Under 17 League Round-Up – Southern Elite Division 

Waterford FC U-17's
Waterford FC

Shamrock Rovers were hammered 5-1 by a very impressive Waterford side at the weekend, as the Blues moved ahead of their rivals at the top of the table.

A hat-trick from Colm Whelan, plus goals from Jack Larkin and Regix Madika gave Waterford a come from behind win, after Adam O’Connor’s opening goal had Rovers in front three minutes in.

Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Rice had to admit, “They were the Better team on the day and deserved to win the game …. it’s more good learning for our boys.”

Colm Whelan Waterford FC
Hat-trick hero Colm Whelan

Galway United got back to winning ways with a 5-0 thumping over Bray Wanderers. Wilson Waweru got a brace for the Westerners while Liam Horkan, Harry Rogers and Adam Rooney also got on the scoresheet.

Galway’s Alan Murphy said, “The win against Bray was very pleasing as it was our first home win at East Utd. The players have applied themselves excellently since returning from the mid season break.”

“It was nice to follow up a decent away result in Tallaght last week with a solid home performance. The squad played well and created many chances along with the important ingredient of keeping a clean sheet.”

Galway United's U-17's
Galway United at East United pitch

“Wilson Waweru managed to get two on the day from left wing and performed well throughout.”

“Up next is a tough home game vs Cork who put 5 past a rejuvenated Kerry side. This will be a great test for our squad and we, the management team, will work hard with the players during the week to ensure a good performance on the day.”

The Kerry League and Cork City done battle in a Munster Derby at Mounthawk Park in a game that looked like it could be a classic. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way as Cork ran out comfortable 5-0 winners, as Douwe van Sinderen scored twice for Brendan O’Sullivan’s side.

Kerry League U-17's
Kerry League

O’Sullivan said afterwards, “We were very conscious of the strength and qualities this Kerry side possesses going into this fixture, which was our first game in over 5 weeks.”

“Before the mid season break Kerry went within a minute of defeating Shamrock Rovers, who hadn’t been beaten all season.”

“We started strongly and utilised a new system of play which seemed to suit us very well. While we were quite defensive we still got forward in big numbers and created many good chances.”

“Cian Murphy who was with us because our U-19’s did not have a game was very impressive and always a danger in behind. It was Murphy who got our first goal, which was a goal of real quality involving build up play of approx 20 passes before Murphy headed home from close range.”

“Murphy was instrumental in the next two goals also as he laid off two balls perfectly for Douwe van Sinderen to hit first time on the half volley to the bottom corner of the net to grab two nearly identical goals.”

“In the second half we made our 5 changes early on as we always try to do, to ensure all players get playing time as much as possible. While the intensity lessened in second half we remained hard to break down.”

“We scored two more goals late on, centre back Jack O’Sullivan from a corner and full back Colin O’Mahony coming in at back post after a great move down the right hand side.”

” Bargary and Conor Bowdren were also a constant threat down the flanks for us, while Rory Doyle and Tomas Collins were very impressive in midfield.
We face the same opposition in the Cup in Tralee on Wednesday and are expecting a very tough game. We will be taking nothing for granted as anything can happen in a cup game and have no doubt Kerry will throw everything at us as they will be desperate to progress in the Cup.”

The Kerry League’s Darren Aherne said, “Not an easy game to analyse from our perspective.”

“Cork were a very good side that were well organised as you would expect of a side run by Paul Bowdren and his staff.”

“In their centre forward Cian Murphy, they have a player that is very good and has lots of potential to develop.”

“It’s been a tough few weeks for us, we have some injuries that are taking their time to clear, and unfortunately they are to our U-17’s.”

“This then gives a chance to the U-16’s to get some game time but adjusting to this level takes time for these young players.

We need to focus again quickly as we have Cork again on Wednesday in the cup – a game that the league are again livestreaming on their Facebook page which is a great promotional tool.”

“Great credit is due to the lads that are available each week who are working hard at training and trying to be positive.

Hopefully the injuries will clear and we can make a few additions to the squad in the coming weeks and we can get a little success that the players deserve.”

Wexford had a 1-0 win over UCD with Adham Masood scoring the winning goal.

Wexford’s Derek O’Brien was pleased to take all three points, “Delighted to get a win yesterday. The level of performance the lads put in yesterday was much better than it was last week. They really had to dig in and work hard for each other to get over the line.”

“We started really well and had a few chances in the early part of the game before Adham Masood eventually converted from an Oscar Smith pass.”

“UCD then got a grip of the game for the rest of the first half making us work hard to keep the lead.”

“Second half again was quite even. We did have a few chances to close the game out but didn’t take them. UCD kept pushing though and made it a tense last few minutes.”

Clayton Walsh Cabinteely FC
Hat-trick hero Clayton Walsh

In a clash of the divisions bottom two Cabinteely came away 7-1 winners over a shell-shocked Limerick side. Clayton Walsh got a hat-trick, while Lewis O’Neill score twice. Vilius Labutis and Zak O’Neill finished off the scoring. Limerick’s sole scorer was Michael Conlon.

Limerick manager Gary Manning was understandably down-beat after the game. He said, “Not much really to say. We are decimated with injuries and have quite a few players on holidays. We should have some new bodies in next week which hopefully will breath some new life into the group.”

“I don’t think 7-1 is a fair reflection on the game but Cabinteely deserved the win. It’s been a tough season so far, all we can do is try to rectify the mistakes we are making and do ourselves some justice in the second half.”

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Waterford FC

Cabinteely FC

Kerry League

Gary Traynor