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Ronnie Phillips, BC Sports/JAKO, Ashford, Co. Wicklow

Our Leinster Senior side welcomed Colepark United to Whitegates on Saturday afternoon for a Noel Ryan cup first round game. The visitors ply their trade in the top Saturday league so a tough game was on the cards. The first half was deprived of clear cut chances with a lot of the play breaking down in the final third. The away side went close when an effort after ten minutes dropped the wrong side of the upright. Daniel Tarcevskis had Rovers first chance of note after fifteen minutes but his shot was off target. The only other chance in an uneventful first period came on the half hour mark when Adam Cox fired over from a set piece. The second half produced a lot more in the way of chances, Cathal Moody in the Rovers goal had to be alert in the fifty second minute to tip a looping effort over the bar. From this point on it was all Rovers, the rearguard of Rikki Quinn, David Rowan, Ian Brannigan and Mark Johnson were rock solid throughout. The home side edged in front in the fifty fifth minute, Daniel Tarcevskis cut in from the left leaving two defenders in his slipstream before blasting a low powerful effort into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Tarcevskis was becoming a handful for the Colepark defence and a minute later he had a good opportunity for his second but he screwed his shot wide of the target. The green and whites piled forward seeking a second to put the game to bed, Adam Cox went close again from a free-kick but it was just wide of the mark. In the sixty fifth minute Aidan Small and Gareth Murphy combined with Murphy's half volley going agonisingly wide. A minute later Mark Johnson made a surging run from the right full back position to blast a drive across the face of the goal. With eleven minutes left on the clock Gareth Murphy set up Daniel Tarcevskis but his effort was well saved by the away keeper. The second half was all Rovers and they seemed to be comfortably seeing out the game, but disaster struck in the ninety first minute when the away side levelled matters in scrappy fashion. It now looked like extra time was a certainty, but Rovers centre half Rikki Quinn had other ideas. Quinn collected the ball midway into the Dublin side's half, ran straight at the away side's defence before been bundled over in the box. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Up stepped Ian Brannigan, keeping his composure to powerfully blast the resulting spot kick home to give Rovers a deserved 2-1 victory and a safe passage to round two. On the day the Rovers rearguard of Cathal Moody, Mark Johnson, lan Brannigan, Rikki Quinn and David Rowan were solid with Adam Cox and Paul Newsome getting through some industrious work around the middle of the park. Daniel Tarcevskis and Aidan Small combined well up top with Tarcevskis topping it off with a splendid goal. Out wide Gareth Murphy and Dylan Orr worked hard with Hugh Humby, Tommy Smullen and Anthony Franey playing their part when they entered the field of play. When it comes to man of the match Rikki Quinn is the nomination, he was solid at the back, ventured into the middle to help out his midfielders and when the game seemed to be heading for extra time it was Quinn who won his side's penalty with a surging run into the opponents area.
[Pictured above is Ian Brannigan converting the spot kick in the 92nd minute to give Rovers a 2-1 win]
TEAM: Cathal Moody, Mark Johnson, lan Brannigan, Rikki Quinn, David Rowan, Paul Newsome, Gareth Murphy, Adam Cox, Dan Tarcevskis, Aidan Small, Dylan Orr. SUBS: Hugh Humby for [Dylan Orr 55 mins], Tom Smullen for [Adam Cox 78 mins], Anthony Franey for [Daniel Tarcevskis 89 mins], Rossa Marron, Paul Sweeney.

Teams of 2019
Starts 19th October 2019

Premier League Season 2019/20

Entry Fee €10

Prize €500

Winner Takes All

Select one team each week from the Premier League fixtures. Last person standing wins prize fund of €500

Full list of rules can be viewed below. Anyone wishing to take part can contact Damien O’Rourke at 086-3327757, Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706 Alternatively you can contact any committee member.
Competition starts 19th October 2019
Premier League Season 2019/20
Winner Takes All
1. Select one team each week from the Premier League fixtures and submit your selection plus your name by texting it to 086-3327757 before Thursday at 7 pm prior to the weekend’s matches. Alternatively contact any committee member with your selection
2. If your selection [Team] fails to win you are eliminated from the competition.
3. You cannot pick the same team more than once during the competition [A team can only selected twice if the competition progresses past 20 weeks].
4. Any week a selection is not made by text/email by the cut off time [See rule 1] you will be assigned the first team that you have not previously selected by alphabetical order. Once you have made a selection you cannot change it.
5. In the event that any match involving a team that you have selected is abandoned, postponed or cancelled for any reason, you will continue to the next round of the competition. However your selected team will no longer be available for selection.
6. The entry fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition.
7. Should two or more participants remain standing and all are eliminated in the same week, the Last Man Standing prize will be equally divided among them.
8. All selections from participants will be posted on the club website [www.wicklowrovers.com] prior to each weekend’s matches. Progression of the competition will be posted on the club website.
9. The committee’s decision is final regards Last Man Standing.

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