Glencormac continue winning start to season
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.