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Men's A team go down but B team open with a victory

Published: Sunday, 08 September 2019 15:39

Wexford Football League Division One

Glynn Barntown  5  Tombrack United  2

This was always going to be a difficult season opener for our men's first team as last season's Division Two winners were looking to make it two wins from two in their first time in this division. The opening twenty minutes saw the home side enjoy a lot of possession but did little to trouble the visitors defence and Tombrack were unlucky not to go one up when Eoin Carton saw his shot just clear the crossbar. On the half hour, an effort from just outside the box took a cruel deflection and the ball looped over Aaron Breslin and into the net to give the home side a 1-0 lead. Glynn Barntown were enjoying the best of the opportunities at this stage and went 2-0 ahead just before half time, although Tombrack almost had the final say of the half when a Richie O Hara had his goal bound effort well saved by the keeper. 

Ten minutes into the second half, Glynn Barntown made it 3-0 and effectively ended the game as a contest although once again, they had their keeper to thank as he pulled off a brilliant one handed save to deny Kevin Kelly's fantastic header and within five minutes, it was 4-0. At this stage, Tombrack began to show some character and play their best football of the game and were rewarded with a goal from Josh McMullen who got on the end of a Jamie Murphy cross. A few minutes later, their keeper was dismissed for abuse and just on ninety minutes, Jamie Murphy scored to give a glimmer of hope

However, as they pressed forward in search of further goals, they got caught on the break and although Aaron pulled off a good save, the rebound fell to one of their forwards who rolled the ball into an empty net. While this was not a great performance with a lot of mistakes made early in the game proving costly, the lads did show character late in the game and ended well and will need to bring this to their next game for the full ninety minutes

Special mention to Evan Maher who made his full senior first team debut with a steady performance with Bob Newe and John Coleman also performing well

Wexford Football League Division Five

Tombrack United  4  Adamstown  0

The men's second team opened their season with a comfortable home win as a strong overall performance saw them dominate this game from start to finish. Two goals each from Harry Fitzgibbon and man of the match James Kavanagh saw the lads pick up all three points. Player manager David Fox was delighted with the performance and commitment from the lads as is  confident they can be in the hunt for honours at the end of the season

 

 

 

Youths off to winning start

Published: Saturday, 07 September 2019 21:21

Tombrack United  5  St Cormacs  0

Our Youths got off to a flying start in Division Two when proving too strong for St Cormacs and running out 5-0 winners. In a game where Tombrack were always dominant, two goals from Josh McMullan and one each from Barry O Toole, Craig Dreelan and Tommy Atkinson saw the lads pick up an important three points and show that even at this early stage they could be serious promotion contenders

Important win for men as women are promoted

Published: Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:26

Saturday February 16th

Under Fifteen Schoolboys Division Two

Tombrack United  5  Ferns United  3

The Under Fifteen boys moved joint second in the table after this 5-3 win over near neighbours Ferns United. After a scoreless first half, Tombrack took control and went 3-0 ahead but then relaxed and allowed Ferns back to 3-2 before the lads got a grip on the game again and eventually ran out 5-3 winners and moved within three points of leaders Shelburne

 

Youths Division Two

St Josephs  1  Tombrack United  4

Tombrack are making every effort to avoid relegation from this division and this win away to St Josephs will not do them any harm in that quest. They got off to the worst possible start when going a goal behind but Harry Fitzgibbon scored to bring the sides level and goals from David Power, Tom Browne and Josh McMullen saw them run out 4-1 winners.

 

Sunday February 17th

Wexford Football League Division One

Tombrack United  2  New Ross Celtic 1

The lads continued their good run of form as they overcame an experienced New Ross Celtic side to keep the pressure on leaders Kilmore and well in contention for the league title. Celtic began the game well and it took some good defending and a bit of good luck to prevent them from going in front. Seventeen minutes into the game, Jamie Walshe put Tombrack ahead when he scored one of his trademark goals, finding space on the edge of the area and curling the ball into the net. Tombrack kept the game under control for the remainder of the half, defending well, while also creating chances with Eoin Carton and Josh O Byrne both going close. The game continued in that vein in the second half and Tombrack went 2-0 up when the Celtic keeper miskicked his clearance, kicking the ball straight to Josh, who still had a bit of work to do as he lofted the ball over the keeper’s head and into the net. Celtic played some of their better football at this point and with six minutes to go, a dangerous ball across the goal was deflected to the net by an “unnamed” defender who really had little option and knew little about it. Tombrack had to work hard to keep Ross at bay for the remainder of the game plus the six minutes injury time added on by the referee but showed great character to do so and while this game was not pretty to watch, it was a strong hard working performance that deserved three points. In an overall strong performance, Dane McGarry, Kevin Kelly and Aaron Breslin were all excellent on the day. Next up, St Cormacs at home next Sunday at 11

 

Gwyn Jones Cup Second Round

Tombrack United B 1  Cushinstown AFC  2

Nine man Tombrack United made Cushinstown second time work very hard to eventually book their place in the quarter finals of the Gwyn Jones Cup. Despite the lack of numbers with several players missing for various reasons, the lads looked strong in the first half and took a deserved lead when Harry Fitzgibbon curled the ball past the keeper. Tombrack had to defend strong to stay in front with the highlight of the first half was a penalty save from Conor Kehoe, followed up by a save from the rebound. Unfortunately an unpleasant wind and lack of numbers proved critical in the second half and Cushinstown scored twice to win 2-1. However, this was a hard working performance from our lads and they can be proud of their efforts on the day

 

Wexford Women’s League Division Two

Although our Women had no game on the day, Corach beating Bunclody ensured that the women are promoted for third year in a row. Next Sunday they take on leaders Corach Ramblers in Carrig on Bannow where a win will keep their title hopes alive. Congratulations to all involved on their promotion to Division One

Men bow out of cup on penalties

Published: Sunday, 10 February 2019 18:24

Saturday February 9th

Schoolboys Under Twelve Division Three

Tombrack United  2  Gorey Rangers B  0

Our Under Twelve boys remain unbeaten and moved second in the table after this 2-0 win at home to Gorey Rangers. This very talented side always looked in control of the game and were well deserved winners with a goal in each half, Eoin Tomkins in the first half with Adam Byrne securing the three points with a well taken penalty in the second half. 

Schoolboys Under Sixteen Division Two A

Wexford Celtic B  3  Tombrack United  2

For the second time, Wexford Celtic overcame our Under Sixteen boys on a 3-2 scoreline in a game where our lads will feel unfortunate to have not taken at least a point. After a scoreless first half, Celtic took a 2-0 lead before Evan Maher pulled one back for Tombrack. Celtic restored their two goal advantage but Nathan Kelly brought the lads back into the game and the home side had to defend strongly to hang on for the three points

Sunday February 10th

Creane and Creane Wexford Cup Third Round

Tombrack United  3  Corach Ramblers  3  aet (Corach won 4-2 on penalties)

With the squad still missing key players due to injury and sickness, Tombrack showed great character and effort to come from behind twice to force the game into penalties. Played on an good surface but in a difficult wind, both sides effectively cancelled each other out in the first half with chances few and far between with Mattie Hendrick going closest for Tombrack when his well struck shot hit the side netting while his brother Darragh brought a good save from the Corach keeper ten minutes before the break. At the other end, the Premier side were reduced to long range efforts and free kicks which were comfortably dealt with by the home sides keeper and defence

The second half saw Corach start the better and were 1-0 up after seven minutes and when they scored again twelve minutes later, it looked like Tombrack's brave efforts were in vein. However with fifteen minutes to go, Eoin Carton got on the end of a through ball and kept his nerve to slot the ball past the advancing keeper and ten minutes later, Josh O Byrne got on the end of an Aaron Breslin kick out, managed to create space for himself on the edge of the area and curled the ball into the far corner of the net for a well deserved equaliser. In between both goals, Corach had the opportunity to wrap up the game when awarded a penalty but was missed when the spot kick cleared the crossbar

Extra time saw Ramblers go in front again when awarded another penalty which was scored but Tombrack kept working to get back on level terms and the visitors keeper had to be brave when racing out to just beat Eoin Carton, picking up an injury in the process. As the game moved towards the final whistle, it seemed Corach had did just enough to scrape through but four minutes into injury time, Jamie Walshe whipped in a ferocious free kick which Eoghan Murphy headed into the net

The game moved to penalties where the visitors keeper saved two spot kicks to see his side go through 4-2 on penalties. With ten league games left, Tombrack are well in the running for promotion and will have a busy few months but if they continue to show this level of character in games, they will make life difficult for all. Kieran Kenny, Jamie Walshe and Darragh Hendrick all stood out in an overall strong team performance

Wexford Womens Cup Second Round

Ferns United  8  Tombrack United  0

As our Women continue to rise through the ranks in the lower divisions, a test against Premier leaders and near neighbours Ferns United was always going to be a stiff test and one that our team were looking forward to. As would be expected, the clinical finishing of the home side would always be a factor and difficult to handle and such was the case when after a strong opening fifteen minutes, Ferns scored twice in quick succession and twice more before the break to lead 4-0. Two early goals in the second half killed the game off but Tombrack continued to work hard with Shauna McGovern tireless in midfield. Two final goals saw Ferns run out 8-0 winners in this first ever competitive meeting between the two sides but Tombrack can take a lot of positives from the game and as they continue to climb through the league system, they now know what they need to do if they reach the top division. Shannon McGovern and Kelli Maguire did have chances but the Ferns defence managed to avert any danger. The team and management must be commended on their attitude in the build up to this game as they looked forward to the challenge of taking on a team who have been top of the game in the league for the past fifteen years. 

The club would also like to take this opportunity to wish Aimee Dreelan and Becky Connaughton the best of luck as they head off to Wexford Youths Under Seventeen for the upcoming season. Following on from last seasons signings of Shannon McGovern and Breda Cushen to the same squad and Kevin Kenny signing to the Under Nineteen boys this season, Tombrack can be proud of its contribution to the game at National level

The above picture sees Becky and Aimee being presented with a cake by their team mates on the Women's team before their transfer forms go through tomorrow

Wexford Football League Division Four A

Tombrack United  1  Castledockrell United  1

As the team head into their final four games of the season. our B team are locked in a relegation battle and will need to win at least two of their remaining games to have any chance of survival in this division. In a game of few chances, Tombrack did manage to go in front in this game courtesy of a well taken goal by Jamie Murphy but near neighbours Castledockrell continued to work hard and were rewarded with a goal midway through the second half to give them a point. Both sides could have done with the win but had to be content with a draw as the strong breeze did little to help the game flow

 

 

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