Monday 11 December 2017

Newtown United F.C.

With the second teams game at home to Seaview Wanderers falling foul of the weather only the first team saw action over the weekend. In the defence of the Bishop cup they won last season the team travelled to Rathnew for an all-Premier tie.

The home side had the better of the chances in the first half but Newtown hit Rathnew with a two goal blast in 5 minutes before the break.

Shane Mooney scored the first coming in from the right flank and Dessie Waters added the second from close range following a corner kick. Rathnew pulled a goal back when Newtown defender Neilly Martin diverted the ball into his own net while trying to clear. Newtown restored their two-goal advantage when Mark Fitzsimons finished to the roof of the net.

With six minutes remaining Rathnew scored from the spot after a harsh award against stand in keeper Ross Odlum.

If that was harsh the Rathnew equaliser was even more controversial when a Rathnew forward seemed to put the ball into the net with his hand after a cross from the left wing.

In what was a very enjoyable game we had a further 20 minutes of extra time to enjoy. Newtown retook the lead when Dessie Waters scored his second goal of the game.

In the final minute of time added on Rathnew forced a corner which was delivered to the back post and headed home to the net from close range.

It was on to penalties and Rathnew won out on a 4-3 score line and Newtown relinquished their hold on the Bishop trophy. On the night both sets of players must be applauded on a fine game which served as a fine advertisement for Wicklow League football.

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