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The num­ber sent off when New­town and Rath­new met in the Wick­low Cup quar­ter-fi­nal

THERE WILL be a new name on the Wick­low Cup this sea­son. Reign­ing cham­pi­ons New­town United A’s de­fence of the tro­phy was brought crash­ing to an end on Sun­day in a typ­i­cally feisty en­counter that pro­duced five red cards and five goals.

United lost three men, while Rath­new had two dis­missed as a late Nicky Mer­nagh strike knocked the Mag­pies out at the quar­ter fi­nal stage.

Mer­nagh had opened the scor­ing for the Vil­lagers in the fourth minute from the penalty spot but goals from Shane Mooney and Matthew Kennedy turned the game on its head be­fore half time.

The first two of five red cards were shown early in the sec­ond half just min­utes be­fore Mark Doyle nod­ded home an equaliser.

United lost an­other man to leave them with nine men and their re­sis­tance was bro­ken late on by Mer­nagh, be­fore ref­eree Gavin Colfer pro­duced two red cards in the clos­ing min­utes to leave just 17 men on the pitch by the fi­nal whis­tle.

Ly­ing in wait for Rath­new A in the semi­fi­nals is Ark­low Town. The Andy McEvoy Pre­mier 1 con­tenders hosted Glen­cor­mac United; still buzzing from their gi­ant-killing of New­town United A in the Char­lie Bishop Cup.

The Kil­macanogue side made life as dif­fi­cult as they could for the hosts; com­ing from be­hind twice and so nearly forc­ing ex­tra time but in the end, the Town proved too strong for the Di­vi­sion 2 side as they struck late to avoid em­bar­rass­ment.

Peter Smith’s side went ahead but Trevor Carr’s men replied through Cian McGoldrick.

Smith’s side went back ahead in the sec­ond pe­riod only for United to fight back again as Gavan Burke struck five min­utes from the end of nor­mal time.

Ark­low Town were in no mood to be­come vic­tims of an up­set though and they landed a late win­ner to ad­vance to the last four.

The other semi-fi­nal will see Rath­new AFC C take on Ash­ford Rovers.

New­town United play­ers con­test a de­ci­sion by ref­eree Gavin Colfer.

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