Schwartz inspires Camolin but Albion grab late draw
Wexford Albion 2, Camolin Celtic 2: Camolin Celtic arrived at Kennedy Park on Saturday hoping to secure the three points that would see them stay in the hunt for the Under-13 Division 2 title. A win for Albion on the other hand would have closed the gap between these sides to just one point with a game less played.
The game began at a high tempo with both teams creating chances early on. Camolin took control midway through the opening period with Louis Schwartz the architect of every menacing attack.
The breakthrough came when he picked the ball up on the edge of the Albion penalty area, feinted to go left but took the ball on his right foot past the defender to unleash an unstoppable daisy-cutter into the bottom corner.
Minutes later Schwartz was at it again, gliding through the Albion defence and forcing a great save from Albion 'keeper Charlie Carty. After that Albion started to get more of a foothold in the game with Josh Sheil and Craig Kehoe beginning to control the middle of the field.
Twice, Kehoe played perfectly-weighted passes into the path of Jordan Farrell whose pace was causing problems for the visitors. Camolin made it 2-0 with Schwartz bagging his second after a great counter-attacking move.
Albion thought they had got back into the game just before the break when Jordan Farrell raced onto a headed back pass to fire home, only for the referee to call offside. When the mistake was pointed out the referee apologised but still did not award the goal.
Albion did salvage a lifeline before half-time when Cain Carty took the ball down the left, cut into the penalty area and rounded Celtic 'keeper Michael Doyle, chipping the ball up for Jordan Farrell to head in from close range.
The second-half was fought hard in the middle of the pitch and threatened to boil over on a number of occasions, forcing the referee to hand out a couple of yellow cards. Albion began to take control and were denied an equaliser when Farrell was judged to have fouled Doyle when challenging for an aerial ball.
Doyle then made a terrific stop from Jeff Mahor who was a constant threat on the right for Albion. In the dying moments Camolin had a great chance to wrap up the points but a brilliant block from Charlie Carty and another from Cain Lynch started an Albion counter-attack which ended with Jeff Mahor sending a ferocious strike into the top corner to earn his side the draw.