Roscrea Town A played Roscrea Town B tonight in Villa Park and the spectators were served up a very exciting game in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup.
Both sides looked to gain momentum in the middle of the park with some particularly strong tackling from both sides but it was Sam Quealy and Jason Fitzpatrick who seemed to be winning that battle for the B team. Perhaps against the run of play the first real chance of the game arrived on 14 minutes when a dangerously floated corner from Brian Franks found Roddy Teehan who’s header agonisingly rebounded off the crossbar to safety. Fans would have been forgiven if they thought this was going to be the first of many chances for the A team but that would not be the case as excellent organisation and defending, especially from Denis Moloney, seen the B team hold out with consummate ease. Indeed it was the B team who seemed to shade the half and on 41 minutes they might have taken the lead when a Denis Moloney free kick found the head of Sam Quealy but his header missed the target.
The second half started as the first did and the game was turned on its head in the space of two minutes when on the 51st minute Joe Callaghan found himself through one on one with Stephen Byrne and as he put the ball past him Byrne looked to have taken Callaghan down but the referee waved play on much to the shock of most of Villa Park. Insult was added to injury only two minutes later when second half sub Eoin Moloney burst down the left and his low cross was met by John Pio Fitzpatrick who finished well from close range to open the scoring for the A team.
The A team might have went two up seconds later when good play on the break seen Shane Moloney shoot from distance only for his shot to go high over the bar. The B team however would not lie down and on 55 minutes Denis Moloney won the ball in midfield and his chipped pass through found Ryan O’Gorman who in turn shuffled around the defender and his wonderfully left footed drive found the bottom corner much to the joy of the fans. At one all the game was anyones and on hour mark the A team’s Fitzpatrick teamed up well with the impressive Josh Wynne and he ran through on goal but Chris Neville was equal to the shot and saved well.
Five minutes later though the A team retook the lead when a good run from Wynne down the right ended with a low pass into Shane Moloney who shot low past Neville with a neat finish. It was nearly three on 68 minute as a long ball in found Josh Wynne and he seen his header saved off the line by Luke Fitzgerald. Again the B team refused to give up and on 73 minutes they equalised again when a Joe Callaghan pass found Micky Ryan unmarked in the box and he cooly slotted the ball home past Byrne.
That joy was to be shortlived as only four minutes later a defensive error Pio found himself through on goal and he brilliantly finished to the bottom corner to finally kill off the B team. He would get a chance for a hattrick in injury time as Josh Wynne found him well in the box but the finish was straight at the impressive Neville in the goal.
A 3-2 win for the Premier Division side but it will be the Division 1 side that comes away from this with belief. Maybe on another day the scores would be reversed.
Best players on the day were of course John Pio Fitzpatrick for the A team as his goals proved the difference but fantastic performance from Sam Quealy, Jason Fitzpatrick, Micky Ryan and Chris Neville but the stoppagetime.ie man of the Match award goes to Denis Moloney who impressed throughout in defence and managed the assist for O’Gorman also.
A fantastic game.