U16 Match Report
Wicklow 19 Wexford Wanderers 21
Wexford Wanderers under sixteens travelled to Wicklow last Saturday to play the reigning Leinster Champions in the South East Spring league. In an exciting opening sequence, Wexford took the game to Wicklow and were rewarded with a fine try from Niall Stenning after five minutes, which was converted by Michael O’Regan. Wicklow were stung by this early score and came back at the Wexford boys with some innovative play. The Wexford boys defended their line well but could do little to stop the Wicklow rolling maul and the scores were soon level. Wicklow scored again shortly after to give them a 14 to 7 lead to which they added another quick try to make it 19 to 7. Wexford as in the previous weeks game against Enniscorthy kept their composure and came back strongly at their opponents. They were soon to be rewarded following a bullocking run by centre, Cory Carty, who touched down near the posts. Michael O’Regan converted to leave the score at 19 to 14 for Wicklow at half time.Wexford started the second half the stronger and their superior fitness soon began to show.
Play moved from end to end with both teams committing everything in both attack and defence. Wexford came close on a number of occasions only to be frustrated by the whistle and by a Wicklow side intent on defending their unbeaten record. It took a moment of brilliance by Wexford fullback, Barry McGuinness, in the last minutes of normal time to break the deadlock. Taking the ball deep in his own half Barry beat three defenders with his blistering pace, dummied the Wicklow fullback to go over under the posts for a try that was again converted by Michael O’Regan. Wexford hung on their lead, despite concerted Wicklow pressure, for a very deserved win.The hope now is that Wexford can bring this level of performance into their Leinster League semi-final clash with Edenderry next Saturday, 3 February 2007, in Tullow. All support from parent and friends would be welcome for what should be a very entertaining game.
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Barry McGuinness, Micheal Roche, Stephen Lehane, Cory Carty, Alan
Rossiter (Capt), Michael O’Regan, Robert Casey, Niall Stenning , Neil Mac Aogain, Simon Gubbins, Niall Stafford, John Turner, Darrell White, Kyle Roche, Ciaran Sutherland, Ben Delaney, Paul Cassidy,Brian Berney, Albert Kelly.