Rovers power past Bal­ly­waltrim in Cup

Wick­low side march on at the ex­pense of Bal­ly­waltrim

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - GAVIN FORDE at Bal­ly­waltrim Rec Cen­tre


WICK­LOW ROVERS strolled through to the sec­ond round of the Wick­low Cup af­ter putting five goals past Bal­ly­waltrim.

The game started off with both teams push­ing for an early goal, Rovers and the home side had great op­por­tu­ni­ties in the open­ing ten min­utes.

Bal­ly­waltrim went close on the sixth minute when Jay Som­mers took ad­van­tage of a mis­take at the back by Rovers as the away side’s de­fence failed to clear their lines. Som­mers in­ter­cepted a loose pass and tried to chip Wick­low Rovers keeper Nkosi­nathi Trust but his ef­fort just skimmed the top of the cross­bar.

Rovers struck first on the 19th minute with a break-through from Stu­art Cox.

Cox made a great run down the left wing as he was picked out by Brian Har­ring­ton be­fore slot­ting the ball un­der Bal­ly­waltrim keeper Ross Hughes.

Bal­ly­waltrim re­fused to give up on their home turf and had an equal­is­ing goal two min­utes later with an ex­cel­lent long range ef­fort from winger Ea­monn Cleary.

Cleary was mak­ing his way into the Rovers half with a dart­ing run but in­stead of con­tin­u­ing his dan­ger­ous foray he hit a pow­er­ful shot which caught the Rovers keeper off guard and slid into the cor­ner of the net, a great strike by the Bal­ly­waltrim attacker!

Un­for­tu­nately for the home side they were only level for a few min­utes as Rovers took the lead again through Rob Ta­laga.

Ta­laga was wait­ing in the cen­tre of the penalty area as Stu­art Cox whipped in a free kick but at the last sec­ond Ta­laga made a run to­wards the front post and guided the ball into the net with his head. It was game on once again at Bal­ly­waltrim Recre­ational Cen­tre.

Just be­fore half-time, the winger had his sec­ond goal of the game when he com­bined with Cox again, Cox flicked the ball up and over the Bal­ly­waltrim de­fence tee­ing up his team mate who took his shot on first time and fired his side to a 3-1 lead at the end of the first half leav­ing their op­po­nents with it all to do in the sec­ond half if they wanted to con­tinue to the next round of the cup.

The home side pres­sured Rovers for over ten min­utes at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond half but just couldn’t find the back of the net even with the amount of chances they had in-front of goal.

Bal­ly­waltrim were quick on the counter at­tack but just weren’t clin­i­cal enough when they had their chances.

The Bal­ly­waltrim man­age­ment went all in late in the sec­ond half as they made a triple sub­sti­tu­tion bring­ing on Shane Byrne, Aaron Healy and Karl O’Brien to try and force a goal and put some pres­sure on the young Rovers side.

Un­for­tu­nately, that didn’t pan out for the home side as Rovers con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate pos­ses­sion as they did for the ma­jor­ity of the first half.

A mis­take at the back by Kevin Cowan gave Rovers sub­sti­tute Adam Copeland the chance to square the ball across goal to Stu­art Cox who slot­ted home his sec­ond of the game on the 75th minute.

Rovers put the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin on the 86th minute when Jack Crow­ley re­acted quick­est to fire home a spilled ball by the Bal­ly­waltrim keeper, Hughes did well to pre­vent the orig­i­nal free­kick from go­ing in but couldn’t keep his grip on the ball and spilled to Crow­ley who made no mis­take.

A dom­i­nant per­for­mance over­all with some great goals from the young Wick­low side who look like they are go­ing to go far in the cup and may just be slight favourites as the stroll into the third round of the Wick­low Cup.

The Wick­low Rovers team who dis­patched Bal­ly­waltrim in the Wick­low Cup last Sun­day morn­ing. Pho­tos: Bar­bara Flynn

Bal­ly­waltrim, who fell to Wick­low Rovers in the Wick­low Cup.

Jack Crow­ley of Wick­low Rovers wins this tus­sle with Bal­ly­waltrim’s Derek Scanlon dur­ing the Wicklw Cup clash on Sun­day.

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