Cobh Wanderers Football Club

Junior Result: Cobh Wanderers 5-0 Carrigaline United A.

The juniors made it two wins from two with a convincing victory over a very experienced Carrigaline side. It did however take 40 minutes to register the first goal of the game and a half time score of 1 nil did not suggest an easy 2nd period. Carrigaline started the game very well and had the upper hand in the opening phase before Wanderers first decent effort came from Jamie Gilmartin, who had a fine game throughout, after 16 minutes when his strong shot from the edge of the box was tipped over. A header from the resultant corner went just wide of the near post. On 22 minutes Josh O’ Mahony left the full back on his backside before finding Darren Cronin with an excellent right foot cross but his header went wide of the post. Darren Cronin and Kevin Wilmot exchanged neat passes inside the box on 31 minutes before a tame effort was easily saved and the visitors broke down the field only to see a super lob smack off the crossbar and out to safety for a let-off. A great move produced the opening goal as Keelan Lee found Derry O’ Hanlon on the left wing and his pinpoint cross picked out the head of Cronin and he made no mistake this time.

Jamie Gilmartin should have extended the lead 3 minutes into the second half when Ian Murphy’s cross found him in the middle of the goal but his header was straight at the keeper, when a yard either side would have found the net. Gilmartin had a sweet strike from the corner fly just over the bar. It only took another minute for Wanderers to stretch the lead when Kevin Wilmot hit a low drive from the edge of the box under the keeper’s dive and into the back of the net. It was plain sailing after that. Darren Cronin added his second 56 minutes finishing via a strong deflection off the last defender, following a comedy of errors in the Carrigaline defence. Sean Power provided the cross for Ian Murphy to score the fourth with an easy finish once he got to the ball before the defender. Keelan Lee scored the pick of the goals in the 85th minute when he strode forward from midfield before unleashing an unstoppable effort past a despairing keeper from all of 25 yards to round off a very good night for the juniors. Standout performances tonight from the evergreen Dave Walsh along with the new young talent of Jamie Gilmartin, Josh O’ Mahony and Keelan Lee meant a very pleasing occasion for the management team of Trevor Rowe, Anthony O’ Beirnes, Pa Brady and Tom McCarthy.

Scorers: Darren Cronin 40&56, Kevin Wilmot 49, Ian Murphy 75, Keelan Lee 85.

Team: Michael Walsh, Ian Murphy, Derry O’ Hanlon (Sean O’ Reilly 67), Corey Griffin (Niall Abbott 50), Farrell O’ Connor, Dave Walsh, Josh O’ Mahony, Keelan Lee, Darren Cronin (Barry Chandler 71), Kevin Wilmot (Sean Power 56), Jamie Gilmartin (Calvin Murphy 62).