Wick­low Rovers go through on penal­ties

FO­CUS MATCH WICK­LOW CUP SEC­OND ROUND

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Wick­low Rovers 3, Aughrim Rangers A 3 (AET, Wick­low won 4-2 on pens): Wick­low Rovers just pipped Aughrim Rangers to the next round of the Wick­low Cup af­ter a very dra­matic match at The White­gates on Sun­day which ended in a penalty shoot-out.

Rovers found them­selves be­hind af­ter just 30 sec­onds af­ter a freak own goal but fought back and found them­selves 3-1 up by the 32nd minute.

Aughrim weren’t al­lowed to let their dream die though and fought back to 3-3 with David Dil­lon get­ting both goals.

Twenty min­utes of ex­tra time couldn’t sep­a­rate the sides though and the dreaded penal­ties were needed.

Niall Byrne gave Rangers the lead but the hosts pegged them back. Wick­low were then 3-1 up in the shoot-out af­ter their ‘keeper Alan Duffy pulled off two fan­tas­tic saves from Clive Ho­ran and Dar­ragh O’Brien. This meant Wil­lie Ka­vanagh had to score to keep his side in with a shout and he did, but Wick­low con­verted their fourth penalty to ad­vance.

It wasn’t even 2:01pm when the opener was scored and it was like a flash­back to Gary Neville’s in­fa­mous own goal against Croa­tia but this time it was Alan Cody who passed it back to his ‘keeper who was left swing­ing at the air thanks to the ball hit­ting a divot and evad­ing the keeper’s clear­ance.

Rangers were pegged back with 11 min­utes gone in the match and it was an­other own goal, af­ter Mark Sul­li­van’s cross from the by-line was palmed in by Paul Cullen, who was stand­ing on for their usual goal­keeper, to the de­light of Wick­low Rovers.

Wick­low then scored two min­utes in a fran­tic five minute spell. First Jonathan Dunne’s free kick went through the wall and found its way into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net. Then Kevin Cody’s cor­ner kick went through the arms of stand in goalie Paul Cullen to make it 31.

Early into the sec­ond pe­riod the vis­i­tors re­duced the deficit to a sin­gle goal af­ter David Dil­lon got in be­hind the de­fence and chipped the ball into the net.

Twenty min­utes later he re­peated the trick with a very sim­i­lar goal leav­ing the sides all level.

Nei­ther side could find the break­through how­ever penal­ties it was.

Wick­low Rovers penalty tak­ers were Aaron Earls, Mark De­laney, Mark Sul­li­van and Robin Kelly.

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Dur­ing the match Wick­low Rovers’ cen­tre-half Alan Cody suf­fered a sus­pected con­cus­sion af­ter a clash of heads and had to be taken to St. Vin­cent’s Hospi­tal via am­bu­lance so Peo­ple News­pa­pers would like to wish him a speedy re­cov­ery.

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