Weather ru­ins fix­tures again

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN Sports Re­porter

THE WICKLOW LEAGUE fix­tures were dec­i­mated once again at the week­end due to the atro­cious weather.

A whole four matches lived to tell the tale, with wa­ter­logged pitches lead­ing to post­pone­ments through­out the Garden County.

Celtic Stars and Wicklow Town put the mis­er­able el­e­ments aside to serve up a thriller in their Di­vi­sion 1 Cup quar­ter fi­nal game. Di­vi­sion 1 lead­ers Wicklow Town lead three times in the match but bowed out of the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter los­ing 4-3 on penal­ties.

The vis­i­tors lead thrice at Drum­min through Shane Dunne, Richard Murphy and Ed­die Kelly but Stars fought tooth and nail and clawed their op­po­nents back on ev­ery oc­ca­sion; John Ka­vanagh and Paddy Byrne were on tar­get in nor­mal time, with Daniel Egan net­ting the ex­tra time lev­eller.

Stars then used their mo­men­tum to claim the win in the dreaded bat­tle of nerves from 12 yards.

Two more semi-fi­nals sports were also de­cided over the last few days with Rath­new AFC A and Aughrim Rangers storming into the last four of the Jim McLaugh­lin Pre­mier Tro­phy and Thomas Scott Cup re­spec­tively.

En­niskerry YC at­tempted to halt Rath­new's progress but their ef­forts did lit­tle to stem Rath­new's charge to­wards sil­ver­ware. De­fender Colin Jame­son bagged a brace at Ber­ry­field Lane for the Vil­lagers, with Ai­dan Small, Jay Tay­lor and Ken Doyle con­tribut­ing sin­gles.

Aughrim Rangers matched Rath­new's goalscor­ing ex­ploits as they carved out a smooth pas­sage to the last four of the Thomas Scott Cup on Sun­day with a crush­ing 5-0 vic­tory over Red­bank United at Allen Park.

Rangers had five dif­fer­ent names on the score­sheet as they put their Di­vi­sion 2 rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals to the sword with ease. Liam Keenan, Conor Phe­lan, Ja­son Cushe, Rory O'Brien and Keith Steven­son all found the back of the net for Rangers.

The only other fix­ture not to fall foul of Jack Frost was the meet­ing of MK Dons and Saints FC B in Di­vi­sion 3. The duo failed to pro­duce a tie that would over­cast the mis­er­able weather though as they played out a dull 1-1 draw.

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