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Saturday 16 December 2017

Chambers bags brace in Hoops rout


Neil Ahern

WEXFORD Youths owner Mick Wallace often preaches that his side's pink jerseys challenge the macho culture in Irish society, but there was only one side wearing the trousers at Tallaght Stadium last night.

While the visitors arrived with a spring in their step and the youthful exuberance one might expect from a team that featured eight players under the age of 22, this was undoubtedly men against boys.

When the Hoops took a third-minute lead through Dessie Baker, it appeared they were on their way to an easy victory. The First Division side came out fighting, however, and took the game to the Hoops, equalising thanks to a superb lob from Gary Sheahan on 13 minutes.

They then bombarded Alan Mannus' goal, forcing the Northern Ireland international into a number of saves and hitting the post. But for all their enterprise, they were soon to be undone by a soft underbelly.

Showing their inexperience, Noel O'Connor's side stood off Danny Murphy after he turned Chris Kenny inside out and his precise cross found the head of a determined Gary Twigg.

Five minutes after the interval, Kenny inexplicably headed a Baker cross back across the six-yard box before James Chambers smashed home the loose ball.

The home side ran riot thereafter, with substitute Chris Turner heading a fourth into an empty net after Packie Holden flapped at Baker's cross on 70 minutes, before Chambers scored his second with an easy finish two minutes later.

SHAMROCK ROVERS -- Mannus, Flynn, Sives, Murray, Murphy; Chambers, Rice, Bayly (Turner 63), O'Connor (Dennehy 33); Baker (Stewart 71), Twigg.

WEXFORD YOUTHS -- Holden, Kenny, Breen, Wolfe, Broaders (Kehoe 88); Keohane, Dempsey, Sinnott, Rowe (Mullen 67); Furlong, Sheahan.

REF -- T Connolly (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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