Rath­new A and C through to Cup de­cider

Bray People - - SPORT -

RATH­NEW AFC made his­tory this weekend as two of their teams ad­vanced to the fi­nal of the Wick­low Cup.

On Fri­day evening, the first team thumped Ark­low Town 61 in Avoca and then on Sun­day, their third team ousted Ash­ford Rovers on penal­ties at the White­gates.

It is the first time in his­tory that two sides from one club will con­test the fi­nal and, un­der­stand­ably, Vil­lagers Chair­man Barry Mer­nagh is beam­ing with pride.

“I’m ab­so­lutely thril­lied. It’s bril­liant. From where we were last year, to this, it’s bril­liant. I said to you a few weeks ago there was no tro­phies won yet, well we know now that at least one tro­phy will be com­ing back to Rath­new!

“The Di­vi­sion 3 team will def­i­nitely get the sup­port, they’re the un­der­dogs.

“Any neu­trals that have no fam­ily in­volved for ei­ther side will def­i­nitely be up for them. It’ll be a great day.

“The club will win. The vil­lage will win.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be play­ing to win it (as first team man­ager) but if we don’t, it won’t break my heart half as much as it would if we’d lost to a dif­fer­ent club.”

And the Rath­new dom­i­na­tion continues, with the news that Rath­new ref­eree David Jame­son will over­see the fi­nal.

Rath­new AFC A se­cured their spot in the fi­nal with a 6-1 thrash­ing of Ark­low Town while their C coun­ter­parts had a much tougher bat­tle with Ash­ford Rovers which they won af­ter a penalty shoot-out.

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