Waterford Youth League 6;
West Waterford-East Cork League 2
This unique pairing produced plenty of goals in Connors Park on Saturday night last. Both sides had recorded victories over the Tipperary League in the group and a close contest was expected but the lads from the west of the county had to line out without their top striker (and inter-county GAA dual star) Brian O’Halloran plus four other regulars who were also injured.
As a result the visitors fielded an extremely young side and they had no answer for a powerful Waterford League team. This was Waterford’s third game in this group. They drew with Kilkenny but after it was discovered that Kilkenny had played an illegal player the local league lodged an objection, which was upheld. The FAI made the extraordinary decision to re-play the game and decision has now been appealed once again by the Waterford committee so it is possible that they could top the group with nine points if the new appeal is successful.
Star player for the victors was the former Tramore player Zach Shanahan who now plays for Bohemians. He bagged a hat-trick and otherwise tormented the westerners all through the game.
The Waterford team, who played in an all-red strip, opened the scoring after only four minutes. Ferrybank winger Cormac O’Driscoll went on a strong run down the right before picking out Shane Nolan who duly drilled the ball past goalkeeper Adam O’Riordan from just inside the penalty area.
Three minuts later James Starmer shot wide in front of goal after he had taken the ball off defender Corrie Roche. Adam O’Riordan denied Shane Nolan a second goal on 14 minutes when he brilliantly tipped Nolan’s shot around his right upright.
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