Leinster Junior Cup
Maynooth University Town-4
Maynooth University town came out on top of what was a sensational second half in Wicklow to progress the next round of the Leinster Junior Cup.
The Saturday side of the surprise FAI Intermediate Cup winners hit four second half goals to Wicklow Rovers two to claim victory in a different kind of game of two halves.
The first chance of a relatively dull first period came on the half hour mark when a Tom Smullen shot was deflected out for a corner, the resulting corner came to nothing. Five minutes before the break the away side were awarded a penalty but the resulting spot kick was blasted high over the bar.
If the first half was a dull affair the second period was it’s polar opposite. There were goals, excitement, near misses and a sending off. Seven minutes into the second half Adam Cox was fouled when bearing down on goal with the referee pointing to the spot. Jim Foley coolly slotted the penalty low into the bottom left hand corner to give Rovers the lead.
The lead was short lived as Maynooth drew level three minutes later via Cian Hutchinson.
Two minutes after levelling the away side went in front as Hutchinson scored again.
Disaster struck for Rovers when they were reduced to ten men soon after and when Martin O’Connor put the Kildare side two up from the spot.
To the hosts credit with a numerical disadvantage they battled back, taking the game to Maynooth. Mark Johnson struck a vicious thunderbolt from all of thirty yards which rattled the underside of the crossbar. A minute later young Jack Crowley fired a half volley narrowly wide of the target and with nine minutes remaining Gareth Murphy slipped in Alan Delaney whose effort was blocked by a last ditch tackle.
Rovers where then giving a life line with just two minutes as a debutante put them within one.
Youngster Ryan Corrigan received the ball wide on the right, he attacked the defender twisting and turning him and then create the space to fire across the keeper into the far left corner to make it 3-2.
However, true to the nature of the second period, Maynooth responded almost instantly to quash the rebellion and progress to the next round.