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April 2018

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The senior men played two games last week, on Tuesday their promotion hopes were dealt a blow when they lost 4-3 away to fellow promotion hopefuls Larkview Boys. The first half was a period the lads would like to forget as they found themselves 3-0 at the break never reaching the high standards they have set themselves this season. In the second period they nearly pulled off an amazing comeback as they pulled it back to 3-3 before cruelly been denied a share of the spoils six minutes from the end when Larkview scored a fourth. Tommy Kelly, Gareth Murphy and an own goal accounted for the Rovers goals on the night. They suffered another setback when they lost 4-1 to another promotion rival Trinity Donaghmede on Friday. At the moment the lads seem to have an eye on their Polikoff cup semi final but with six league games left they need to get a run going to keep themselves in the promotion mix. Ciaran McGettigan scored their goal on the night.
Our under 18’s recorded a good 4-1 away win over Mount Merrion, Luca Rampersaud and Daniel Fitzsimons both grabbed a brace to give the lads three welcomed points.
On Wednesday the 17A’s recorded a good 6-2 win over Arklow Town, Gary O’Connor and Evan Doyle both notched a brace with Cian O’Brien and Harrison Okungbowa firing in one each. Thursday saw the 17B’s go down 3-2 away to Aughrim in a closely fought encounter, Conor Collier scored for Rovers with the second coming in the shape of an own goal.
In midweek junior action Tuesday saw the 13B’s defeat Greystones Utd 5-0 in the quarter final of the Under 12/13 Challenge cup, a brace from Ian Kavanagh and singles from Charlie Phelan, Kacper Lepek and Ryan McConnell ensured a safe passage into the semi final. On Wednesday the 12B’s went down 7-1 away to Baltinglass Town in the Carlow/Wicklow cup semi final losing 8-2 on aggregate, Eoin Kennedy scored their goal. Our 14B’s drew 2-2 away to Arklow Town in the quarter final of the under 14/15 Challenge cup and then went on to win 4-2 on penalities. Zach Harris and Tom Farrelly netted for Rovers in ordinary time. The 15A’s drew 1-1 with Shankill FC to continue their unbeaten run in the league, Ross Quinn bagged his seventh of the season for them. Thursday saw our under 16’s win their interim final when they defeated Coolboy Rangers away 2-0 winning 4-2 on aggregate. Goals from Mathew Quinn and Paul Marah gave the lads a fantastic win. On the night every player played their part in this success, congratulations lads.
On Saturday our 12A’s recorded a good 1-0 win over Leicester Celtic in what was a closely fought match. The only goal that separated the teams came in the eighth minute with Lorcan Sinnott coolly slotting home his sixth of the season in a good team display. An understrength 15A’s lost their first league game of the season when they lost 3-1 at home to Knocklyon Utd. They had the chances to get something from the game but they came up against a keeper at the top of his game. Ross Quinn notched his eighth goal of the campaign.
Sunday’s action saw an understrength 13B’s go down 3-0 at home to Arklow Utd, they gave it their all but just couldn’t breach a strong Arklow defence. The 14A’s went down 2-0 at home to local rivals Rathnew with a penalty in either half separating the sides. On the day our neighbours ran out deserving winners.
Congratulations to club honorary president Anthony Earls who received a certificate of excellence award in the Nell Healy Awards last Friday night. Anthony was presented with an engraved vase and his certificate for his service to Wicklow Rovers spanning over 43 years. Anthony has been working tirelessly for the club since he was part of the group that founded the club back in 1975 ensuring the enjoyment of the sport is had by kids and adults. More can be viewed on our club website and facebook page.
Congratulations to Mark Kennedy who won our recent Last Man Standing competition, Mark was presented with his €500 cheque by competition organiser Charlie Mitchell. Full details and photo can be viewed on our club website and facebook pages. Once again well done Mark. Also a big thanks to competition organiser Charlie Mitchell who done sterling work running the competition, all your hard work is very much appreciated by everyone at the club.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Michael [Mac] Hanlon who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.


Well as cup scalps go they don’t come any bigger than the Leinster Junior cup holders. The senior men took on Collinstown FC in the quarter finals of the Polikoff cup at Whitegates and produced a stunning display to win 2-0. After a tentative opening the lads took the lead on thirty six minutes when Ciaran McGettigan raced through to fire past the advancing keeper to make it 1-0. Shane Doyle produced a magnificent save to make sure the lads went in at the break one up. The second half was nip and tuck with the lads more than a match for their higher ranked opponents. With twenty two minutes remaining we had a floodlight failure but even this obstacle was overcome as the lights were sorted and the game restarted. The stoppage didn’t affect the momentum of the game as both teams continued where they left off taking each other on. On seventy two minutes Rovers increased their lead when Tommy Kelly popped up with a back post header to put the lads in dreamland. The lads saw out the game with every single player playing their part in a famous result in the club’s history. Full match report can be viewed on team page on our website. The lads also claimed three league points in a 3-1 win over Ratoath Harps on Tuesday night with goals from Maurice Dunne, Luke Byrne and Gareth Murphy.
The under 18’s earned an excellent point away to Collinstown FC on Sunday, after falling one behind Stuart Cox levelled matters from the penalty spot just before half time. Collinstown went ahead early in the second half but with time running out Rovers were awarded a second penalty, which Stuart Cox coolly dispatched to the net to earn his team a share of the spoils.
The under 17B’s exited the youths cup when they went down 5-1 away to Ashford, it wasn’t a good day at all for the lads, Nathan Wynne scored a consolation goal for his team.
In midweek junior action the 12B’s drew 1-1 with Baltinglass Town in the first leg of their Carlow/Wicklow cup semi final, Ciaran Matthews scored their goal on the night. Saturday’s action saw the 12A’s continue their good form with an excellent 4-1 away over Jobstown Celtic in the second round of the Hillary cup. A brace from Liam Burke and singles from Jack Macklin and Lee Brown sealed a last eight spot in the cup after an impressive display. The 12B’s lost 2-0 away to Avonmore A in the second leg of their cup quarter final which meant they lost out 4-0 on aggregate. Our 12C’s put in a sterling display in their cup quarter final second leg. After losing the first leg 8-2 to Greystones Utd A the lads put in an excellent performance to hold Greystones to a 1-1 draw with Cian Doyle notching their goal in an outstanding battling performance. The 13A’s are still unbeaten after their 8-1 victory over Portmarnock FC, after drawing 3-3 away to the same opponents in the first game of the season it was a bit surprising to win so easy this time. Steven Gormley led the way with a fantastic four goal haul, Oscar Malcolmson fired in a brace with Sam Christie and Jake Nally registering singles in what was an all round excellent team display. Our 15A’s also remain unbeaten in the league when they notched up win number four from five league games after they defeated Palmerstown FC 3-0 with Ross Quinn scoring a clinical hat-trick to double his tally for the season.
Sunday’s junior action saw the under 11A’s go down 3-0 to Roundwood in their under 12 Premier Cup quarter final first leg. The lads had no luck on the day but gave a hundred percent and with lady luck they might have had a couple of goals. The 13B’s made the short journey to local neighbours Rathnew and came home with all three points in a good 3-2 win, the lads raced into a 3-0 lead with goals from Charlie Phelan, Adam Byrne and Ruairi Jenkinson before the home side nabbed two late goals from frees. In a good team display Ruairi Jenkinson and Peter Dunne came in for a special mention on the day. Our under 14 girls produced an excellent performance to win 3-1 away to Maynooth Town. Having lost to them twice at Whitegates, once on penalties and the other by the odd goal in a nine goal thriller the girls produced their best display of the season to claim all three points. Justine Cronin bagged a brace with Anna Dignam netting a single in an excellent all round team performance. Our under 16’s gained a moral boosting victory over Coolboy Rangers in the second leg of their cup quarter final. Having lost the first leg 5-0 this win should give them confidence to kick on for the rest of the season. Paul Marah, Mathew Quinn and Chris Mabuza scored their goals.

Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.


The seniors recorded an excellent 3-1 home win over Enniskerry last Friday to maintain their challenge for promotion. In an even first period to the game it was Rovers who took the lead when Gareth Murphy headed home his seventeenth of the season, Enniskerry levelled to send the teams in at the break at 1-1. Rovers came out all guns blazing in the second half and took total control of the game. Four minutes into the half a third of the season from Alan Delaney edged the lads in front. The lads had numerous chances to wrap the game but didn’t take them which also included a missed penalty. Maurice Dunne sealed the points with a beautiful struck free kick from thirty yards with seven minutes left. This was a good all round team performance from the lads and if they can produce their second half performance on a regular basis they will definitely be there or there abouts at the business end of things.
The under 18’s lost 1-0 at home to Ballyoulster Utd in a tight encounter at Whitegates, both defences proved hard to crack with the Rovers defence been breached on the one occasion which proved to be the vital score to inflict the first defeat of the season for the lads.
Our 17B’s started their youth shield campaign with an excellent 6-0 away win over Arklow Town, Luke Durac fired home a brace with Nathan Wynne, Jonah Sweeney, Conor Collier and David McNabb all hitting singles.
In midweek junior action what a night the under 15B’s had on Tuesday, after seasons of heavy defeats and been pitted against A and B teams when they were the original C team in the club they eventually had their night of glory. They defeated Arklow Town 5-1 in their interim final and if ever a team deserved success it was this bunch of young men and their manager Fred Boxall. Keevan Doyle netted a fantastic hat-trick with Adam Shepherd notching two. Every player in the squad played their part in this success. Long winter nights and a persistence from the players and their manager Fred earned this reward. Congratulations to all the players and their manager Fred. On Wednesday the 13B’s went down narrowly 1-0 to Ashford Rovers A in what was an exciting close tussle that could have went either way.
Saturday’s junior action saw the 12A’s bounce back with a 2-0 win over Kilnamanagh, Brian McCaul and Liam Burke hit the goals to get the lads back on the winning trail. The 12C’s played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Sporting Greystones, the lads came back from 2-0 down with goals from Shea Bolt and Cian Doyle. The 13A’s won 1-0 against Collinstown in their first home game of the DDSL season, Louis Malcolmson scored the all important goal in a very tight affair. Another tight game saw the 15As play out a scoreless draw with Templeogue United, this was the lads first dropped points in their league campaign and considering they were missing a couple of key players they were more than happy with a share of the spoils.  
Sundays action saw the 12B’s go down 7-2 to Coolboy Rgrs, Ben Lyons and Ciaran Matthews were the marksmen on the day. The 14A’s recorded a good win away to Greystones United winning 3-1, a brace of goals from Jordan Younger brought his tally to twenty for the season with Conor Hunter completing the scoring. The 15B’s came out on top of a ten goal thriller with Coolboy winning 6-4, Keevan Doyle and Tom Flood both fired in a brace with Javier Perez Dirube and Evan Dwyer netting one a piece. The under 16’s drew 3-3 in a six goal thriller with Coolboy Rangers, after taking the lead they fell 3-1 behind but showed great character to battle back to earn a share of the spoils. Mathew Quinn, Ben Algera and an own goal accounted for the Rovers goals.
Our small sided games in the Hockey Pitch scheduled for Saturday were cancelled when upon arrival our members found the goalposts had been robbed. This was very disheartening for the kids as their the ones who suffer after such a despicable act. But at a time of need people always come to the fore. Brendan Porter with help from Franny Copeland and Johnny Dunne transported goalposts from Whitegates to the Rocky Road and set them up so Sundays small sided games could go ahead. This just proves that no matter what small minded people do there's always good people around in time of need. Once again a big thanks to Brendan, Franny and Johnny.
The executive committee of Wicklow Rovers AFC, the senior ladies and everyone at the club would like to congratulate Brigid O'Reilly and Colin Reynolds on the arrival of baby Alfie. We would like to wish you all a future of good health, joy, luck and happiness. We wish all the best for the future. Once again congratulations from us all.


The weather yet again played havoc with fixtures last weekend, the heavy rain on Thursday and Friday put paid to the seniors, the under 18’s and both under 17 teams fixtures. In junior action on Saturday the 12A’s suffered their first defeat of the season when they went down 2-1 at home to Cabinteely. In what was a close game between two evenly matched sides this game could have went either way. A draw would probably have been a fair result but the lads didn’t take their chances when they came their way. Lee Brown hit his second goal of the campaign to give the lads the lead but Cabinteely came roaring back with two goals to run out 2-1 winners. The 11A’s lost 2-0 against Aughrim in a game the lads done everything but score. They controlled the match for large periods creating numerous chances but a mixture of bad luck and good goalkeeping prevented the lads from finding the back of the net. The 13A’s moved safely through to the next round of the Gerry Murphy cup when they recorded a 5-4 penalty shootout win away to Ballyoulster United. At the end of ordinary time and extra time the teams were all square at 1-1 with Oscar Malcolmson netting the Rovers goal. The lads held their nerve in the dreaded shootout with Louis and Oscar Malcolmson, Ross McCrea, Nicholas McAllister and Jack Noble all successful with their spot kicks. The 15A’s were unlucky to exit the Cox cup when they went down 1-0 away to Phoenix FC, when the sides met a couple of weeks ago Rovers came out on top in a five goal thriller winning 3-2 but this game was a much tighter affair. Saying that the lads had chances but on the day it wasn’t to be. Our 16’s made the short hop across to Finlay Park but got no joy in their game with Wicklow Town going down 4-0 against a strong Town side. They gave it their all but the Town ran out deserved winners on the day.
On Sunday our under 12B’s travelled to take on Arklow Utd and came home with all three points after an excellent 2-0 win. Eoin Kennedy hit his second goal of the season with Mel Early nabbing his first of the campaign in a good all round team performance. The 13B’s lost 1-0 at home to Carnew at Whitegates but the winning goal was a cracker for the Carnew lads and worthy of winning any game. In truth the lads didn’t perform to anywhere near the standards they have set for themselves with Aaron Nolan who made his debut in goal for Rovers earning the man of the match nomination for some outstanding saves for his team.
Our Last Man Standing competition moves on to round 7 after the weekend’s series of matches. We are now left with 17 players left standing in the pursuit of the title of Last Man Standing champion and the €500 prize after 31 players made their exit from the competition. Arsenal’s 3-2 home win over relegation threatened Southampton saw 16 players progress with North London neighbours Tottenham’s 2-1 away win over Stoke helping a lone player through to the next round. Disappointment struck for 14 players as Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge by West Ham while 7 players who selected Leicester went out as they went down 2-1 at home to Newcastle. A further 4 players went out when their choice Brighton could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield. Bournemouth’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace meant another 3 players went by the wayside. Champions elect Manchester City seemed to be heading for the title when they led 2-0 against local rivals United but the Red Devils fought back to win 3-2, a result which meant the end in the competition for 2 of our players who went with City. Swansea’s 1-1 draw with West Brom did neither side any favours in their bid to beat the drop even though the Baggies already looked doomed, it also didn’t work out for 1 of our players who selected the Swans as the result meant they exited the competition. We had three big name casualties in round 6 with two times previous winner Greg Dunne, Anthony Earls who won our second competition back in 2015 and Jonathan Lewins winner of competition 2 in 2016 all making their exit from the competition. As it stands we still have one previous champion [James Nolan] still battling away to claim the crown for a second time but we’re sure the other 16 players will be doing everything in their power to prevent that happening as they will be hoping to add a new name to the list of winners.

Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.


The senior men drew 1-1 away to Valeview Shankill, the lads will look back at this game and think they should have claimed all three points. They struck the woodwork on three occasions and created numerous clear cut chances. It proved to be one of those days in which they created the chances but just couldn’t find the back of the net. Luke Byrne did however notch his tenth of the season to earn the lads a share of the spoils and keep them very much in the promotion hunt.
There was a great turn out for the annual Easter Soccer Blitz that was held in aid of Wicklow Cancer Support. Butch Doran and his committee carried out great work to organise this year’s event and it turned out to be a big success. Both our grounds at Whitegates and Wicklow Town’s Finlay Park were used for all the matches. A great day was had by all and it was great to see such a large attendance to support such a worthy cause. A massive thanks goes to Butch and his hard working committee for organising the event, thanks to everyone who helped in the build up to the day and on the day itself. Thanks to all who refereed all the games. Thanks to the clubs, managers, coaches, players and supporters who all supported the event in a big way. Once again thanks to anyone who helped out in anyway.
Our Last Man Standing competition resumed at the weekend, going into round 5 we had 48 players left standing and after round 5 was completed we amazingly lost no players. On Saturday 29 players progressed when their selection Manchester United comfortably saw off Swansea at Old Trafford winning 2-0. Five players scrapped through with Newcastle after a late goal saw the Magpies defeat Huddersfield 1-0. West Ham easily disposed of Southampton winning 3-0 to put 2 players through to round six. Joining them in round six were the 1 player who tipped Liverpool to beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and the 1 player who selected Burnley to beat West Brom at the Hawthorns with both winning 2-1. On Sunday Arsenal made it a clean sweep to make sure nobody faced elimination this week. Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke at the Emirates means all 48 players that went into round five at the weekend remain to battle it out for the title of Last Man Standing champion and the €500 prize fund.

Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors men and ladies in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member. So if your interested in doing some work around the club please contact any of the following committee members, John Frazer, Paul Delaney, Johnny Dunne, Franny Copeland, Jimmy Nolan, Jason Harris, Mandy O’Neill and Rachel Bolger. Contact numbers can be found on the club website or alternatively you can private message our club facebook page. Remember the more people we get involved the smaller amount of work everyone will have to do. At present we have people like Robbie Dover, Maria Lewins, Anthony Earls and Charlie Mitchell helping out doing non executive roles which takes the pressure of committee members, for this the club are so grateful and appreciate their help so much. So if you feel you have something to offer why not have a chat with one of our committee members and see where you can help our club prosper.

Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of William (Billy) Turner (Wexford) who sadly passed away recently. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his daughter Siobhan, sons Liam and Seamus and his extended family and friends at this sad time. May he rest in peace.

Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

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