Albion the team to beat in U-13
IT WAS honours even on Saturday morning last in this Under-13 Division 1 match in the wind and rain at Hollygrove. Despite the weather, both sides managed to produce a great game of soccer.
North End United 1, Gorey Rangers 'A' 1:
After a tight exchange early on, the away side took the lead with a fine headed goal from Ko Travis who got on the end of an inch-perfect cross from team-mate Danny Cranch. Gorey hardly had time to enjoy their lead as the home side hit back five minutes later.
After some neat work in the middle of the park, Darragh Murphy-Howells found space and smashed a low drive into the bottom corner to send the teams in all square at half-time.
The home side applied lots of pressure in the second-half and were unlucky not to score with a few close-range efforts, while Gorey were very dangerous with their great counter-attacking football and only a great save from North End's Charlie Delaney kept the sides level at the end.
The point sees North End lose ground on leaders Wexford Albion as the gap at the top was increased to five points following Albion's win over Moyne Rangers. North End do have a game in hand though and the sides still have to meet home and away.
Wexford Albion 3, Moyne Rangers 0: A Glen Murphy brace and a Cian Foley header were enough to keep Wexford Albion top of the Under-13 Division 1 as 2013 draws to an end. A windswept Kennedy Park played host to a very determined Moyne Rangers on Saturday last.
The weather conditions played a major factor in the outcome, with gale-force winds and driving rain making life very difficult to produce the quality football normally accustomed to both sides.
Home side Wexford Albion set the tempo from early on with Glen Murphy and Jamie Dawson causing the Moyne defence problems with their pace and trickery. The excellence of Moyne defenders Michael Delaney and Evan Long was the sole reason for Albion not taking an early lead. Albion's stylish play kept their Enniscorthy counterparts on the back foot for most of the first-half with Albion goalkeeper Eoin Kinsella being a virtual spectator.
The deadlock was broken in the 27th minute when Murphy was played in behind the Moyne back line by the influential Ciarán Carthy to finish with some aplomb.
The second-half started in a ferocious fashion with Moyne's target man Evan Long causing the Albion rearguard problems with his guile and skill. Things could have been very different when Moyne's Lee Jordan crashed his free kick against the Albion crossbar.
However, this was to kick-start the Wexford town side into action, and the midfield quartet of Carthy, Dale O'Reilly, Richie Browne and Stephen Burke began to dominate proceedings. It was only a matter of time before Albion stretched their lead and it duly came in the 16th minute of the second-half when the individual brilliance of Glen Murphy came to the fore as he jinked his way through the Rangers defence and coolly slotted home.
The romp was completed when a pinpoint cross from Ciarán Carthy found Cian Foley ghosting in at the back post to make it 3-0, thus helping Albion to keep their 100% start to the season intact.