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Date: 14/9/19
Comp: Noel Ryan Cup First Round
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 1pm
Noel Ryan Cup First Round
Wicklow Rovers 2 Colepark United
Our Leinster Senior side welcomed Colepark United to Whitegates on Saturday afternoon for a Noel Ryan cup first round game. The visitors ply their trade in the top Saturday league so a tough game was on the cards. The first half was deprived of clear cut chances with a lot of the play breaking down in the final third. The away side went close when an effort after ten minutes dropped the wrong side of the upright. Daniel Tarcevskis had Rovers first chance of note after fifteen minutes but his shot was off target. The only other chance in an uneventful first period came on the half hour mark when Adam Cox fired over from a set piece. The second half produced a lot more in the way of chances, Cathal Moody in the Rovers goal had to be alert in the fifty second minute to tip a looping effort over the bar. From this point on it was all Rovers, the rearguard of Rikki Quinn, David Rowan, Ian Brannigan and Mark Johnson were rock solid throughout. The home side edged in front in the fifty fifth minute, Daniel Tarcevskis cut in from the left leaving two defenders in his slipstream before blasting a low powerful effort into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Tarcevskis was becoming a handful for the Colepark defence and a minute later he had a good opportunity for his second but he screwed his shot wide of the target. The green and whites piled forward seeking a second to put the game to bed, Adam Cox went close again from a free-kick but it was just wide of the mark. In the sixty fifth minute Aidan Small and Gareth Murphy combined with Murphy's half volley going agonisingly wide. A minute later Mark Johnson made a surging run from the right full back position to blast a drive across the face of the goal. With eleven minutes left on the clock Gareth Murphy set up Daniel Tarcevskis but his effort was well saved by the away keeper. The second half was all Rovers and they seemed to be comfortably seeing out the game, but disaster struck in the ninety first minute when the away side levelled matters in scrappy fashion. It now looked like extra time was a certainty, but Rovers centre half Rikki Quinn had other ideas. Quinn collected the ball midway into the Dublin side's half, ran straight at the away side's defence before been bundled over in the box. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Up stepped Ian Brannigan, keeping his composure to powerfully blast the resulting spot kick home to give Rovers a deserved 2-1 victory and a safe passage to round two. On the day the Rovers rearguard of Cathal Moody, Mark Johnson, lan Brannigan, Rikki Quinn and David Rowan were solid with Adam Cox and Paul Newsome getting through some industrious work around the middle of the park. Daniel Tarcevskis and Aidan Small combined well up top with Tarcevskis topping it off with a splendid goal. Out wide Gareth Murphy and Dylan Orr worked hard with Hugh Humby, Tommy Smullen and Anthony Franey playing their part when they entered the field of play. When it comes to man of the match Rikki Quinn is the nomination, he was solid at the back, ventured into the middle to help out his midfielders and when the game seemed to be heading for extra time it was Quinn who won his side's penalty with a surging run into the opponents area.

TEAM: Cathal Moody, Mark Johnson, lan Brannigan, Rikki Quinn, David Rowan, Paul Newsome, Gareth Murphy, Adam Cox, Daniel Tarcevskis, Aidan Small, Dylan Orr. SUBS: Tom Smullen, Hugh Humby, Anthony Franey, Rossa Marron, Paul Sweeney.
Date: 5th October 2019
 
Comp: Leinster Junior Cup
 
Venue: Whitegates
 
Kick Off: 2.30pm
 
Leinster Junior Cup First Round
 
Wicklow Rovers 2 Malahide United 1
 
 
Wicklow Rovers Leinster Senior League team entered into Leinster Junior Cup action on Saturday afternoon when they entertained Malahide United in the first round of the competition. After last week's heroics away to Wayside Celtic in the FAI Junior cup Rovers were hoping to add another notable scalp to their name.
Malahide came to Whitegates sitting proudly at the summit of the Major 1 league and unbeaten in league action. The game saw the away side make the early running and after five minutes Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal was called on to turn a blistering shot over the bar and away to safety. On the quarter hour mark Marron was called into action again, this time he clawed the ball away just when it seemed to be creeping under the bar. Rovers were slowly working their way into the game as they created a couple of half chances which came to nothing. The deadlock was broken on thirty eight minutes when Rovers went in front from their first clear cut opening. The home side moved the ball well to create the opening for which the impressive Theo Smyth was grateful as he slammed the ball home to the delight of the home support. Three minutes before the break Malahide went close to levelling but their effort drifted wide of the far post. The away side had most of the possession in the first half but the Rovers defence of Rikki Quinn, David Rowan, Ian Brannigan and Dylan Orr starved them of very little in the way of clear cut chances but when they tried their luck from distance they found no way past an inspired Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal.
The second period saw Rovers make a dream start when two minutes in they increased their lead, the hard working Aidan Small picked the ball up out on the right of the area, Small turned and blasted into the top right hand corner of the net to make it 2-0. Malahide came close to pulling one back on fifty six minutes but Dylan Orr was on hand to scramble the ball off the line. Rovers were now under the cosh but they held firm. Malahide piled forward but the Rovers defence battled hard. On seventy five minutes we probably witnessed one of the saves of the season and for a long time to come. With a seemingly unstoppable effort from the Malahide player looking destined for the top hand corner of the net the Rovers netminder Rossa Marron pulled off an unbelievable one handed save to push the ball wide of the post, definitely a match winning moment. The Dublin side did pull one back with two minutes left on the clock to make it a nervy ending to the game. The experience and pace of Luke Byrne won his side a couple of late frees to relieve the pressure at crucial moments in those dying minutes.

Date: 13th October 2019
Comp: Tom Carroll Cup
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 12pm
Tom Carroll Cup First Round
Wicklow Rovers 3 Huntstown/Hartstown FC 2
It was another cup tie at Whitegates this week with Rovers senior team entertaining Hartstown/Huntstown in the first round of the Tom Carroll cup. Rovers started the strongest making all the early running forcing a succession of corners. On six minutes Gareth Murphy went close with an effort. Rovers kept the pressure on and after eleven minutes Daniel Tarcevskis forced the away keeper into a good save. With Rovers seemingly in control of the game the away side went in front after fourteen minutes against the run of play. A long ball over the top caught the home defence out and the Dublin side were one up. Four minutes later came a moment of controversy, with Adam Cox bearing down on goal the last defender tripped Cox with the defender lucky only to receive a yellow card. The resulting free came to nothing. Disaster struck for the home side midway through the half when Hartstown/Huntstown went 2-0 up. Rovers kept piling forward and on the half hour mark they reduced the deficit when Aidan Small broke through on the left to coolly slot home. A minute later it should have been all square, Daniel Tarcevskis found himself one on one with the keeper but his effort was straight at the netminder. Four minutes before the interval Adam Cox came close to levelling when he shaved the top of the crossbar. On the stroke of half-time Rovers got a deserved equaliser, a delicate chip from Tom Smullen over the away rearguard put Aidan Small through who slotted past the advancing keeper and the sides were all square going in at the break.
The second half started in the same manner as the first with Rovers producing all the attacking play, a minute after the resumption Small slid the ball through to Murphy who put his effort into the side netting. A minute later a Theo Smyth header from a corner was saved by the away keeper. On the hour mark the home side went close again, Murphy twisted and turned three defenders before his blistering drive was turned away by the keeper. With twenty minutes left on the clock Mark Johnson won a free kick in the centre circle, Johnson's quick free kick set Aidan Small in on goal but the keeper done well to race of his line to deny the Rovers attacker. In the seventy seventh minute Theo Smyth got on the end of a Daniel Tarcevskis cross only to see his effort sail over. Rovers were clearly dominating proceedings but there was always the danger of been hit on the break. In fairness the Rovers defence of Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan and Theo Smyth tightened up in the second period and limited the visitors to a couple of half chances and gave their keeper Rossa Marron a relatively quiet afternoon. With ten minutes remaining Rovers got the all important third goal and it was no more than they deserved after their dominance for most of the game. The ever dangerous and hard working Aidan Small saw his shot saved by the keeper, Tarcevskis then pounced on the rebound but his effort was blocked but Luke Byrne made no mistake as he fired home what proved to be the winner. Rovers had one final chance before the end and that was an Adam Cox drive from the edge of the area that the keeper got down well to save.
Rovers deserved this victory and probably with the chances created they should have made the final result a lot more comfortable. That said a win is a win, on the day the chances were created and that in it's self is a good thing. Rovers controlled the majority of the game with Mark Johnson, Tom Smullen and Adam Cox pulling the strings in the centre of the park. This was a good all round team performance from Rovers but Aidan Small gets the nomination for man of the match, his two goals dragged Rovers back into the game after falling 2-0 behind. His constant probing and running at the away defence gave the Dublin team's defence a torrid time while he was very unlucky not to claim a hat-trick that his overall performance deserved.
TEAM: Rossa Marron, Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan, Theo Smyth, Tom Smullen, Gareth Murphy, Mark Johnson, Daniel Tarcevskis, Aidan Small, Adam Cox. SUBS: Luke Byrne for (Tom Smullen 65 minutes), Paul Newsome for (Adam Cox 89 minutes), David O'Connor, Paul Sweeney and Peter Finnegan.

Date: Saturday 26th October
Comp: Leinster Junior Cup
Venue: Fairview
Kick Off: 2.30pm
Leinster Junior Cup 2nd Round
Sheriff YC 3 Wicklow Rovers 1
Our Leinster Senior side were in Leinster Junior cup action today and what a mammoth task they had as they travelled to take on Leinster Kingpins and holders Sheriff YC in their own backyard. The lads got off to the worse possible start when they were reduced to ten men and the home side were harshly awarded a penalty after nine minutes which they converted. If the lads faced a mammoth task before the game they now had an impossible task. But to the lads credit they knuckled down and produced some of their best football of the season. They took the game to their opponents and even though down to ten men they really had a go. Just before the interval they leveled matters and it was their just rewards after a spirited display in the first half. Rovers were awarded a free just outside the area and up stepped Dylan Orr to duly dispatch the ball to the net. The second half saw the holders understandably put Rovers under a bit of pressure but Rovers were coping well. Twenty minutes in Sheriff won a corner, the resulting corner in was blocked but the ball fell invitingly for the Sheriff striker inside the six yard box and he made no mistake. The lads battled on in an effort of getting a second equaliser and they had the chances, they were playing some nice neat football and definitely gave the holders something to think about. Unfortunately for Rovers as they pushed forward in search of the goal that would take it to extra time Sheriff hit them on the break with two minutes remaining to kill the game off at 3-1. Rovers can come out of this game with their heads held high and plenty of confidence going forward in the season ahead. They produced some of their best football of the season, even playing eighty one minutes with ten men they took the game to the holders. It was a good all round team performance and should stand to them going forward.
TEAM: Cathal Moody, Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan, Rikki Quinn, Daniel Tarcevskis, Paul Newsome, Aidan Small, Gareth Murphy, Luke Byrne, David O'Connor. SUBS: Peter Finnegan, Paul Sweeney.

Date: Friday 15th November 2019
Comp: Noel Ryan Cup
Venue: SDFL Complex
Kick Off: 8pm
Noel Ryan Cup Second Round
Booth Road Celtic 1 Wicklow Rovers 2 aet
Our Leinster Senior team took on Major Saturday side Booth Road Celtic last night in the second round of the Noel Ryan cup. A tough game was on the cards as Rovers opponents ply their trade four divisions above the lads. Rovers were up for the game as they showed in the first half with no quarter given. Cathal Moody in the Rovers goal pulled off a couple of outstanding saves. All in all the first half proved to be a tight affair with the Rovers defence of Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, Rikki Quinn and David Rowan in excellent form and in no mood to be breached. The sides went in at the break all square at 0-0, a fair scoreline on the balance of play. The second half started with the home side attacking in search of the first goal and they were rewarded in the fifty fifth minute when they hit the front from free kick. One nil to the home but this only seemed to spur Rovers on and they took the game to their higher ranked opponents. The midfield four of Luke Byrne, Peter Finnegan, Paul Newsome and Gareth Murphy were getting through some industrious work in the middle of the park while up front Daniel Tarcevskis and Adam Cox were proving a handful. Rovers got a deserved equaliser in the seventy fifth minute with Luke Byrne firing home. Both sides had their chances for a winner but the final whistle went with no more goals and it was onto extra time. As it was throughout the game, both sides gave it their all with nothing separating the teams. With the dreaded penalty shootout looming Rovers snatched the winner with seconds left on the clock when Luke Byrne popped up with his second goal of the game to send Rovers into the hat for the third round. This was an excellent all round team performance from the Rovers men. Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, Rikki Quinn and David Rowan were solid throughout, the midfield quartet of Paul Newsome, Luke Byrne, Gareth Murphy and Peter Finnegan covered every inch of the pitch while upfront Daniel Tarcevskis and Adam Cox worked their socks off. But the man of the match definitely had to be Cathal Moody in the Rovers goal. At crucial stages of the game he pulled off some fantastic saves, even though the sides were even it was Moody's saves that proved vital at the end of the game. TEAM: Cathal Moody, Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan, Rikki Quinn, Gareth Murphy, Peter Finnegan, Paul Newsome, Luke Byrne, Daniel Tarcevskis, Adam Cox. SUBS: Tom Smullen, David O'Connor, Ciaran McGettigan.

Date: 21st January 2020
Comp: Saturday Major 1D
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.30pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 4 Ballyfermot United 1
Our Leinster Senior side were in action at Whitegates tonight when they entertained Ballyfermot United. With the lads playing catch up having only played six league games to date they went in search of three points hoping to lift themselves off the bottom of the table. Things didn't look good early in play as they fell behind after six minutes, a long ball over the top of the Rovers defence saw the Ballyfermot striker win the race to slot the ball past Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal. Rovers picked themselves up after the disastrous start and took the game to the Dublin side. Ciaran McGettigan and Daniel Tarcevskis both went close before McGettigan levelled matters on twelve minutes when he cut in from the right before firing into the left hand corner of the net. Rovers were controlling the game and creating chances but the away side were still dangerous on the break. On twenty five minutes Rossa Marron had to be alert to get down low to save well. A minute later Ciaran McGettigan went close again but his powerful effort went past the right post. The partnership of McGettigan and Tarcevskis were causing the Ballyfermot defence untold problems with their pace and power and it was Tarcevskis who put Rovers in front. On twenty eight minutes he raced onto a through ball leaving the defender in his wake before slotting past the keeper to make it 2-1. Two minutes later things got even better for the home side, an Ian Brannigan delivery from the left found Ciaran McGettigan at the back post and he made no mistake to score his second and Rovers third. With thirty five minutes gone on the clock Rovers killed off the game when a neat defence splitting pass from Peter Finnegan set Tarcevskis on his way and he made no mistake to fire home his second of the game. Rovers were scintillating in the first half and looked like scoring with every attack. Ciaran McGettigan and Daniel Tarcevskis were absolutely lethal causing the away defence problems throughout. If the first half was a high scoring entertaining encounter the second half was the complete opposite, the second half was a stop start affair with very little in the way of clear cut chances. After fifty one minutes Dylan Orr and McGettigan played a one two with Orr's weak effort been easily saved. With fourteen minutes left on the clock Orr forced the keeper into a good save but that's as good as it got with both keepers mainly redundant in the second period. This was an excellent three points for Rovers which sees them move up three places in the table and they will be hoping to further progress up the standings as they have games in hand on all the teams around them. As man of the match goes it was between two players, the combination of Ciaran McGettigan and Daniel Tarcevskis upfront saw two young men give a hundred percent, their pace and power gave the Ballyfermot rearguard no respite throughout and l think the away side breathed a sigh of relief when both players were withdrawn in the second half. Both players netted a brace and contributed so much to the game. On this occasion Daniel just edged it from this point of view but in all honesty l don't think there could be any argument no matter which player got the nomination.

Date: 25th January 2020
Comp: Saturday Major 1D
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 2pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 3 Newlands/Castle Park 1
Our Leinster Senior side were hoping to make it two wins from two after their excellent 4-1 midweek victory over Ballyfermot United when they took on Newlands/Castle Park at Whitegates this afternoon. It was a subdued start to the game with very little in the way of clear cut chances. Adam Cox pounced on a breaking ball in the area after eight minutes but his effort was straight at the keeper. A lot of the play from both sides was scrappy with neither side putting their stamp on the game. The first chance of note for the away team came at the midway point of the half and led to them taking the lead, the Newlands/Castle Park player cut in from the right to fire into the bottom right hand corner of the Rovers net. Two minutes later Daniel Tarcevskis had a great chance to draw Rovers level but his attempted lob was plucked out of the air by the away keeper. Rovers huffed and puffed but couldn't get decent service to their strikers as the away side proved to be a stubborn nut to crack. The sides went in at the break with the Dublin side 1-0 up and with it all to do for the home side. The second period started with Rovers on the front foot in search of the goal that would get them back in the game. They were now playing to their strengths by getting their two men up top into the game and it bore fruit on fifty seven minutes when Ciaran McGettigan cut in from the left to surge into the area only to be fouled as he had the target in his sights. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and to be fair there could be no complaints. This was a crucial time of the game with Ian Brannigan taking on the responsibility of trying to drag his team level from the resulting penalty and he made no mistake as he showed his experience as he coolly dispatched the spot kick to make it all square. It was to get even better for Rovers, straight from the restart Tommy Smullen was tenacious to win the ball back to send Ciaran McGettigan through on goal and he was clinical to fire the ball past the keeper to give Rovers the lead. What a turnaround it was, on fifty seven minutes they were 1-0 down, by the time the clock struck the fifty eighth minute they were 2-1 ahead. At this stage the home side were dictating the play and were the ones who were creating the chances. On seventy minutes McGettigan ventured on a solo run but was denied by the keeper. With fifteen minutes left a long diagonal ball from Dylan Orr set Daniel Tarcevskis in on goal but his shot screamed wide of the right post. A minute later the away keeper got down low to save well from a Tommy Smullen strike. Even though Rovers were well on top in the second period they had to be careful they didn't get caught with a suckerpunch but to their credit the Rovers defence of Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan and Rikki Quinn were rock solid for most of the afternoon. In the eighty fifth minute the away side were awarded a free on the edge of the Wicklow box and it was from this that Rovers sealed the points. The home defence cleared the danger from the resulting free and McGettigan was alert to latch onto the clearance and he raced clear leaving the away defenders in his wake before blasting past the keeper to seal the deal and give Rovers all three points. At the start of the week Rovers were rooted to the bottom of the table but with six points from two games they now sit mid table and into the bargain leapfrogged their opponents. With games in hand Rovers will be hoping to further progress up the league standings and put themselves in the promotion hunt. After a dreary first half Rovers played more like the standards we have come to expect from them. This result was built on a solid display from the back four of Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan and Rikki Quinn who ensured the Rovers keeper had a relatively quiet afternoon. Next up for Rovers is an away tussle with Portlaoise where they will be hoping to keep their good run going.

Date: 1st February 2020
Comp: Saturday Major 1D
Venue: Portlaoise
Kick Off: 2pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Portlaoise 1 Wicklow Rovers 4
Our Leinster Senior side continued their recent good form with their third win on the bounce with an excellent 4-1 away success over Portlaoise. The lads made the long journey to the county Laois town and came home with all three points to continue their climb up the table. The game itself proved to be a scrappy affair but to Rovers credit they battled through the tough conditions to claim victory. Rovers made the early running creating one or two half chances. Rovers went in at the break 1-0 up courtesy of a Dylan Orr goal, Orr was quickest to react to a rebound to fire the ball home. The second half proved to be similar to the first with both teams trying to get into some sort of rhythm. It was Rovers who proved to be the more clinical in front of goal though and on sixty minutes Tom Smullen scored to double the Rovers lead. Three minutes later Rovers finally killed off their opponents with a third goal, this time it came from a wicked deflection from a Portlaoise player. At this stage Rovers were in total control and pressing for a fourth. The home side pulled a goal back with a screamer with eight minutes left on the clock. Whatever hope the home side had of making a dramatic comeback was put to bed immediately from the restart when Tom Smullen added his second of the game and Rovers fourth. The lads saw out the remaining minutes to gain another welcomed three points which sees them move to within two points of their opponents in the safe area of mid table but more importantly they have four games in hand on Portlaoise. With games in hand on all the teams above and around them they know if they can maintain their winning run they can gatecrash the promotion party. This proved to be a solid team performance from Rovers on what was a terrible day for football with the gale force wind and bad underfoot conditions making good football very difficult.

Date: 22nd February 2020
Comp: Tom Carroll Cup
Venue: Sandymount
Kick Off: 12pm
Tom Carroll Cup Third Round
Railway Union 2 Wicklow Rovers 4
Our Leinster Senior side were in cup action today when they travelled to take on Railway Union in the third round of the Tom Carroll cup. Railway Union ply their trade two divisions higher than Rovers and are ticking along nicely in third place. Rovers themselves are in a rich vein of form having won four league games on the bounce. The home side with the advantage of the strong wind in their backs were first to draw blood when they went one up. It almost got worse for Rovers shortly after but they had Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal to thank for keeping them in the game with a magnificent save. The save proved to be crucial as Rovers battled the elements and deservingly drew level on thirty five minutes when Ciaran McGettigan finished off a good move. Just on the stroke of half-time Rovers were presented with a golden opportunity to go in front. Tommy Kelly set McGettigan away but his route to goal was abruptly brought to an end resulting in a penalty kick been awarded. David O'Connor deputised as the penalty taker in the injury enforced absence of normal spot taker Ian Brannigan. O'Connor made no mistake as he coolly dispatched the ball to the net to put Rovers in the driving seat leading 2-1 at the break and with the advantage of the strong wind in their backs for the second half The Rovers men were brimming with confidence. Five minutes into the second period Rovers extended their lead when a long throw from O'Connor found McGettigan whose effort struck the crossbar with the ball falling into the path of the incoming Tommy Kelly who finished to the net to make it 3-1. Rovers booked their place in the quarter final of the competition with a fourth in the sixty fifth minute when the ball took a deflection off a home defender. Rovers were in total control at this stage in what was a good game of football played in a sporting manner. Deep into injury time the home side added a second but Rovers had done the hard work by this stage. It was a good all round team performance from Rovers which maintains their unbeaten run and a quarter final spot in the cup to look forward to. A special mention goes to Rossa Marron for that magnificent save when Rovers were 1-0 down to keep his side in the game. Other players who stood out were David Rowan, Ciaran McGettigan, David O'Connor and Paul Newsome.

Date: 18th July 2020
Comp: League
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 2.30pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 2 Ratoath Harps 0
Senior football returned to Whitegates today when our Leinster senior side entertained Ratoath Harps. The away side sat in fifth place in the league standings with Rovers one place behind and four points adrift of their opponents in sixth place but with six games in hand. The first ten minutes produced nothing of note with both sides feeling their way into the game. The first opening fell to the away side after thirteen minutes but their effort was screwed wide from six yards. A minute later Rovers had a strong appeal for a penalty turned away by the referee, Aidan Small went to round the keeper and seemed to be fouled but their appeals were waved away. Rovers took the lead after twenty one minutes when Adam Cox got on the end of an Aidan Small cross to sweep home. Just before the break Paul Newsome put in an excellent well timed challenge when a certain goal looked on the cards. The resulting corner was met by a Ratoath striker but Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal was equal to it with a superb save to send Rovers in at the break one to the good. On fifty one minutes the impressive Dylan Orr made a darting run down the right, his powerful cross come shot was turned away by the keeper. The game then went into a bit of a lull with neither keeper been called on. It was on sixty seven minutes when Marron was called into action again,  it was a great move from the away side but Marron produced an excellent save to deny them a leveller. With eighteen minutes left Adam Cox fired from just inside the area. In the seventy fifth minute Aidan Small and substitute Ciaran Mcgettigan combined with McGettigan's low powerful shot turned away by the keeper's foot. The resulting corner was met by David Rowan but his goal bound first time effort was pushed behind by the keeper. Dylan Orr's second corner in succession was met by the head of McGettigan but he was denied by the away number three's goal line clearance. With ten minutes remaining Dylan Orr made a surging run down the right, his cross picked out the in rushing Aidan Small who fired home in off the post. Rovers saw out the remaining minutes to earn three good points on the return to competitive football and puts them firmly in the title and promotion hunt. Rovers put in a solid all round team performance to earn a massive three points on their return. The man of the match on the day goes to Dylan Orr for his marauding runs down the right to support his forward players. He was also tenacious in the tackles carrying out his defensive duties while also producing the assist for the second goal.

Date: 20th July 2020
 
Comp: League
 
Venye: Ballywaltrim Recreational Park
 
Kick Off: 7pm
 
Leinster Senior League
 
Saturday Major 1D
 
Ardmore Rovers 0 Wicklow Rovers 2
 
 
Monday night saw an all Wicklow affair when the battle of the Rovers took place at the Ballywaltrim Recreational Park in a Saturday Major 1D Leinster Senior league game. Ardmore Rovers entertained Wicklow Rovers and when they met way back in November it was the Bray side who came out on top winning 4-1 at Whitegates. Since then bot sides fortunes have changed dramaticially, Wicklow went into this game riding high in the league just outside the promotion spots while Ardmore were struggling way down in the bottom two so it was an important game for both teams for complete different reasons.
 
 
Wicklow came out of the traps quickly and in the first minute Aidan Small was denied by an excellent save from Ross Hughes in the Ardmore goal. In truth that proved to be the best opening of the half as both defences were on top throughout the first period.
 
 
The away side hit the front early in the second half. Wicklow were awarded a free kick thirty five yards out, up stepped Peter Finnegan to fire past Hughes who got a hand to it but couldn't keep it out.
 
 
This was to signal a twenty minute onslaught with Ardmore on the front foot. But they came up against a solid and stubborn Wicklow rearguard who were in no mood to concede. On the couple of occasions they breached the Wicklow defence they found Rossa Marron between the Wicklow posts in inspired form with two fantastic saves.
 
 
If the twenty minute spell in the mid point of the half belonged to Ardmore the last fifteen definitely belonged to Wicklow as the Bray side appeared to run out of steam. Wicklow took a firm grip on proceedings to dominate the latter stages of the game and any chance of the home side getting anything from the game was killed off in injury when Aidan Small fired home Wicklow's second to ensure all three points were heading to Whitegates.
 
 
This win moves the Rovers of Wicklow into the top five and very much into the title mix in what was an excellent all round team performance from their team. Ardmore even though they played their part in a very entertaining match find themselves firmly rooted in a relegation dog fight.
 

 
Wicklow Rovers: Rossa Marron, Jim Foley, Dylan Orr, David Rowan, Paul Newsome, Peter Finnegan, Tom Smullen, Michael Delaney, David O'Connor, Aidan Small, Luke Byrne. SUBS: Ian Brannigan, Gareth Murphy, Cathal Moody, Rikki Quinn, Anthony Franey.

Date: 25th July 2020
Comp: League
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 2.330pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 4 Harstown/Huntstown 0
Our Leinster Senior team took on basement team Hartstown/Huntstown this afternoon at Whitegates. The lads are on an excellent winning run at the moment and they continued that vein of form with a good 4-0 victory. With the games coming thick and fast manager BA Franey was utilizing his squad with several changes. After two minutes the away side had a great chance but the striker was more intent on watching the advancing Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal taking his eye off the ball and not making good contact to screw his shot wide. Four minutes later Aidan Small showed his opposite number how to finish, Small latched onto a through ball to powerfully blast to the roof of the net and Rovers were in front. Rovers went on to create several chances but were denied by the away keeper who was in great form. At this stage Rovers were in control of the game but the away side were still making the odd flurry forward. It was with one of those attacks that the away side nearly levelled after thirty four minutes, firstly David Rowan came to Rovers rescue with a well timed challenge in the area but from the second phase of the attack the away number ten struck the crossbar with a powerful header. Right on the stroke of half-time Rovers doubled their lead, Adam Cox made no mistake to fire Rovers into a 2-0 half-time lead. Six minutes into the second period Rovers put the game beyond the Dublin side, David O'Connor surged into the area and when everyone in the ground expected O'Connor to shoot he intelligently squared to the incoming Cox who cheekily dinked the ball over the diving keeper to make it 3-0. It was definitely one way traffic and two minutes later Tommy Smullen produced some neat footwork to leave two players in his wake before setting Peter Finnegan away but Finnegan was denied by another good save from the away custodian. Rovers made it 4-0 twenty minutes from time and it was that man Cox again, from thirty five yards out he looked up, saw the keeper off his line and beautifully lobbed him to complete his hat-trick. With ten minutes left Mick Delaney just missed the target with a header and four minutes later Smullen shot narrowly wide. In the last minute Rossa Marron who had a quiet afternoon between the posts was called into action  and he was alert as he pulled off an excellent save. The lads ran out deserving 4-0 winners, a result that maintains their great run and keeps them well in the title shake up. This was a great all round team performance with every player playing his part, David Rowan was rock solid at the heart of the defence, David O'Connor worked tirelessly but as for a man of the match award you can look no further than hat-trick hero Adam Cox. His three goals were clinically finished with the third been worthy of the award alone. His link up play was excellent and was always making himself available to help his team mates.


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