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Women move top of table

Published: Sunday, 03 February 2019 20:59

Saturday February 2nd

Wexford Football League Youth Division Two

Tombrack United  7  Glynn Barntown  1

Tombrack Youths side gave themselves a decent chance of avoiding relegation when proving far too strong for fellow strugglers Glynn Barntown, running out 7-1 on a rock hard pitch. With David Power and Evan Maher pulling the strings in midfield, the lads controlled possession and led 3-0 at the break, with keeper Evan Murphy, rarely troubled. It was much of the same in the second half, although the visitors did manage to find the net, with Tombrack scoring another four. Harry Fitzgibbon scored a hat trick with Josh McMullen finding the net twice while Hassid Yasin and new signing Tom Browne also scored

Sunday February 3rd

Wexford Football League Division Four A

Cloughbawn AFC  6  Tombrack United B  0

This game away to division leaders Cloughbawn was much closer than the 6-0 scoreline might suggest but Tombrack's inability to find the net is proving costly. The home side led 2-0 after just ten minutes but Tombrack came more into the game after that with Josh McMullen bringing a couple of good saves from the home sides keeper but clinical finishing by Cloughbawn saw them score two more to lead 4-0 at the break. Tombrack continued to press forward in the second half with William Dunne and Jamie Murphy both going close and as the game moved to a conclusion, the Division Four A leaders scored two more for a flattering 6-0 win. The B team have had some tough games in recent weeks and in the next few weeks should come up against some of the clubs involved in the relegation battle with them which should give them the opportunity to compete for some crucial points

Wexford Women's League Division Two

Tombrack United  3  Bunclody AFC  1

With injuries, illness, work and exams reducing the squad to just ten players, the women's team produced a hard working display to take a well deserved three points with two goals late in the second half. Bunclody started well and after just seven minutes were in front when Alma Morris held her nerve to slot the ball into the net. but on twenty minutes, the sides were level when some good work between Kelli Maguire and Sarah Merrigan saw the latter send a curling effort to the back of the net. The remainder of the first half saw chances reduced to long range efforts which both sets of defences dealt with comfortably.

The second half saw Tombrack much more dominant and pressed forward in numbers with Shannon and Shauna McGovern taking control in midfield which opened up the game, putting pressure on the Bunclody defence, who conceded several corners and free kicks in quick succession, Amie Dreelan going closest when her header from Sarah's corner went just over the crossbar. With twenty minutes to go, Bunclody's best chance came when Ashling Kavanagh pulled off an excellent save from Mikayla Farrell and this seemed to spur on Tombrack who went in search of the winner and ten minutes from the end, Bunclody had to defend strongly to clear a goalmouth scramble

As the game moved to injury time, a through ball from Kelli put Sarah through and although she had a lot of work to do, she held her nerve to lob the ball over the advancing keeper and into the roof of the net. Two minutes later, Shannon scored a goal that almost borders on indescribable as she got the ball outside of the area, weaving left and right, evading tackles and lunges until she eventually found space to shoot to the corner of the net, 3-1 and game over. With leaders Corach being held to a draw, this win moves the women to the top of the table and into a very strong promotion position. Next Sunday, the women travel to Premier leaders Ferns United for the second round of the Wexford Cup, the first meeting of the two neighbouring sides

Squad: Ashling Kavanagh, Mary Martin, Ciara Ryan, Eimear Whelan, Amie Dreelan, Shauna McGovern, Shannon McGovern, Marie Allen, Kelli Maguire, Sarah Merrigan

League Table

Tombrack United        8     6   0   2    18

Corach Ramblers        6     5   1   0    16

Bunclody AFC            7     4   0    3    12

All Blacks                  6     1   1    4     4

Fastnet Rovers          6     1   1    4     4

Stoney LFC               5     0   1    4     1




Good wins for Men, Women and U12 boys

Published: Sunday, 27 January 2019 19:58

As a mark of respect to the Murphy family, all games scheduled to be played in Ballyboy were postponed and only away games went ahead.


Men’s Creane and Creane Wexford Cup Second Round

Killenagh Wanderers  3  Tombrack United  4  (after extra time)

Our men’s first team had to come from behind twice to overcome a very hard working and determined Killenagh Wanderers side to book their place in the third round of the competition. Matthew Hendrick opened the scoring for Tombrack when he reacted quickest after the Killenagh keeper had saved a Rory Newe penalty but Matty was on hand to knock in the rebound. The home side led 2-1 when Kevin Kenny found space to send an unstoppable shot to the back of the net and bring the sides level, only for Killenagh to work themselves ahead again courtesy of an own goal. Tombrack continued to work hard and were rewarded when Eoin Carton scored to make it 3-3 and so the game moved into extra time. The hard work and commitment of the visitors paid off when new signing Josh O Byrne worked himself into a good position to score what proved to be the winner. Overall, this was another strong hard working performance from the lads and they deserved their place in the last thirty two. At the end of the game, it was announced that Kevin Kenny was leaving to go play with Wexford Youths Under Nineteen National League squad and all in the club would like to wish Kevin the best of luck and hope he has a successful season


New Ross Town A  8  Tombrack United  0

Our B team were always going to find life difficult against Ross Town’s first team and although they managed to keep them at bay for the opening fifteen minutes, it all went pear shaped after that and the superior fitness and finishing of the home team was clinical as they knocked in eight without reply. The lads can now get back to concentrating on getting away from the relegation zone and hopefully get a good run in the Gwyn Jones Cup


Wexford Women’s League Division Two

Fastnet Rovers 2  Tombrack United  5

The women always find Fastnet a difficult place to get three points but in this match they were always in control and moved joint top of the table courtesy of this win. Two goals from Sarah Merrigan and one from Aimee Dreelan had Tombrack in control before the home side pulled one back just before the break. Two goals in quick succession from Shannon McGovern had Tombrack well in control and although Fastnet scored a late penalty, the women did enough to pick up their fifth win of the season and move joint top of the table with Corach Ramblers


Wexford Schoolboys Under Twelve Division Three

Campile United  0  Tombrack United  1

A Cathal Byrne goal was enough to see our Under Twelve boys pick up a vital three points away from home and move up into second place in the table and remain unbeaten after four games

Full catch up on results and reports

Published: Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:22

As I was away last week, below are reports from all the games for the past two weekends

Sunday January 20th

Neil O Sullivan Cup First Round

St Cormacs  1  Tombrack United  1  aet

(St Cormacs won 4-2 on penalties)

A typically dogged cup tie saw these two well matched, hard working sides play out a 1-1 draw for 110 minutes before the lottery of the penalty shoot out eventually saw St Cormacs progress to the second round. Tombrack went ahead in the seventh minute when Mick “Savo” Kelly found space in the area and floated the ball out of the reach into the top corner of the net. St Cormacs came in search of the equaliser but the Tombrack defence worked well at keeping them at bay and held their lead until half time. Six minutes into the second half, St Cormacs were level when heading home a corner and probably enjoyed their best spell of the game as they bombarded the goal for ten minutes. New signing Josh O Byrne came on for Tombrack midway through the half and injected fresh pace in to the attack and was unlucky not to score after just a minute. Kevin Kenny, Savo and Rory Newe all went close before the final whistle sounded and the game went to extra time. St Cormacs always looked dangerous when going forward but Tombrack enoyed the bulk of possession and created five corners in a row but the home side eventually lifted the pressure. No further goals saw the game move to dreaded penalty shoot out and the home keeper became the hero as he saved two of the penalties for his side to progress to the last sixteen. Tombrack left nothing on the field and worked hard throughout, a little bit of good fortune could have seen them scrape through but once the game went to penalties, it becomes unpredictable. In an overall good team performance, JJ, Savo and Aaron all played exceptionally well


Wexford Football League Division Four A

Tombrack United  2  Taghmon United  6

Our mens B team have found themselves being dragged into a relegation battle after this poor run of form and they will be disappointed to find themselves second from bottom as they know they are much better than this. This game was scoreless at half time but Taghmon started well in the second half and went 3-0 ahead before Josh McMullen finally pulled one back. The visitors scored another before Kevin Kenny came on as a sub to score but two late goals by Taghmon wrapped up a flattering 6-2 win


Wexford Women’s Cup First Round

Bunclody AFC  3  Tombrack United  4

A seven-goal thriller saw our women overcome rivals Bunclody to book a second round meeting with Ferns, winning 4-3 in a typical cup encounter. Goals from Shannon McGovern and Sarah Merrigan had the women 2-0 ahead but Bunclody’s never say die attitude saw them score twice to level at 2-2 just before half time. Shannon and Sarah both scored again to reclaim their two goal advantage but Bunclody refused to lie down and scored again to set up a nervy end to the game. The women did enough to book their place in the last sixteen and will now make the short journey to league superpower Ferns United for what could be a very interesting local derby


Saturday January 19th

Schoolboys Under Fifteen Division Two

Fastnet Rovers  1  Tombrack United  2

Our Under Fifteen boys sit joint second in the table as they produced their third win of the season when coming away from Fastnet Rovers with all three points courtesy of this 2-1 win. The home side got the ideal start when going in front after just three minutes but the lads worked hard and got back on level terms when Conor O Toole headed a Patrick Coleman corner to the back of the net. Continuing to press forward, the lads got their reward when the same two players combined again for Conor to score his second. Tombrack hit the crossbar and post and were unlucky not to increase their lead but in the end were happy to leave Rathangan with all three points


Wexford Football League Youths Division Two

Tombrack United  2  St Josephs  2

This youths game was thrown on its head on the twenty minute mark when Tombrack had a player sent off as Thomas Jeffers was dismissed for dissent to the referee. As Tombrack reorganised with St Josephs taking advantage to go 2-0 ahead but some hard work by the lads saw them drag themselves back into the game and two goals from Harry Fitzgibbon saw them battle back to take a point


Sunday January 13th

Wexford Football League Division One

Kilmore United  1  Tombrack United  1

This top of the table clash was a game of two halves with the wind dictating and having a major impact as the side playing with the strong wind controlled. Midway through the first half, the home side went in front when the lads were unable to clear their lines but the second half performance from Tombrack was much improved. Kevin Kelly scored his first competitive goal for the club to bring the sides back level and despite being reduced to ten men when Jamie Walshe was sent off for an altercation with a Kilmore player, the lads did enough to hold on for a well earned point


Wexford Football League Division Four A

Killenagh Wan  2  Tombrack United  1

A slightly understrength B team travelled to Killenagh and put in a strong hard working performance before eventually losing out 2-1. The home side were fortunate to go ahead when a long range hopeful effort found its way to the back of the net just before half time. A thirty yard free kick from Jamie Murphy brought the sides level midway through the second half and it looked like the lads might have earned a point until the home side found the net ten minutes from the end to take all three points


Wexford Women’s League Division Two

Tombrack United  3  Fastnet Rovers  1

Our women moved up to second in the table when they came from behind to beat Fastnet 3-1, picking up their fourth league win of the season in the process. Fastnet took the lead fifteen minutes in but Shannon McGovern had the sides level just on the half hour mark, leaving the score 1-1 at the break. Tombrack  were much better in the second half and two goals from Sarah Merrigan gave the girls a well earned three points, keeping their three in a row ambitions alive


Saturday January 12th

Schoolboys Under Sixteen Division Two A

Tombrack United  2  Wexford Celtic B 3

The Under Sixteen boys will feel very unfortunate not to have taken at least a point from this game. Adam Jeffers gave Tombrack the lead with a well taken penalty but ten minutes later, Celtic were back on level terms until with five minutes to go to half time, Evan Maher swung in a corner which Leanne Kenny nodded into the net. The visitors were back on level terms just before half time and the game seemed to be heading for a draw when Celtic scored the winner with two minutes to go


Schoolboys Under Fourteen Two A

Tombrack United  0  Ballagh United  3

Four games in and although our Under Fourteen boys are performing well, they are not getting the breaks and still waiting for their first point of the season. However, when the team is at full strength, they can match anyone and can still pull themselves to midtable before this long season is over


Schoolboys Under Twelve Division Three

Tombrack United  2  New Ross Town B  0


Our Under Twelve boys remain in touch with the leaders after this well earned 2-0 win at home to New Ross Town. The lads were in control of this game from the off and while the visitors defended well, they were unable to keep our lads at bay and goals from Eoin Tomkins and Alex Kavanagh


Late drama as men grab a point in Moyne

Published: Sunday, 06 January 2019 17:57

Wexford Football League Division One

Moyne Rangers B  2  Tombrack United  2

Tombrack showed massive character to come back from 2-0 down at half time to secure a point with a late goal in a game where both sides will feel they were hard done by. The game was evenly contested in the opening twenty minutes with both Dane McGarry and Kevin Kenny bringing good saves from the Moyne keeper before the home side found their feet and came more and more into the game. Moyne took the lead on twenty eight minutes in controversial circumstances when a well struck shot hit the underside of the crossbar, seemed to bounce on the outside of the goal line but the referee thought otherwise and pointed to the centre spot, despite the argument from the Tombrack players. Ten minutes later, the home side doubled their lead when Tombrack failed to clear their lines and the ball ended up in the back of the net. This was a real test of character for the lads and one they stood up to and from the kick off, went in search of a goal to get back into the game and were rewarded seven minutes into the second half when awarded a penalty for a reckless challenge and Rory Newe calmly slotted away the spot lick, sending the keeper the wrong way. Tombrack were the better team in the second half but still had to work hard to keep Moyne from increasing their lead with all four defenders and keeper working hard while up front, the Moyne defenders had to work equally as hard to keep Tombrack at bay. Darragh Hendrick, Jamie Walsh, Savo and Kevin Kenny all went close and as time became the enemy, it looked like Moyne were going to hold on, until Jamie Walsh lined up his shot just outside the area and fired the ball, hitting the bottom of the crossbar and once again the ball bounced out, but once again the referee was brave enough to make the decision and award the goal, this time to the annoyance of the Moyne players. This proved to be the final kick of the game as he sounded the final whistle and Tombrack left Belfield with a hard earned point in a 2-2 draw, that could have so easily been 1-1. The full squad played a vital part in securing this draw with all fourteen players contributing a major role in a game where the team showed character and commitment to come from 2-0 down

Squad: Aaron Breslin, Niall Maher (Eoin Carton), Bob Newe, James Coleman, Kevin Kelly, John Coleman (Mick "Savo" Kelly), Darragh Hendrick, Dane McGarry (Eoghan Murphy), Rory Newe, Kevin Kenny, Jamie Walsh

Wexford Football League Division Four A

Tombrack United  0  Enniscorthy United  4

Two goals in each half saw Enniscorthy United come to Ballyboy and overcome our B team 4-0 in a game where our lads just had one of them days where they never got going and were restricted to a limited number of chances

Wexford Women's League Division Two

Tombrack United  5  Stoney LFC  1

A strong first half display saw our Women pick up their third win of the season and move joint second in the table as they overcame a physically strong Stoney side 5-1. Tombrack took the lead early in the game when Shannon McGovern tapped home an excellent Becky Connaughton corner after just three minutes and nine minutes later, Kelli Maguire made it 2-0 when she lobbed the keeper from twenty yeards out. Midway through the half, Becky got on the scoresheet herself to make it 3-0 with Shannon grabbing her second ten minutes before half time. Leanne Kenny made it 5-0 with five minutes to go to the break with a well taken effort, as she found space on the edge of the area. Stoney were much better in the second half as Tombrack made several substitutions  and the visitors were rewarded with a well taken goal midway through the half and to be fair to Stoney, they did make the Tombrack defence work hard to prevent them from scoring another couple. However, in the end, the Women held on for a well deserved 5-1 win that moves them joint second in the table midway through the season

Wexford Youths Cup First Round

Corach Ramblers  8  Tombrack United  1

Missing several key players due to a school trip, our Youths fielded a very young squad away to Corach in the Youth Cup and struggled to compete with the physically stronger home side. However, they worked hard for the ninety minutes and will have gained a lot from the experience and were rewarded with a consolation goal from Hassid Yasin. 

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