YMCA qualified for the semi-final of the under sixteen cup with a fine 5-1 win over the Leinster Lions at the community pitch in Enniscorthy last Sunday, March 23.
It was the first ever U-16 boy’s hockey cup match to be played in the county of Wexford.
YM scored after nineteen minutes after a prolonged period of attacks. The Lions forced an equaliser on 28 minutes when Chris Sinclair nicked the ball off a hesitant defender and slipped the ball past the advancing keeper Leo Micklem to make it 1-1 at the break.
The Dubliners replied in the first minute of the second half and dominated the half. Alex Price scored a hat trick while Eoin Connolly found the net twice. For the Lions Jonathan Rothwell, and Jack Kerrison were to the fore while Daire Hughes in goal made many fine clearances.
The Lions are a concept that has been devised by the LHA board. It enables clubs that cannot field a full team to join together and form a team.
The idea has the support of seven clubs and the team has played five games to date, winning two. For some of the Lions players it is their first opportunity to play structured, competitive hockey.
The real fruits of the exercise will be seen as the years go by and whether the players are still involved in the game. It will obviously be challenging, in particular for the Wexford lads, as there is no senior club in the county. On the other hand this initiative might be the trigger for a new club.