Comp: LSL Major 1 Sunday
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-
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.
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-
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.
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.
Comp: Leinster Junior Cup
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-