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The senior men went down 3-1 away to Manortown Utd, Sean Tobin nodded home their lone goal. The under 17’s went down 3-1 to league leaders Verona, the lads went 1-0 through a Patrick O’Keane goal but the Dublin side came back with three unanswered goals to run out 3-1 winners.
Our senior ladies claimed a good point away to Mourne Celtic, the girls went in front when Niamh O’Brien gave them the lead but the home side levelled before the break. The girls fell behind early in the second half but to their credit they battled back with Natasha Fitzgerald firing home from the penalty spot. The girls did have several clear cut chances to win the game but it wasn’t to be on the night. Valentine Lenoir, Saoirse O’Reilly, Rachel Bolger and Nicole Hubbard stood out for Rovers on the night.
Midweek junior action saw the under 11A’s going down 3-1 away to St Anthonys under 12’s, the lads can count themselves a little unlucky in this game conceding two late goals, Brian McCaul was the Rovers goalscorer on the night. The 12A’s tightened their grip on the premier league when they defeated their nearest challengers Aughrim 3-0 in their own backyard. Louis Malcolmson, Sam Greene and Jack Noble netted for the lads in a very impressive win. The under 13 girls went down to a 2-0 defeat away to Enniskerry, the girls were more than a match for unbeaten Enniskerry with the second goal coming late on in the game. The girls put in an excellent shift and received positive compliments from the opposition. The 13A’s are another team in the club who have their sights set on a treble and after claiming the premier shield last week they recorded a resounding away win over St Anthonys on Wednesday night, a brace from Conor Hunter and singles from Tiernan O’Brien, Tomas Kennedy, Jordan Younger and Callum Gibney scored the Rovers goals in a good 6-0 win to keep them very much in the mix for the title. The 15A’s beat Aughrim’s under 16’s 7-1 in the challenge cup, Paul Marah fired home two with Scott Bushe, Joe O’Shea, Deano Doran, Frankie Reynolds and Rory O’Brien scoring one a piece in a good all round team performance, a highlight of the game was an excellent penalty save from Rovers keeper Liam Connolly.
Saturday’s junior action saw the 16A’s keep their dream of the premier title alive with an excellent 7-2 away win over near neighbours Ashford Rovers. Nathan Sullivan hit a splendid hat-trick with Sean Farrell, Sean Leonard, Shane Lincoln and Dylan Frazer all hitting singles to keep the lads very much in the mix.
On Sunday it was off to Greystones for WDSL cup finals day. First up was the 12B’s as they took on local rivals Rathnew, after falling 1-0 behind against the run of play the lads came roaring back to level matters when Ryan McConnell bravely won the race to a 50/50 ball to find the net. The second half couldn’t separate the teams and it was on to extra time, with time running out Cian Leonard popped up with the all important winner to give the lads a well deserved victory. Up next was the 13A’s and they added the premier cup to their premier shield to make it two from two as they defeated a spirited Newtown side 3-1. Willoughby Woods, Jordan Younger and Sean O’Meara hit the Rovers goal and they will be hoping to go on now and claim the premier league title and complete the treble. Another team who will be seeking to claim a treble is our 12A’s, they added the premier cup to the premier shield when they defeated Aughrim 3-0, goals from Kai Fitzsimons, Louis Malcolmson and Oscar Malcolmson now means they have two in the bag as they go in search of the league title over the next couple of weeks. Congratulations to all three teams on their success. Our under 13 girls defeated Cambridge 2-1 with goals from Molly Sweeney and Aoife Caffrey. The under 15A’s went down 5-1 away to St Anthonys under 16’s, the lads never really got going in this game. Deano Doran nabbed his second goal of the season and his second in as many games.
Well our Last Man Standing competition came to an end at the weekend, senior manager Greg Dunne claimed the title of Last Man Standing champion and more importantly the €500 prize. His selection Chelsea easily saw off Everton winning 3-0 while the other three players exited the competition when two players picked Crystal Palace and they went down 2-0 to Burnley. Past winner Anthony Earls went out when his selection Southampton could only manage a scoreless draw. A big congratulations to Greg on his win, also we would like to thank everyone who took part in our competition, your continuous support is very much appreciated.


The senior team had an excellent win last Tuesday night when they defeated promotion chasing Mid Sutton Sportslink 4-2 at the Whitegates. In probably what was one of their best performances of the season the lads went in front on seven minutes through Luke Byrne. The away side came roaring back to go 2-1 in front but to the lads credit they never gave up. Mark Delaney squared matters when he climbed highest to head home. Luke Byrne fired the lads in front with seven minutes left on the clock and then completed his hat-trick in the dying seconds to secure all three points. In what was an excellent all round team performance Davy Rowan, Brian Byrne, Mark Delaney, Rikki Quinn and of course hat-trick hero Luke Byrne all come in for a special mention. Unfortunately the lads went down 2-1 away to Ratoath Harps on Friday night, Mark O’Sullivan scored their goal, no other details at the time of going to print.   
The only midweek action in the junior section saw our 16A’s draw 3-3 with Greystones Utd in their second leg of their premier cup semi final on Thursday night. Unfortunately for the lads they exited the competition 11-4 on aggregate. Sean Leonard, Owen Sreenan and Nathan Sullivan fired home their goals on the night.
What a day we had on Saturday, firstly the under 16B’s received a walkover during the week as Little Bray Utd had withdrew from the league therefore the 16B’s received a walkover in the division 1 shield final, not the way they wanted to win it but it was out of their control. On the playing field we had three teams in shield final action on Saturday. The under 11A’s were first up and they didn’t disappoint as they defeated Wolfe Tone in the under 12 Premier Group 4 shield final winning 3-1. The lads were slow into their stride and found themselves 1-0 down early on. When they did get their flowing football going they tore apart the Wolfe Tone defence firing home three goals without reply. Brian McCaul started the scoring when he nabbed his eleventh of the season, Daniel Kavanagh was sprung from the bench and he fired the lads in front with his third of the campaign. The icing was put on the cake late on when Liam Burke brought his tally to thirteen when he fired in the third. Congratulations to Ian, Dixie, Gary and the team on their success. The 12A’s captured the Premier Group 1 shield in an exciting nail biting final against Aughrim. Nothing separated the two sides at full time with the teams all square at 1-1, top scorer Kai Fitzsimons was the Rovers goalscorer with his fourteenth of the season. It was on to extra time and Rovers did have the chances to seal the game but they didn’t take them and it was on to the dreaded penalty shootout. Kai Fitzsimons, Ross McCrea and Jack Noble were all successful with their spot kicks and Nicholas McAllister proved to be the hero when he saved one of the Aughrim penalities to take the shield back to the Whitegates. Well done to Keith, Stephen and the team on a fantastic win. Then the under 14A’s who like our 11A’s are playing a year up from their natural age group took on Arklow Town in the under 15 division 1 shield final. They fell behind early in play but to their credit they didn’t drop their heads. They slowly played their way into the game and had several chances to draw level. Just when it seemed like it wasn’t going to be their day they levelled matters in the last minute when Connor Lewins fired home and sent the game to extra time. In extra time the lads proved the stronger and a Ross Quinn goal secured a well deserved victory. Well done to Jerry and his team on a great win. In league action our 15B’s played a thrilling 3-3 draw with Newtown Juniors, Nathan Sullivan, Michael Ryan and Aidan Hennessey were the goalscorers in a thrilling encounter.
On Sunday the under 13A’s won the under 13 premier shield final when they defeated Newtown Juniors 2-1, in a closely fought game the lads scored the decisive goal with the last kick of the game. Sean O’Meara put them ahead but they were pegged back when Newtown scored with ten minutes left but then Jordan Younger popped up with the winner in the last minute. Well done to Paul, Tommy and the team. Hard luck to our 14B’s who went down 4-3 to Roundwood in the premier shield final losing 4-3, Scott Bushe helped himself to a brace to bring his tally to eleven with Harry Broxsan notching his second of the campaign in a game that could have went either way, well done to Rob, Colm and the team on making the final. Our under 16A’s went down 2-0 to Avonmore in their premier shield final, nothing went the lads way on the day and now they will have to make a big shove for the league title. Well done to John, Matt and the lads on making the final. In league action the 16B’s defeated Ashford 2-1 with Nathan Wynne bring his total to seventeen for the season with he scored both goals.
Our Easter Camp was a major success with over 90 kids participating, we would like to thank all the kids for taking part, they all had a great time and we were blessed with the good weather, a big thanks to all the parents who brought their kids along. Your continuous support of our camps is very much appreciated. Finally a massive thanks to all the coaches, who were on duty over the course of the week, well done to everyone.   


The senior ladies kicked off their season in style with a 5-0 home win over Terenure last week. Natasha Fitzgerald put them in front after thirteen minutes. On the half hour Niamh O’Brien made it 2-0 with Natasha Fitgerald adding a second and Rovers third before the break. The girls continued their dominance in the second half with Niamh O’Brien adding her second and Natasha Fitzgerald completing her hat-trick to round off a clinical display from the Rovers twin strike force to give them their 5-0 win. It was an impressive all round team performance from the girls but a special mention goes to Valentine Lenoir and Rachel Bolger who put in a great shift in the engine room of the team.
The senior men went down to a disappointing 5-0 defeat to CIE Ranch last Friday night, to say it was a poor performance is an understatement as the lads never really produced any threat to the visiting team. The away keeper was never troubled through out the ninety minutes something the lads are going to have to improve on.
With no junior games at the weekend due to the Easter break we were curtailed to midweek action, on Tuesday our 11A’s and 12A’s came into direct opposition with each other in the under 12 premier league. It was a very entertaining game with both sides producing some excellent football. The 12’s ran out 3-0 winners at the final whistle with Kai Fitzsimons hitting a brace and Sam Greene netting a single. On the same night the 12B’s cemented their place at the top of their league when they defeated second place St Patricks 2-0 in their own backyard. The lads were short of a couple of regulars but that didn’t stop them winning their eighth league game in a row and their tenth on the bounce. Ryan McConnell and Charlie Phelan hit their goals on the night to put them in a very strong position. The 16B’s went down 3-0 to Avonmore in the second leg of their cup semi final to lose out 11-1 on aggregate. In truth this was a much improved performance from the first leg as the lads were unlucky on the night not to get a couple of goals themselves as they battled well through out. On Wednesday the 13B’s went down 5-1 to a strong Roundwood side, the lads never really got going in this game with the away side been the more clinical in front of goal. Sam Christie nabbed their consolation goal on the night. The 16A’s went down to a disappointing 8-1 defeat at home to Greystones in the first leg of their cup semi final. In a game where the team never really got going and probably turned in their most disappointing performance of the season Nathan Sullivan snatched a consolation goal but the lads now have a mountain to climb in the second leg. The remaining game in midweek was our under 15A’s as they took on Coolboy Rangers, the lads lost 2-1 in what was a closely fought encounter. It was a game that could have went either way but it wasn’t to be and if there’s one team who need a little luck at the moment it is this little team. Under 14 player Scott Bushe made the step up and was rewarded with a goal.   

The club’s weekly junior soccer academy resumes this Saturday morning [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.
At the time of going to print we have 2 players through to round 9 of our Last Man Standing competition, they progressed on the back of Stoke’s 3-1 win over Hull. Two more players were hoping to join them if Arsenal could see off Middlesbrough. There is no Last Man Standing competition this week due to the FA cup semi finals. Fixtures for round 9 will be sent out on Sunday the 23rd of April for the weekend of the 29th April, we would like to wish all remaining players the very best of luck for the remainder of the competition.
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Midweek action in the junior section saw the under 13 girls go down 3-1 away to Dalkey Utd on Tuesday. The girls put on a great show in defeat against a team who just recently dropped down from a higher grade. Abi Farrell hit the Rovers goal on the night. Elsewhere on Tuesday the 12A’s recorded a fine 3-1 win away to previously unbeaten St Anthonys in the league, two goals from Louis Malcolmson and a single from Ross McCrea earned them three valuable points. The same night the 11A’s took all three points from Rathnew under 12’s in an excellent 2-1 away win, leading scorer Charlie Czwalina hit the first with Brian McCaul firing home the all important second. The 14A’s went down narrowly on a 2-1 score line to Coolboy Rgrs in the first leg of their under 15 premier cup semi final, Ross Quinn nabbed the crucial goal for Rovers. On Thursday night the 15A’s were unlucky to go down 4-2 to Ashford Rovers in the combined under 15/16 challenge cup, Paul Marah and Joe O’Shea fired home the goals in a game the lads controlled for large periods. On the same night the 16B’s produced an excellent result when they beat Aughrim Rgrs 4-0, Joe Geraghty, Nathan Wynne, Luke Durac McGowan and Joe O’Shea all hit singles in an impressive victory.
On Saturday the under 11A’s were unlucky to go out of the under 12 premier cup at the semi final stage when they lost 2-1 away to Aughrim losing 3-2 on aggregate. Brian McCaul nabbed their goal in a game where with a bit of luck the result could have been different. The 12A’s did however progress to the final of the same competition when they saw off local neighbours Wicklow Town winning their second leg 3-0 to win 4-0 on aggregate. Sam Greene fired home a brace and Louis Malcolmson added a single as the lads moved smoothly into the final in what was a good all round team performance. Our 12B’s were another team who progressed to their respective final when they duly disposed of Greystones Utd winning 2-0 at the Woodlands to go through 7-0 on aggregate. Ryan McConnell scored his ninth of the season with Ian Kavanagh popping up with his second of the campaign to see the lads comfortably through to the division 2 final.
On Sunday the under 13A’s progressed to the premier cup final and kept their hopes of a domestic treble alive, they defeated Carnew 2-0 at the Whitegates to progress 3-1 on aggregate. The lads got off to a flyer when they went one up inside three minutes when Sean O’Meara fired home number twelve for the season. Top scorer Jordan Younger made it eighteen for the campaign when he added the insurance goal to give the lads a safe passage through to the final. Our 14A’s were unlucky to go out of the under 15 premier cup when they drew 1-1 with Coolboy Rgrs, losing narrowly 3-2 on aggregate. The lads gave it their all in Coolboy as they tried to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg. It was a tight encounter between two evenly matched sides. On the day it just wasn’t to be, Eoin Doyle slotted in the Rovers goal to bring his tally for the season to thirteen. The 15A’s had only nine players for the second leg of their cup semi final against local neighbours Wicklow Town, already facing an uphill task having only nine players didn’t help their cause. The Town ran out easy winners but to the lads credit they battled right to the end. Even in a heavy defeat the lads did manage to score a couple themselves with Paul Marah and Joe O’Shea netting for the lads. The 16B’s were missing three regulars when they travelled to Rathdrum to take on Avonmore in their premier cup semi final first leg, on the day the lads never did themselves justice as they never really got going in the game finding themselves 5-0 down at the break. Avonmore added a further three goals after the break to run out 8-0 winners.
The club are running an Easter Camp from Tuesday 18th April to Friday 21st April. It runs from 10 am to 2 pm daily in the Whitegates. The cost of the camp is €45, a ball will be given to all participants at the start of the camp and a medal will be presented on the final day. There is also a reduced rate for two or more kids from the same family. Registration forms can be picked up at the Saturday morning academy, from any committee member or alternatively you can download a form on the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com. Check out club facebook page and club website for more details.


The senior men went down to 2-0 at home to Parkvilla at the Whitegates last Friday night. The lads had a lot of possession in this game but lacked a cutting edge in the final third. Both teams struggled to create a clear cut opening in the first period which resulted with the sides going in at the break scoreless. The Navan side went in front midway through the second half which was a lead they never relinquished. They actually added a second goal in injury time.
The under 17’s were under strength when they went down 5-4 away to Firhouse Carmel, Stephen Finlay slammed home two goals from penalty kicks with Stuart Cox and Jack Evans adding one a piece.
Saturdays junior action saw our under 11A’s take on Aughrim in their first leg of the under 12 premier cup semi final. In a tight encounter the sides go into the return leg next week tied at 1-1, Rovers went in front when Jack Macklin curled in his corner kick for his sixth goal of the season. The away side levelled matters in the closing stages of the game in what was a tight game with both defences giving very little away. In the other semi final at this age group our 12A’s take a narrow 1-0 lead into their second leg after they defeated local neighbours Wicklow Town in the Whitegates. This was another tight game with no quarter given and typical of a local derby. The all important goal came when Ross McCrea fired home a free kick for his third of the season and gives the lads a lead to defend next week. The under 15B’s went goal crazy firing ten past Greystones Utd without reply. Nathan Sullivan smashed home an incredible seven goals, the second game this season where he has hit seven. Thomas O’Neill, Michael Ryan and Sean Leonard all notched one a piece as the lads ran out comfortable 10-0 winners. Our 16A’s came out on top in a seven goal thriller with Greystones Utd winning 4-3 in the Rocky Road. Singles from Luke Whyte, Sean Leonard, Shane Lincoln and Nathan Sullivan ensured all three points stayed in Wicklow. The 16B’s recorded an excellent 3-2 premier cup quarter final win over Ashford Rovs, Nacho Garcia hit a brace to bring his tally to thirteen for the season with Javier Rodriguez nabbing a single to bring his total for the campaign to twelve and book the lads place in the semi final.
On Sunday the 12B’s were in clinical form when they defeated Greystones 5-0 in the first leg of their cup semi final at the Whitegates. This leaves the lads with one foot in the final, Charlie Phelan netted twice to move onto thirteen in the scoring charts while Ian Kavanagh, Ryan McConnell and Peter Dunne all added singles in a fantastic all round team performance. The under 13 girls went down narrowly to unbeaten Enniskerry losing 1-0, in what was a great advert for girls football this was a game that the girls could have and probably should have got something from. They put in a great shift with every player impressing. Our 13A’s unbeaten run in local competition still continues when they drew 1-1 away to Carnew in the first leg of their premier cup semi final. Jordan Younger fired home his seventeenth goal of the season to leave this tie finely poised for the return leg in Wicklow next weekend. The 13B’s recorded an excellent 6-0 win over Arklow Town, they had six different goalscorers on the day with Zach Callery, Tim Hastie, Ruadhrai Kelly, Zach Harris, Luke Dunne and Rory Hannon all hitting the back of the net. The 14C’s went down to an 8-1 defeat away to Greystones in the first leg of their premier cup semi final, Adam Shepherd scored their consolation goal against a strong Greystones outfit. The 15A’s went down 5-1 to local rivals Wicklow Town in their cup semi final, the lads never got going in this game. Tom O’Shea nabbed their goal.
After round 5 of our Last Man Standing competition we are now left with 9 players to battle it out for the title. Chelsea’s defeat to Crystal Palace saw 34 players make their exit, 11 players went out on Southampton, 3 went out on Man Utd with 2 going out with both West Ham and Swansea which meant we lost 52 players in round five. At the time of going to print selections for round 6 will have been confirmed and posted on our club website as round 6 is a midweek programme.
The club are running an Easter Camp from Tuesday 18th April to Friday 21st April. It runs from 10 am to 2 pm daily in the Whitegates. The cost of the camp is €45, a ball will be given to all participants at the start of the camp and a medal will be presented on the final day. There is also a reduced rate for two or more kids from the same family. Registration forms can be picked up at the Saturday morning academy, from any committee member or alternatively you can download a form on the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com. Check out club facebook page and club website for more details.

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