Gi­ant killers Rath­new join Rovers in Cup semis

Bray People - - SPORT -

TWO OF the Wick­low Cup semi-fi­nal­ists have been con­firmed and one of them slayed a gi­ant to get there.

Rath­new AFC C of Di­vi­sion 3 North trav­elled to Fin­lay Park on Sun­day to take on Andy McEvoy Pre­mier 1 side Wick­low Town A and they claimed the hosts’ scalp against all odds.

John Sayer opened the scor­ing as the fired home an out­ra­geous free kick early in the first half be­fore David O’Con­nor lev­elled a few min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod.

Ten men Rath­new hung on for the rest of nor­mal time and sur­vived ex­tra time to set up penal­ties. The shoot-out proved to be noth­ing short of in­cred­i­ble, as Rath­new edged it 3-4 af­ter 16 penal­ties had been struck. A full re­port on that fas­ci­nat­ing en­counter is avail­able in to­day’s news­pa­per.

Ash­ford Rovers faced the threat of a banana skin as they vis­ited Ferndale Park for a clash with Ark­low United B.

Mid­fielder Finn Brooks set the vis­i­tors on their way in the first half but Craig Kinsella put the wind up Rovers with an equaliser af­ter the in­ter­val.

Goalscor­ing ace Dean Mooney en­sured there’d be no em­bar­rass­ment for the Bal­li­nalea Park men though as he net­ted the win­ner late on.

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