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Glencormac see off Arklow in Challenge Cup clash
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GLENCORMAC UNITED and Arklow Town teams produced a superb Chellenge Cup game at the Bridgewater Centre Park in very warm conditions last Sunday morning.
Both sides went after the game from the opening moments as they played some lovely attacking football.
Try as they might early on, neither side could break down the opposition’s rearguard with both defences clearing ball after ball.
The first real incident of the game came when the home side broke upfield from a corner. The counter attack looked dangerous until the opposition goalie Charlie Frawley came out and fouled the Arklow attacker. This resulted in a yellow card for the keeper.
Arklow Town’s resulting free kick from nearly 30 yards was shot tamely into the keeper’s hands.
From nearly the next attack, Glencormac striker Oisin Kelly latched onto a ball at the edge of the box and after some beautiful skill he put the ball past Niall Byrne but fortunately for the home side their centre back managed to clear the ball off the to keep the game scoreless.
With the heat of the day the referee decided to give the teams a water break. Immediately after the break, Oisin Kelly got the ball 52 yards out from goal and his looping shot sailed over the head of Niall Byrne to give Glencormac the lead.
This goal kicked the home side into action as they went on the attack to get the levelling goal. This goal came a few minutes later through winger Cian O Neil who fired home a great shot from inside the box after some fine interplay between himself and striker Sciead.
With the game back now level both teams worked hard to grab a lead again. There was some fine passing from both sides but most of the attacks were sniffed out by good covering defenders.
Just before half-time, Glencormac winger Bobby Dowling went a mazy run down the wing as he got to the end line he managed to lay the ball back to that man again Kelly who managed to fire a shot low into the corner to give the opposition a lead at the break.
The first chance of the second half fell to Glencormac midfielder Luke Frawley whose shot from the edge of the box flew narrowly wide.
Arklow Town then had a great chance to level the game after the water break through O’Neil who was around the back of the defence but the angle ultimately ended up been to tight and his shot went wide.
With the game still going from end to end, Glencormac nearly hit their third goal after some fine wing play but, unfortunately, Dean Bradshaw couldn’t manage to get anything on the cross to finish the game off.
O’Neil had one final opportunity for the home side but the half volley he hit from the edge of the box flew over the crossbar.
Dean Bradshaw managed to get his name on the score sheet after collecting a ball from a kick out and firing low into the corner of the net from the edge of the box to finish the game off.
For the last five minutes, Arklow Town tried everything to get back into the game but this was to no avail and Glencormac ran out comfortable winners in the end.
ARKLOW TOWN: Niall Byrne, Kasey Clarke, Markus Wolfe, Thomas Burke, Connor Hannon, Peter Bodied, Graham Martin, Oran Dunne, Jamie Paine, Skied Mare, Cian O‘Neil. Subs used: Padraig Bermingham, Patrick Doyle, Marcel Siek. GLENCORMAC: Charlie Frawley, Evan Bowman, Ben Campbell, Michael Shannon, Jamie Greenan, Luke Frawley, Dean Bradshaw, Kieren Griffiths, Oisin Kelly, Bradley Cullen, Adam Dutton. Subs: Sam Morgan, Bobby Dowling, Cian Longmore. REFEREE: W O’Brien
The Glencormac United side who defeated Arklow Town in the Challenge Cup last weekend.
The Arklow town side who lost out to Glencormac United at Bridgewater Centre Park.