Moyne youths savour cup win
MOYNE RANGERS collected their second Wexford Youth Cup in five years with a dominant victory over Division 1 league leaders Kilmore on Saturday last.
The Enniscorthy club controlled large spells against a well-organised, yet eventually over-matched, seaside team.
Kilmore hadn't faced a club with the calibre of player Moyne boast, having made their way to the decider with a pair of wins over Division 2 sides Campile and Ferns, as well as early round successes over Division 3 teams.
However, they almost gave their Premier Division opponents a shock in the opening moments as Se?n Toddington sent Gary Murphy sprawling to his right to keep out the Kilmore attacker's powerful drive.
As Moyne settled they began to dominate possession with Kilmore looking to keep it tight. The south coast side were indebted to their goalkeeper, David Bates, who saved well from an advancing Peter O'Rourke, and then held Niall Farrington's point-blank header.
Bates' right post was next to deny Moyne when Daniel O'Brien's effort thundered off it, but there was no denying Dillon Redmond when he volleyed home in the 33rd minute from Farrington's right-wing cross.
Sean Cloherty and Kamil Kutkiewicz both saw chances to double their side's lead come and go while Sean Toddington's long-range effort flew over the crossbar as the first-half expired and Moyne stayed ahead.
The second goal did arrive eight minutes into the second period when O'Rourke latched on to Ryan Mahon's long ball after some hesitant defending before keeping his cool and slotting to the bottom corner of Bates' net.
Kilmore responded well to the shock of going two down and brought out a pair of sharp saves from Gary Murphy; with both Conor Moore and substitute Thomas Byrne testing the man between the sticks.
Moyne weathered the storm and looked to have put the game to bed when Dale Kirwan swivelled on Redmond's through-ball, darted away from the last defender and slotted to the Kilmore net, but the underdogs hit back within two minutes.
Daire Heffernan's shot cannoned the crossbar and landed at the feet of Conor Moore who grabbed the goal his hard work deserved.
Kilmore piled men forward looking for a way back into the game and were denied by several last-gasp Moyne challenges, yet no goal was forthcoming.
Indeed, the Enniscorthy side could have further sugar-coated the result when Paddy Hore somehow shot wide with the goal gaping five minutes into added time.
It all meant that Moyne captain Sean Cloherty was able to accept the trophy on behalf of his side with midfield powerhouse Conor Bruce taking the man of the match award.
Moyne Rangers: Gary Murphy; Sean Cloherty, Sean Burke, Daniel O'Brien, Ryan Mahon; Kamil Kutkiewicz, Conor Bruce, Peter O'Rourke, Dillon Redmond; Niall Farrington, Dale Kirwan. Subs. -Glen Buckley for Kutkiewicz (72), Ben Edwards for Kirwan (81), Ryan Hadley for Redmond, inj. (87), Paddy Hore for Farrington (90+3), Kyle Foley for O'Rourke (93+3), also Dylan Cloke.
Kilmore United: David Bates; Daire Heffernan, Nathan Bates, Conor Whelan, Ryan Bates; Cormac Bates, Peter Goldsmith, Shane O'Brien-Power, Killian Dove, Sean Toddington; Conor Moore. Subs. - Thomas Byrne for Goldsmith (46), Jake Furlong for R. Bates (84), also Aaron Wright-Power, Thomas Kinsella, Mark Moore, Sean Hogan, Jack Roche.
Referee: Rory Murphy.