Newtown win on penalties
Glencormac United 2, Newtown United 2 (Newtown won 5-2 AET): The two sides battling it out for the league title came face-to-face at Ryder’s Field on Saturday and produced a hugely entertaining match. U-18 YOUTH CUP SEMI-FINALS The Glens currently sit three points clear of Newtown in the league, but the second placed side have a game in hand, so this match was always going to be a close-run thing.
The visitors took the lead on the halfhour mark and stayed in front up until 15 minutes from the end, when Dan Kelly struck back for the hosts.
Their joy didn’t last long however as Newtown restored their lead practically straight from the restart.
Glencormac weren’t going to go down without a fight though and Enniskerry man Gav Barton forced the game into extra-time with a goal a minute from the end.
Having been pegged back twice though, Newtown were in no mood to concede again and smashed three goals in in extra time.
The men who got on the scoresheet for the winners were Austin Gaskin (2), John Halpin, Jamie Shea and Rory McNicholas.
Wicklow Rovers 3, Greystones United 0: There was probably plenty a glass raised to Sean Nowd last Saturday night after his superb hat-trick booked Wicklow Rovers a place in the final of the U-18 Youth Cup, where they will face Newtown United.
They may be out of contention in the league but at least that means they can now turn their full attention to winning this cup and if Nowd continues his goalscoring form, there is no reason why they can’t go on to win it.
Newtown and Wicklow have been meant to face each other twice this season already, but on both occasions the matches were called off.