Rovers power past Ballywaltrim in Cup
Wicklow side march on at the expense of Ballywaltrim
BALLYWALTRIM 1 WICKLOW ROVERS 5
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.