Match Report: Cabinteely 2-0 Wexford FC
Friday night was one to forget for Wexford FC in Stradbrook, as the home team dominated play and comfortably beat the visitors 2-0.
It took only 3 minutes for Cabinteely to open the scoring. The energetic Karl Byrne crossing from the right for Joe Doyle to finish from just two yards out. Graham Doyle got a hand to it, but with his weight going in the wrong direction, he was helpless to stop the ball crossing the line.
Coming in to the 11th minute there was action at both ends. First a goal mouth scramble in front of the Wexford net was cleared by Craig Wall, then just seconds later Wexford had their best chance of the game to equalise. Hayes took the ball down in the midfield area and played a beautiful pass out to the right. As the ball came back across, Adam Hanlon's shot was just inches too high and it rattled the cross bar and bounced down and out. Some Wexford fans thought it might have crossed the line, but there weren't any appeals from the players on the pitch.
Around the 25 minutes mark, Craig Hayes had another chance. A long goal kick by Graham Doyle was flicked on by Sean Hurley. Hayes got possession, and drilled a low shot from about 20 yards out, but it went just wide.
On the half hour, Cabinteely doubled their lead. Joe Doyle was on hand again to finish. Kieran Marty Waters played Doyle in from the left. A last ditch challenge from McCabe looked as though it may have been enough to thwart the chance, but the ball fell kindly for Doyle once again. His shot deflected off of Graham Doyle on it's way in to the net, and even a last gasp attempt to head it clear by Andrew O'Connor wasn't enough.
The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, with Cabinteely piling on the pressure and keeping Wexford in their own half for large chunks of the game.
It took until the 77th minute of the game for Wexford to earn their first corner kick of the game. Andrew O'Connor's left-footed in-swinger eventually fell to Hanlon on the edge of the box, but his shot was tame and went wide for a Cabinteely goal kick.
Lee Duffy was introduced to the game with 15 mins to go and certainly added some much needed pace to the Wexford front line. With just 6 mins to go, he thought he'd pulled one back for Wexford when he outpaced the defender and finished with his left foot, but it was ruled out by the assistant referee's flag.
Overall Wexford were poor on the night, and certainly did not play to the level they had demonstrated in their opening two games against Cobh and Athlone.
Next up is UCD at Ferrycarrig on St Patrick's night, kick off 8:00pm.
Cabinteely: Mick Kelly, Karl Byrne, Kevin Knight, Victor Ekanem, Conor Keely, Jack Watson, Evan Galvin, Christian Lotefa (Rob Duggan, 90+4), Joe Doyle (Paul Fox, 90), Anthony Dolan (Jordan Andre, 90+2), Kieran Marty Waters. Not used: Dean Mahon, Steven Ball, Cian Lynch, Andrew McGovern.
Wexford: Graham Doyle, Ricky Fox (Lee Duffy, 74), Ross Kenny, Craig McCabe, Andrew O'Connor, John McKeown (Thomas Croke, 65), Sean Hurley (Liam Donnelly, 60), Craig Wall, Craig Hayes, Shane Dunne, Adam Hanlon. Not used: Owen McCormack, Jamie Fox, Conor Sutton, Corey Chambers.
League of Ireland First Division
Under 19 - Southern Division
Under 17 - Southern Division
Women's National League
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