Tipperary Cup Quarter Final
Killavilla Utd 1-0 Borroway Rovers
Killavilla Utd battled their way into the Tipperary Cup Semi Final after a hard-fought win against Borroway Rovers in Villa Park tonight. The only goal of the game came from the impressive Brian Moloney with sixteen minutes to go in what was a very feisty affair.
In what was a very slow start to proceedings Villa would get the first chance on goal, Brian Franks cross field ball found Denis Moloney and he set Craig Phelan down the right, Phelan’s cross come shot took everyone by surprise and Rovers Keeper Vinny Loughnane was relieved to see it bounce off the crossbar and out of play.
It would take until midway through the half for the game to open up and Villa would be on the attack again as Franks set Shane Moloney down the left, Moloney in turn put Paul Lake through and but for some smart keeping from Loughnane the game would have seen its first goal. Rovers immediately created an attack of their own and a mix-up in the Villa area seen Calum O’Connor find space only for his resulting left foot shot blaze over the bar.
Moments later it would be Villa’s turn to attack as a string of corners caused severe unrest in the Rovers defence, the first a free header from Lake but he missed the target and the next, a smartly taken short corner from Tom Ahern which found Franks, his shot looped into the area and Denis Moloney would be guilty of missing the target as his header sailed wide.
Rovers were unlucky not to take the lead as they were awarded a free kick ten minutes from half time, Calum O’Connor took the resulting free kick and it was just millimetres over the bar with Jason Ryan seemingly beaten in the Villa goal. Rovers had perhaps the best chance of the half as a brilliant pass down the left found O’Connor and he found his way into the area bearing down on the goal, his shot however was brilliantly saved by the left hand of Ryan and the ball went to safety, ensuring the game went into half time scoreless.
Rovers started the second half as the finished the first and were again unlucky not to break the deadlock as an Al O’Brien corner found the head of William Carroll, but his effort was stopped on the line by B. Moloney. Rovers thought they had taken the lead ten minutes into the second half as a cross field ball from O’Connor found O’Brien, the full back’s cross into the area found O’Connor and his exquisite header found the bottom corner only for the referee to blow the whistle for offside.
It would be Villa’s turn to go desperately close on the hour mark as a long ball by John Cordial was flicked on by Shane Moloney and Craig Phelan found himself one on one with Loughnane and his low drilled shot again bounced off the woodwork and out of play much to his despair. This wouldn’t deter the home side however and they eventually broke the deadlock with fifteen minutes remaining, a mix-up on the wing from Rovers seen Denis Moloney burst down the right channel, his cross found his brother Brian at the edge of the area and his sublimely hit volley raced into the bottom corner beyond the reach of Loughnane to put his side within touching distance of the semi-final.
The latter stages seen Rovers try some route one football into the Villa area but to no avail as the hosts looked to break Shane Moloney found himself through on goal, but his effort went straight into the hands of a grateful Loughnane. Rovers did have the last chance of the half and again it would be O’Connor who was guilty of missing, a long free into the area found the head of David McGuire, the ball went into the air to O’Connor, but his somewhat weak head was saved by Ryan in the Villa goal.
A fantastic win for the home side as they continue their search for silverware in NT&DL football, a proper team effort with every player giving their all, Brian Franks, John Cordial, Brian Moloney, Shane Moloney and Craig Phelan particularly pleasing on the eye. Rovers, themselves, put in a fine shift with Calum O’Connor a constant threat throughout.
The Stoppagetime.ie Man of the Match however goes to Brian Moloney, huge work rate throughout the ninety minutes capped off with a fine goal that proved to be the winner in the end. Villa will now host either Clodiagh Rangers or Holycross in the Semi Final in a few weeks’ time.