Sunday 19 November 2017

Youths defeat Celtic in second six-goal classic

WEXFORD YOUTHS and Ross Celtic met in a top of the table clash just two weeks ago and played out an absorbing 3-3 draw.

Anyone who came to see the sequel will not have been disappointed. It was another super game of football played under lights in Ferrycarrig, again relentless for 90 minutes.

The Youths opened the scoring after only two minutes when Donal Shanley set up Darryl Power, but within three minutes Shane Wilde made it 1-1.

There was nothing between the sides for the next hour and it took a powerful strike from Cian Boggan to nudge the Youths back in front half way through the second period.

But Ross did not lie down and were worth their equaliser with 15 minutes to go, Cian Donoghue setting up Donnacha O'Connor for a wonder strike from outside the box.

At this stage it was looking like another draw, until the indomitable Donal Shanley stepped up to the plate, making space for himself in a crowded box, like only he could. Goal. 3-2.

Ross came looking for one more equaliser but it was Jason McHugh who took the honours, running from the half way line for a breakaway goal. 4-2 and game over. And what a game it was.

Best for Celtic were Conor Purcell, Donnacha O'Connor, Eoin Cummins and Seán Duffy. For the Youths, Cian Boggan, Donal Shanley, Nevin Rossiter and Darryl Power stood out.

The Youths are now joint top with Ross, with a game in hand, but all to play for still. Both sides must play Moyne Rangers twice and if the Enniscorthy boys were to win all their games, they would be crowned champions.

Wexford People

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