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Ronnie Phillips, BC Sports/JAKO, Ashford, Co. Wicklow

Well if you want proof that commitment, hard work, dedication and persistence pays off, then have a look at our under 15B's (pictured above). Season after season this bunch of young men turned out on the training ground and on match day hail, rain and snow. They suffered defeat after defeat but they didn't let it dent their enthusiasm for the sport, they kept going when it would have been so easy to walk away. Major credit goes to the whole squad for their efforts and they are duly seeing the rewards this season. Another person who deserves all the plaudits that come his way is Fred Boxall their manager, he has also shown commitment, dedication, hard work and persistence with this squad of players and deserves all the success that is coming his way. Having already claimed the Interim cup they added the under 14/15 Challenge cup today when they defeated Arklow Celtic 5-2 in Celtic Park in Arklow. Rovers got off to the perfect start when Tom Flood found the net after only four minutes. Celtic drew level after thirty one minutes to send the teams in all square at 1-1 at the break. Rovers started the second half in the same vein as the first and Keevan Doyle was on hand to restore the lads lead just two minutes after the restart. Things got even better on fifty minutes and it was that man Keevan Doyle again as he made it 3-1. Rovers had a great chance to put the game to bed when they were awarded a penalty on fifty four minutes but Keevan Doyle was denied his hat-trick when he didn't take advantage. However three minutes later Rovers did put the game out of Arklow's reach when they were awarded another penalty, this time Adam Shepherd stepped forward and he made no mistake from the spot and it was 4-1 to Rovers. Arklow didn't give up and they pulled one back on sixty five minutes but any hope the home side had of making a comeback was killed off in the seventy first minute when Adam Shepherd fired home his second of the game to settle any nerves. The lads saw out the remaining minutes to run out 5-2 winners to claim the trophy. This was a fantastic all round team performance and a well deserved success. Congratulations to Fred and his team, if ever a squad of players and their manager deserved a success this squad did, well done again Fred and the lads.

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