Rovers too strong for gallant Carnew

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - ERIC MELIA at White­gates


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

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