A famous first for Rosbercon
A 63RD-MINUTE Keith Donnelly strike sent Rosbercon to Gwyn Jones Cup glory in Bunclody on Sunday last as they got the better of north Wexford side Gorey Rangers in difficult conditions.
The Rosbercon attacking midfielder held his line fantastically to stay onside and slide Shane Delaney's right-wing cross to an empty net and in doing so sent his team on the path to glory.
It was just desserts for the victors who created the majority of the clearcut chances and enjoyed the better of the game for long spells.
Indeed, a tight and nervy first-half was only illuminated on two occasions, both of which came when Resbercon broke in behind the Gorey defence.
On the first occasion, when Louis O'neill's pass sent Michael Doolin away, Gavin Griffiths saved well low down.
The Gorey stopper needed to be at his best again to deny Donnelly with the second superb chance after Tom O'sullivan's header sent him clear on goal.
John Flanagan's long-range free-kick did test Tommy Quinn on the stroke of half-time, but it was slim pickings for Gorey who struggled to impose themselves.
It was more of the same in the early stages of the second period as Donnelly hared away down the right and crossed low to Doolin, but the forward's effort, under pressure, was once again kept out by Griffiths.
Almost from nothing Gorey had the ball in the back of the net; Alan Molloy jinked his way into the penalty area, and crossed for Brian Kavanagh whose shot was heading towards the net. However, David Behan, standing on the line, helped the ball on its way and was correctly adjudged to be offside.
Within six minutes of the disallowed goal Rosbercon were ahead with their superbly-worked goal, yet from that opening strike it was backs to the wall for United as Gorey pushed forward.
Alan Molloy headed over, Behan saw a long-range effort saved and Richard Mcdonald fired wide as Gorey looked for a route back to parity and they momentarily thought they had found it with twelve minutes left.
John Flanagan lofted a free-kick into the area which Tommy Quinn spilled, into the path of Behan, who fired to the net for the second time. However, also for the second time, the linesman was waving, correctly, for a foul on Quinn that forced the spill and the Gorey celebrations were cut short.
Rangers kept up the pressure but Rosbercon held strong at the back and Tom O'sullivan picked up his side's first trophy as a Wexford club.
Rosbercon: Tommy Quinn; Paudie Murphy, Brian Aylward, Michael Kelleher, Chris Quinn; Tom O'sullivan (capt.), Shane Delaney, Louis O'neill, David Moran; Keith Donnelly; Michael Devlin. Subs. - Enie Mojeby for Devlin, Ger Mannion for Delaney, Johnny Hanley for Moran, also Laurence Feeney, Joe Meggs, Eddie Murphy, Lar Young, Brendan Grace, Adrian Foley, John Mooney, Michael Doolin, Martin Young, Paul Purcell.
Gorey Rangers: Gavin Griffiths; Robert Leonard, John Flanagan, Shane Dunbar, Mark Flanagan; Alan Molloy, James Byrne, Brian Kavanagh, Richard Donohoe; David Behan, Richard Mcdonald. Subs. - Colm Fleming for Dunbar, also Billy Molloy, Thomas Carroll, Denis Travers, Colm Kinsella, Jan Haandrinkman, Noel Kennedy, Stephen Murphy, Jonathon Donohoe.
Referee: Richard Dwyer.