Comp: DDSL Gerry Murphy Cup Final
Venue: AUL Complex
Kick Off: 10.40am
DDSL Gerry Murphy Cup Final
Wicklow Rovers A 3 Kinsealy United 0
A bit of history was made in the club this morning. Our under 13A's travelled up to the AUL Complex in Malahide to take on Kinsealy United in the final of the Gerry Murphy Cup and returned back to Wicklow victorious to win the first piece of silverware in DDSL competition. It was a beautiful day for football with the sun beaming down with a slight breeze in Rovers favour in the first half. The lads got off to a dream start when they went in front after three minutes. Darragh Heffernan was in possession of the ball on the edge of the Kinsealy box, he turned and powerfully blasted the ball to the roof of the net to give Rovers the perfect start and ease any early nerves. Rovers were making the early running and Jake Nally upfront was proving more than a handful. On seven minutes Kinsealy were denied by Rovers keeper Rory Hennessey when he bravely blocked at the feet of the striker, Rovers broke upfield and came very close to increasing their lead but Jake Nally was unlucky to see his effort turned away by the keeper. A minute later the impressive Sam Culleton came to his sides rescue when he perfectly read the situation when the Kinsealy player rounded the Rovers keeper but Culleton was shrewd enough to get around to put in a game changing tackle to keep Rovers 1-0 in front. At the midway point of the half things got better for Rovers, a probing run on the left saw Louis Malcolmson get to the end line and his cross was bundled over the line by the dangerous Jake Nally to make it 2-0. Rovers were in control and pressed on seeking a third before the break. The third didn't come and the sides went in at the break with Rovers in the driving seat leading 2-0. The second half saw Kinsealy aided by the stiff breeze make the early running, they came close to reducing the deficit on thirty four minutes when they struck the woodwork. A combination of Rovers keeper Rory Hennessey and centre back Sam Culleton prevented the Dublin side from getting back into the game when Hennessey blocked an effort and Culleton cleared the breaking ball. The next goal was always going to be important, if Kinsealy got it they were well and truly back in the game, if Rovers nabbed it the game was over as a contest. Rovers had the chance to put the game to bed on thirty nine minutes when Jake Nally got on the end of an Oscar Malcolmson cross but the keeper saved well. They finally put the game to bed on forty five minutes, a Rovers corner was met by the head of Louis Malcolmson but he was denied when a Kinsealy defender who handled on the goal line but while everyone anticipated the referees whistle for a penalty Alex Sinnott reacted the quickest to fire the ball home to give Rovers a 3-0 lead and the cup was heading to Whitegates. Rovers saw out the remainder of the game with the Rovers rearguard of Rory Hennessey, Sam Christie, Sam Culleton, Ross McCrea and Evan Burke rock solid. The midfield of Jack Noble, Darragh Heffernan, Nicholas McAllister and Oscar Malcolmson worked tirelessly through out with Jak Nally and Louis Malcolmson a handful up top. When introduced Alex Sinnott, Stephen Gormley, Mikey Nolan and Keelin Darcy impressed as they kept the momentum of the team going forward. It was a very impressive team display from the lads but when it comes to selecting a man of the match there could be no dispute with the choice of young Sam Culleton, Sam impressed through out the whole game, his well timed challenge when the match was at 1-0 was a game changer. His reading of the game was excellent and was impressive beyond his years. He marshalled his defence playing a captains role and led by example, a very impressive all round display on the ground and in the air from the Rovers captain. Congratulations to Keith, Stephen and the lads. TEAM: Rory Hennessey, Sam Christie, Ross McCrea, Sam Culleton, Evan Burke, Jack Noble, Darragh Heffernan, Nicholas McAllister, Jake Nally, Oscar Malcolmson, Louis Malcolmson, Alex Sinnott, Stephen Gormley, Mikey Nolan and Keelin Darcy.