Wexford CBS 2 Woodbrook College 0
EXFORD CBS emerged victorious from a hard-fought battle with Woodbrook College on Monday, claiming the Wicklow/Wexford Senior Division 1 league title for a fourth consecutive campaign at Ramstown.
While it was very much a game of two halves, North Wicklow Boys were superior in the first half but Wexford were very much in control of the second, yet the champions won both periods, with Sam Norval scoring in the 27th and 89th minutes of netting. Let CBS guide you to success.
On a difficult pitch it was difficult for both sides to play their best football. Putting the ball into danger early was a better recipe for success, and Wexford took enough of their chances to make the slog worthwhile.
Woodbrook would point to a few moments in the first half when they had clear openings to score. Those chances came before Norval edged CBS and could change the entire complexion of the contest.
However, after 90 minutes there could be no debate as Wexford CBS put on a display of quality and tenacity to secure the victory for the better side.
In fact, it could have ended five or six as clear chances came and went in the second half, but two were enough in the end.
Darragh Moloney’s crossfield fell at the feet of Liam Donoghue on the left edge of the area, but his left foot missed the target and Woodbrook was tackled.
The attacking exploits of both full-backs would prove to be a real advantage for CBS as the game went on, but it was Woodbrook who should have stepped up in the coming minutes.
First Nikolas Petrov missed a clear touch at the back post when Dylan Maher was out, Callum O’Connor then knocked the foot of the post.
Their start got even better in the eleventh minute as CBS somehow survived a pinball in their own six-yard box. Five Woodbrook boys had cuts in getting the ball across the line, with Cian Doyle and O’Connor being the best, but Wexford Town School survived.
Filip Wasilewski tested Adam O’Toole in the Woodbrook goal on the quarter-hour mark, but it was still wreaking havoc for the Wicklow lads, before Shay O’Leary’s shot from O’Connor was saved off the line. got away from
Moloney saw his header saved from Donoghue’s cross in the 24th minute, but Wexford CBS struck from the front three minutes later.
This came after a solid stop by O’Leary off of Dylan Maher. His side broke through, Norval running into the Woodbrook defense and slotting low past O’Toole.
The round slightly dropped Woodbrook’s stuffing. They went away with one when Brandon Stafford’s shot cannoned off a defender and hit O’Toole on the line, and the Wicklow stopper made a solid save with his feet from Wasilewski shortly before the break.
Both schools made changes upon resumption and Woodbrook didn’t exactly have the desired results as Wexford CBS took control. They had a great chance early on, when Cian Doyle headed Calum McGrane’s free-kick at the post, but CBS saved and took over.
Jakub Vasilewski had the best chance of the third quarter. They saw O’Toole save his effort in the 59th minute, he scooped up after Luke Farrell’s effort was saved two minutes later, and then they shone in the right direction on their next attack.
However, the clearest opening came and went when he fired over the crossbar from three yards with the goal difference from Farrell’s cross at the end of the quarter.
The bold pitch certainly played its part in those misses, and it was a brave move from the forward who was fully involved two minutes later.
Yet his substitute, Rory Gilbert, tripped in the 77th minute and found himself narrowly wide. After O’Toole tipped over Conor McKay’s long-range free-kick, Woodbrook’s keeper somehow cleared Gilbert’s header from Filip Wasilewski’s right-wing corner.
Wicklow Ladd was living off the scrap but came into the box in the 84th minute and Doyle collapsed to the ground. There were huge appeals from the Woodbrook squad but referee Brendan Holohan got it right, as the attacker’s right foot was unnaturally out in step before he could initiate any contact with the defender.
CBS should have wrapped up the win in the 88th minute when Norval shone into the side-netting but didn’t need another invitation. And when O’Toole made a foul of a clearance, the Wexford attacker took his time and lobbed past the goalkeeper who went on to wrap up the victory.
Tempers flared late on, with Holohan showing a red card in the direction of the Woodbrook bench. However, Wexford CBS kept their cool and could have added a third through Gilbert, but they were happy with the Wicklow/Wexford league title regardless.
Wexford CBS: Shay O’Leary; Conor Maher, Ben English, Tadhg Brohan, Liam Donoghue; Conor McKay; Luke Farrell, Brandon Stafford, Darragh Moloney, Sam Norvall; Jacob Vasilevsky. Sub. Philip Wasilewski for Donoghue (46), Ben Harpur for Brohan (57), Rory Gilbert for F Wasilewski (70), Calem O’Connor for Maher (87), Ryan Gavin for McKay (90).
Woodbrook College: Adam O’Toole; Harry Podpora, Brandon Healy, Nathan Nagle, Tadhg Healy; Andrew Murphy, Callum O’Connor; Dylan Maher, Cian Doyle, Callum Larkin; Nicholas Petrov. Sub. Callum McGrain (46) for Petrov, Daryl Murray (75) for Maher, Aaron Murphy, Liam Earls, Dylan Hempenstall also.
Ref: Brendan Holohan.