New­town United march on

Mas­sive re­sult for Wick­low side in Le­in­ster Se­nior Cup

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN Sports Re­porter



LEAGUE of Ire­land clubs be­ware, New­town United are gun­ning for you.

The Mag­pies made his­tory yet again on Sun­day as they dumped Dublin out­fit Blue­bell United out of the Le­in­ster Se­nior Cup.

By knock­ing out the league lead­ers of Ma­jor Di­vi­sion Satur­day in the Le­in­ster Se­nior, not only did they take pride of place in the WDFL but the Wick­low side also now ad­vance to the fourth round, where League of Ire­land clubs such as Sham­rock Rovers, St. Pa­trick’s Ath­letic and Bray Wan­der­ers will en­ter the hat.

And when the fourth round draw is made, the Premier Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons will be pray­ing that it is a League of Ire­land club await­ing them.

After re­ceiv­ing a bye in the first round, the Matt Kelly Memo­rial Grounds out­fit ousted Tal­lagh City thanks to goals from Dessie Wa­ters and Dean Od­lum.

All roads lead to Capco Park where United were fly­ing the flag against one of the gi­ants of the LSL.

United ad­mit­ted they went up with a game plan but they fell be­hind on the hour mark.

Marty Wil­liams forced ex­tra time on 85 min­utes as he lev­elled and the Mag­pies then en­tered dream land as they snuck in ex­tra time after pres­sure from Mark Fitzsimons and Richard Franey forced the hosts to put through their own net.

The vis­i­tors were out on their feet though and could not hold on, sub­mit­ting their lead just two min­utes later to leave both sides fac­ing the prospect of elim­i­na­tion by shoot-out.

Thank­fully United goal­keeper Ciaran McGuirl came to the fore, sav­ing three penal­ties and team-mates Sean Hef­fer­nan, Fitzsimons and Wil­liams all kept their cool from 12 yards to seal vic­tory.

United’s joint man­ager, Trevor O’Brien, says that Sun­day was with­out doubt the big­gest match in the club’s his­tory. Although un­sure of when the draw for the fourth round is, he is very sure that it is a League of Ire­land scalp that they de­sire next.

Should their wish be granted, New­town will once again head into the match with only one thing on their mind; vic­tory. It will not be a day out for them, it’ll be a step closer to glory.

But thoughts of the Le­in­ster Se­nior Cup will now be squeezed to the back of their minds.

They have a Premier Di­vi­sion crown to de­fend in the mean­time and that gets back un­der­way this week­end.

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