These two teams came into round two of the FAI Youths Inter League match with one win apiece, writes Pat McNally.
FAI Youths Inter League
Kildare Youths: 1
Wexford Youth: 2
Kildare with the backbone of the Newbridge Town under 17 squad knew that they were in for a difficult game as they were giving the Wexford League the advantage of one year.
Kildare had defeated Wexford last year in the same competition breaking their long standing winning run in Ferrycarrig Park so Wexford were out for revenge.
The game started slowly with each side weighing up their opponents and Wexford with their 4-5-1 formation took control over the middle of the pitch.
It took eight minutes before either team made the goalkeeper work and it fell to Kildare to be the first to test a keeper and it was from a set piece that the first chance fell to Kildare.
It was corner kick taken by Conor Whelan, which dropped in on top of keeper and with the Kildare attack virtually on the goaline Wexford were lucky to clear the ball out of danger.
Aaron Fattore was beginning to show his talent and it was from a cross of his that Conor Delahunty showed his alertness as he got in front of Centre Half Niall but his header was easily saved by Wexford keeper Dylan Owens.
Wexford went in front rather fortunately when a free kick by Bryan Nolan escaped everybody’s attention and went straight into the net.
The game now changed to Wexford controlling the middle with Bryan Nolan, Stephen Mc Guire and Graham Staples showing fine form.
Just before the break Conor Whelan made a great run that brought him past three Wexford players and his well hit shot looked on target until it hit defender Ryan Nolan who deflected it for a corner.
Wexford remained in control until the break.
Whatever Dave Heard said to Kildare certainly worked, as within forty-five seconds Kildare were level. It was straight from the kick off and a clever pass from Doyle to Whelan set him up to round keeper Owens. His goal bound shot was cleared by right full Conor Clancy but his clearance went straight o Whelan who crossed for Delahunty to score.
Kildare were unable to hold on to their lead and once again it was a defensive error that allowed Wexford to regain the lead. It was from a mis-placed kick out of defence that fell to substitute Donnacha O Connor who made no mistake from twelve yards.
Kildare came close after twenty-one minutes when again the partnership of Fattore and Delahunty combined to test the Wexford keeper Owens.
Kildare threw the “kitchen sink” at Wexford but were unable to break down the strong Wexford defence with Niall Farmington outstanding.
In the final minute on a breakaway Sean Ryan had a great chance to wrap the game up for Wexford but an outstanding save by Ciaran Behan kept the score line at 2-1
Manager David Herd was disappointed after the game.
“Two mistakes did us “ was his opinion as he now looks forward to the final game in the group which sees Kildare entertain Carlow
Dylan Owens, Conor Clancy, Ryan Mahon, Dale Flynn, Niall Farrington, Ryan Nolan, Peter O’Rourke, Conor Bruce, Mikey Rowe, Graham Staples, Stephen McGuire Subs: Donnacah O’Connor, Sean Ryan, Sean Eddington, Dylan Walsh, Sean burke Ross Reardon, Dylan Croke
Ciaran Behan, Aaron Fattore, Mark Ormsby, Abdul Babiker, Jamie Harte,Anthony O Keeffee, Luca Lehane, Ian Doyle, Dylan merrigan, Conor Delahunty, Con Whelann Subs: Kevin Naughton, John murphy, Ben Foran, Thomas Carlile, Kevin Lambe, Harry Sunderland and Kevin Naughton.