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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.

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