Waterford United U19s 0 – 2 Bohemian FC U19s
The young Blues, most of whom will qualify for this age level next season also, were first out of the blocks, with Alan Rhodes and Nathan West testing the visitors from distance early on. Bohs’ keeper Dean Brady had to produce a flying save to keep out Craig Keane’s strike from the edge of the area midway through the half, but within a minute at the other end the Dubliners went ahead with Philip McCabe stunning effort into the top corner from even further out. Keane almost levelled before the break but his effort flew just wide.
Bohs doubled their lead in unfortunate circumstances for the home team after the break, Conor O’Brien firing past Sean Barron as Thomas Whitty went down injured. Jason Keane and Jack Doherty both went close as United kept pressing, and Keane again drew another fine save from Brady with ten minutes left, but it was not to be enough. In fact Barron had to be on top form to keep out a Gary Caffrey header right at the death. Nevertheless there were plenty of positives for the young Blues to take from this match, and they will be eagerly looking forward to their next match, which is at home again, against Drogheda United. The game takes place tomorrow (Saturday 10th) at Tramore AFC’s Graun Park ground, kick-off 3.00pm.
Blues: Sean Barron, Adam Potter, Tom Whitty (David Cooley 61), Conor Acheson, Jamie Cross (Rían Clancy 78), Alan Rhodes, Craig Keane, Jason Keane, Aidan McGrath (Jack Doherty 64), Nathan West, Russell Quirke
Bohs: Dean Brady, David Lacey, Michael Barker, Paddy Seery, Philip McCabe, Michael Scott, Daniel Byrne, Conor O’Brien (Garrett Lloyd 73), Luke Byrne, Dan Mahon (Gary Caffrey 68), Corey Davison
(all photos courtesy of Paul Elliot / Waterford Soccer Monthly)