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Waterford FC U-17 striker Colm Whelan on the attack against Cabinteely at the RSC last Saturday.
SSE Airtricity Under 17 Southern Elite Division
Waterford FC had to settle for a share of the spoils of the second weekend running in the SSE Airtricity Under 17 Southern Elite Division as John Furlong’s side were held to a 1-1 draw against Cabinteely at a rain lashed RSC on Saturday afternoon last.
On a horrible afternoon for football, the game was played in monsoon conditions that made life difficult for both sides but when the final whistle sounded from referee Ian O’Keeffe, the hosts had to be happy with a point after having to survive a number of late scares with the woodwork twice denying Cabinteely in the final ten minutes.
Ciaran Brennan had the first chance of the game on seven minutes when he took a pass from Colm Whelan on the left-side of the penalty area but his effort flashed over the crossbar before Regix Madika set up Whelan four minutes later however he couldn’t get proper contact on his close-range effort.
The Blues had another chance to go in front on 16 minutes when Colm Whelan whipped in a free kick from the left that Cabinteely defender Evan Caulfield slices over his own bar before Jack Larkin set up the former shortly afterwards but keeper Peter Quinlan saved well at his right-hand post.
Mike Nzongong had a good chance to put his side in front on 41 minutes when he took a pass from Regix Madika but he couldn’t keep his shot down as the ball flashed over the bar before the breakthrough goal arrived three minutes later.
Dean Beresford did superbly well down the left channel that saw his effort cleared off the line by Cabinteely midfielder Sean McCann but when the ball broke to Lee Costello, he drilled a low left-footed effort to the far corner of the net past a helpless Peter Quinlan.
The sides were level within thirty seconds as from the restart of the play, Cian Kelly did well down the left channel before crossing into the area for Kian Bolger and he beat keeper Ben Kirwan with a header from inside the penalty area.
With the rain continuing to lash down heavily on the RSC back pitch, it didn’t help either side with Jack Larkin heading the first chance of the second period over the bar on 53 minutes before Clayton Walsh fired into the sidenetting at the other end soon afterwards.
The Blues were awarded a penalty by referee Ian O’Keeffe on 78 minutes when Regix Madika was fouled in the area by Cabinteely defender Andrew Egan but the resulting spot kick from Jack Larkin came crashing back off the left-hand post.
Cabinteely hit the post through Joyce Tzunbu two minutes later as the visitors tried to capitalise on that miss before there was another real let off for the young Blues in the final minute of the tie when Clayton Walsh cracked in a shot from 25-yards that came crashing back off the crossbar with Ben Kirwan beaten.
There was one final chance for the men from Stradbrook to win the game in second half injury time when Walsh took control of the ball on the edge of the penalty area but his effort was superbly tipped over the crossbar by Blues keeper Ben Kirwan.
WATERFORD FC: Ben Kirwan, Greg Waters, Torik Adegao, Adam Conway, Lee Costello (Andrew Farrell `82), Dean Beresford, Mike Nzongong (Darragh Power `66), Jack Larkin (Sean Tracey `88), Ciaran Brennan, Colm Whelan (Jack O’Donnell `66), Regix Madika
CABINTEELY FC: Peter Quinlan, Mark Soper, Jack Maguire (Eric Browne `81), Andrew Egan, Evan Caulfield, Dylan Bermingham (Vilus Lubutis `71) , Kian Bolger (Clayton Walsh `46), Sean McCann (Joyce Tzunbu `71), Andy Byrne, Zak O’Neill, Cian Kelly
Referee: Ian O’Keeffe assisted by John Falconer and Christy Lee.