Rovers too strong for gallant Carnew
WICKLOW ROVERS 5 CARNEW AFC 2
WICKLOW ROVERS had a well-deserved victory in the Under-14 Wicklow Office Supplies Premier League at Whitegates last Sunday morning.
First-half goals from Eoin Kennedy, Charlie Phelan and an Aaron Murray double were added to by Lorcan Synnott in the second period with Callum Ryan and Calum Walsh replying for the visitors.
The game started at a frenetic pace with Carnew straight onto the front foot with Fionn Darcy bundling in on goal only to see his effort well saved by keeper Aaron Nolan inside the first 30 seconds.
With both midfields trying to gain the edge, the opening 15 minutes were quite even.
However, it was Carnew who struck first on the quarter-hour mark. Striker Callum Ryan jumped onto a breaking ball to drill low and hard beyond Nolan’s despairing reach.
The goal seemed to spur Rovers to life as they were level within five minutes. Tom Phelan unleashed a rasping shot at the Carnew goal that keeper Cian Lancaster could only parry, with Rovers’ Eoin Kennedy fastest to the breaking ball and he showed tremendous composure to round Lancaster and roll to the net.
On 25 minutes the hosts had the lead. A deep corner from the right by Adam Byrne alluded the mass of bodies in the box but Charlie Phelan loitering on the edge of the area showed tremendous technique to half volley to the corner of Lancaster’s net giving the keeper no chance.
With both teams attacking with purpose it was no surprise to see more goals and we did not have to wait long for the next one.
On the half-hour mark Wicklow’s Sean O’Toole clipped a beautiful ball over the Carnew defence into the path of Aaron Murray. The speedy striker drove forcefully at the Carnew goal and as Lancaster emerged to close his angle the attacker found a gap, drilling under the unfortunate keeper.
Rovers were finding their form and some of their football was a joy to watch. In the 33rd minute they scored their fourth after excellent play. O’Toole linked with Byrne whose pinpoint pass found Murray on the edge of the Car new box and with unerring accuracy the striker curled a beautiful shot to the top corner of the Carnew goal giving the keeper no chance.
Carnew refused to lie down though and they replied just before the interval. After intricate play between Fionn Darcy and Callum Ryan on the right wing it was the latter’s cross that was met with precision by Calum Walsh who used the speed on the ball to nod beyond Nolan.
After the goal rush of the first half the second half was largely uneventful. The final goal of the contest coming five minutes into the second period.
Eoin Kennedy showed a bit of trickery on the left flank before the ball broke to substitute Lorcan Synnott and the ex Wicklow Town player showed coolness to drill beyond Lancaster. With Peter Dunne clearing a mountain of ball at the back for Rovers and Tom Phelan and Harry Tobin Kelly proving a barrier to Carnew’s attacking play, the game fizzled out over the last 20 minutes.
An enjoyable game with the four goals in the first 15 minutes ultimately the difference between the sides.
Carnew, a young side, had excellent performers in Walsh and Adam Donoghue.
For the victors, Murray took his goals well and the defence marshalled by Dunne was solid throughout. In midfield Tom Phelan was to the fore doing the simple unseen stuff that suffocated Carnew’s attacking play.
WICKLOW ROVERS: 1. Aaron Nolan, 2.Kacper Lepek, 3. Cormac Waldron, 4. Peter Dunne, 5. Sean O’Toole, 6. Adam Byrne, 7. Eoin Kennedy, 8. Tom Phelan,
9. Aaron Murray, 10. Harry Tobin Kelly, 11. Charlie Phelan, 12. Lorcan Synnott, 13. Evan Conyard. CARNEW: 1. Cian Lancaster, 2. Kenneth Cullen, 3. Conor Byrne, 4. Adam Jordan, 5. Darragh Rawson, 6. Ryan Austin, 7. Sean Kenny, 8. Adam Donohoe, 9. Darragh Dee,
10. Callum Ryan, 11. Fionn Darcy, 12. Calum Walsh. REFEREE: Seamus Ferguson