Top dogs rule Wicklow Cup roost
Published 20/02/2013 | 05:44
Oh how the mighty have fallen. A few shorts years ago Shillelagh United were hoisting the Wicklow Cup aloft. On Sunday the Ballard men were spat out of the competition after being mauled by Rathnew AFC A.
It was in 2009 that United last tasted glory in this competition. The number 'nine' didn't figure this time around but it came pretty close on Sunday when Rathnew fired eight past the hosts in what was a desperately one-sided affair.
The Merrigan brothers, Jody and Paul, were the stars of the show for Rathnew. There is a full match report on this thrashing available in today's Bray/Wicklow People.
On a weekend where no sides could muster an upset, other recent champions also kept their dreams of bringing the cup home once again alive.
John Heffernan managed four goals for Newtown United as they overcame plucky Division 3 side Fairwood Celtic. This match was also covered in full in today's Bray/Wicklow People.
Premier Division champions Arklow Town had a tricky tie to negotiate as they visited Celtic Park to take on local rivals and fellow top-flight club Arklow Celtic A. However, five unanswered goals mean that Town advanced to the quarter finals with minimum fuss.
Division 2 champions Celtic Stars mirrored Arklow Town's fortunes. Avonmore FC B was their opponents and the Division 1 favourites waltzed to a 0-5 victory. Lukasz Niewiadiomski, Gordon Byrne, Peter Ryan, Robert Ryan and Eugene Jordan all landed singles for the Drummin men.
One side hoping to prevent Celtic Stars from justifying that favourites tag in Division 1 is Wicklow Town and the Finlay Park outfit could also derail Stars' Wicklow Cup hopes after sealing their place in the last eight on Sunday. Braces from Eddie Kelly and David O'Connor secured Town a facile 4-0 victory over Arklow United B.
Finally, recent Premier Division frontrunners continue to fight on many fronts following a successful round three match against Aughrim Rangers A. Martin Williams struck twice, with Matt Kennedy also on target as the Finn Park men registered a 3-0 triumph.