Glen­cor­mac come out on top in en­ter­tain­ing tie

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN at Ry­der’s Field

GLEN­COR­MAC United re­main on course for a run­ners-up spot in Di­vi­sion A2 after an en­ter­tain­ing 3-1 vic­tory over New­town Ju­niors at a wet and windy Ry­der’s Field.

There was a de­fen­sive mas­ter­class from Billy Mans­field and a su­perb per­for­mance from mid­field mae­stro Michael Pren­der­gast of Glen­cor­mac United, while Aaron Hack­ett and Hannah Martin kept the United at­tack at bay time and time again.

It was not ideal cir­cum­stances for a game of foot­ball but the damp weather did not dampen the spir­its of ei­ther set of play­ers or in­deed, leg­endary ref­eree Thomas ‘Tucker’ Dowl­ing who is still go­ing strong.

Daniel Mon­aghan en­joyed the first shot of the match for the Glens but Hack­ett showed a pair of safe hands for the Ju­niors.

Hannah Martin then showed a neat turn of pace to cut out a pass that al­most re­leased Luke Ho­nan but she averted the dan­ger.

Ho­nan then won the ball in the New­town area but his touch was heavy and Hack­ett was very brave to snuff out the threat.

Mon­aghan did a fine im­pres­sion of a cer­tain Lionel Messi in the 11th minute when he kept the ball in off the left flank be­fore danc­ing past three de­fend­ers but he couldn’t find a shot to match his drib­bling.

Two cousins com­bined for the hosts then when Michael Pren­der­gast’s cor­ner was bril­liantly flicked on by Tony ‘Van Dijk’ Pren­der­gast but again Hack­ett came to his side’s res­cue.

Michael Pren­der­gast de­liv­ered a de­li­cious pass with the out­side of his right foot to set Rueben Wain­wright Smith free but his shot was blocked be­hind for a cor­ner.

Hack­ett would be beaten in the 15th minute as Mon­aghan cut in off the left flank and squeezed his low shot through the legs of Hack­ett.

New­town tried to draw level with a pow­er­fully struck free from Hannah Martin but Harry Jones caught it cleanly.

Glen­cor­mac had one fi­nal chance in the first pe­riod when Mon­aghan won pos­ses­sion and crossed from the left for Wain­right Smith but he turned it wide.

Mon­aghan’s fine game con­tin­ued in the se­cond pe­riod and after a strong run, his shot forced Hack­ett into an­other im­pres­sive save.

With 37 min­utes on the clock, the hosts dou­bled their lead as Luke Ho­nan found Ben Mor­gan with his cross and he fin­ished like Mo Salah to make it 2-0.

It might have been game, set and match two min­utes later as Michael Pren­der­gast teed up Mon­aghan who un­leashed a vi­cious drive but Hack­ett again man­aged to tip it over the cross­bar.

New­town got them­selves back into the tie in the 42nd minute when Pa­trick Martin showed he was light­ning quick to in­ter­cept the ball and charge for­ward be­fore slip­ping Iggy Szpilka with a very nice pass and Szpilka’s fin­ish was per­fect as he slid it past Jones with ease.

United al­most killed off New­town five min­utes later when Ho­nan picked up a loose ball and dropped the shoul­der to beat his man be­fore curl­ing a shot that looked des­tined for the top cor­ner un­til the left glove of Hack­ett some­how turned it be­hind for a cor­ner.

The last chap­ter in this story was a third goal for the home side.

Tony Pren­der­gast pushed the ball up the right flank for Finn Kelly and he floated past his man be­fore see­ing his dan­ger­ous cross de­flected into his own goal by a New­town de­fender.

GLEN­COR­MAC UNITED: Harry Jones, Ben Mor­gan, Me­gan Brad­shaw, Michael Pren­der­gast, Daniel Mon­aghan, Luke Ho­nan, Rueben Wain­right-Smith, Finn Kelly, Billy Mans­field, Tony Pren­der­gast.

NEW­TOWN JU­NIORS: Aaron Hack­ett, Hannah Martin, Max Syn­nott, Jack Cough­lan, Padraig Gam­mell, Aaron Caw­ley, Pa­trick Martin, Jamie Fitzger­ald, Ed­ward Valen­tine, Kiera Far­relly, Iggy Szpilka.

Glen­cor­mac United, who were 3-1 win­ners over New­town Ju­niors.

New­town Ju­niors, who lost out to Glen­cor­mac United.

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