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LEINSTER SENIOR LEAGUE
SATURDAY PREMIER DIVISION
19th JANUARY 2019
WICKLOW ROVERS 4 ARDMORE ROVERS 0
It was the big top of the table clash in the Leinster Senior Saturday Premier Division as Wicklow Rovers took on Bray side Ardmore Rovers on a cold chilly Saturday afternoon. Going into the game Wicklow sat in third spot three points behind leaders Ballymun Utd and two points behind their opponents Ardmore.
It was the Rovers of Wicklow who made the early running putting the away side on the back foot. Even though Wicklow controlled the early stages they had to wait until the nineteenth minute for their first opening and it provided the first goal of the game when Ciaran McGettigan finished to give Wicklow a deserved lead. Two minutes later Gareth Murphy got on the end of a breaking ball but he scuffed his shot wide of the right hand post. The goal seemed to jolt Ardmore into action as they had their best spell of the game in the middle stage of the half, in the twenty fifth they fired wide with the goal at their mercy. Then Rossa Marron in the home goal made a comfortable save from a pile driver which was straight at the custodian.
It was as good as it got for the away side as they were put to the sword in a two minute spell just before the break. Three minutes before the interval Ciaran McGettigan latched onto a long kick out from Marron but saw his first effort saved but he was quick to react to score from the rebound. Then a minute later McGettigan completed his hat-trick when he shrugged off the defender to fire home to make it 3-0.
The second half took awhile to warm up, on the hour mark Gareth Murphy was played in on goal but he was denied by a good save from the Ardmore keeper. Murphy had another great chance on seventy two minutes when he got on the end of a cross but was left frustrated as his powerful header just went the wrong side of the upright. With ten minutes remaining Ciaran McGettigan made a powerful solo run down the left leaving a couple of defenders in his wake, his cross was met by Luke Byrne but his effort was blocked by the keeper. Byrne was quickest to react to the breaking ball to powerfully slam home from just inside the area to make it 4-0. After this the game fizzled out but the home side had killed this game off in the first half.
This was an excellent three points for Wicklow against one of their main rivals and leaves the destiny of the title very much in their own hands. After the weekend Wicklow have gone level with Ballymun United who lost to Ayrfield Utd at the top with Ardmore a point behind. Wicklow also have the luxury of having two games in hand on their two nearest rivals.
On the day the rear guard of Rossa Marron between the sticks and the back four of Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, Davy Rowan and Rikki Quinn were rock solid and gave away very little to the visitors limiting Ardmore to a couple of half chances. When it comes to man of the match you can't look beyond hat-trick hero Ciaran McGettigan. His three finishes plus an assist for the other goal alone would earn him the nomination but he also put a good shift in harassing defenders not giving them a minutes peace on the ball and his link play with his team mates was excellent.
TEAM: Rossa Marron, Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, Davy Rowan, Rikki Quinn, Gareth Murphy, Tom Smullen, Peter Finnegan, Luke Byrne, Tommy Kelly, Ciaran McGettigan.
SUBS. Mark Johnson for (Peter Finnegan 79 mins), Dylan Orr for (Luke Byrne after 85 mins)
Shane Lincoln for Tommy Kelly after 87 minutes)
LSL Saturday Premier
Glasnevin FC v Wicklow Rovers A [0-7]
Kick Off: 2pm
Leinster Senior Premier Saturday
Wicklow Rovers A 5 Portlaoise AFC 1
Our Leinster Senior League side went into their home game with Portlaoise AFC today seeking all three points which would see them leapfrog Ayrfield United at the top of the league. Rovers dictated the early proceedings pushing the away side back to the edge of their penalty area. On nine minutes Gareth Murphy was denied by an excellent save from the Portlaoise keeper getting down low to turn away for a corner. The resulting corner was then cleared by the away defence. Two minutes later Ian Brannigan fired a half volley goalwards but his effort drifted the wrong side of the upright. Rovers continued to press without threatening the keeper. Finally on twenty six minutes the home team made their pressure tell, Gareth Murphy latched onto a back pass to coolly slot past the advancing keeper to give Rovers a deserved lead. On thirty five minutes Rovers doubled their lead, Tommy Smullen and Adam Cox played a one two which ended with Smullen chipping the keeper for a superb finish to make it 2-0. Two minutes later it was game over and the three points were more or less secured when Adam Cox fired home. A minute before the break Gareth Murphy attacked the centre of the away defence and finished neatly for his second of the game to send Rovers in at the break leading 4-0. Five minutes into the second period right full Jim Foley made a surging run into the Portlaoise area before firing a left footed strike into the bottom left hand corner of the net. Rovers then seemed to take their foot off the pedal even though they still enjoyed the majority of possession. Ten minutes from time Gareth Murphy made a powerful run down the right, then sending in a fierce cross which the keeper parried into the path of Luke Byrne who tapped home only for it to be harshly ruled out for offside. Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal won't have a quieter afternoon this season and that was mainly down to a defence of Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, Rikki Quinn and David Rowan who were rock solid all game and limited Portlaoise to zero chances for ninety minutes. It was only in injury time that the away side got the space to test Marron between the posts. Marron pulled off a fantastic save in the first minute of added time but the away side did nab a consolation goal deep into injury time from the penalty spot. Rovers ran out deserved 5-1 winners which sees them go back to the top of the league. With four games left the destiny of the title is still in their own hands so it's very much all to play for.