Borroway Rovers today claimed the Barry Cup after a spirited display seen them edge rivals Holycross by a single goal to nil. Shane Dunne grabbed the all important goal thirteen minutes from the end.
In a game with very few chances it was indeed Paul Gould’s Rovers that had the better of things throughout. The first chance took twenty one minutes to come about when Benny Connolly shot from distance and Cormac O’Connor fumbled but Rovers couldn’t take advantage. A midfield battle ensued with neither team grabbing the game by the horns and three minutes from time JJ Gleeson floated an excellent ball over the top and Keith Moore got onto the end of it only to see his shot misses the target when he probably should have scored.
Holycross tried to press things in the second half making two substitutions but they couldn’t break the Rovers defence down. Indeed eight minutes into the half David McGuire rose highest from a Jake Moore cross but his header went straight at O’Connor. Chances continued to be few and far between and seventeen minutes from time Moore went through again, this time from Benny Connolly pass, but the result was the same as the ball went high and wide. Only a minute later the pair combined again down the left and this time Moore’s shot wend just wide of the post.
The deadlock was broken thirteen minutes from time when a loose ball fell to Shane Dunne some twenty yards out and his ferocious shot left O’Connor rooted to the spot and sent the Rovers players, management and fans into delirium. Holycross for an equaliser and three minutes from time they nearly got it as JP Butler headed wide from a corner with Vinny Loughnane beaten. Moore would have the last chance of the game in injury time but this time O’Connor was on hand to save brilliantly at his feet when the striker shot from eight yards.
A deserved win for Rovers in a game with little in the way of chances. David English and Dan Corbett played brilliantly for Holycross as they struggled to keep possession throughout. Pat Lawler, Mark Shannon, David McGuire and Al O’Brien were outstanding for Rovers but the Stoppagetime.ie Man Of The Match goes to Benny Connolly. A constant threat throughout and he showed some real class at times.