Friday 19 January 2018

Heartbreak for Rock as late strike ends hopes

A LATE onslaught yielded a 92nd-minute winning goal for the Wexford side in this first round replay to knock Rock out of the Leinster Senior Cup.

A floodlight failure at Sandy Lane the previous Friday resulted in the tie being abandoned and Rock had to concede home advantage and to travel to Wexford without in-form striker David Ward.

They held their own in the first half which they slightly shaded, creating a couple of decent scoring chances, and were still well in the game until the final ten minutes.

The home side who are unbeaten in the past two seasons, and have won their own league for the past four years, mounted a concerted series of attacks to secure victory.

Rock goalkeeper John Rogers did his utmost to keep his team on terms with a string of excellent saves, and the crossbar saved Rock on one other occasion.

Just then when Rock looked like surviving the home side snatched victory and their place in the next round with a headed goal, and there was no time for Rock to salvage a draw and force the tie into extra-time.

The game was a pale shadow of the first game when Rock had the chances to open a sizable lead in the early minutes, but had to be content with a single goal from David Ward. They softly surrendered the lead and even more so again when they regained it in the second half. Then fate took a hand in stopping the game with a section of the floodlights blowing and the lights still lit were not sufficient to finish the game.

Rock: John Rogers, Mark McGeown, Aidan Sheekey, Paddy Reilly, Ciaran Clarke, Michael Osadebe (Brian Kilboye), Paddy Quinn, Mark Gore, Kevin McArdle, Ger McSorley, Derek Delany. Other sub. Aaron Mulligan.

The Argus

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