Youths Under-18s back on track
THE WEXFORD Youths Under-18s got back on track on Saturdayweek last with an important win away to Ross Celtic, following a few tough weeks for the team.
After losing at home to Moyne Rangers, this win keeps them in the running for a league title that's likely to go to the death.
Away to Ross Celtic is never easy and it took almost half an hour for the Youths to get the better of a defence of Donacha and Thomas O'Connor, Paul Manning and Jack Foran with an opportunitist strike from man of the match Jake Firman.
The visitors made it 2-0 just before the break with a good finish by Ian Carty, heading home an equally good free-kick from Eoin Doyle.
Ross midfielder Gavin Walsh was unlucky not to score off a corner, while Celtic's best player, Seán Duffy, gave plenty of problems to the Youths down the left wing.
The Youths managed to stay in control as Aaron Maddock and James Shiggins made life difficult for Eoin Rhodes and Shane Wilde in the middle of the park, linking well with the effective Naomhan Rossiter up front, while Dani Niekis, Ryan Delaney, Conor Sutton and Podge Doyle were solid at the back, despite some very strong breakaways from the Ross boys.
The visitors got the all-important third goal before the hour mark to make the game safe when a great ball from Aaron Maddock was beautifully finished by the relentless Jake Firman. James Shiggins and Luke Sinnott added late goals to make it 5-0 which was not a fair reflection of a good Ross side which is hard to beat.
League action made way for the first round of the cup on Saturday last when thankfully the bad weather briefly abated, ensuring that 15 fixtures out of 16 went ahead.
It went all the way to a penalty shoot-out before Forth Celtic beat Oylegate United 5-3 after a 4-4 draw following extra-time.
And there was no return to winning ways for Ross Celtic either as they went down 3-2 away to North End.