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Hurley weighs in with vital winner

A DRAMATIC late winner saw Arklow Town A advance to the last 16 of the SFAI Under 14 Goodson Cup.

Flying the Heatons/Sportsworld WDSL flag with pride, the Bridgewater Centre Park based outfit travelled to Moate in Westmeath last Saturday week (March 20) to face Temple Villa and claimed a memorable 3-2 victory in the last 32 encounter.

The only score of the first period came just before half time when'Town striker Shane Walker converted from a Cormac Breslin corner kick.

The same pair worked the trick again early in the second half. From Breslin's free-kick, Walker planted a superb header to the net.

But 'Villa hit back to reduced their arrears.

Home captain Niall Neary playing a lovely ball to Philip Ganly who did well to hold off his marker to fire past Arklow custodian Ryan Murray.

And the match was level with a quarter of an hour remaining. Alan Nugent put in a great cross and Ganly guided in a powerful header to make it 2-2.

However, with extra time looming, the away side grabbed the crucial score.

In a move that saw the ball played out to left winger Sean Hurley, his in-swinging effort eluded a crowded six-yard area and took a deflection on it's way past Temple goalkeeper Robert Hickey.

Their reward is another away trip. This time in the last 16, Arklow will take on Cork side Lakewood Athletic.

The winners will play host to Lourdes Celtic in the quarter finals.

Town finish tops with a couple of points spare

WICKLOW TOWN U10's claimed the league Division 1 title in fine style

With Jordan Sinnott rattling in a treble, Robert Keogh added two more in a 5-2 away victory over Newtown Juniors on Saturday March 20 at the Community Grounds.

With title rivals Wolfe Tone Youth Club B playing out a 3-3 draw with Wicklow Rovers A at the Temple Sportsfield, it meant the 'Town finished two points clear the top of the table to claim the silverware on offer.

A victory for Wolfe Tone would have set up a play-off but their repeictive results ensured that the title was detined for Wicklow Town's.

From their scheduled 12 matches, the team's record was won ten and lost twice.

At Finlay Park, they defeated Arklow Town B (2-1), Carnew AFC (3-1), Wicklow Rovers A (2-1), Wolfe Tone B (3-0) and Newtown (2-1).

But lost 2-1 to Arklow United.

On their travels, the side overcome Arklow Town B (1-0), Carnew (2-1), Arklow United (2-0), Wicklow Rovers A (2-0) and Newtown (5-2), but succumbed 5-4 to Wolfe Tone.

In total, they scored 30 goals, conceded 14 and kept four clean sheets.

The full Wicklow Town squad comprises of Dermot Whoriskey; Reece Kelly, Oisin O'Reilly, Robert Talaga, Dillon Whoriskey, Dion Corkish-Quinn, Conor Dunne, Brian Hayes-Byrne, Jordan Sinnott and Robert Keogh,

They are managed by Robert Keogh Senior, and coached by Trevor Dunne and Michael O'Reilly.