Rovers pipped by Phoenix FC

Bray People - - SPORT -

Wick­low Rovers 2, Phoenix FC 3 (AET): Wick­low Rovers ex­ited the Lani­gan Cup at the week­end when Phoenix FC squeezed past them by three goals to two af­ter ex­tra time.

Rovers took the lead in this tie af­ter 29 min­utes. Shane Cas­sidy found Davy O'Sullivan who in turn slipped it to Jim Fo­ley and his 25 yard ef­fort flew into the top right hand cor­ner of the Phoenix net.

The White­gates side's lead only lasted eight min­utes though as the vis­i­tors hit back when their left-back calmly con­verted a penalty.

The Dublin side were de­nied by the wood­work mo­ments later but it was Rovers who should have went in ahead at the break but Jim Fo­ley's vol­ley was su­perbly kept out by the Phoenix goal­keeper.

Wick­low looked to be ad­vanc­ing to the next round in the 83rd minute when they re­took the lead when for­mer Ir­ish Col­leges in­ter­na­tional Davy O'Sullivan found the back of the net with an over­head kick.

But the away side found them­selves al­most im­me­di­ately. Phoenix broke dan­ger­ously and Paul Alexan­der brought down an at­tacker in the Rovers penalty area. He re­ceived his march­ing or­ders and Phoenix was awarded a sec­ond spot kick, which the num­ber three once again dis­patched.

And the 10 men of Wick­low Rovers suf­fered ex­tra time heart­break when a Phoenix striker saw his shot de­flected past home goal­keeper Arthur De­lahunt for the de­ci­sive goal of the game.

Wick­low Rovers: Arthur De­lahunt, Stephen Earls, John McAl­wee, Andy Jame­son, Paul Alexan­der, Luke Byrne, Thomas Smullen, Shane Cas­sidy, Davy O'Sullivan, Jim Fo­ley, Peter Fin­negan.

SUBS: Greg Dunne for Smullen; Andy Broe for Jame­son; Jim Bran­ni­gan for Fo­ley. Not used: Alan Duffy, Paul O'Neill.

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