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Wilton Utd 0 Passage 4
Passage, inspired by a captain Larry Lee, the Errea Sports Man of the Match winner, scored a convincing 4-0 win against a good Wilton side in the opening round of the Teddy Healy U17 Cup.
Wilton were forced to concede home advantage and the game was played in Maulbawn. The city team played some neat football but had no answer to the lethal finishing of the winners whose sharp shooters were Oisin Hourihan, David Daly, Simon McGarry and substitute David Hayes.
Passage struck as early as the 2nd minute when Simon McGarry, who has had a few outings with the first team, got away on the left and unleashed a strong shot which goalkeeper Daniel McLeer could only parry. The ball broke to Oisin Hourihan and his cracking 18 yarder went all the way.
Wilton settled down and played some good football. Captain David Gough saw his fine effort from a free kick strike the side netting with 14 minutes gone and soon afterwards a Gough cross was headed narrowly wide by Shane O’Neill.
Passage came back at the other end and Eric Burke’s looping header had to be touched over the bar for a corner by Wilton’s goalkeeper Daniel McLeer.
Then back to the other end where the Passage goalkeeper did well to hold the ball from a headed effort by Jack Porter off a right wing cross by Matthew Ryan.
Passage came close to scoring in the 35th minute when centrehalf Terrence O’Sullivan rose high to glance a header narrowly wide of the post from an Eric Burke corner and the centrehalf came close again a few minutes later, heading a well taken Garry McCarthy free just over.
There was a narrow escape for Passage in the 42nd minute. Gough's well taken corner fell invitingly for O’Neill but he didn't make a good connection and the ball spun wide.
Passage came even closer at the other end just as the half ended. Midfield maestro Larry Lee won the ball well and sent McGarry away on the left. He glided past two defenders and let fly from 30 yards but his power packed drive crashed off the post.
Passage went two up with a fantastic goal in the 55th minute. That man Lee was instrumental in setting it up when he released David Daly on the left. Daly’s great run took him past three Wilton players before he drilled a shot to the left of goalkeeper Daniel McLeer and into the corner.
Daly was on defensive duties a few minutes later and he intercepted a perfectly weighted pass by Wilton’s Gough, which was intended for David O’Mahony.
Wilton had their best chance in the 59th minute but Jack Porter blasted the ball over the bar from a good position.
The Passage lads showed how it should be done in the 65th minute when they combined to score another beauty. It started with Lee’s quickly taken free to Daly on the left. Daly worked his way forward and then laid it off to McGarry who rocked the back of the net with a venomous 35 yard shot.
Passage were well in control now and scored their fourth in the 77th minute when midfield dynamo Lee sent sub David Hayes away to drive past the busy keeper McLeer. Before the end both McGarry and Daly came close to stretching the lead.
Passage midfield general Lee was presented with the Errea Sports Man of the Match Award. It was he who found the weaknesses in the Wilton defence and exploited them with the unerring accuracy of his passes. He dictated the midfield zone and regularly robbed Wilton players with well timed tackles.
|Referee Denis Morley & captains|
Passage: Daniel O’Leary, Gavin O’Flaherty, Eoin Fitzgerald, William Ashman, Terence O’Sullivan, Oisin Hourihan, Larry Lee, Eric Burke, Patrick Coakley, Simon McGarry and David Daly.
Subs used: Garry McCarthy for Coakley (13th minute), David Hayes for Hourihan (64th), Thomas Mullane for O’Sullivan (69th) and Brian Collins for Burke (77th).
Referee: Denis Morley
|Larry Lee, Man of the Match|