Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dream start continues as Utd ease past Gorey


NORTH END UTD have enjoyed the perfect start to the season as they hit Gorey Rangers for three in this Wexford Football League Premier Division clash at Belvedere on Sunday morning.

Having collected full points from their two opening games, North End have sent out a clear message, that with their strengthened squad they are contemplating a serious title challenge, while for Gorey Rangers, on the evidence of this showing they could be facing into a difficult season.

Facing into their first home game, North End knocked the ball about with accuracy and speed, and it was their ability to play the wide ball that had Gorey Rangers in lots of difficulty, but been fair to the visitors they were unlucky not to have registered a couple of goals during the opening forty-five minutes.

North End know they must take full points from their home games if they are to serious test Shamrock Rovers two year reign at the helm of affairs in the league. As a result they set about their task from the kick-off with Shane Dempsey and Paul Murphy ruling in midfield, while up front Jason Murphy along with Adam Beary were posing lots of problems for the Gorey sides back four.

The homeside came close to taking the lead inside four minutes. Adam Beary picked out Jason Murphy with a neat freekick, with Murphy picking out his brother Paul, but his low show was well held by keeper Aaron De Sausa. After twenty-seven minutes Stuart Lawlor had a head from a Trevor Berry corner kick just wide, while one minute later at the opposite end it took a superb save from keeper Lee Walker to keep out an Emmet Gregan twenty meter shot.

The eventual breakthrough came in the thirtyfirst minute. Paul Murphy sent in a low freekick that Gareth McCurtain got a boot to, but keeper De Sausa managed to beat the ball away, but McCurtain was alert to the situation to neatly tuck the rebound into the bottom right hand corner of the net making it 1-0.

Gorey's Eoin Kinsella had a well struck shot well saved by Walker in the lead up to break leaving it 1-0 at the interval.

However, the second forty-five minutes was totally controlled by North End, so it was no real surprise when they extended their lead in the fifty-third minute, with Jason Murphy superbly striking home a pass from his brother Paul from all over twenty-five meters.

It was the homeside who continued to turn on the style eventually getting a third five minutes from the end when Shane Dempsey, just returned from Wexford Youths, struck a superb thirty meter freekick high into the right hand top corner of the met giving his side a deserved 3-0 victory.


Lee Walker; Keith Kearney, Gareth McCurtain, Stuart Lawlor, Lee Aust, Shane Dempsey, Paul Murphy, Kieran Kelly, Jason Murphy, Trevor Berry, Adam Beary. SUBS: John Fenlon, Kyle Dempsey, Craig Maguire, Alan Colgate.


Aaron De Sausa; Gary Murphy, Joe Bolger, Sam Doran, Danny Boland, Kevin Kavanagh, Glen O'Brien, Matthew Cullen, Emmet Gregan, Eoin Kinsella, Craig Travers. SUBS: Mark Nolan, Damien Truthen, Stephen Kinsella, David Bolger. VENUE: Belevedere REFEREE: Mark Hogan

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