Coláiste Bhríde Carnew ...0 Wexford CBS...3
As we arrived at the ground, it was evident that the pitch wasn’t quite up to the standards that the team were used to. It was a far cry from the luxury of the Watershed, the pitch they had played on just a few weeks beforehand. With no obvious pitch markings and holes for penalty spots, the team soon realized that they were in for a scrappy affair.
After a very shaky start to the game, with no team on top, Cian Foley’s fantastic goal line clearance seemed to kick the lads into gear. From there they began to truly exert their dominance. No more than 5 minutes later, we were ahead. A fantastic bit of team play was finished off by a tidy finish from Luke O’Neill. Ryan Busher then added to the tally with a tap in from 3 yards, following a great cross from Jamie Thomas.
The home team showed very little signs of retaliation, except for one instance which our centre back Seán Hopkins will want to forget as soon as possible. The Carnew striker nutmegged Seán, and as he tried to recover, the striker nutmegged him again. An embarrassed Seán tried to laugh it off, but it was clear to all those watching that he was truly devastated.
A very blatant penalty claim from us was somehow turned down, with Kallum Broaders being on the receiving end of an awful challenge in the box. The referee, however, saw nothing wrong with the tackle and waved play on. The team were not discouraged however, and soon they made it 3-0. A lovely 1-2 between Jamie Thomas and Luke O’Neill was finished nicely by Jamie. The goal was followed swiftly by another goal from Jamie Thomas, this time a curler from the edge of the box, which hits of the crossbar and goes in. Sweet as a nut *click*.
The final goal for CBS was the pick of the lot. A great cross from Paddy O’Reilly was finished with a thunderbolt of a header from Luke Dowdall. The header is a shoe-in for the Puskas Award in January.
The goal finished off a great overall performance from the lads, which was, despite some dodgy defending, tough to pick holes in.
Man of the Match: Shane Hall
Great defensive performance from Shane, and he is well deserving of the award.
Wexford CBS: Adam Dempsey (Wexford Youths), Kallum Broaders (Wexford Youths), Cian Foley (Wexford Youths), Sean Hopkins (Wexford Celtic), Paddy O’Reilly (Wexford Albion), Shane Hall (Wexford Albion), Sam O’Neill (Wexford Youths), Ryan Busher (Forth Celtic), TJ Cousins (Wexford Albion), Luke O’Neill (Wexford Albion), Jamie Thomas (Wexford Albion), Subs: Dion Murphy (Wexford Albion), Luke Dowdall (Wexford Albion), Matthew Creane (Wexford Albion), Cormac Byrne (Wexford Bohs), Cathal Kirwan (Wexford Albion)
Report by Dylan Breen
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