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Wilton Utd v Afton Villa Aug 2003

Wiltonx Utd v Aftonx Villa Aug 2003
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AUL 1 (STORY ONE Wilton team plus action pics)

Wilton United 5 Afton Villa 0

Pat Bowdren's Wilton United turned on the style to defeat Afton Villa 5-0 in Sunday's Murphy's Stout AUL 1 game at Farranlea Road. Afton were well beaten in the end but the game would have been much tighter had they availed of some early chances.

Wilton themselves were busy enough in the opening minutes. Hugh Shields wasn't too far over with a 25 yard free kick and then midfielder Philly Haly broke through on the right but hit the side netting.

The home team lived dangerously for the next ten minutes or so. Villa put a fine multi-pass move together about the 10th minute and played Derek O'Leary into the box but he was well tackled.

The Afton lads came even closer five minutes later. This time, Shane Dwyer came in at the end of a good passing movement. He beat the advancing keeper Mark Dooley but saw his effort hooked off the line by full back Eoin Griffin.

Wilton ended the opening quarter with a smashing goal, the move started in midfield by Haly. His ball into the box was knocked back by Shields and Brian Murphy's 20 yard rocket sped past keeper Brian Goggin.

And Wilton came close to a second in the 25th minute. Then, the lively John O'Mahony cut in from he left and let fly from just outside the box. Keeper Goggin did well to tip the ball over the top.

Villa's hopes of a second half comeback were dashed after just three minutes when Wilton scored a soft enough second. Griffin's throw-ball from the right broke in the box and the unmarked Haly headed in from close range.

Wilton were now very much in the driving seat and were going all out for number three. And they had two chances in the 56th minute. A dangerous free by O'Mahony caused all sorts of problems in the six yard area before being cleared for a corner. Shields got in a close range header from the flag kick but it was straight at the keeper.

And there was more frustration for Shields in the 59th minute. He raced onto a through ball from O'Mahony and slid it past the keeper. But it ran just wide of the far post with the incoming Murphy straining to get a touch.

Wilton got the third some ten minutes later. Haly's through ball split the defence and Murphy beat the keeper in the chase and turned the ball over Goggin and into the empty net.

The losers had made a few changes and the subs all tried hard. Two of them, Brian O'Leary and Finbarr Kirstein, combined in the box in the 74th minute but Kirsteins's effort was blocked for a corner.

And it was a sub that stretched Wilton's lead with three minutes to go. John O'Mahony's pass created the opening and Darren Casey obliged. It got worse for Afton in the final minute when Shields shrugged off a tackle in the box before slipping the ball past the luckless keeper to make the final score 5-0.

Wilton United: Mark Dooley, Eoin Griffin, Brian O'Driscoll, Noel O'Donovan, Seamus Cronin, Phil Haly, Mark Ryan, Fergal Kelleher, Hugh Shields, Brian Murphy and John O'Mahony. Subs used: Darren Casey for O'Driscoll (63rd minute) and Seamus Collins for Griffin (70th).
Brian Goggin, Paul O'Connell, Dan O'Shea, Tim Cronin, Colin Lenihan, Shane Dwyer, Gary O'Leary, Kevin Kirstein, Derek O'Leary, Barry Ronayne and James Corcoran. Subs used: Finbarr Kirstein for D. O'Leary (51st), Brian O'Leary for Ronayne (58th) and Martin Spillane for Corcoran (72nd).
Referee: Freddie Murray