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LSL Saturday Premier Team

This Season's Teams > Senior Teams
19th JANUARY 2019
It was the big top of the table clash in the Leinster Senior Saturday Premier Division as Wicklow Rovers took on Bray side Ardmore Rovers on a cold chilly Saturday afternoon. Going into the game Wicklow sat in third spot three points behind leaders Ballymun Utd and two points behind their opponents Ardmore.
It was the Rovers of Wicklow who made the early running putting the away side on the back foot. Even though Wicklow controlled the early stages they had to wait until the nineteenth minute for their first opening and it provided the first goal of the game when Ciaran McGettigan finished to give Wicklow a deserved lead. Two minutes later Gareth Murphy got on the end of a breaking ball but he scuffed his shot wide of the right hand post. The goal seemed to jolt Ardmore into action as they had their best spell of the game in the middle stage of the half, in the twenty fifth they fired wide with the goal at their mercy. Then Rossa Marron in the home goal made a comfortable save from a pile driver which was straight at the custodian.
It was as good as it got for the away side as they were put to the sword in a two minute spell just before the break. Three minutes before the interval Ciaran McGettigan latched onto a long kick out from Marron but saw his first effort saved but he was quick to react to score from the rebound. Then a minute later McGettigan completed his hat-trick when he shrugged off the defender to fire home to make it 3-0.
The second half took awhile to warm up, on the hour mark Gareth Murphy was played in on goal but he was denied by a good save from the Ardmore keeper. Murphy had another great chance on seventy two minutes when he got on the end of a cross but was left frustrated as his powerful header just went the wrong side of the upright. With ten minutes remaining Ciaran McGettigan made a powerful solo run down the left leaving a couple of defenders in his wake, his cross was met by Luke Byrne but his effort was blocked by the keeper. Byrne was quickest to react to the breaking ball to powerfully slam home from just inside the area to make it 4-0. After this the game fizzled out but the home side had killed this game off in the first half.
This was an excellent three points for Wicklow against one of their main rivals and leaves the destiny of the title very much in their own hands. After the weekend Wicklow have gone level with Ballymun United who lost to Ayrfield Utd at the top with Ardmore a point behind. Wicklow also have the luxury of having two games in hand on their two nearest rivals.
On the day the rear guard of Rossa Marron between the sticks and the back four of Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, Davy Rowan and Rikki Quinn were rock solid and gave away very little to the visitors limiting Ardmore to a couple of half chances. When it comes to man of the match you can't look beyond hat-trick hero Ciaran McGettigan. His three finishes plus an assist for the other goal alone would earn him the nomination but he also put a good shift in harassing defenders not giving them a minutes peace on the ball and his link play with his team mates was excellent.

TEAM: Rossa Marron, Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, Davy Rowan, Rikki Quinn, Gareth Murphy, Tom Smullen, Peter Finnegan, Luke Byrne, Tommy Kelly, Ciaran McGettigan.
SUBS. Mark Johnson for (Peter Finnegan 79 mins), Dylan Orr for (Luke Byrne after 85 mins)
Shane Lincoln for Tommy Kelly after 87 minutes)

LSL Saturday Premier
Glasnevin FC v Wicklow Rovers A [0-7]
Date: 16/2/19
Comp: League
Kick Off: 2pm
Venue: Whitegates
Leinster Senior Premier Saturday
Wicklow Rovers A 5 Portlaoise AFC 1
Our Leinster Senior League side went into their home game with Portlaoise AFC today seeking all three points which would see them leapfrog Ayrfield United at the top of the league. Rovers dictated the early proceedings pushing the away side back to the edge of their penalty area. On nine minutes Gareth Murphy was denied by an excellent save from the Portlaoise keeper getting down low to turn away for a corner. The resulting corner was then cleared by the away defence. Two minutes later Ian Brannigan fired a half volley goalwards but his effort drifted the wrong side of the upright. Rovers continued to press without threatening the keeper. Finally on twenty six minutes the home team made their pressure tell, Gareth Murphy latched onto a back pass to coolly slot past the advancing keeper to give Rovers a deserved lead. On thirty five minutes Rovers doubled their lead, Tommy Smullen and Adam Cox played a one two which ended with Smullen chipping the keeper for a superb finish to make it 2-0. Two minutes later it was game over and the three points were more or less secured when Adam Cox fired home. A minute before the break Gareth Murphy attacked the centre of the away defence and finished neatly for his second of the game to send Rovers in at the break leading 4-0. Five minutes into the second period right full Jim Foley made a surging run into the Portlaoise area before firing a left footed strike into the bottom left hand corner of the net. Rovers then seemed to take their foot off the pedal even though they still enjoyed the majority of possession. Ten minutes from time Gareth Murphy made a powerful run down the right, then sending in a fierce cross which the keeper parried into the path of Luke Byrne who tapped home only for it to be harshly ruled out for offside. Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal won't have a quieter afternoon this season and that was mainly down to a defence of Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, Rikki Quinn and David Rowan who were rock solid all game and limited Portlaoise to zero chances for ninety minutes. It was only in injury time that the away side got the space to test Marron between the posts. Marron pulled off a fantastic save in the first minute of added time but the away side did nab a consolation goal deep into injury time from the penalty spot. Rovers ran out deserved 5-1 winners which sees them go back to the top of the league. With four games left the destiny of the title is still in their own hands so it's very much all to play for.

Date: 2/3/19
Comp: League
Kick Off: 2pm
Venue: St Catherines Park
Leinster Senior Premier Saturday
Esker Celtic 0 Wicklow Rovers A 4
The senior men's A team travelled to Lucan today to take on local side Esker Celtic knowing a win was a must to keep them ahead of Ballymun United in the league standings. As it turned out the Rovers team turned in a five star performance to run out 4-0 winners. On what was a brutal day for football with high winds and heavy rain threatening to spoil proceedings it was Rovers who played some beautiful football dispite the inclement conditions. After five minutes Rovers served up their intent when a surging run into the area by Ciaran McGettigan and his effort was saved by the keeper. Five minutes later McGettigan was denied again by the custodian after some fine work by Tommy Kelly in setting him up. On twelve minutes McGettigan got on the end of a Gareth Murphy cross to bundle the ball home but the celebrations were short lived as the referee ruled it out for offside. Rovers were dictating play and it was high intensity football. Their pressure told on twenty seven minutes, a long inch perfect crossfield pass from Ian Brannigan found Gareth Murphy wide on the right, Murphy ran at the defence and his sweet cross was fired home by Ciaran McGettigan to give Rovers a deserved lead. Three minutes later Ian Brannigan's half volley from the edge of the area just drifted wide of the target. Five minutes before the break Rovers doubled their lead and it was a carbon copy of the first goal, Ian Brannigan picked the ball up in the left full position, his long diagonal pass landed at the feet of Gareth Murphy and his sweet cross was met by the head of Ciaran McGettigan to powerfully head home to make it 2-0 for Rovers going into the half time interval. The second half started with home side on the front foot and Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal was called on to pull off an excellent save to maintain his clean sheet. The first fifteen minutes saw Esker push forward but they couldn't find a way past a resolute Rovers rearguard. Rovers got their second wind and had a great chance on sixty two minutes to put the game to bed, Murphy set up McGettigan but he was denied his hat-trick when the keeper pushed the ball around for a corner, the resulting corner was cleared. Rovers did finally kill off the game on the seventy minute mark, Ian Brannigan made a surging run down the left before swinging a cross to Gareth Murphy at the back post, Murphy twisted and turned the defender before firing home. McGettigan did get his hat-trick when he got on the end of an Alan Delaney cross to fire home with two minutes remaining. It would be unfair to select a man of the match on the day as so many players made important contributions in the game. Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal had a relative quiet afternoon but when called on he made a crucial save. Jim Foley at right full was solid throughout doing everything simple and effective. Ian Brannigan at left full was marshalling his defence while never missing an opportunity to get forward in support of his team, he also had a hand in three of the Rovers goals. Rikki Quinn and David Rowan were excellent in the centre of the defence with some timely tackles and interceptions especially in the period when the home team had a purple patch. Gareth Murphy on the right and Luke Byrne on the left terrorised the home defence with their pace and trickery. Murphy assisted for two goals and netted one himself. The midfield partnership of Peter Finnegan and Tommy Kelly got through some industrious work in the middle of the park, both players helped out their defence when required but also played a big part getting their team on the front foot. Adam Cox played the link role between his midfield and striker Ciaran McGettigan with great effect with some deft touches and defence splitting passes. Up front Ciaran McGettigan was a handful, his strength and pace constantly had the home side panicking and his tireless running was second to none. The subsituites also played their part with Paul Newsome coming on to provide cover for the defence in the anchor role in midfield. Alan Delaney provided the assist for the fourth goal and provided much needed energy at a crucial part of the game. Paul Sweeney came on with a few minutes remaining and came very close to scoring. This was an excellent all round team performance from Rovers and now it's on to the two important back to back games with Ballymun United. As it stands with two games remaining against their nearest challengers Rovers top the table three points clear of Ballymun with a superior goal difference.

TEAM: Rossa Marron, Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan, Rikki Quinn, Gareth Murphy, Peter Finnegan, Tommy Kelly, Luke Byrne, Adam Cox, Ciaran McGettigan.

SUBS: Paul Newsome for (Tommy Kelly 57 mins), Alan Delaney for (Luke Byrne 75 mins), Paul Sweeney for (Adam Cox 82 mins), Mark Johnson not used.

Date: 9/3/19
Comp: League
Venue: Ballymun
Kick Off: 2pm
Leinster Senior Premier Saturday
Ballymun United 2 Wicklow Rovers A 4
The senior men's A team travelled to take on their nearest challengers for the title Ballymun United with the knowledge that if they won they would claim the Premier Saturday title. Rovers indeed claimed the three points required winning a tough encounter 4-2. Rovers went close on three minutes when Luke Byrne ghosted in to head an Adam Cox corner just wide. That was the only clear cut chance in the first twenty minutes as both sides cancelled each other out. The home side came close on twenty one minutes when they struck the woodwork. On the half hour mark Rovers had a great chance to go in front, Adam Cox slipped a neat through ball into Gareth Murphy but the keeper denied him with a good save. In the thirty fourth minute Tommy Kelly fired in a powerful effort from the edge of the area but the keeper saved comfortably. Ten minutes before the break Ballymun went in front to give the Dubliners hope of the three points they needed to keep their title hopes alive. Their lead didn't last long though, three minutes before the interval Rovers broke upfield from a Ballymun corner and good work from Gareth Murphy set Ciaran McGettigan away on goal. Just as McGettigan went to pull the trigger he was fouled and the referee instantly pointed to the spot. Up stepped Jim Foley to coolly slot the spotkick home to send the sides in at half time all level at 1-1. Disaster struck for Rovers in the first minute of the second half when Ballymun retook the lead with a thunderous effort which went in off the underside of the crossbar. Rovers pushed forward in search of an equaliser and in the sixty fifth minute they got their reward. An Adam Cox corner was finished to the net by Tommy Kelly to square up proceedings at 2-2. Things got even better for Rovers with ten minutes remaining, an Adam Cox free was spilled by the keeper but Tommy Kelly was alert to knock the ball home to put Rovers in front for the first time and put one hand on the trophy. With six minutes left Rovers sealed the game with their fourth goal, Ciaran McGettigan held off a couple of challenges to slip the ball past the advancing keeper amid wild celebrations. Rovers comfortably saw out the game to claim all three points and a well deserved league title. This was a tough encounter against a good Ballymun outfit, the man of the match was a toss of a coin between Ciaran McGettigan and Rikki Quinn. McGettigan was a constant thorn in the side of the Ballymun defence while Rikki Quinn was excellent in the centre of the Rovers defence. Rovers have one league game remaining at home to Ballymun and are also at the quarter final stage of the Wally Wynne cup. The league cup was presented to team captain Gareth Murphy and the celebrations began.
TEAM: Rossa Marron, Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan, Rikki Quinn, Peter Finnegan, Tommy Kelly, Luke Byrne, Adam Cox, Gareth Murphy, Ciaran McGettigan
SUBS: Paul Newsome, Alan Delaney, Dylan Orr, Shane Lincoln, Paul Sweeney, Tommy Smullen and Mark Johnson.
Managers: BA Franey and Mattie Byrne

Date: 16/3/19
Comp: Wally Wynne Cup
Kick Off: 2pm
Venue: Foxhill Park
Leinster Senior Wally Wynne Cup Quarter Final
Ayrfield United 4 Wicklow Rover
Wicklow Rovers headed off to Donaghmede last Saturday hoping to take another step towards a double by progressing in the Wally Wynne cup. Preparations for this quarter final tie away to Ayrfield United were disrupted with a few players missing through injury and work commitments. In terrible conditions for football with a strong wind threatening to destroy the game both sides have to be complimented for producing a thrilling encounter. Ayrfield drew first blood after sixteen minutes when a cruel deflection off a Rovers player ended up in the net to give the home side the lead. Two minutes later Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal came to his side's rescue with a magnificent save down to his right to turn the ball away. Rovers pressed forward in search of a leveller and Ciaran McGettigan went close on twenty five minutes but his effort was cleared off the line. On the half hour mark some lovely football between Rikki Quinn and Luke Byrne ended with Quinn flashing a shot wide. Rovers were on top at this stage but still had to be alert at the back. On thirty eight minutes Rossa Marron saved well from the Ayrfield forward in a one on one situation. Just before the break Gareth Murphy was denied twice by the home keeper. When Ayrfield did break forward Davy Rowan was in excellent form at the centre of the Rovers defence winning several heading duels while also putting in some crunching tackles. Rovers also had the added handicap of players carrying injuries during the game but to their credit they battled on. Rovers earned a deserved equaliser at the fifty second minute mark, Rikki Quinn picked up the ball in what looked a harmless position thirty five yards out wide on the left, he let fly and the ball changed directions that many times on the wind the keeper lost track as the ball flew into the roof of the net and proceedings were all square at 1-1. Rovers switched off and the home side were back in front three minutes later. On the hour mark Ayrfield went 3-1 up which was harsh on the Rovers team and it looked like game over. If there's one thing in this Rovers team it's spirit, on the hour mark they reduced the arrears, Ciaran McGettigan was upended in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Ian Brannigan stepped up to decisively blast the ball into the top right hand corner of the net. Rovers had a tight grip on possession at this stage with Paul Sweeney, Davy Rowan, Rikki Quinn and Ian Brannigan mopping up any long balls from the home side. At a crucial point of the game Rovers suffered injuries to Jim Foley and the impressive Paul Newsome. Rovers did however draw level, in the seventy first minute, a Luke Byrne corner was powerfully headed home by the excellent Davy Rowan. All square and everything to play for, how Rovers didn't win in ninety minutes is anyone's guess. They created several chances but just couldn't find the elusive winner and it was on to extra time. On the stroke of half-time in extra time disaster struck when Ayrfield went back in front to make it 4-3. The home side saw out the remainder of extra time with only an Ian Brannigan effort working the keeper. A mixture of missed chances and some strange decisions by the official cost Rovers in the end. Rossa Marron had no chance with any of the goals but did pull off two excellent saves. The Rovers defence supplied the three Rovers goals with Ian Brannigan, Davy Rowan and Rikki Quinn all on the scoresheet. Also Paul Sweeney when introduced done a sterling job at right full. Paul Newsome was industrious in the middle of the park. When it comes to man of the match there could be no arguments with Davy Rowan, he edged out his central partner Rikki Quinn for the accolade. Davy drove his team mates forward throughout the game constantly encouraging them. His all action display winning numerous heading duels and putting in several crunching tackles was topped off with a powerfully headed goal. Despite the defeat it's been a great season for managers BA Franey and Mattie Byrne and their troops with their successful league campaign. Definitely a season to build on for Rovers.
TEAM: Rossa Marron, Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, Davy Rowan, Rikki Quinn, Peter Finnegan, Luke Byrne, Paul Newsome, Gareth Murphy, Dylan Orr, Ciaran McGettigan. SUBS: Paul Sweeney, BA Franey.
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