Saturday 24 February 2018

Dark night for Rock as the lights go out

ROCK Celtic face the prospect of a replay and possibly a long trip to Wexford after their Leinster Senior Cup second round tie to Shamrock Rovers was abandoned after 79 minutes at Sandy Lane on Friday evening due to a floodlight failure.

Efforts were made to restore full power with at least one pylon blowing out and also lights on other pylons, but it was to no avail. The score at the time stood level at two goals each, with the visitors twice coming from behind, courtesy of defensive mistakes by Rock.

David Ward gave the home side a flying start, putting them ahead in the opening minutes of the first half, and he could have had a couple more to his credit in the first ten minutes.

The Wexford side were denied an equaliser by a goal line clearance by young home full-back Conor McDonnell, who was one of the more impressive Rock players, headed by Kevin McArdle whose industry, pace and skill stood out in midfield.

A weakly headed clearance then by Rock was instantly punished as a Wexford player struck the ball first time from just outside the 18 yard box into the bottom corner of the net.

Gerard McSorley whose pace and dribbling skills were a big threat to the visitors, regained the lead for Rock in the second half with a smashing goal. He instantly controlled the ball on the edge of the 18 yard and hit a low shot of such power and precision that it was only ever going into the corner of the net.

Rock survived a really hairy moment, when a mad scramble resulted in their goalmouth, as they never looked comfortable in the air.

But they didn't get away with a really lax piece of play by Paddy Quinn who dwelled on the ball and was dispossessed close to his goal, and his error resulted in a tap-in second equaliser for the visitors.

Rock Celtic: John Rogers, Paddy Reilly, Paddy Quinn, Aidan Sheekey, Conor McDonnell, Brian Kilboye, Seanie Crosbie, Kevin McArdle, Gerard McSorley, Derek Delany, David Ward.

The Argus

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