arklow CBS vs Presentation Bray. In the first half the Bokerboys blew their opponents away playing some truly exceptional football as they completely dominated the game and moved the ball about with ease. After a number of saves were forced by the Birdgetown keeper, Matthew Creane guilty of missing the best of these chances the CBS took the lead in style, a lovely ball played into the box from distance by left back Craig Kelly was knocked down by Luke O’Neill via deft touch into the path of the onrushing Liam Rockett who smacked in a vicious volley which left the away keeper helpless as it sailed into the side of the net 1-0. The home side soon added another after a fine flowing football move with Gary Cullen taking possession outside of the box side-stepping two players before lobbing the keeper from the edge of the box. The CBS were dominating possession and were soon caught napping as Bridgetown hit them on the break playing a fine ball in past the Bokerboys defence over the top and their striker lobbed the outrushing Adam Dempsey to bring the away side into the game. Wexford were guilty of falling asleep Matthew Creane soone redoubled the lead however as he gained possession on the edge of the box, he took on two players before drilling home a low shot past the keeper into the bottom corner 3-1. The half came to a close with the Bokerboys coming close to adding yet another on a few occasions after an exceptional performance.
This was a game of two halves however as the second half saw an entirely different Bridgetown side who really took the game to the CBS with a very direct style of play. They put the lads under serious pressure and some resolute defending was required from centre-halves Ryan Byrne and Jason Nolan with Adam Dempsey comfortably dealing with the long range efforts the boys restricted them to. The CBS could not get a rhythm going at all Dylan Ennis fired over from close range when really he should’ve sored from a rare CBS breakaway but the game was now seeing Bridgetown in need of a result to stay in the competition giving all they had, credit to them for their effort but also to the defence of the Bokerboys who held strong as the game wound down and finished 3-1. A game of two halves for the CBS and a lesson learned about taking things for granted, best on the day for the CBS were the entire team (First Half), Ryan Byrne, Jason Nolan and Matthew Creane.

Wexford CBS: Adam Dempsey (Wexford Albion), Aaron McGuire (North End), Jason Nolan (North End), Ryan Byrne (Wexford Bohs), Craig Kelly (Wexford Bohs), Lee Busher(Wexford Youths),  Cormac Byrne(North End), Gary Cullen (North End), Luke O’Neill (Wexford Albion), Liam Rockett (Curracloe Utd), Matthew Creane (Wexford Bohs) Subs: for Dylan Ennis (North End) for Cullen, Sam O’Neill (Wexford Albion) for L. O’Neill, Adam Carroll (Wexford Albion) for McGuire, Dion Murphy (Wexford Albion) for Busher, Cathal Kirwan (Wexford Albion) for Creane