Newtown in control
Wicklow Town A 0, Newtown United A 2: Wicklow Town’s Wicklow Cup dream was well and truly ended by Premier Division rivals Newtown United last Sunday.
Newtown definitely deserved the win after dominating for large periods of the game but Wicklow probably should have snatched an equaliser late on before a last minute Newtown goal killed off their challenge.
Newtown had two chances in the ninth minute, the first after the impressive Paudie Doyle rounded Wicklow goalkeeper Colm Byrne but he was unable to find Terry Murphy who was six yards out.
Then Byrne dropped a simple ball at Mark Fitzsimon’s feet and as the midfielder tried to finish he was brought down by Byrne but no penalty was given by the referee who had a clear view of the incident.
Dessie Waters then came close for United when he smashed a bouncing ball narrowly off target on 15 minutes.
Two minutes later though they did manage to find the net. Ciaran McGuirl’s Rory Delaplike long throw caused panic in Wicklow’s defence and Waters got in front of his man to glance the ball into the far corner.
Midway through the first-half Wicklow’s lively winger Aidan Small had a moment to forget after he went on a mazy run and got into the penalty area before deciding to try his hand at a spot of diving.
After watching his laughable effort it’d be best if he just stuck to the football and the number seven was also booked for his troubles.
Wicklow’s right back Anthony Doran then missed the first of two great chances in the game when he rose at the far post and headed BA Franey’s free-kick over the crossbar and his disappointment was clear for all to see.
He soon made up for that miss though as just two minutes later he got back to make a superb last-ditch tickle that Jamie Carragher would have been proud of and prevented his side from going two down.
Franey’s right wing corner-kick then set up Doran for an even better chance a few minutes later but the Wicklow number two headed over again from just six yards with three minutes to go in the first-half.
The hosts were fortunate not to go in further behind at the break though after Newtown hit the crossbar two minutes into injury-time from a corner.
United should have notched their second goal six minutes after the break with Terry Murphy clean through but the striker blasted over well when placed.
The first chance of Wicklow’s second-half barrage on the Newtown goal came through former Bray Wanderers man Maurice Dunne, when he saw his 25-yard free-kick was blocked away by goalkeeper Paul O’Reirdan.
Next to have a go was Greg Dunne who blasted wide after a scramble in the box. Then with 19 minutes remaining they carved out their best chance of the game after Greg Dunne slipped the ball through for Franey who saw his effort hacked off the line by a visiting defender.
Wicklow’s task was made even harder with ten minutes to go though after striker Matthew Byrne was sent off for two yellow cards within a minute of each other and even after he had left the pitch he continued to voice his opinion of the referee before being removed.
With 82 minutes on the clock the home side should have been level after Maurice Dunne brilliantly controlled a long ball forward before firing straight at the ‘keeper from close in.
Newtown then wrapped up the win when County Wicklow G.A.A. star Dean Odlum found the net with a neat finish.
Man of the Match: Ciaran McGuirl (Newtown United): The midfielder put in a good shift and caused nightmares with his throw-ins all game.
Wicklow Town A, who lost out to Newtown.
Newtown United A, who made it through to the third round.