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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Doyle inspires Bohs success

Published 18/03/2014 | 05:30

TWO second-half goals helped Wexford Bohemians to clinch a place in the next round draw as they comfortably saw off New Ross Celtic 'B' in their Wexford Cup third round clash at Drinagh on Sunday last.

TWO second-half goals helped Wexford Bohemians to clinch a place in the next round draw as they comfortably saw off New Ross Celtic 'B' in their Wexford Cup third round clash at Drinagh on Sunday last.

The Wexford town club lived up to their traditional cup battling qualities as they put a dismal opening 45 minutes behind them to go on and control the second period. Inspired by Roy Doyle from the centre-back position, his inspirational second-half display drove his side on to victory.

New Ross Celtic managed to keep themselves in the game through the first period mainly through some dogged defending, but as the second-half progressed, they were unable to cope with the incessant pressure which in the end saw them concede goals at crucial stages.

Wexford Bohs put their inconsistent league form behind them, form that leaves them in a real relegation battle, as they took a seventh-minute lead. It was quite an amazing goal, as Dermot Flood gathered possession deep inside his own half and went on a long winding run that took him to the edge of his opponents' area, from where he sent a stunning drive low into the net past a helpless Tony Murphy.

Despite this inspirational goal, Wexford Bohs failed to take a firm grip on proceedings as the Ross side, with Brian Mullett outstanding at the back, gradually clawed their way back into the game. After both Jason Swords and Gary Byrne had gone close to extending their side's lead, Celtic pushed their way forward in search of an equaliser.

Celtic began to spray the ball about, leaving Philip O'Connor and Anthony Feeney to bring the best out of 'keeper Wayne Carthy, but they got a deserved equaliser when Roy Doyle brought down Keith Katus, with Brian Mullett sending the 'keeper the wrong way from the resulting penalty to leave it 1-1 at the interval.

But while Ross Celtic continued to fight, the superior class of Bohs was now beginning to influence the game as Paddy Harnett and Dermot Flood began to become more influential.

Eight minutes into the second-half following some pressure on the visitors' goal, a neat through ball from Jason Swords set up Gary Byrne who fired a low right-footed shot to the net, making it 2-1 to the home side.

Celtic were never going to bow out lightly, but they were restricted to a couple of long-range efforts on goal from Keith Katus and Anthony Feeney which did not seriously trouble 'keeper Carthy.

Wexford Bohs had chances to kill off the visitors' challenge but both Gary Byrne and Jason Swords saw efforts go wide which should have at least found the target. Five minutes from the end they managed to secure their place in the next round draw when substitute Seán Pailling took advantage of hesitancy in the visitors' defence to find the net from close in, giving his side a deserved 3-1 victory.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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