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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.

 
 
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