Glen­cor­mac con­tinue winning start to sea­son

Bray People - - Sport - Daniel GOR­MAN

Glen­cor­mac United 2, Wick­low Rovers 0: Glen­cor­mac United main­tained their 100 per cent record in the new sea­son af­ter de­servedly beat­ing a youth­ful Wick­low Rovers side in a very scrappy af­fair last Sun­day.

The game it­self was no thriller, al­most as dull as the weather in fact, but the Glens won’t care too much as long as they col­lected the three points with their sec­ond 2-0 win of the sea­son.

The small crowd that braved the rain and went to Ry­der’s Field for the game had to wait un­til the 24th minute for the first chance, and it was also the opener for the home side.

Tom Byrne col­lected the ball in the mid­dle of the park and lobbed the ball for­ward. A group of play­ers from both sides then both jumped for the ball and some­one man­aged to get a flick on which set up a race for Wick­low goal­keeper Paul Con­yard and United winger Padraig Devlin. Devlin was the win­ner and his first time ef­fort hit the back of the net, his first goal of many this sea­son.

Six min­utes later and the next chance, and the next goal, came along. Trevor Carr’s throw-in from the left was flicked on ex­pertly by Ian Devlin into the path of Barry Fitz­patrick and the young­ster took every­one by sur­prise by smash­ing the ball into the top left hand cor­ner in what was an ab­so­lute screamer of a goal.

The home side could have found them­selves go­ing in at the half-time break three goals to the good but af­ter Robin Kelly’s slip had let Pádraig Devlin in for his sec­ond chance the num­ber seven’s shot was smartly saved by Paul Con­yard in the Wick­low goal.

The match con­tin­ued in the same vein af­ter the break with the Kil­mac out­fit again go­ing close at the start of the sec­ond-half, when tar­get man Jay Doyle got in be­hind the de­fence be­fore he fired wide.

Ten min­utes later and the vis­i­tors fi­nally threat­ened af­ter Aaron Earls free-kick from the right was head­ing in un­til Shane Vick­ers scram­bled over to his near post and turned the ball around the post. Not long af­ter that and Wick­low might have found them­selves three down af­ter Ian Devlin did su­perbly to set up his fel­low striker Jay Doyle but he fired straight at the goal­keeper.

On 69 min­utes Wick­low al­most pulled one back through Niall Man­ning. Sub­sti­tute Robert Pickerill found Man­ning in space in the dan­ger area and af­ter cut­ting in­side his man, the mid­fielder fired into the side net­ting from a tight an­gle.

The fi­nal chance of the game fell to Rovers, but once again it was a case of close but no ci­gar.

Pickerill robbed the ball from Glens ‘keeper Shane Vick­ers and from an ex­tremely tight an­gle he put the ball across the face of the goal but un­for­tu­nately the in-rush­ing Leon Mur­phy couldn’t get there in time t put the ball into an empty net.

Man of the Match: Mick Mol­loy (Glen­cor­mac United). Han­dled ev­ery­thing they could throw at him.

Glen­cor­mac United: Shane Vick­ers, Bobby Mes­sitt (Glen Mes­sitt 62’), Mick Mol­loy, Mick Rooney, Trevor Carr, Padraig Devlin, Tom Byrne, Shane Devlin, Barry Fitz­patrick (Ai­dan Golden 66’), Ian Devlin, Jay Doyle (Kevin Red­den 87’). Subs. - Liam Devlin, Richard Dunne.

Wick­low Rovers: Paul Con­yard, Karl Har­ring­ton, Tom Byrne, Colm Doyle, Robin Kelly, Jonathan Dunne, Kevin Cody, Niall Man­ning, Aaron Earls (Robert Pickerill 57’), Stephen Earls, Leon Mur­phy. Subs. - Alan Duffy, Eoin Madden.

Ref­eree: Mick Byrne.

The United team that de­feated Wick­low Rovers 2-0 in Divi­sion One.

The Wick­low Rovers team that took on Glen­cor­mac United in Divi­sion One.

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