Close af­fair as Rovers ‘A’ claim Premier ti­tle

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This be­came ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing when the game went to penal­ties and Ciaran Cof­fey was the first man up to take the spot kick. More about that anon.

Se­condly, it was the ‘B; team who took the lead thanks to a stun­ning free kick from Sean Leonard who lashed the ball home past Rossa Mar­ron in the ‘A’ goals.

It had looked like the ‘A’ side were go­ing to boss this en­counter but there’s sim­ply no ac­count­ing for pas­sion and will to win and, de­spite the dom­i­nance in terms of pos­ses­sion which the ‘A’ side were en­joy­ing, the ‘B’ team made dead­lier use of what lim­ited sup­ply they had.

It re­mained 1-0 to the un­der­dogs at the break and that looked set for a rapid change when Stu­art Cox stepped up to take a penalty he won him­self shortly af­ter the re-start. How­ever, Sean Cof­fey is a for­mi­da­ble sight on the goal line and he saved a poorly placed strike and the re­bound­ing ball was even­tu­ally cleared.

It would have been amaz­ing had the ‘B’ out­fit man­aged to sur­vive but as the game went on the like­li­hood of that seemed to get less and less and in the 35th minute Luca Ram­per­saud was played on and he fired home from close range to level mat­ters.

There was plenty of drama in both halves of ex­tra-time with the cross­bar be­ing smacked at one stage but even­tu­ally we were all set for penal­ties.

Up stepped Ciaran Cof­fey to take a spot kick against his brother Sean. Ciaran struck, Sean dived, but Ciaran scored.

Thinsg weren’t look­ing too healthy when Cian O’Brien’s shot was saved by Ross Mar­ron 14 penal­ties later (one re-take) the re­spon­si­bil­ity of keep­ing the ‘B’ side in it fell to Tom Far­rell but Rossa Mar­ron was now in the zone and he saved well from Far­rell’s strike and the cel­e­bra­tions be­gan in style.

Wick­low Rovers A: 1. Rossa Mar­ron, 2. Adam Cud­dihy, 3. Eli Gra­ham, 4. Daniel Har­bourne, 5. Jack Gib­ney, 6. Liam Ro­nan, 7. Jack Dunne, 8. Luca Ram­per­saud, 9. Stu­art Cox, 10. Stephen Fin­lay, 11. Pa­trick O’Keane. Subs: 12. Paul King, 13. Ciaran Cof­fey, 14. Ro­nan Mur­ray, 15. James Lewis, 16. Jack Evans.

Wick­low Rovers B: 1. Sean Cof­fey, 2. Fi­aichra O Bri­ain, 3. Luke Whyte, 4. Cian O’Brien, 5. Tom Far­rell, 6. Shane Cul­li­nan, 7. Jack Co­laluca, 19. Sean Leonard, 9. Conor Byrne, 10. Shane Lin­coln, 11, Daniel Fitzsi­mons. Subs: 12. Sean Far­rell, 14. Owen Shree­nan.

Ref­eree: Tony ‘Butch’ Do­ran. KIEREN GRIF­FITH played his cap­tain’s role su­perbly as he net­ted a fan­tas­tic hat-trick.

He was joined on the score­sheet by Sam Con­don, Michael Pren­der­gast and Erica Con­roy, who net­ted from the penalty spot as the young Glens bounced back from their heart-break­ing Shield fi­nal de­feat a few days ear­lier.

Glen­cor­mac United: 1. Char­lie Ward, 2. Shane Mer­ri­man, 3. Si­mon Jacin­ski, 4. Conor Giles, 5. Michael Pren­der­gast, 6. Sam Con­don, 7. Kieran Grif­fith, 8. Erica Con­roy, 10. David Ho­nan, 11. Luke Ho­nan.

Grey­stones United: 1. Qveinge Tsumbo, 2. Daniel Cal­laghan, 3. Sam Far­rar, 4. Daniel O’Brien, 5. Jack Cullen, 6. Em­met Beatty, 7. Jack O’Brien, 9. Oliver Orr, 10. Je- thro Ma­son, 11. Hugh Carr. Subs: 12. Jake McCor­mack, 13. An­drew Kier­nan, 14. John King.

Joy for Glen­cor­mac United.

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