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Date: 25/8/17
Comp: LSL Major 1 Sunday
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.30pm

Leinster Senior Major 1 Sunday
Wicklow Rovers 3 Yellowstone Celtic FC 2

Rovers first game of the season took place at Whitegates tonight when the lads entertained Yellowstone Celtic FC. The lads got off to the worst possible start when they fell behind after four minutes. They shook off the disappointment of falling behind to level the game on thirteen minutes. Rikki Quinn slipped Maurice Dunne in on goal and he duly finished to the net. Twenty one minutes were gone when Maurice Dunne and Mark O'Sullivan combined to put in Sean Tobin who slotted past the advancing keeper to go 2-1 up. The away side went close on thirty seven minutes with an effort just wide. The lads saw out the half to go in at the break 2-1 in front. The first few minutes of the second period were quiet enough with neither side carving out a chance of note. On fifty nine minutes a lovely through ball from Mark Johnson set Gareth Murphy away down the right, he swung the ball over to the back post where the onrushing Rikki Quinn was denied by the keeper. In the sixty third minute the lads created two good chances in the space of a minute. First a move involving Maurice Dunne, Gareth Murphy and Rikki Quinn ended with Quinn firing just wide. Then Alan Delaney pounced on a Gareth Murphy cross but his effort shaved the outside of the upright. Rovers increased their lead on sixty seven minutes and it was richly deserved. Davy Rowan and Alan Delaney combined to set Mikey Delaney away on the left, Delaney cut in and fired a sweet shot into the right hand corner of the net to make it 3-1. On sixty nine minutes Maurice Dunne was presented with a great chance to put the game beyond the away side but his effort was straight at the keeper. With six minutes left on the clock Yellowstone pulled one back with a thunderbolt from twenty yards to set the game up for a nail bitting finish. The away side pressed seeking the equaliser but the lads held out firm to gain a well deserved three points on the balance of play. On the night it was hard to pick out a man of the match as it was a good all round team performance. When push comes to shove you would have to toss a coin between Mark Johnson and Rikki Quinn who both got through some work and challenges in the middle of the park. Overall it was a good team performance and a good start to the season.
TEAM : Shane Doyle, David Rowan, Michael Delaney, Leonard Carton, Mark Delaney, Mark O'Sullivan, Mark Johnson, Rikki Quinn, Maurice Dunne, Sean Tobin, Alan Delaney. SUBS: (Gareth Murphy for Sean Tobin 58 mins), (Luke Byrne for Alan Delaney 68 mins), (Ian Brannigan for Mikey Delaney 75 mins), (James Foley for Mark Johnson 81 mins), Brian Byrne, Daryl Sullivan.


Date: 1/9/17
Comp: League
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.30pm

Leinster Senior Legue Major 1 Sunday
Wicklow Rovers 1 Larkview Boys 2

The seniors went into nights game looking to get back to winning ways but unfortunately it wasn't to be. After ten minutes Rovers first effort saw Mark Johnson unleash a powerful effort but a block from a defender took the sting out of it. On fifteen minutes the away side fired narrowly wide. In the nineteenth minute the away side went in front with a neat finish. Rovers probed looking for an equaliser and on thirty six minutes they came very close, Ian Brannigan started a flowing move involving several Rovers players, Ian Brannigan at the end of the move delicately played the ball into Maurice Dunne's path who skimmed the crossbar with his shot. Two minutes later the Rovers keeper was called on to make an excellent save. Right on the stroke of half time Rovers had a gilt edged chance to draw level but Alan Delaney's effort sailed over. The second half saw the lads come out all guns blazing, taking the game to the away side. Two minutes into the half Gareth Murphy was denied by a last ditch challenge, a minute later Rikki Quinn set Gareth Murphy in again but this time his shot sneaked past the far post from an acute angle. At this stage it was all Rovers and they were creating several chances. From one of those chances Rovers deservingly drew level. With sixty one minutes on the clock a Rovers corner was pulled back to Davy Rowan, he in turn swung a delicious cross to the back post where Mark O'Sullivan powered home a header to square the match at 1-1. The home side were on top and creating chances but disaster struck on seventy four minutes when the away side broke upfield and went in front totally against the run of play. Rovers pushed forward in search of an equaliser but found the away side a tough nut to crack. Peter Finnegan did go close with an effort on seventy eight minutes but unluckily for the lads it just went the wrong side of the upright. In the dying seconds of the game Ian Brannigan had an effort from the edge of the area blocked and cleared. The lads put in a good shift tonight especially in the second half against a very good side. The lads definitely deserved at the very least a share of the spoils. On the night Ian Brannigan, Rikki Quinn, Mark Delaney and Peter Finnegan stood out in a good all round team performance.
Shane Doyle, Mark O'Sullivan, Ian Brannigan, Leonard Carton, Mark Delaney, Peter Finnegan, Mark Johnson, Rikki Quinn, Maurice Dunne, Gareth Murphy, Alan Delaney. SUBS : David Rowan for (Mark Johnson 37 mins), Luke Byrne for (Alan Delaney 60 mins), Jim Foley for (Mark O'Sullivan 85 mins), Daryl Sullivan, Greg Dunne.

Date: 15/9/17
Comp: League
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.45pm

Leinster Senior League Major 1 Sunday
Wicklow Rovers 0 Blessington FC 3

The senior men went into action tonight at Whitegates without the services of three or four regulars. After a quiet opening the first chance of note came to the away side after seven minutes when they fired in a long distance free that was saved comfortably by the Rovers keeper. Rovers first opportunity came after twenty six minutes when a Maurice Dunne free kick was turned away. Ten minutes later Ian Brannigan powered an effort from thirty yards out just over the bar. It was a half of little in the way of clear cut chances with the half petering out scoreless. Three minutes into the second period disaster struck for Rovers when the away side went in front. In the fifty third minute Rovers went close to squaring the game up when Peter Finnegan fired narrowly wide. The home sides task was made even more difficult when they were reduced to ten men on fifty nine minutes. Things got worse for the lads in the sixty fourth minute when a mistake let the away side in for number two to give the lads a mountain to climb. With fourteen minutes left a Peter Finnegan effort was saved well by the away keeper. The ten men to their credit were pushing forward looking to reduce the deficit, Mikey Delaney was just off target with thirteen minutes left. An excellent corner from Ian Brannigan evaded every player inside the six yard box when the slightest of touches would have meant a certain goal. In injury time the away side broke upfield and added a third. In truth Rovers huffed and puffed but never really got going in this game, the team never reached the standards they have set themselves. On the night Leonard Carton and Ian Brannigan impressed for Rovers.
TEAM: Shane Doyle, Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, Leonard Carton, Mark Delaney, Peter Finnegan, Mark Johnson, Mikey Delaney, Alan Delaney, Maurice Dunne, Gareth Murphy. SUBS: (Sean Tobin for Mark Delaney 58 mins); (Bryan Doyle for Alan Delaney 63 mins); (Daryl Sullivan for Jim Foley 68 mins); Greg Dunne.

Date: 24/9/17
Comp: Leinster Junior Cup
Venuw: Whitegates
Kick Off: 1.30pm

Leinster Junior Cup First Round
Wicklow Rovers 7 Callan United 0

The senior men were in action in the first round of the Leinster Junior cup today when they entertained Callan United from Kilkenny at Whitegates. The lads started the game on the front foot creating several clear cut openings. Gareth Murphy was the first to try his luck but he could only watch on as his eleventh minute effort just went the wrong side of the upright. A minute later Peter Finnegan put Murphy through on goal but the keeper did well to block. On twenty minutes Sean Tobin beat his marker wide on the right and then fed the ball back to Maurice Dunne who let fly only to see his shot rebound away to safety off the post. Then Peter Finnegan rattled the top of the crossbar with an effort from the edge of the penalty area. In the twenty sixth minute Sean Tobin and Maurice Dunne combined to set up Mark Johnson but his shot from distance was just wide of the target. On one of their odd flurries upfield Callan went close to going in front against the run of play when after thirty one minutes they shaved the outside of the upright with a fierce shot from wide on the right. Rovers went down field from the kick out, Sean Tobin picked out Peter Finnegan whose shot was parried away by the Callan keeper. With thirty seven minutes on the clock Mark Johnson's beautiful angled pass found Bryan Doyle out on the left, Doyle cut in and unleashed an effort which sailed just over. Rovers were continuing on the front foot putting the visitors under severe pressure and it was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken and true enough it came on thirty eight minutes. Peter Finnegan gave a neat pass to Maurice Dunne who in turn picked out Gareth Murphy with a pass to split open the Callan defence, Murphy rounded the advancing keeper to slot home despite the attention of the covering defender. Two minutes before the interval Rovers made it 2-0 when Mark O'Sullivan finished off a great Rovers move to put the lads in a commanding position going in at the break. The lads came out in the second period in the same vein pushing their opponents back, Bryan Doyle and Maurice Dunne combined after fifty minutes to set up Gareth Murphy but his delicate flick was pushed away by the keeper. Two minutes later the game was put to bed when Maurice Dunne curled a shot into the far right corner of the net from the edge of the area to make it 3-0. On the hour mark it was 4-0, this time it was Alan Delaney when he powerfully rifled the ball to the roof of the net. On seventy minutes Byran Doyle cut in from the left and let fly but his effort was parried away by the keeper but it was Mark Johnson who got the chance to show off his chicken dance celebration when he slotted home the breaking ball to make it 5-0. The away sides only chance of note in the second half saw Shane Doyle in the Rovers goal produce an excellent save. With fifteen minutes remaining Luke Byrne made it six when he raced through, rounded the keeper and fired home. There was still time for another and that came from Peter Finnegan who ran at the away defence ghosting past two players and calmly slotting pass the advancing keeper to make it 7-0. The Rovers management would have to be pleased with this performance and will be hoping the lads can bring this form into their league campaign. The defence of keeper Shane Doyle, defenders Mark O'Sullivan, Mikey Delaney, Ian Brannigan and Leonard Carton were solid through out and kept a clean sheet. Further upfield our midfield controlled the game and were ably supported by our forward players. The other positive that would please the management was there was seven different goalscorers. An excellent all round team performance from the lads with everyone playing their part in a game where the lads could have reached double figures.





Date: 12/1/18
Comp: LSL Major 1 Sunday
Venue: Whitegates
Date: 19/1/18
Kick Off: 7.30pm

Leinster Senior Major 1 Sunday
Wicklow Rovers 5 Dodderervale/Orwell Utd 1

The senior men welcomed league leaders Doddervale/Orwell Utd FC to Whitegates tonight. The lads were hoping to follow up last week's impressive away draw with second placed Castleknock Celtic with a win against the table toppers. The game didn't start off too well for Rovers with the away side making the early running. The Dublin side went close on twelve minutes shooting narrowly wide. On the quarter hour mark Doddervale/Orwell Utd FC went in front when Rovers got caught in possession and they duly dispatched the ball to the back of the net. This seemed to be the wake up call Rovers needed as from this point onwards the lads took total control of the game. On twenty minutes Rovers were level, a long ball out from keeper Shane Doyle found Gareth Murphy wide on the right, Gareth raced past the last defender before firing past the advancing keeper. Three minutes later Maurice Dunne was unlucky to see his curling effort just go the wrong side of the top corner. In the twenty eighth minute Rovers hit the front, a perfectly weighted through ball from Bryan Doyle set the impressive Ciaran McGettigan away on the left wing, Ciaran used all his strength and speed to get away from his marker before neatly tucking the ball away to put Rovers 2-1 in front. Bryan Doyle nearly got himself on the scoresheet five minutes later when he hit a vicious left footed free kick that went narrowly wide. On thirty seven minutes Rovers increased their lead, a corner caused havoc in the away side's defence and when the breaking ball fell to Maurice Dunne on the edge of the eighteen yard box he made no mistake thundering home his shot to send the lads in at the break 3-1 up. The early part of the second period was going to be crucial as the lads were playing against a stiff breeze so they were hoping to weather the expected onslaught. But in fairness to the lads they knuckled down and it was them who made the better start to the second half. Five minutes into the half Rovers scored the all important next goal as they would say, Ciaran McGettigan made a terrific run down the right before squaring the ball to Gareth Murphy who slammed the ball to the net to make it 4-1. Rovers continued to manage the game well with the defence holding firm and keeper Shane Doyle acting as an extra sweeper reading the game well to come and capture any balls over the top. Doyle made an excellent save midway through the half to turn the ball around the post evading serious injury when he collided with the upright. Rovers were in control around the middle of the part with Tommy Kelly doing the simple things effectively for his team. With twenty minutes remaining Rovers put the icing on the cake and it couldn't have fell to a better recipient. The hard working Ciaran McGettigan did all his own work for this goal, he chased down the away defender before getting his body in the way to charge down the clearance, he then raced away and coolly and neatly placed the ball in the bottom corner of the net. This was a very impressive display from the team, the whole team worked hard through out the game with every player playing his part. Sometimes it's hard to select a man of the match but when push comes to shove we have to make the selection. From my point of view and l don't think there could be many arguments against my selection for man of the match tonight as l would go with Ciaran McGettigan. Ciaran led the line well, his willingness to run and close down for his team could never be questioned. For such a young man his strength and pace caused problems all night for the away defence. His hold up play was excellent, add to this he provided two well taken goals and also provided the assist for the fourth goal, a worthy recipient of man of the match. All in all it was an outstanding result and an excellent all round team performance, well done lads.


Comp: Leinster Junior Cup
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.30pm

Leinster Junior Cup Third Round
Wicklow Rovers 7 Naas United 1

The senior men sailed through to round four of the Leinster Junior Cup with a comprehensive 7-1 victory over Kildare side Naas United at Whitegates tonight. The lads went into an early lead when Tommy Kelly fired home but the lead didn't last long as Naas drew level a few minutes later. Gareth Murphy put Rovers back in front midway through the half and from this point onwards there was only going to be one winner. Jim Foley added two goals from penalties either side of the interval to make it 4-1. Ciaran McGettigan netted from a tight angle to make it 5-1 with Luke Byrne and Peter Finnegan nabbing a goal a piece to give the lads a resounding 7-1 win to book a meeting with the winners of Ayrfield United or Bunclody at Whitegates in the fourth round. This was an excellent all round team performance from the lads. Well done lads.


Date: 26/1/18
Comp: LSL Major 1 Sunday
Venue: Berryfield
Kick Off: 8pm

Leinster Senior Major 1 Sunday
Enniskerry YC 1 Wicklow Rovers 4

The senior men travelled to Berryfield to take on Enniskerry YC in an all county Wicklow tussle in the Leinster Senior League tonight. With both teams only separated by three points in the table with Rovers ahead in the standings this was going to be a very important encounter with both sides harbouring hopes of promotion. Wicklow came flying out of the traps with two goals in the space of a minute just after the ten minute mark. On eleven minutes Tommy Kelly fired Rovers in front with his second of the season, a minute later the scoring machine Gareth Murphy made it 2-0 which now means he has found the back of the net in all of Rovers last ten games. After twenty five minutes the home team got themselves back in the match when they halved the deficit. Rovers went in at the break 2-1 in front. The next goal in the second period was always going to be crucial and it was Rovers who supplied it with young Ciaran McGettigan nabbing his ninth goal in seven games to put Rovers in the driving seat. Rovers rounded off a very impressive victory with an injury time penalty from Gareth Murphy for his second of the game to put a dent in the home sides promotion hopes while putting themselves very much in the promotion mix up. This was a competitive game with the difference been that Wicklow were more clinical in front of goal to run out 4-1 winners.


Date: 2/2/18
Comp: LSL Major 1 Sunday
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.30pm

Leinster Senior Major 1 Sunday
Wicklow Rovers 5 Trinity Donaghmede 1

The senior men welcomed league leaders Trinity Donaghmede to Whitegates last night. The lads were looking to close the gap on the leaders by claiming all three points and that's exactly what they did when they recorded a super 5-1 win. The lads fell behind after only nine minutes when the visitors centre forward tucked the ball away. But Rovers are playing with a lot of confidence this season and they showed that by levelling shortly afterwards. A Luke Byrne corner was dispatched to the net by the head of Lenny Carton to make it 1-1. The remainder of the half saw Rovers control the game without really threatening the visitors keeper. The lads did have a penalty claim waved away by the referee. The second half started with Rovers on the front foot and they were nearly rewarded when Gareth Murphy glanced an Adam Cox corner just wide. Rovers were dictating the play and it was no surprise when they took a deserved lead, yet another excellent delivery from a Luke Byrne corner was met by Tommy Kelly who sweetly struck a left foot shot to make it 2-1 to Rovers. The game went through a scrappy ten minute patch at the midway point of the half with neither side really having a chance of note. The lads did have a purple patch in the last fifteen minutes when they fired home three more goals. First it was Ciaran McGettigan who pounced on a breaking ball to slot home after some excellent work from Gareth Murphy. Soon after it was 4-1, McGettigan who was a constant thorn in the side of the visitors all night superbly rounded the centre half before clinically finishing for his second of the game and his eleventh of the season. Peter Finnegan put the icing on the cake in injury time when he neatly tucked the ball away from the edge of the area to give the lads an excellent 5-1 victory against the league leaders. This win moves the lads into third place in the league standings and puts them in great heart going into their big Leinster Junior Cup game next Friday night against Ayrfield United.

Date: 9/2/18
Comp: Leinster Junior Cup
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.45pm

Leinster Junior Cup Fourth Round
Wicklow Rovers 1 Ayrfield United 1 aet
Ayrfield win 3-1 on pens.

The senior men took on Ayrfield United in the fourth round of the Leinster Junior Cup tonight at Whitegates. When these two sides last met in early December at Whitegates Ayrfield won a high scoring game 6-3. Tonight it was completely different with a much tighter affair on view. The first half saw both defences very much on top. In saying that there was some neat football played by both sides but in the final third neither side could breach the defences. On four minutes Tommy Kelly came to Rovers rescue with a well timed tackle on the edge of the home teams area. Both sides had a couple of half chances with Tommy Kelly firing across the six yard box on twenty two minutes. On the stroke of half time Rovers central defender Ian Brannigan found himself in a dangerous position in the Ayrfield box but his effort went agonisingly wide of the post. The teams went in at the break at 0-0. Tommy Kelly got through some trojan work in the middle of the park with the Rovers defence of Mark O'Sullivan, Ian Brannigan, Davy Rowan and Mikey Delaney rock solid in the first period. Eight minutes into the second half the away side were reduced to ten men for an off the ball incident. In the fifty eighth minute Gareth Murphy was unlucky when the ball bounced away from him just as he was about to pull the trigger. On sixty seven minutes Gareth Murphy had a great chance when the keeper and defender got their communication all wrong with the ball breaking Murphy's way. The angle was tight and this allowed the defender to get back to block the wingers shot. A minute later Ciaran McGettigan caused havoc in the area ghosting past two defenders only to see his effort parried by the keeper. From the resulting break upfield the Dublin side went in front with a well taken finish. On seventy two minutes Shane Doyle kept Rovers in the tie with an excellent save. With nine minutes remaining Rovers came close to an equaliser when Luke Byrne swivelled and fired narrowly past the right hand post. With time running out and with a minute left of normal time Rovers notched a deserved leveller. McGettigan had the away defence in disarray when he ran at the heart of their defence which resulted in him been fouled and a penalty being awarded. Mikey Delaney showed nerves of steel as he stepped forward and powerfully slammed the ball in off the inside of the right hand post to square the game up and it was on to extra time. The first period of extra time didn't produce a chance of note and fitted in with pattern of most of the game, a tight tough affair played in great spirit. The second period of extra time was more of the same with both teams having claims for a penalty waved away by the referee. Shane Doyle did pull of a brave save at the feet of an Ayrfield player. After 110 minutes of tough football it was on to the dreaded penalty shootout. After a good start in the shootout with Peter Finnegan netting in the bottom right hand corner from the first penalty Rovers saw their next there penalties saved. Shane Doyle pulled off a magnificent save from the visitor's fourth penalty but the away side had already converted their first three which saw them win out 3-1 on penalties. It has to be said this was a measure of the improvement in the team since the last time the two sides met that it was only spot kicks that was the difference between them this time round. Rovers put in a good all round team performance on the night with Tommy Kelly getting my man of the match award for his industrious work around the pitch. He popped up everywhere in an effort to spur his side on. He helped out his defence while also popping up at the other end with a chance or two. But for his hard graft in the centre of the park alone is the reason he was a worthy man of the match.
TEAM: Shane Doyle, Mark O'Sullivan, Mikey Delaney, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan, Adam Cox, Peter Finnegan, Tommy Kelly, Luke Byrne, Ciaran McGettigan, Gareth Murphy.
SUBS : Bryan Doyle for (Ian Brannigan 61 minutes), Maurice Dunne for (Adam Cox 77 minutes), Alan Delaney, Jim Foley, Greg Dunne, Rikki Quinn, All not used.
                                                                 
Date: 16/3/18
Comp: League
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.30pm

Leinster Senior League Major 1 Sunday
Wicklow Rovers 3 Rathmichael Shankill 0


Rovers went into this game seeking all three points in a bid to keep them well in the title mix. When these sides last met early in the season it was the south Dublin side who came out on top defeating Rovers 2-1 in the second game of the campaign. The first half was deprived of anything in the way of clear cut chances with both teams cancelling each other out. The first chance of note came after thirteen minutes when Peter Finnegan fired over from the edge of the box. Two minutes later Mark O'Sullivan made a good run out on the left and his dangerous cross was cleared by the away defence. On eighteen minutes a long clearance from Rovers keeper Shane Doyle fell to Ciaran McGettigan whose stinging shot was straight at the keeper. Just before the break Alan Delaney pulled the ball back from the end line to pick out Maurice Dunne on the edge of the area but his shot sailed over into the night air. The teams went in at the break all square at 0-0 and it wasn't a surprise on the balance of play as neither keeper was really troubled. The second half saw Rovers playing into the clubhouse end of the ground and they showed their intent after two minutes of the restart when Gareth Murphy worked the keeper with a fine shot that the keeper done well to turn away. A minute later Rovers went in front, Murphy turned provider when he crossed from the right to find Ciaran McGettigan who fired home to give the home side a dream start to the second period. After fifty five minutes McGettigan and Murphy combined well to set up Alan Delaney but his effort didn't trouble the keeper. Rovers continued to pile forward in search of the insurance goal while always been wary of been hit on the break. With twenty minutes remaining McGettigan had a great chance but the Shankill keeper parried his shot away. A minute later Gareth Murphy attempted a cheeky chip but the keeper was alert to it. Rovers keeper Shane Doyle had a quiet night but in the seventy second minute he was called into action when he bravely saved at the feet of the Shankill striker to snuff out the danger. Rovers broke upfield and Ciaran McGettigan made a solo run but yet again the keeper denied him with another good save. Rovers were creating plenty of chances and the danger was always were they going to regret not taking them with Rathmichael Shankill capable of hitting Rovers on the break. Both Gareth Murphy and Ciaran McGettigan had chances to increase the Rovers lead but on both occasions the keeper denied them. Rovers finally nabbed the well deserved insurance goal with four minutes left on the clock. Luke Byrne who was introduced as a sixty third minute substitute got on the end of a Ciaran McGettigan through ball and Byrne made no mistake when he coolly slotted the ball past the advancing keeper to ensure all three points were safely staying in the Whitegates. The icing was put on the cake in injury time when Byrne notched his second when he cut in from the right wing before powerfully blasting home to round off a well deserved 3-0 victory. The lads were slow to get into their stride on the night but when they did there was only going to be one winner. It was hard to pick a man of the match for Rovers on the night as there were a lot of good performances. As usual someone has to be nominated and I'm sure people's opinions will differ. Peter Finnegan and Tommy Kelly impressed in the middle of the park, Jim Foley, Mark O'Sullivan and Davy Rowan were solid at the back. Luke Byrne when introduced to the fray scored two well taken goals. But on the night Lenny Carton earns the man of the match nomination for the way he marshalled his defence so well, he was solid in defence and was a major player in making sure Shane Doyle had a relatively quiet night between the Rovers posts. He was assured on the ball and led by example. This was a valuable three points for Rovers and keeps them well in the title race with a couple of points separating several teams.
TEAM: Shane Doyle, Mark O'Sullivan, Jim Foley, Leonard Carton, David Rowan, Tommy Kelly, Peter Finnegan, Alan Delaney, Maurice Dunne, Gareth Murphy, Ciaran McGettigan. SUBS: Luke Byrne for (Alan Delaney 63 mins), Rikki Quinn for (Jim Foley 75 mins), Mark Johnson for (Maurice Dunne 80 mins),Ian Brannigan, Greg Dunne.

Date: 13/4/18
Comp: League
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.30pm

Leinster Senior Major 1 Sunday
Wicklow Rovers 3 Enniskerry YC 1

Rovers welcomed Enniskerry to Whitegates for what would be deemed as a local derby in a Leinster Senior Major 1 Sunday game. Rovers knew they needed to take all three points to remain firmly in the promotion battle and they had the first effort of note after six minutes when Ciaran McGettigan fired over from the left hand edge of the box. Enniskerry forced Rossa Marron into a good save a minute later when he got down low to save a powerful shot. The next twenty minutes saw a lot of the play in and around the middle third of the pitch. Rikki Quinn and Peter Finnegan were pivotal to all Rovers attacking play. It was an even first period with no quarter given by either side. After twenty seven minutes Rovers went in front when Gareth Murphy got on the end of a corner to head home. The lead didn't last long as the away side drew level when the Enniskerry forward delicately lobbed the advancing Marron to make it 1-1. Three minutes later Enniskerry were a shade unlucky when they rattled the woodwork. The teams went in at the break all square and on the balance of play this was probably a fair half time score. The second half was a totally different story as Rovers controlled the half. Four minutes after the restart the home side went in front, the impressive Rikki Quinn combined with Ciaran McGettigan to set Alan Delaney away on goal and Delaney made no mistake as he coolly slotted the ball past the advancing keeper. Two minutes later Mark O'Sullivan had a great chance but his header at the back post just drifted wide of the target. On the hour mark the away team were reduced to ten men when one of their players received a second yellow card for dissent. Luke Byrne was introduced as a substitute after seventy minutes and he made an immediate impact, he twisted and turned two defenders before firing in a fierce shot which the netminder did well to parry away with Maurice Dunne firing the breaking ball into the side netting. With sixteen minutes left on the clock Adam Cox burst through the centre of the Enniskerry defence but his shot sailed over. On seventy six minutes Rovers had a great chance to seal the win when Ciaran McGettigan was bundled over in the area. Unfortunately for Rovers the resulting spot kick was lobbed over the bar by Adam Cox. At this stage of the game Rovers were firmly in charge and it was only a matter of time before the third came along. On seventy eight minutes McGettigan pulled the ball back from the end line to Gareth Murphy only to see his thunderous strike deflected away by the defender. A minute later Rovers were unlucky not to be awarded a second penalty when Ciaran McGettigan seemed to be fouled again inside the area. The home side sealed the win and the three points when Maurice Dunne fired a thirty yard free kick into the top left hand corner of the net with seven minutes remaining. From the next Rovers attack Peter Finnegan who had an outstanding game ran at pace tormenting four defenders before blasting over. In the space of two minutes at the eighty sixth minute mark Rovers had two goals disallowed, the first was probably right but everyone in the ground were left a little bewildered with the second one. In injury time Rossa Marron was called upon to make a superb save in a one on one situation. On the final whistle Rovers ran out deserved 3-1 winners. Rossa Marron when called on was impressive between the posts. The Rovers team as a whole were very impressive on the night, the defence of Mark O'Sullivan, Leonard Carton, Ian Brannigan and Mikey Delaney were solid throughout while up front the dangerous Gareth Murphy was a constant thorn in the side of the away defence. The midfield of Rovers were in control for large parts of the game with Peter Finnegan putting in an excellent shift, it was close for the man of the match nomination with several players in the running. At the end of the game the nomination was Rikki Quinn edging out Peter Finnegan and Gareth Murphy. Quinn started in the middle of the park and was instrumental in all Rovers attacking play while also assisting his defence. In the second period he moved back into the centre of defence where he was calm and assured. This win keeps Rovers very much in the promotion hunt and with another home game against Ratoath Harps this coming Tuesday in Whitegates at 7.30pm the lads will be hoping to claim another three valuable points.
TEAM: Rossa Marron, Mark O'Sullivan, Michael Delaney, Leonard Carton, Ian Brannigan, Rikki Quinn, Peter Finnegan, Alan Delaney, Maurice Dunne, Gareth Murphy, Ciaran McGettigan. SUBS: Adam Cox for (Leonard Carton 65 mins), Luke Byrne for (Alan Delaney 70 minutes), Jim Foley for (Mark O'Sullivan 85 minutes), Mark Johnson for (Peter Finnegan 85 minutes), Greg Dunne.

Date: 20/4/18
Comp: Polikoff Cup Q/F
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.30pm

Polikoff Cup Quarter Final
Wicklow Rovers 2 Collinstown FC 0

Our senior men welcomed Collinstown FC to Whitegates tonight for a Polikoff cup quarter final game and as opponents go they don't come any bigger than the Leinster Junior cup holders. If ever there was a game that was going to show how far the lads have progressed this was it. The away side made the early running pushing Rovers back to the edge of their own penalty area but in those early minutes the defence of Mark O'Sullivan, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan and Rikki Quinn dealt comfortably with the assault on the Rovers rearguard. It was actually the home side who created the first clear cut chance when Ciaran McGettigan raced onto a long ball out of defence to chip the advancing keeper and with the net unguarded the ball just drifted wide as Gareth Murphy agonisingly went close to turning it in. Three minutes later Murphy's cross had the keeper scurrying across his line as the ball just cleared the bar and dropped onto the back of the net. On twenty one minutes Collinstown went close with an effort that was just off target. On the half hour mark Shane Doyle in the Rovers goal came to his sides rescue with a superb save from a vicious shot. Rovers straight away went up the other end and Luke Byrne's trickery was causing all sorts of problems for the away defence, he was hauled down thirty yards out, Maurice Dunne took the resulting free kick and was just off target. Rovers were very much in the game and were starting to believe they could take a big scalp here. On thirty six minutes Ciaran McGettigan was set away out wide on the left, McGettigan attacked the Collinstown defence at pace, cut in and fired across the keeper into the far right hand corner of the net to spark wild celebrations. The game was now nip and tuck, Peter Finnegan was turning in another wonderful display in the engine room and he was ably assisted by the hard working Tommy Kelly. Right on the stroke of half time Collinstown thought they'd levelled matters. Shane Doyle pulled off a magnificent save but the breaking ball was tucked away by a Collinstown player only to be ruled out by the referee's assistant who deemed he was standing in an offside position. The half time whistle sounded and Rovers went in at the break 1-0 to the good. The first ten minutes of the second period were going to be crucial and to the lads credit they more than matched their higher ranked opponents limiting them to the long ball which the Rovers defence mopped up every time. Shane Doyle was acting as a sweeper coming out and cleaning any high ball over the top. Disaster struck on sixty eight minutes and it came from an unusual source, we had a floodlight failure which threatened to give a premature end to the game. This would have been cruel on the lads as they were performing to the top of their game and were well in the hunt to produce a major shock. Luckily power was resumed and it was game on again. With eighteen minutes left on the clock Rovers were in dream land. A free kick was swung over from the right and was met by the head of Tommy Kelly to guide the ball home to ripple the back of the net to set off the celebrations once again. With Rovers now two up it was their's to lose but they were in no mood to give anything away with every player in a green and white jersey laying their body on the line for the cause. With twelve minutes remaining Collinstown went close but their effort sailed over into the night time sky. On eighty minutes Shane Doyle made a neat save to prevent the away side pulling one back. The last chance of note for Collinstown came with seven minutes left on the clock but their shot shaved the outside of the post and rebounded away to safety. The home saw out the closing minutes without any scares to claim a major scalp and record a famous victory in the club's history. The defence of Mark O'Sullivan, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan, Rikki Quinn and Alan Delaney when introduced as a second half substitute were superb all night, to hold Collinstown scoreless for ninety minutes was a magnificent achievement. The midfield quartet of Peter Finnegan, Tommy Kelly, Maurice Dunne and Luke Byrne were excellent, working hard around the pitch while also backing up their defence and attack. Upfront Ciaran McGettigan and Gareth Murphy's pace was causing the away side all sorts of problems not giving them a minutes peace. When it comes to man of the match for the game l could choose any one of the players out on the pitch but I'm going to give it to goalkeeper Shane Doyle. The reason is definitely not because Rovers were under the cosh as it was far from it as it was an even game throughout with Rovers just about shading it. The reason for Shane's nomination was he made three magnificent saves at crucial times in the game. He also acted as an extra sweeper coming off his line to mop up long balls over the top. Add to this his safe handling under the high ball when the away side pumped the ball in on top of the goals late on is the reason why Shane just shades it from his fellow team mates. All in all this was a superb team effort from everyone on and off the pitch plus the management team of Greg Dunne, Denis Vickers and Richie Fitzpatrick who are doing sterling work moulding the team. The lads will now be hoping for a home draw in the semi final but for the moment they can enjoy a famous night for the club.
TEAM: Shane Doyle, Mark O'Sullivan, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan, Rikki Quinn, Tommy Kelly, Peter Finnegan, Luke Byrne, Maurice Dunne, Gareth Murphy, Ciaran McGettigan. SUBS: Alan Delaney, Jim Foley, Mark Johnson, Rossa Marron, Greg Dunne, Sean Tobin.

Date: 11/5/18
Comp: Polikoff Cup Semi Final
Venue: IT Blanchardstown
Kick Off: 8pm

Polikoff Cup Semi Final
Castleknock Celtic 3 Wicklow Rovers 3 after extra time
Castleknock Celtic won 4-3 on pens.

The senior men travelled to Blanchardstown to take on Castleknock Celtic in the semi final of the Polikoff cup and as semi finals go this one had it all. Goals, near misses, great saves, red cards and lots more. You just couldn't take your eyes off the action. Rovers got off to the worst start possible and after two minutes they found themselves one down after a long ball over the top was duly dispatched by the home side. Rovers showed great character and took the game to their hosts after falling behind. After ten minutes Ciaran McGettigan broke through the centre of the home defence but was denied by a good save from the keeper. A minute later Gareth Murphy fired over. On twelve minutes Shane Doyle raced off his line to save well on the edge of the Rovers area. On sixteen minutes a good flowing move ended with Maurice Dunne rattling the crossbar from twenty five yards. The game was being played at a frantic pace and on the twenty minute mark Shane Doyle was called on again to tip the ball around the post. After twenty three minutes Ciaran McGettigan was brought down and Rovers were awarded a penalty. Mikey Delaney stepped up and coolly slotted home the spot kick. The game was end to end and Shane Doyle came to his sides rescue with another good save. Just on the stroke of half time Rovers went close to taking the lead, Gareth Murphy picked out Ciaran McGettigan but his effort was just wide. The half time whistle went with the sides level at 1-1. The second half saw the game played at a much more sedate pace but we were still served with excitement and controversy. Three minutes into the second period a clash between Luke Byrne and Castleknock's number 15 started a mini scuffle after Rovers were awarded a free. A resulting off the ball incident ended with Tommy Kelly been shown a red card but he was immediately followed by the Castleknock number 15 for his involvement in the incident. On sixty two minutes Doyle in the Rovers goal came to his team's rescue with a magnificent save when a certain goal looked on the cards as he tipped the ball around the post. From the resulting corner the home side went in front after they ghosted in at the back post to head home. Rovers pushed forward seeking an equaliser and on sixty eight minutes they got the reward their efforts warranted. Mark O'Sullivan made an excellent run down the right wing and his deep cross was swept to the back of the net by Gareth Murphy to level the game at 2-2. The game petered out with both sides creating a couple of half chances but not really troubling the keepers. The first period of extra time was only a minute old when Castleknock went 3-2 up with a carbon copy of their first goal with a long ball over the top which Shane Doyle had no chance with. In the ninety seventh minute Castleknock were awarded a penalty which was hotly disputed. The Rovers defender made an excellent challenge to cleanly win the ball with the referee being the only person in the ground to deem it a foul, mind baffling to say the least. Justice was done when the superb Shane Doyle dived low to his right to turn away a powerfully well taken spot kick. Half time in extra time and it was the hosts who were 3-2 in front. The second half of extra time started with Castleknock playing possession football limiting Rovers to chasing for possession of the ball. To Rovers credit they dug in and kept at their opponents, with three minutes of extra time remaining Luke Byrne fired a wicked shot across the face of the goal which had the home netminder scrambling to reach. With time running out Rovers levelled matters and it was no more than they deserved. On the stroke of full time Gareth Murphy cut in from the right to fire home to give Rovers a well deserved equaliser and it was on to the dreaded penalty shootout. Unfortunately for Rovers it wasn't to be as they lost the penalty shootout 4-3. It was a heart breaking end to a cracking game for the lads. Every player gave it their all in a tough fast paced game. The lads will be disappointed losing out in the way that they did but they can hold their heads up and be proud of the effort and character they showed to come back on three occasions. The lads definitely did not deserve to lose in the way that they did after such a tremendous effort. It was a pity there had to be a loser but that's the cruel side of football. As l said every player gave it their all and done themselves and the club proud but when it comes to man of the match selection l don't think anyone could argue with the choice of Shane Doyle in the Rovers goal. It might sound as if Rovers were under extreme pressure when you select your keeper as man of the match but nothing could be further from the truth. The reason for the selection was Shane Doyle made outstanding saves at crucial times in the game. Take his three or four excellent saves in normal time, another world class save from a hotly disputed penalty in the first period of extra time and then a magnificent save in the penalty shootout. Add to this his commanding presence in his area acting as a sweeper to mop up balls over the top shows Shane was deserving of his nomination. Finally well done to all the players on their effort and commitment over the season and the entertainment they provided over the course of the season. Greg Dunne and Denis Vickers have to take a lot of credit for the moulding of a very good side which if they had the rub of green would now be preparing for a cup final. Well done lads and hard luck.
TEAM: Shane Doyle, Mark O'Sullivan, Mikey Delaney, Ian Brannigan, Rikki Quinn, Tommy Kelly, Peter Finnegan, Luke Byrne, Maurice Dunne, Gareth Murphy, Ciaran McGettigan. SUBS: Lenny Carton for (Ian Brannigan 52 mins), Mark Johnson for (Maurice Dunne 67 mins), Mark Delaney for (Ciaran McGettigan 92 mins), Jim Foley, Alan Delaney, Greg Dunne, Daryl Sullivan, Rossa Marron.

Date: 15/5/18
Comp: LSL Major 1 Sunday
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.45pm

Leinster Senior Major 1 Sunday
Wicklow Rovers 0 Castleknock Celtic 4

The senior men took on Castleknock Celtic in a repeat of last Friday night's Polikoff cup semi-final. The problem going into the game tonight was to get the lads up for the game after the heartbreak of their penalty shootout defeat in the semi final. In a quite enough opening the first chance of note came to the away side on eleven minutes which they duly tucked away to go in front. On twenty one minutes Castleknock made it 2-0. The game was the complete opposite to Friday's which was played at a frantic pace, this had a more laid back feel about it. On the stroke of half time Castleknock went 3-0 up when Rovers failed to clear their lines. Ten minutes into the second period the Dublin side were awarded a penalty which was converted to make it 4-0. Rovers hadn't created anything of note against a well drilled away defence but on sixty two minutes Maurice Dunne went close with a free kick on the edge of the box. Luke Byrne went agonisingly close on seventy minutes as Rovers started to create some chances. Three minutes later the keeper saved well from Mark Johnson. With eleven minutes remaining Luke Byrne forced the keeper into a good save but the save of the game came with six minutes remaining when young Rovers keeper Rossa Marron pulled off a magnificent save when a certain goal looked on the cards. The game ended 4-0 to the away side. On a bad night at the office best for Rovers were Gareth Murphy and Luke Byrne who ran tirelessly for the team.
TEAM: Rossa Marron, Mark O'Sullivan, Ian Brannigan, Leonard Carton, Rikki Quinn, Mark Johnson, Peter Finnegan, Luke Byrne, Maurice Dunne, Gareth Murphy, Jim Foley. SUBS: David Rowan for (Jim Foley 50 minutes), Daryl Sullivan for (Ian Brannigan 65 minutes), Greg Dunne.

 
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