Ryan and Collopy fire Glenview to victory
FOCUS MATCH WICKLOW LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Glenview AFC 4, Arklow Celtic 1: Glenview’s prolific front pairing of Chad Ryan and Darren Collopy each grabbed braces as the Bray side cruised to a facile 4-1 win over Arklow Celtic.
This one was all over bar the shouting by half-time with Glenview 3-0 up and Arklow barely troubling Eoin Fox in the Glenview goal but credit where credit is due the visitors didn’t give up and pulled one back in the second-half in a spirited performance.
The home side took the lead as early as the third minute but could have gone in front a minute before that when Brian Dunne chipped a delicious ball over the top from his own half to release David Hughes. Hughes then waited for the ball to bounce down to him before nonchalantly scooping the ball over the oncoming defender’s head. The finish didn’t match the build up however, as the midfielder smashed the ball inches wide of the far post.
The home fans didn’t have to wait long for the opener though as after the Arklow defence fell asleep from a long ball, Chad Ryan was able to nip in and pick his spot, blasting the ball beyond Robbie Moran in the Arklow goal.
Ten minutes later and Ryan turned provider for his strike partner Darren Collopy when he played a fantastic ball into Collopy but with only yards separating him and the goal, Collopy blazed over when it seemed easier to score.
Collopy had no problem finding the net on 27 minutes however, after a frantic two minute spell in the Arklow penalty box. First Jack Douglas showed his class as he skipped by his opponents before clipping the ball over the goalkeeper from an acute angle. Nobody was there to get the touch that would have sent the ball into then net but after a game of pinball the ball was eventually crossed into Collopy who was adjudged to be onside by referee Paul O’Brien and he readjusted himself to nod home from six yards.
Two minutes later and David Hughes came within inches of scoring again after some impressive play by Douglas and Collopy.
Douglas sliced the defence open with a delicate ball into space on the left which Collopy raced onto. The number ten then continued on with the ball before sending in a low cross which Hughes could only poke past the near post at full stretch.
Celtic could have pulled a goal back late on in the first half but after Peter Walker’s dangerous free kick from the left was only half cleared by goalkeeper Eoin Fox, Paul Sullivan drilled the ball over from close range.
That miss then proved very costly three minutes later however when the reigning league champions got their third.
Chad Ryan’s well threaded through ball found the run of Collopy and the front man just beat Robbie Moran to the ball, tipping it by the goalkeeper. Collopy then found his angle to be too acute however so he had to turn back and showed great composure before finding the net with his attempt.
Glenview let their foot of the pedal somewhat in the second half and seemed content to just play out the remainder of the game but when Arklow pulled one back on 73 minutes after Paul Sullivan’s bullet header from substitute Mark Nolan’s cross, they were awoken from their sleep.
The Glenview management needn’t have worried however as it took their players only three minutes to restore their three goal lead, with Ryan grabbing his second after he squeezed in Ben McNulty’s left wing cross.
Man of the Match: Jack Douglas (Glenview AFC). The youngster might not have got on the score-sheet (despite a fantastic chance) but he was instrumental in midfield, pulling the strings throughout and he can certainly pick a pass.
Glenview A.F.C., who beat Arklow Celtic in their Premier Division match.
Arklow Celtic, who lost out to Glenview.