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Sunday 21 September 2014

Youths book another cup final spot with slick show

Published 24/04/2012 | 14:50

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Mick Wallace delivers his final words of advice to the Wexford Youths before Sunday's success in Ozier Park, Waterford.

Conor Mccarney had a further chance for the Youths right on halftime but he shot just over from a narrow angle to leave the game goalless at half-time.

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The secondhalf began as a heavy shower of rain mixed with hailstones came down.

Youths, however, simply moved up a few gears, totally dominating the play with wonderful passing and movement. They were duly rewarded on 52 minutes when Donal Shanley's cross was headed powerfully home by Gary Delaney. Three minutes later, it was Delaney who came close again as he unleashed a screamer from fully 35 metres out which hit the crossbar and went over.

Wexford then had a strong penalty claim waved away when Chris Fenner looked to have been taken down by the Bohs 'keeper, Adam Carroll, as he went for goal. From the resulting corner, Delaney rose highest to head the ball goalwards, only for Niall Daly to clear it off the line.

Wexford were really going for the kill and after 68 minutes, Donal Shanley's well-hit shot from 25 metres out zipped past Carroll in goal to make it a well-deserved 2-0 lead for Youths. Minutes later Shanley was involved again as he supplied the cross for Chris Fenner to slot home goal number three via the right-hand post.

In truth, Wexford could have had a few more goals before the end, but a 3-0 win in any semi-final is good going, particularly against a fancied Bohemians side who had clinched the Munster Youth Cup title on the previous weekend.

It was a real team performance with the second-half display being as fine an exhibition of football as one could wish to see. The Wexford players were deservedly given a generous round of applause from the home crowd as they came off the pitch.

Gary Delaney was probably the man of the match, with Donal Shanley and the industrious Conor Mccarney also outstanding. The match officials from Cork deserve praise too for a job well done, as they were hardly noticeable all through the match which is the way it should be.

Youths now have home advantage for the final against Mount Merrion of Dublin, probably on Saturday, May 12.

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