Comp: Noel Ryan Cup First Round
Kick Off: 1pm
Noel Ryan Cup First Round
Wicklow Rovers 2 Colepark United
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.
TEAM: Cathal Moody, Mark Johnson, lan Brannigan, Rikki Quinn, David Rowan, Paul Newsome, Gareth Murphy, Adam Cox, Daniel Tarcevskis, Aidan Small, Dylan Orr. SUBS: Tom Smullen, Hugh Humby, Anthony Franey, Rossa Marron, Paul Sweeney.