Tuesday 12 December 2017

Campile send the holders packing

Brendan Furlong

John O'Connor of Shamrock Rovers and Adam Parle (Campile) battler for possession
John O'Connor of Shamrock Rovers and Adam Parle (Campile) battler for possession

There was little light for Shamrock Rovers as the holders were sent packing, being rocked with a goal in each half as Campile United brought off the shock of the weekend in this Wexford Volkswagen Wexford Cup third round game in Fr. Murphy Park, Enniscorthy, on Sunday.

Shamrock Rovers 0 Campile United2

In the end Shamrock Rovers may have been their own worst enemies. They had dominated the opening 20 minutes but there seemed a noticeable over-confidence about their game which in turn led to some slack football, eventually presenting the perfect platform for Campile to play their way into the game.

But when Rovers were eventually punished for this approach, they showed a lacked of creativity as they chased the game. And despite laying siege to their opponents' goal for most of the second-half they were unable to fashion a response, as their passing game came up against a commanding Campile back four, while 'keeper Tommy Quinn was superb in the visitors' goal.

The Enniscorthy side may have had all the play but through the opening 20 minutes they were restricted to long-range efforts on goal that were capably dealt with by Quinn.

Fifteen minutes into the game they should have taken the lead.

Ricky Dwyer was put through on goal and rounded the 'keeper, but he delayed his shot on an empty goal, allowing Dale Flynn to get back to clear the ball away for a fruitless corner-kick.

Campile were relying on quick counter-attacks with Johnny Keating being particularly prominent in midfield, while both Eric Banville and Adam Parle were causing problems down the respective flanks as they were covering every inch of ground to help their overworked back four.

After Quinn had produced a fine save from James Carty, the deadlock was eventually broken in the 35th minute.

Having forced a corner-kick in a quick counter-attack, Emmett Dunning's strike was headed out by Alan Freeman, but somehow Eric Banville managed to get the ball back across goal for Adam Parle to right foot it past 'keeper Lee Murphy from a few metres out, making it 1-0 for Campile somewhat against the run of play.

This brought a very significant lift to the Campile game with one having to admire their workrate as they defended their lead.

James Carty shot over for the home side, while a Ricky Dwyer free-kick brought a fine save out of 'keeper Quinn, but Campile went in with a 1-0 interval lead.

You could tell from the start of the second-half that this was going to be a case of backs to the wall for Campile as Rovers laid siege to their goal in search of an equaliser. The holders were now moving the ball with more purpose, leaving Campile to put in some desperate defending, but the back four of Dale Flynn, Graham Howlin, Stuart Dunning and Kevin Parker was superb as they continually denied their opponents, while 'keeper Quinn was dominant in the air under the high crosses and corner kicks.

Substitute Danny O'Reilly shot over from a good position, while James Carty, Ricky Fox and Ricky Dwyer had attempts on goal blocked by a compact defence.

Having soaked up the pressure, Campile mounted a lightning counter-attack. A long ball was played into the area which the home defence failed to clear, leaving Eric Banville to shoot low to the net and making it 2-0.

Clearly seeing their hopes of a league-cup double disappearing, Rovers continued to press forward and forced a total of eleven second-half corner kicks, but while their attacks continued to intensify they were unable to break down the visitors' back four as Campile held firm to send the cup holders packing.

Shamrock Rovers: Lee Murphy, Alan Freeman, Trevor Breen, Seán Millar, Mikey Dempsey, John O'Connor, Ricky Dwyer, James Carty, Emmet Quirke, Ricky Fox, Martin McKeown. Subs. - Danny O'Reilly, Daniel Carroll, Eamonn O'Brien, Eddie O'Connor, David Whelan.

Campile United: Tommy Quinn, Dale Flynn, Graham Howlin, Stuart Dunning, Kevin Parker, Emmett Dunning, Sacki Saradius, Johnny Keating, Adam Parle, Eric Banville, Tadgh Cahill. Subs. - Alan Myler, Brian Mullett.

Referee: Damien Donovan.

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