Scales tipped in Arklow’s favour
Arklow Town 1 Wicklow Rovers 0: It proved quite fitting on the day that the winning goal should be scored by Arklow’s immensely impressive Liam Scales.
After a lengthy run which saw him skip past a number of Wicklow Rovers defenders and with coolness personified he slotted home.
Town had started brightly, forcing the game to be played in and around the Rovers penalty area. A succession of corners failed to bring Arklow an opening and a Peter Tyrrell effort rebounding off the crossbar was as close as they came in the opening period.
In fact, it was Rovers who had the best chance to open the scoring, a swift break upfield split the Arklow defence and only a fine save from Town’s keeper Cathal Kelleher denied Rovers the lead. Liam Scales, operating mainly down Town’s left wing, continually drove at the Rovers back line, a constant threat.
From one such move, Scales finally gave the Arklow side a merited lead, finishing with aplomb after a great run down the left wing and cutting inside to fire home. Town then hit the bar, an effort from close range by Ross Hanley somehow coming back off the bar and away from danger.
Try as they might, Rovers couldn’t quite gain parity and Town secured the three points.