Clash Celtic stun Arklow in thriller
SOCCER WICKLOW CUP SECOND ROUND
Clash Celtic 5, Arklow Celtic 4: There can be no doubt whatsoever that this was the biggest upset of the weekend and surely the biggest upset of the whole competition.
Wee Clash Celtic are currently sitting on level points with the bottom side of the lowest division in the Wicklow League while highflying Arklow Celtic are the closest challengers to St. Peter’s Bhoys in the Premier Division.
This is why the Wicklow Cup is so exciting because over 90 minutes, anything can happen and Arklow Celtic learned this the hard way at Ballinaclash Field on Sunday.
Clash Celtic’s heroes on the day that they’ll remember for a long time to come were David Carter with a double and Gerard Byrne with two also, while Mark Darcy also chipped in with one.
Arklow United A 2, Fairwood Celtic 3: Another upset seen at the weekend took place at Ferndale Park last Sunday as Division 3 side Fairwood Celtic knocked out Division 1 side Arklow United A.
Both sides are currently sitting third in their respective divisions and Arklow United will surely be extremely upset to have exited the contest at this stage to opposition from the third tier.
That’s no disrespect to Fairwood Celtic though as they are a new side and the Coolboy outfit would be a good bet to be playing in Division 2 next year.
Alan McBride gave the hosts the lead early on before David Blake levelled matters to leave it all square at the break.
McBride then put his side ahead once more but they were once more pegged back, this time by Tony Darcy, and Darcy then went on to secure the winner and a big scalp for Celtic.
Ashford Rovers 12, Enniskerry YC B 0: Ashford Rovers mightn’t be enjoying much success in the league but last Sunday they hammered an incredible TWELVE goals past Enniskerry, and that was only by half-time.
The visitors decided to save themselves from further punishment and went home at half-time, calling a halt to Ashford’s shooting practice.
Ashford knocked out Enniskerry’s first team in the first round so it was no surprise that they beat their second team, but the margin was still a bit of a shock.
Paul Burton and Joe Byrne both got themselves into the Christmas spirit with hat-tricks, with Danny Byrne continuing his fine scoring form with a double, and Johnny O’Connor, Jay Taylor, Michael Taylor and Lee Fitzpatrick all getting in on the act.
St. Anthony’s A 1, Fassaroe YC 0: The young men of Fassaroe YC caused a scare or two in Finn Park on Sunday by pushing Premier Division side St. Anthony’s all the way.
The Kilcoole men would have been expecting a quite comfort- able victory over their Division 2 opposition but they only managed the one goal through Colm McGovern although they’ll hardly be complaining as they still go through to the next round all the same.
St. Peter’s Bhoys B 4, Richmond Rovers 2: St. Peter’s Bhoys sprang a small surprise on Sunday when they sent Premier Division side Richmond Rovers packing.
There was also a little bit extra at stake in this one as the two Bray sides surely were keen to get one over on each other.
It was the First Division side though that have bragging rights though thanks to goals from Adam Brack (2), Shane Byrne and Gav Harris.
Roundwood FC 5, Glencormac United 3 (AET): They may be one division below them but Second Division Roundwood were the side who booked their place in the next round of the Wicklow Cup in a match full of drama.
They overcame their big rivals First Division Glencormac United, although it did take extra-time.
The hosts opened the scoring before United’s Dean Byrne equalised before Roundwood scored again to leave it at 2-1 at the break.
Things got even better for the home side when they went 3-1 up before the Glens staged a comeback with 20 minutes to go when Mick Rooney and Pádraig Devlin scored to force extra-time.
The visitors knew they were on their way out early in the second period of extra-time though after Roundwood scored two goals in quick succession.
John Sayer (2), Robert Eyre, Luke Ferguson and Thomas Fitzpatrick scored for Roundwood.
Arklow United B 2, Eastcoast Albion 2 (AET, Eastcoast won 4-2 on pens): Another upset of sorts was witnessed at Ferndale Park on Sunday in what wasn’t the best day in the office for Arklow United FC.
Division 3 side Eastcoast Albion overcame Arklow United’s second team with the help of penalties to ensure that they would be in the draw for the next round.
In normal time Richard Conroy scored twice for the hosts and Michael Menka and Stephen Free notched for the visitors.
Eastcoast kept their cool when it came to the penalty shoot-out however and Stephen Free, Fergal O’Brien, Glen Carthy and Dave Gillick, who got the winner, scoring their spot-kicks.
Rathnew 7, Redbank United 0: Redbank United’s defence has been a problem for them all season so one feared they would always struggle against Rathnew, and that proved to be the case on Sunday.
Division 1 side Rathnew will fancy their chances of going quite far in this contest and will have sent out a message to some sides with this convincing win.
Anthony Doyle scored a very impressive five goals, with Kenneth Doyle and Paul Merrigan also finding the net.
Warren Gormley of Wicklow Town out-jumps Ciarán McGuirl of Newtown during their Wicklow Cup tie.