McCarthy – It was a good game and a good trip

Wolves arrived to Wexford on Sunday night for the match to raise funds to the club of the manager – Mick Wallace – that was so important for Kevin Doyle’s formative years as a footballer.

They had time for a bit of R&R as well as light training and socialising before the friendly against Wexford Youths on Monday evening.

The whole Wolves squad dined on Monday in the ‘Ye Olde Coopers Inn’ – the pub in Killinnick owned by Kevin Doyle’s parents. After that they continued with a walk on Curracloe Beach – the site in which the blockbuster ‘Saving Private Ryan’ were filmed.


Although it had stopped raining at kick-off time, damp and cold conditions prevailed at Ferrycarrig Park. Maybe that was the reason to the reported very slow start to the game, that were watched by nearly 3.000 people – most of them local supporters of Wexford Youth.

Matt Jarvis, playing on the right wing for the evening, opened the excitement with a run and a pass to Nenad Miljaš’s, but his through ball to Keogh – who would otherwise have been clean through – was intercepted.

Keogh – very lively on the evening – did come close to breaking the deadlock after 20 minutes – when he worked some space before attempting to chip the Wexford keeper. But he reacted well, getting a hand to the ball.

In the 37th minute a corner by Jarvis was headed on by Maierhofer and Richard Stearman ran in at the far post but fired over the bar. Shortly after, Youths keeper Holden just beat Andy Surman to a nice through ball by Keogh. Just before the whistle Milijaš curled a free-kick just wide of the post after a foul on Segundo Castillo.

It should be said that Wexford had some good moves and chances too, but as a Wolves supporter I’m naturally more interested in concentrating on reporting about the Wolves teams efforts.

Wolves opened the second half much better than the first, as they took the lead in the 50th minute when Stefan Maierhofer flicked a low Scott Malone cross into the net.

Kevin Doyle was introduced in the 65th minute. It lifted the crowd to new hights. Maybe it inspired the Wexford team as well as the lively Sheehan of Youths paced down the right and ripped open the Wolves defence. When his first attempt came back to him off Greg Halford, he blasted the rebound to the back of the net and leveled the score to 1-1.

But about a quarter of an hour from the end a second Keogh chip saw the Youths keeper Holden beaten to make it 2-1 to Wolves. Reportedly the striker deserved it well for his efforts during the game. But it should be said that Wexford Youths nearly snatched an equaliser. A shot by Sinnott rebound off the crossbar a few minutes before the final whistle.

So Kevin Doyle did not score on his homecoming, but probably a heart-warming day and night nonetheless for Doyle. He reveals how he feels to the official site:

It was a good night. It was a pity I couldn’t start the game but I’d played a full game against Stoke two days before and we’ve got Arsenal coming up and then the Ireland games with France. The manager said I’d get 10 to 15 minutes and I ended up with 20 so I was happy enough with that.”

I was under a bit of pressure and the rest of the lads were giving me stick so we had to make sure they were well looked after – it all seems to have gone well and everyone enjoyed it. We’ve been looked after really well and it’s been a good trip. It was really nice to have a few minutes at the family home which is a short distance away and good to have so many family and friends here to watch.

This pitch is only two or three years old so I’ve not played on it before. The possibility of this was brought up when I was in talks with Wolves, whether we could come and help Mick (Wallace) out in what is tough times in the Eircom League. Mick’s put all his own money into this place and if we can help by giving a little bit back then great.

Instead of Doyle it was another Irisman – Andy Keogh – that scored the decisive goal of the match. And it was music to the ears of his manager:

It was a fabulous goal. Andy works so hard and it was nice for him to get his finish.

And Mick McCarthy was generally very pleased with the Wolves trip to the ‘Green Island’ and said to the official site:

We’ve enjoyed it – it was a good game and it’s been a good trip. The game gave us a chance to give some of the lads some time on the pitch and we have enjoyed the experience. The main reason we were here was to try and bring a crowd in for Wexford and for Mick (Wallace) who does great work for this club and it was good for us to support him. If Premier League or Championship clubs who have brought in players from Ireland can come back and support them in this way then it’s great.

I’m delighted that we’ve been able to give something back and it was a good game. They’re thrilled they got a goal which makes their evening but I’m glad we won – it doesn’t really matter but I’m still glad we won! I think Kevin was looking forward to it and dreading it in equal measure! It’s nice for him to come back and see people again but he also wanted to make sure he did right by everybody.

Kevin has been a great signing for us – I was probably aware of Kevin just before he went to Reading and it was Steve Coppell who took him from Cork. It’s difficult to say that the Eircom League prepares people for the Premier League and Championship – there’s still work to be done but Kevin obviously did great with Reading and we’ve done well with bringing some in.

Wexford: Holden (Doyle 45), Russell (Mullen 75), McCurtin (T. Rossiter 75), White, Breen (P. Rossiter 64), Dempsey, Broaders (Kenny 67), Keohane (Aust 67), Sheahan, Sinnott (capt), P. Malone (Rowe 67).

Wolves: Hahnemann, Halford, S. Malone (Elokobi 67), Castillo (Henry 67), Mancienne, Stearman, Jarvis, Milijaš (Hemmings 59) (Zubar 83), Keogh (capt), Maierhofer (Doyle 67), Surman.

Unused subs: Hennessey, Berra, Craddock.
Referee: S. Grant.
Attendance: 2,718.

Kevin Doyle with his former mentor – now manager of Youths

P.S.Paddy has now published a Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin Biography with over 50 videos that can be found HERE and from the main page (right margin).D.S.


~ by paddytheflea on November 3, 2009.

3 Responses to “McCarthy – It was a good game and a good trip”

  1. Accoring to live matchcast and club report cross for first goal came from Scott Malone

    • According to The Irish Independent and The Irish Examiner the cross came from Milijas. As I wasn’t there I have to take a choice on one of the versions. Or it’s two sources against one that it was Milijas. On the other hand the Wolves officials know their players better than Irish reporters, so you may be right.

      But, what the hell. It was just a friendly. Doesn’t matter that much, does it?

  2. Well. Today Scott Malone confirmed that he was the one that did set up the second goal (look in new article with interview).

    I have now changed the article and can only bow to you, vally. You were right.

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