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Monday 22 September 2014

Celtic rocked by late Kenny goal

Published 24/09/2013 | 05:30

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CHRIS KENNY had done all the directing out of midfield before he popped up with a dramatic 91st-minute winning header for Shamrock Rovers in this entertaining L.F.A. Senior Cup second round clash with Rock Celtic in Enniscorthy on Saturday last.

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CHRIS KENNY had done all the directing out of midfield before he popped up with a dramatic 91st-minute winning header for Shamrock Rovers in this entertaining L.F.A. Senior Cup second round clash with Rock Celtic in Enniscorthy on Saturday last.

This was a re-fixture as the game seven days earlier was abandoned owing to floodlight failure at the Rock Celtic grounds when the sides were deadlocked at 2-2 after 78 minutes. Once again very little separated the sides with the game looking destined for extra-time until Kenny struck for that dramatic winning goal.

Shamrock Rovers may have left it late to put some daylight between the sides but in the end it was a thoroughly-deserved victory. The visitors put up a stubborn defensive resistance but the heroics of 'keeper John Rogers kept them in the game for so long, pulling off a string of unbelievable saves before finally being beaten in additional time.

Even before the goal Shamrock Rovers had threatened to take this game but were unable to find a way past Rogers. Rock Celtic for their part played some neat passing football as they tried to impose themselves on their opponents, but any time they managed to create an opening they found Lee Murphy in the home goal in excellent form.

From the start both sides set out their stall. Rock Celtic seemed content to soak up the early pressure while counter-attacking from deep in defence. With Chris Kenny and Ricky Fox commanding in midfield, 'keeper Rogers was called into action as early as the seventh minute when Peter Marsden powered in a shot from the edge of the area but he proved equal to the demands with an excellent stop.

Once again the quality of this Shamrock Rovers side was there to see despite many new faces in their team. They shone through the opening 20 minutes with a neat move involving Fox and Marsden setting up Jamie Fox, but his low shot which looked destined for the corner of the net brought a tremendous diving save from Rogers at the expense of a fruitless corner.

Rock Celtic showed how dangerous they could be on the counter-attack when, in the 27th minute, Paddy Reilly put a neat ball through the centre, leaving Derek Delaney with a sight of goal, but 'keeper Murphy performed heroics to keep his rising shot out.

Kenny, who was a threat at set pieces, was given some freedom on the edge of the box but his header was palmed to safety by the diving Rogers, while the home side had a goal disallowed for offside minutes later, leaving the sides to go in scoreless at the break.

The second-half followed much the same pattern as Shamrock Rovers sought out an opening goal, while the Rock Celtic back four apart from Rogers also had the excellent Paul Gore and Aidan Sheehy as central defensive kingpins as they continually snuffed out the best efforts of the home side's front players.

Just as he has always done, Seán Miller was proving a colossus in centre of defence for Rovers, being always quick to react to the breakaway attacks. After 65 minutes Rock Celtic came ever so close to going in front when Keith McArdle nodded down the ball to Derek Delaney whose powerful shot from outside the area just went the wrong side of the right-hand post.

Rovers players Marsden, Jamie Fox and Marty Kelly brought further smart saves out of Rogers in the closing 15 minutes. The game looked destined for extra-time when Rovers forced a free kick out on the right. Ricky Fox floated over an excellent ball to the edge of the area that was powerfully headed home by the rising Kenny, a fitting goal to break the deadlock and send the Enniscorthy side into the third round draw, making it an historic occasion for Model county soccer.

Shamrock Rovers: Lee Murphy, Seán Kenny, Mikey Dempsey, Ian Sinnott, Seán Miller, Chris Kenny, Marty Kelly, Ricky Fox, Jamie Fox, Peter Marsden, Martin McKeown. Subs. - Eamonn O'Brien, Alan Freeman, Garrett Larkin, James Carthy.

Rock Celtic: John Rogers, Mark McKeown, Ciarán Clarke, Paul Gore, Aidan Sheehy, Paddy Reilly, Gerald McSorley, Paddy Quinn, Derek Delaney, Kevin McArdle, Mike Dsoke. Subs. - Aron Mulligan, Brian Kilroy, Shane Reddish.

Referee: Damien Donovan (Wexford Football League).

Enniscorthy Guardian

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