Danny’s dou­ble does it for Ross­lare Rangers

Gorey Guardian - - SPORT - DAVE DEV­EREUX in Fer­rycar­rig Park


A GOAL in each half from Danny En­nis earned Ross­lare Rangers’ sec­ond string the Billy Browne Cup in a sun-drenched Fer­rycar­rig Park on Sun­day.

The Ross­lare men were full value for their vic­tory, al­ways look­ing a threat go­ing for­ward, while they were also de­fen­sively sound, re­strict­ing the Wex­ford town out­fit to few chances.

It has been a bit­terly dis­ap­point­ing end to the sea­son for Wex­ford Al­bion, hav­ing been pipped by Ra­heen to the Di­vi­sion 3A ti­tle the pre­vi­ous week­end, and they also lost out in last year’s Billy Browne Cup fi­nal, when they were beaten by Cushin­stown.

En­nis opened the scor­ing with a sweet strike in the 34th minute, and he dou­bled Ross­lare Rangers’ ad­van­tage with a deft header eleven min­utes af­ter the turn­around. The re­sult never looked in doubt there­after.

Al­bion did threaten early on and in the third minute Ja­son Lenis­ton played the ball through to Kyle Mann, and al­though the at­tacker got a touch ahead of goal­keeper Josh Burke, the net­min­der, who was as­sured through­out, re­cov­ered well to gather pos­ses­sion.

Al­bion were show­ing plenty of neat touches in the early stages, with­out man­ag­ing to carve open the Rangers de­fence, and the south county men came within inches of mak­ing the break­through with ten min­utes on the clock.

Dil­lon Parle stood over a free 25 yards out but his rasp­ing ef­fort struck the cross­bar and bounced away to safety.

Ross­lare Rangers caused more con­cern to the Al­bion de­fence in the 18th minute, with Dan Hal­li­gan and Michael Honey both see­ing shots blocked dur­ing a game of pin­ball in the penalty area.

At the other end Al­bion’s Sam O’Neill went on a men­ac­ing run, but af­ter skip­ping past a cou­ple of play­ers his shot was straight at Burke in the Ross­lare goal, while in the 30th minute Ja­son Lenis­ton got on the end of an O’Neill cross but blazed his ef­fort off tar­get.

Rangers made the break­through with 33 min­utes on the clock when the ball fell to man of the match Danny En­nis, and he curled in a su­perb shot from the edge of the area.

The Ross­lare out­fit con­tin­ued to press af­ter the in­ter­val, and Dil­lon Parle shot straight at goal­keeper Richie O’Reilly five min­utes af­ter the change of ends.

Al­bion’s Ja­son Lenis­ton then twice tried his luck, first drag­ging an ef­fort wide of the left post be­fore an­other at­tempt was com­fort­ably gath­ered by Burke.

Ross­lare Rangers firmly stamped their author­ity on the con­test in the 57th minute when En­nis stooped to get on the end of an Em­met Byrne cross from the right and glanced a beau­ti­ful header past O’Reilly.

Wex­ford Al­bion suf­fered a fur­ther blow five min­utes later when Kyle Mann was dis­missed by ref­eree Eric Mol­loy for a sec­ond book­able of­fence, and al­though they tried man­fully to find a way back into the game for the fi­nal half an hour, a res­o­lute Ross­lare Rangers rear­guard held firm.

Sam O’Neill of Wex­ford Al­bion is tracked by Ja­son El­lard of Ross­lare Rangers ‘B’. Tom Con­nor of the Wex­ford League pre­sent­ing the man of the match tro­phy to Danny En­nis, with his son Wil­liam. Ryan Fur­long of Wex­ford Al­bion is chal­lenged by Liam Flood...

Ross­lare Rangers ‘B’ cel­e­brate af­ter beat­ing Wex­ford Al­bion to win the Billy Browne Cup in Fer­rycar­rig Park on Sun­day.

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