First Fastnet win
League difficulties put to one side
Fastnet Rovers showed complete disregard for their league form as they picked up their first win of the season in the Wexford and District Under-11 Cup against hosts Rosslare Rangers on Saturday.
Fastnet Rovers 2 Rosslare Rangers 1
The Rathangan boys fell 4-1 to their weekend opponents when the sides met in Division 2 of the league back in November, but they were a much-improved outfit this time around and thoroughly deserved their place in round two.
It was a game in which defences were magnificent. Both sides defended as a unit and chances were at a minimum as the teams traded jab for jab through a fascinating 50 minutes.
The first-half in particular was a war of attrition. Luke McGuire, Finn Ryan and the exceptional Liam Berry swept up all of Rosslare's best attacks while Danny Howlin, Shane Fortune and Cole Rea were almost as impressive at the other end.
Dylan Moran tested Eoghan Byrne from a tight angle early on while, at the other end, David O'Rourke stung Andrew Martin's hands with a piledriver as the teams traded half chances in the first quarter.
It was going to take a moment of inspiration to break the deadlock and it came in the eleventh minute when Moran again played the role of catalyst. His shot was brilliantly blocked but Ali Dietvurst was lurking and managed to turn in the rebound.
The remainder of the half, and the early stages of the second period, went by without much goalmouth action. Both midfields probed and played some nice passing triangles in the middle third but both defences continued to excel.
Eight minutes into the half Cathal Murphy and Dylan Moran played a brilliant one-two which allowed the former to test the excellent Byrne in the Rangers goal.
The home side then equalised with a sublime passage of play. O'Rourke charged away down the left with intent, but also with an eye for precision. His square pass to Tadhg Brohan was perfect and Brohan's shot was powerful but needed a slight deflection to loop over Martin to the net for 1-1.
Nine minutes from time the visitors forged a winner. Liam Berry broke away on the right, forced in a shot-cum-cross and the alert Eoin McMahon was on hand to stretch out a foot and flick past the unfortunate Eoghan Byrne.
Rosslare threw everything at Fastnet in the final few minutes. O'Rourke, Liam Atkins and Kyle Clark all tested Martin but it was O'Rourke who brought the best out of the stopper. His close-range free was brilliantly saved and Rovers managed to clear the resulting scramble to book a second round date with Ballymurn Celtic.
Fastnet Rovers: Andrew Martin; Luke McGuire, Liam Berry, Finn Ryan; Cathal Murphy (capt.), Mogue Cleary, Ali Dietvurst; Dylan Moran, Eoin McMahon. Subs. (rolling) - Philip Carthy, Cian Walsh, Chris Ennis, Liam Philips, Darragh Sinnott.
Rosslare Rangers: Eoghan Byrne; Danny Howlin, Shane Fortune, Cole Rea; Ryan Walsh, Tadhg Brohan, David O'Rourke; Liam Atkins, Ben Power (capt.). Subs. (rolling) - Kyle Clark, Dylan Fortune, Seán Kelly, Cian Davies, William Ling, Conor Harpur.
Referee: Damien Donovan.