Ryan and Col­lopy fire Glen­view to victory


Bray People - - Sport - Daniel GOR­MAN

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.

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