Un­beaten ‘Well go march­ing on in cup

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

NEW­FOUNDWELL RIVER­VAL­LEY RGRS 2 0

NEW­FOUNDWELL’S un­beaten start to the sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions con­tin­ued at DIFE on Sun­day as they knocked out River­val­ley Rangers to reach round three of the FAI Ju­nior Cup.

It took the side man­aged by Danny Gart­land and Paul Crow­ley a good 15 min­utes to get set­tled into this game as their op­po­nents came out the faster of the two teams.

In­deed, only for their young im­pres­sive keeper Ro­nan Brown they could have found them­selves a goal be­hind af­ter only 10 min­utes as the usu­ally solid Paddy O’Boyle saw his way­ward back-pass fall to an at­tacker, but Brown was fast off his line to clear the dan­ger.

That scare must have spurred on the ‘Well as they soon started to get a grip on the game and it was a grip they wouldn’t re­lin­quish.

Their dom­i­nance told af­ter 25 min­utes from a throw-in when some nice play from Brian Ker­mode and Cormac Reid set up a good chance for Ian Devine and he placed his shot to the cor­ner of the River­vally net.

That pat­tern con­tin­ued up to the half-time break, with ‘Well creat­ing a num­ber of good chances but not tak­ing ad­van­tage of promis­ing sit­u­a­tions.

The sec­ond half saw River­vally try­ing to push for the equaliser and the ‘Well catch­ing them on the break, and but for some good goal­keep­ing from the away net­min­der the tie could have been over ear­lier.

How­ever, the key sec­ond goal even­tu­ally ar­rived shortly af­ter an in­spired sub­sti­tu­tion, Shaun Ban­non play­ing a good one-two with Craig O’Con­nor with his first touch and the lat­ter even­tu­ally be­ing brought down in­side the box.

From the re­sult­ing penalty John Ker­mode struck a pow­er­ful shot to the keeper’s left cor­ner.

At­ten­tion now turns to the Le­in­ster Ju­nior Cup next week­end as New­foundwell have a home tie against an­other Dublin team, Kip­pure from the AUL.

It’s all good news off the field too af­ter the club se­cured new spon­sor­ship from Nolans Bar of the Chord Road, along with the ex­ist­ing spon­sor Gary Kelly. NEW­FOUNDWELL: R Brown, S Mur­phy, K Bull, P O’Boyle, R O’Con­nor, C Reid, A O’Con­nor (D McDon­agh), B Ker­mode, C O’Con­nor (B Sul­li­van), I Devine (S Ban­non), J Ker­mode.

•Ross Reid and Conor Parkin­son scored later on as New­foundwell 2nds res­cued a 2-2 draw with their Trim Celtic coun­ter­parts in a top-of-the-ta­ble clash.

Philip Duffy is hot on the tail of Ross Gaynor.

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