Borroway Rovers travelled to Villa Park tonight hoping to keep their unbeaten start to the season going and they did that in good style after some quality defending was matched with great finishing to see them through.
Rovers took the lead on five minutes when and Albert O’Brien free was brilliantly nodded home by Mark Shannon to be leak the deadlock. Roscrea equalised on fifteen minutes when a free kick thirty yards out from Denis Moloney found the net via a deflection much to the delight of the home crowd. Town should have went in front four minutes later when a brilliant through ball from Ian Treacy found Joe Callaghan bursting through on goal only to see his brilliant lob agonisingly hit the bar and back into Gary Dunne’s grateful arms. On twenty six minutes Keith Moore found himself bearing down on goal but he shot wide when really he should have scored. Ten minutes from half time and Mark Shannon should have had his second after a delightful corner found hun once more but his header was wide of the post. Roscrea had a good chance on forty three minutes when Moloney crept into the box eluding two tackles and his cross found Martin Harty who volleyed straight at Dunne in the goal. As half time quickly approached Rovers were awarded a corner wgmhich resulted in a huge goalmouth scramble but somehow the home side manged to clear the ball.
The second half started brightly for Town as very good play from Flanagan down the left found Moloney free in the box but his shot lacked composure and flew over the bar. Roscrea continued to press and on sixty three minutes Callaghan moved wrinkly down the right and his wonderfully floated cross found Harty and his header went inches past the post. Nine minutes later Harty found himself on the end of another Callaghan cross but the goal yet again deceived him as the ball clipped the post and went wide. On seventy four minutes Borroway retook the lead, somewhat against the run of play, as a fine through ball seen Keith Moore run through and lob the helpless Michael Kirwan in the goal, quality finish. Roscrea almost equalised immediatelyas Moloney once again found space in the box only to be denied by Dunne, the ball they found its way out to Flanagan who’s twenty yards shot smashed off the crossbar much to the home sides disappointment. Borroway killed off the game on eighty eight minutes when a reckless tackle just inside the are seen Referee Naoise Lawler point to the spot. Albert O’Brien stepped up and confidently tucked the ball home to end the game as a contest and book a semi final birth against Holycross Fc.
A good game for the neutral, some good slick passing by the home side, especially Moloney and Callaghan, was met by brute force and determination by Gould and Shannon in the Rovers defence. Moore up front looked dangerous throughout but the Stoppagetime.ie Man of the Match was Mark Shannon.
Ref Watch: Naoise Lawler 8/10
A very solid game here, did not miss much atall and no real controversial decisions to speak of. Good performance.