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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING  4th JANUARY 2015

The first team were the only senior team in action at the weekend when they entertained Shamrock Bhoys in an all Wicklow clash in the Leinster Senior League. It was the Bray visitors who won out in a physical encounter, the Bhoys went one up early in play in a first half that saw no chances of note. The second half was no different as the game turned into a midfield battle with neither keeper having any work to do. As Rovers pushed forward in search of an equaliser they were punished at the other end when the visitors doubled their lead with ten minutes left. On the day Mark O’Sullivan and Sean Knowd were Rovers best players in a disappointing performance.
In junior action the 10B’s lost 3-1 to a very strong Wicklow Town team, Dylan Sinnott slotted home his first of the season in a good all round team display. The 11A’s recorded a solid 2-0 home win over St Anthonys, Tiernan O’Brien and Callum Gibney nabbed their goals. Our 12B’s kept their good run going with a fantastic 4-0 victory over Enniskerry, a brace from Noah Sheridan and one each from Ben Free and Finn Egan Barron ensures they stay in the title mix. The under 15’s suffered a 4-1 defeat at home to Arklow Town with Luca Rampersaud notching their goal.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate our Last Man Standing champion Jim Foley who successfully guided his way through eight weeks of selections before Christmas. In week 1 Jim selected Southampton who beat Stoke to see Jim onto week 2, where he went with Arsenal who turned over Burnley 3-0. On to week 3 and Jim’s choice there was the red devils of Man Utd who overcame Crystal Palace 1-0, week 4 and he went with title favourites Chelsea who saw off West Brom 2-0. In week 5 Jim put his hopes on QPR and they obliged beating Leicester 3-2 in a five goal thriller. We were getting down to the business end of things in week 6 with only 27 participants left to battle it out for the €500 prize, Jim’s selection in week 6 was Swansea who defeated QPR 2-0 to safely make it through to week 7 with another 12 people. Week 7 saw him go with Man City who narrowly got past Everton on a 1-0 score line. We were now down to 5 people and with four of those been eliminated on the Saturday of week 8 it was left to Everton on the Monday night to win the prize fund for Jim and that’s exactly what they did powering their way past QPR 3-1. Once again congratulations Jim and well done on becoming Wicklow Rovers first Last Man Standing champion. Also a big thanks to all the people who supported our Last Man Standing competition, your continuous support is very much appreciated by everyone involved with Wicklow Rovers AFC.
The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition starting on the 17th of January 2015, our first competition was very successful with great feed back. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, anyone in the first competition that wants to take part in the second competition should text ‘yes’ to the above number if you haven’t already done so, if you took part in our first competition and don’t want to be in our second Last Man Standing competition please text ‘no’ to the above number so you can be removed from the group text and then you wont receive any unwanted texts. The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register they can contact any committee member with their details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition.
The club would like to thank everyone who supported our annual Christmas raffle, also we would like to thank all our sellers who put in a great effort. A big thanks to Brian O’Connor, Paul Sinnott of Sinnott Autos and Chadwicks for their sponsorship of prizes. We appreciate everyone’s effort in striving to make our club bigger and better, thank you all for your continuous support. The following are the results of the Christmas raffle: 1st Prize - €300 Miriam McGrath; 2nd Prize - €200 Suzanna O’Neill; 3rd Prize - €100 Alex Porter c/o Brendan; 4th Prize - €50 Chadwicks Voucher Conn Connolly; 5th Prize – Mini Car Valet Claire Johnston; 6th Prize – Club Membership For One Willie O’Brien; 7th Prize – 5 a side pitch rental Carmel Kelly; 8th Prize – Summer Camp for One Mike Gleeson; 9th Prize – Craft Beer Hamper Martin O’Gorman.

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.


WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 11th JANUARY 2015

The only senior game this week was the second team's game at home to CYM Terenure as the first team game away to Parkvilla on Friday fell foul of the bad weather. The seconds recorded a comprehensive 5-0 win over CYM  with leading scorer Maurice Dunne bagging a brace, singles from Mark Delaney, Brian Harrington and Ciaran McGettigan accounted for the remainder of their five goal haul. Liam Kavanagh, Brian Harrington and Ciaran McGettigan played well in a good all round team performance.
In junior action on Saturday the under 9 white team played away to St Anthonys and after a tough game they failed to register a score but they did put in a battling performance. The 12A’s kept their title challenge on track when they defeated Arklow Town B 3-0, a goal a piece from leading scorer Fionn Luddy, Max Kearney and Samuel Bishop keeps the lads on the tails of the Towns ‘A’ team at the top of the table. Game of the day took place in the Woodlands when the 13B’s travelled to take on Greystones Utd B, unfortunately the lads lost but what a game it was. Both teams served up some excellent exciting football in a nine goal thriller in which the home team won 5-4. Tom O’Shea fired home a magnificent hat-trick with Ewain Dwyer slotting in the fourth in what was an excellent team performance in a game that displayed everything good in football.
On Sunday the under 8 white team came up against a very strong Enniskerry team but credit has to be given to the lads as they put in a battling performance. Our 9 green side put in a fantastic all round team display in their game away to Enniskerry scoring four well taken goals on the day. Jack Macklin, Josh Butler, Liam Burke and Dan Kavanagh all hit the back of the net for their team. The 12C’s which are made up of under 11 and under 12 players put in a sterling display before losing out 6-0 to Roundwood, the away sides physicality told in the latter stages of the game. The 14B’s lost 5-2 away to Aughrim Rgrs, the highlight of this game for Rovers was a brace of goals from the prolific Ryan Murphy who is going through a golden patch in front of goal at the moment. This brace means Ryan has now scored in each of the last four games to bring his total to six for the season.
Any club members wishing to purchase club gear should contact Willie O’Brien who has recently took on the role of head of our club shop. So if you need any socks, shorts, tracksuits, training tops, rain jackets, etc the man to contact is Willie. No other committee member should be contacted regarding the purchase of gear, all gear related queries should go through Willie and he can be contacted at 086-1696911.
The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition starting this Saturday the 17th of January 2015, our first competition was very successful with great feed back. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, anyone in the first competition that wants to take part in the second competition should text ‘yes’ to the above number if you haven’t already done so, if you took part in our first competition and don’t want to be in our second Last Man Standing competition please text ‘no’ to the above number so you can be removed from the group text and then you wont receive any unwanted texts. The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register they can contact any committee member with their details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition.
As a result of an idea raised at our recent AGM the club are currently looking to obtain a defibrillator, with the help of a club member we have availed of a great opportunity to obtain a defibrillator from a first aid provider. If the club can collect 300 old mobile phones we will be given a defibrillator in exchange for the old phones. The club would be grateful if people would donate their old unwanted phones to this worthy cause. We are halfway to our target so we would be grateful for anyone’s assistance in helping us reach our target for this cause. Anyone interested in donating any old phones can contact any of the following by texting or ringing to organise collection or drop off. John Frazer 087-0564394; Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706; Paul Delaney 086-3700320; Franny Copeland 087-7589332; Johnny Dunne 087-7802098; Jason Harris 086-2516731;Willie O'Brien 086-1696911.

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.


WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 18th JANUARY 2015

The first team lost 2-1 at home to Templeogue Utd, in what was a tough battle in atrocious conditions not fit for football, the lads gave it their all and definitely didn’t deserve to lose this game. After falling behind they showed great character to fight back and level things before the break. A great run down the left flank by Luke Byrne saw him get past the full back, his low hard cross was guided into the bottom right corner of the net by Gareth Murphy to make it 1-1. The second half saw both sides cancel each other out with only half chances been created by both teams with a lot of play been centred around the middle third of the pitch. Just when the game looked to be heading for a share of the spoils the visitors snatched a winner in the dying minutes when a Templeogue player stole in unmarked to bundle the ball home from a corner to take an undeserved three points.
Our under 14 girls came up against a strong St Catherines side, they gave it their all in freezing conditions but in the end St Catherines ran out 3-0 winners.   
On the junior front on Saturday the under 9A’s put in a good solid performance at home to Greystones Utd, an own goal and a Josh Butler effort supplied the goals in a good all round team performance. The 10A’s went goal crazy defeating Ashford Rovs. 8-0, leading the way was Jack Noble who delivered an excellent individual scoring performance smashing home five goals, Sam Christie weighed in with a brace and Sam Culleton rounded off the scoring with a single. The newly formed SDFL/WDSL combined Champions League Cup started in the under 12 section at the weekend, our 12A’s started with a win defeating Collingstown FC 3-1. Harry Hodgkinson notched two goals and top scorer Fionn Luddy hit his eighteenth of the season to give the lads a winning start to this new competition. The 12C’s came up against a very strong outfit in the shape of Beechwood losing 7-0 but as in other weeks this mixture of under 11’s and 12’s battled right up to the final whistle. The 13B’s were involved in a seven goal thriller with Wolf Tone A, unfortunately they lost out 4-3. Two goals from Charlie Christie and one from Daniel Murphy accounted for their goals in a good performance.
On Sunday the under 8 green team turned in an excellent display away to St Anthonys putting on a display of attacking football for their supporters. Steven Kavanagh nabbed his tenth of the season, Sonny McHale added his sixth of the campaign and Joe Costello fired home his first of the season in a good all round performance. The 12B’s lost out 3-1 to Park Celtic in the SDFL/WDSL Championship Cup, in what was a tight tussle Noah Sheridan popped up with the Rovers goal. Our 14B’s lost 6-2 away to Wolfe Tone A, the prolific Ryan Murphy continued his hot streak in front of goal. Ryan hit a brace for the third game running to make it eight goals in his last five matches. The under 15’s got their title challenge back on track with a solid 4-2 away win over Wolfe Tone, Stephen Finlay helped himself to a couple with James Lang and Stuart Cox adding one each.
The senior second team, the under 8 white’s, 9 white’s, 10B’s, 13A’s and 14A’s games all fell foul of the weather.
In our last man standing competition a lot of our players showed their expert knowledge of the form in the premiership. At the time of going to print we still had 8 people waiting on Everton on Monday night but over the weekend we saw 141 people from 145 make it through to week 2. Yes, only 4 players made their exit, 2 went with Leicester while 1 each went out on Aston Villa and Burnley. Of the players that went through 41 went with Spurs, 41 had West Ham, 25 selected Man Utd, 18 choose league leaders Chelsea, 7 put their hopes on Southampton, 6 brave souls went with Liverpool and 3 players pulled off a masterstroke going with Stoke City. Next week our competition takes a break due to FA Cup action. Fixtures for week 2 will be sent out to all remaining players on Monday/Tuesday the 26th/27th of January for games that will be held on the weekend of 31st January/1st February. Once again the club would like to thank everyone who has supported our last man standing competition and we would to wish all our remaining participants the very best of luck in the remainder of the competition. Last Man Standing selection table can be viewed on our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

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.


WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 25th JANUARY 2015

The first team were away to Maynooth Town University on Friday night and they wont be happy with the end result. After going 3-0 up they would have expected to see the game out but unfortunately they didn’t as the hosts scored five to win out 5-3. Gareth Murphy hit a brace to go top of his team’s scoring charts with thirteen, Luke Byrne notched the other.
Our second team were in action in the Tom Carroll Cup, they entertained Lucan Utd in the second round of the competition on Saturday afternoon. The visitors drew first blood when they went in front midway through the half. Rovers drew level shortly afterwards and it was no more than they deserved. Things got better before the break when leading scorer Maurice Dunne gave Rovers the lead, which they maintained till the break. The second half saw Rovers create the majority of the chances rattling the woodwork three times but they still relied on Tommy Sullivan to keep them in front when he raced off his line to block a Lucan attempt. The lads saw out the final minutes of the game and ran out deserving winners to progress to round three. Mark Delaney, Liam Kavanagh, Greg Dunne and for that important save Tommy Sullivan were Rovers star players on the day.
The under 17’s had an excellent 2-1 away win over Aughrim Rgrs in the youths league, in a stop start season this win was vital as the reverse fixture ended 2-2 in the Whitegates before Christmas. Hugh Humby’s fifth of the season and Shane Devlin’s first of the campaign was enough for them to capture all three points.
In junior action on Saturday the under 8 green team took on Ashford Rovers, the highlight of this game for Rovers was Steven Kavanagh’s eleventh goal of the season. The under 9 green’s were involved in a tight tussle with St Anthonys, on the day they played well but just couldn’t find the back of the net. Our 9 white team played out a close game with Avonmore, in a good all round team performance Peter Quinn nabbed his first of the season with leading scorer Ben Lyons scoring the second.  The 11A’s defeated Arklow Utd 5-0 in the shield, the last time these two met in the league Rovers won out 7-6 in a thirteen goal thriller but this time they made no mistake. Two goals from Jack Ryan and one each from Mark Hodgkinson and Willoughby Woods with the fifth coming in the shape of an own goal saw the lads collect the three points. Our 12A’s drew 1-1 in a local derby with Rathnew, in what was a typical derby match Max Kearney notched his eleventh of the season to ensure a share of the spoils. The under 14A’s preserved their one hundred percent record in local action this season when they defeated Ashford Rovers 6-2, Sean Leonard helped himself to a couple with Jack Colaluca, Tristan O’Toole, Conor Byrne and Sean Farrell all adding singles to keep them on track for the title.
On Sunday our 10A’s played out a 1-1 draw away to Aughrim Rgrs, Paddy Saville scored his second of the season to claim a point for his team. The 12B’s took on their club mates the 12C’s, the B’s ran out winners on the day. Luke Horan helped himself to a hat-trick, Kieran Fitzpatrick notched a brace with Scott Bushe, Conor Leonard, Lee Hamilton and Noah Sheridan all adding singles. The 13A’s lost out to local neighbours Wicklow Town, after an exciting encounter played in a good spirit the Town ran out 3-1 winners. Paul Marah claimed the Rovers goal to make it twelve for the season. An under strength under 14B’s lost 4-0 to Arklow Town despite a battling display. Our under 15’s recorded a comfortable 6-0 home win over Arklow Town B, James Lang and Stuart Cox both hit two each with Luca Rampersaud and Eli Graham scoring one a piece.
Everyone at the club would like to wish Gail Dunne a speedy recovery from a recent illness, we all hope to see you up and about very soon, get well soon Gail.
Our Last Man Standing competition resumes this weekend, there is 141 players left standing going into round 2. All players should have received the fixtures for this week. Any players who make it to round 4 should be aware they will be required to select from a full set of midweek fixtures on Tuesday/Wednesday the 10th/11th of February. Selections should be sent in by 7 pm Thursday night, remember you can’t select a team you have previously picked, good luck to all players.

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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 1st FEBRUARY 2015

The only senior game at the weekend was the first team’s game at home to high flying Kilnamanagh. The lads recorded a very good win taking all three points in a 3-2 victory. Things didn’t go their way early on in play as the visitors took a some what fortunate lead, a cross come shot drifted over Gary Browne in the Rovers goal, hit the crossbar and deflected unluckily off the back of the keeper and over the line. Rovers introduced Sean Knowd at the break and this seemed to spur the team on, Knowd was causing the Dublin sides defence all sorts of problems in the early stages of the second period and it was fitting that he should draw his team level with a neat finish. Rovers were on the front foot but with twenty minutes left the away side went in front. Rovers piled forward creating chance after chance but it looked like it was going to be one of those days when nothing was going right in front of goal. With six minutes left Rikki Quinn showed his class cutting in from the right and unleashing a screamer from twenty five yards into the far corner of the net. In the dying seconds Rovers claimed the winner when a Wicklow free was deflected into the roof of the net, the referee some how found an extra nine minutes of added time but the lads saw the game out to gain an important three points.
In junior action on Saturday the under 9 green team had a good win at home to Greystones Utd, Liam Burke made it nine goals for the season with a brace, Adam Doyle, Lee Brown and Tom Donoghue scored one a piece which proved to be each of those players second goals of the campaign. In the under 12 combined cup quarter final it was the clash of the big guns in Lamberton where our 12A’s took on Arklow Town A for a place in the semi final. In what proved to be a tight game with the match ending level at one a piece after extra time Rovers turned in an all round excellent team performance. Sam Brown scored the crucial goal in normal playing time to send the match to a dreaded penalty shootout in which the lads won 4-2. Rovers penalty scorers on the day were Samuel Bishop, Fionn Luddy, Max Kearney and Harry Hodgkinson. The 14B’s gave premier side Ashford Rovs a battle in their combined cup quarter final, sadly in the end the lads went down 4-0 but to their credit they gave the hosts a tough game and with a bit of luck it could have been a different result.
Sunday’s action saw the under 9 white team enjoy a narrow win over Ashford Rovs, in a very entertaining game the lads put in a good all round team performance. Brendan Porter nabbed his first of the season with Eoin Kennedy scoring Rovers second. The 11B’s got their shield campaign of to a good start with a 4-1 win over Fassaroe, Zach Callery, Oran Dempsey, Steven Gormley and Fionn O’Higgins netted their goals. The 13A’s went down 5-1 to Greystones Utd in the combined cup, the final result flattered Greystones as Rovers gave a sterling display, Dylan Doyle scored the Wicklow goal. Our under 14 girls came up against a very strong Home Farm team losing 6-0, the girls gave a spirited performance and with a bit of luck they could have snatched a couple of goals of their own. The 14A’s kept their one hundred percent record in local competition going when they defeated Roundwood 6-0 in the combined cup. A hat-trick from leading scorer Conor Byrne and one each from Shane Cullinan, Daniel Fitzsimons and Sean Leonard accounted for their tally.
We had 141 people going into round 2 of our Last Man Standing competition at the weekend and once again a good percent of the remaining players showed their expert knowledge of the premiership with 115 players making it through to round 3. Of the 115 people that made it through 59 went with bankers Arsenal, 33 went with the red devils of Man Utd, 12 shrewd players picked Stoke, 5 selected Spurs, 3 had Sunderland, 2 choose Liverpool with 1 brave soul putting his hopes on Everton. The biggest casualties were the 23 people who went with Southampton who lost 1-0 to Swansea, 3 other players were eliminated when they selected Hull City, Aston Villa and Man City. For up to date details and selections table visit the club website at
lt www.wicklowrovers.com
Our Saturday morning academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 o’clock to 12 in the Whitegates under the guidance of experienced club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is for both boys and girls from the age of 3 up to 8 years of age. No registration required, just come along and join in and have fun while learning the skills of football.

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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th FEBRUARY 2015

The first team travelled to take on Celbridge Town in the second round of the Gilligan Cup and after controlling the game for long periods and a couple of strange decisions from the man in the middle they lost out narrowly by two goals to one. Second team leading scorer Maurice Dunne was on target from the penalty spot for Rovers.
The second team went down 3-1 at home to league leaders Clondalkin Celtic, they got off to a poor start falling two goals behind in the early stages of the game. The away side increased their lead to 3-0 before Rovers got their act together but by this stage the game was out of reach. Rovers reduced the deficit when Mark Delaney scored for the fourth successive game. The lads had chances to reduce the deficit even more but none of them were taken leading to Clondalkin winning out 3-1. Shane Morley suffered a serious ankle injury and had to be taken to hospital for an x-ray. Everyone at the club would like to wish Shane a speedy recovery from his injury, we all hope to see you up and about and back on the playing pitch very soon.
Our under 17 side lost 4-2 to Ashford Rovers in the youths league, Alan Power gave them the lead and at this stage they were on top and should have added to their tally. Ashford were reduced to ten men and this only seem to spur them on as they hit four goals as the lads went totally out of the game. Angel Gomez hit a late consolation in a disappointing performance.
Saturday’s junior action saw the under 8 whites play out an exciting draw away to Glencormac, Sean Patrick Guerin helped himself to two goals in a good all round team display. Our 10A’s recorded a good win away to Glencormac Utd, Sam Culleton notched his sixth of the season with Sam Christie hitting his third of the campaign, the third goal came in the shape of an own goal. Rory Hennessey was impressive in the Rovers goal, Ross McCrea put in some vital challenges around the pitch in a good team performance. The under 10B’s lost out to Greystones Utd on a 2-0 scoreline. The 12A’s had a resounding 9-1 win over Enniskerry in the Rocky Road, a fantastic hat-trick from Sam Brown, a brace a piece from Adam O’Reilly and Fionn Luddy and singles from Connor Lewins and Max Kearney accounted for their total. Our under 12B’s maintained their unbeaten run in the league when they defeated Greystones Utd 8-2, Noah Sheridan led the way with a four goal haul, two goals from Scott Bushe and one each from Conor Leonard and Finn Egan Barron earned them all three points in their pursuit of the title. The 12C’s battled to the end in their away game with Roundwood but unfortunately the home team proved too strong as they ran out easy winners.
Sunday’s action saw the under 14 girls team take pride of place as they progressed to the semi final of the Carlton Hotel cup when they edged out St Catherines on a 2-1 scoreline. Leading scorer Niamh Caffrey set them on their way with the first goal and then Clodagh Irwin popped up to give them a 2-0 lead. The visitors pulled one back to make it a nervy final few minutes but credit to the girls they held on to book their place in the semi final. Player of the match was new addition Grace Hurley who was outstanding in an excellent team performance. Elsewhere on Sunday the 11B’s had an excellent 2-1 away victory over Arklow Town, Oran Dempsey and Zach Callery bagged the all important goals to earn them all three points. The 14A’s won at a canter against Little Bray United winning 16-0, Daniel Fitzsimons smashed home a double hat-trick while Sean Leonard netted three himself. Dylan Frazer and Shane Lincoln added a brace a piece with Conor Byrne, Jack Colaluca and Owen Sreenan all registering singles in a game which really doesn’t benefit either team such was the one sided nature of the match. The 14B’s were unlucky to lose to St Anthonys by two goals to one, once again it was sharp shooter Ryan Murphy who hit their goal.  
Well our last man standing competition witnessed a cull of people when Man City were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Hull City, a total of 79 people made their exit with City in what was suppose to be the banker bet of the weekend. This result completely gutted the 115 people that were left standing going into the weekend. They were also joined by 4 players who choose Newcastle, 2 players who went with Swansea, 1 with Liverpool and 1 with Man Utd. Of the 28 people that made it through to the fourth round 14 people went with Chelsea, 11 went with Southampton, 3 shrewd players put their hopes on Crystal Palace so for those 28 people its all to play for with the €500 prize fund firmly in their sights.

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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th FEBRUARY 2015

The first team took on Lucan Utd on Sunday, after losing heavily when they played away to Lucan the lads were looking to gain revenge but it wasn’t to be. Even though the lads had the best of the chances they failed to take them ending up losing 3-1 in the end. They fell behind midway through the first half but hit back straight away to level matters when Chris Burgess fired home. The lads had more chances to go ahead but failed to take them and ended up getting caught out on the counter attack when the away side went in at the break 2-1 up with their only other chance of note. The second half was more of the same with Rovers creating the better chances but Lucan went 3-1 up with a soft goal from a corner. Definitely the lads let this one slip, on the balance of play they deserved something from the game but you must take those chances when they come along.
The under 17’s were involved in an eight thriller with Aughrim Rangers, when these two teams last met in the Whitegates they shared six goals, this time they shared eight goals in a 4-4 draw. Hugh Humby, Brian O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Halloran and Josh Browne hit the goals in a game that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats right up to the final whistle with Rovers getting their leveller in the last minute.

Our under 14 girls entertained Greystones United in the Whitegates on Sunday morning with a place in the final of the Carlton Hotel cup up for grabs. The girls came flying out of the traps and made all the early running going close on a couple of occasions. On twenty one minutes Grace Hurley fired Rovers into a deserved lead. Things got even better two minutes later when Grace Hurley nabbed her second of the game to make it 2-0 which they managed to keep intact till the interval. The girls had to weather some early pressure in the second half but then on fifty seven minutes Rovers killed the game off with a third, a Naoise O'Reilly through ball found Niamh Caffrey who slotted past the advancing keeper to put the game out of the visitors reach. With six minutes remaining Sinead McGettigan put the gloss on a great display when she beat two defenders and fired a thunderous effort into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Rovers dictated for long periods in the game and fully deserved their victory to book their place in the final. On the day Grace Hurley's pace up front tormented the away team's defence, Niamh Caffrey's intelligent runs into space also caused Greystones problems. A solid midfield partnership of Sinead McGettigan and Clodagh Irwin controlled the centre of the park while Amy Kavanagh who was redundant for most of the game but when called on pulled off a magnificent save at a crucial time. Well done girls.   

Saturday’s junior action saw our under 9 white team record a good win away to Ashford Rovers black team, goals on the day came from Evan Conyard, Eoin Kennedy and Peter Quinn. The 10A’s lost narrowly on a 3-2 scoreline away to Wolfe Tone, leading scorer Jack Noble notched one and Steven Gormley hit his second of the season. Our 12A’s consolidated their second placed position in the league when they defeated their nearest rivals Greystones Utd 2-1, Max Kearney nabbed the first and leading scorer Fionn Luddy bagged his twenty first in all competitions to give the lads three valuable points. The 12B’s kept up their pursuit of league leaders Enniskerry when they beat Coolboy Rgrs, Scott Bushe led the way when he fired home a magnificent hat-trick to bring his tally for the season to twelve, Noah Sheridan made it thirteen for the campaign when he hit a brace, Conor Leonard and Lee Hamilton both scored one a piece to complete the tally as they made it seven wins from seven games to put the leaders under pressure.
On Sunday the under 9 green team had a good win away to Arklow Town, Josh Butler smashed in a hat-trick, Brian McCaul scored two with Georgie O’Neill and Liam Burke netting one each. The 12C’s lost away to Greystones Utd but to their credit they battled right up to the end. The 13A’s came out the wrong side of a nine goal fest away to Coolboy Rgrs losing 5-4, Paul Marah notched a brace with Frankie Reynolds and Jamie Noble adding singles in a highly entertaining game. The 14B’s lost heavily to Roundwood in what was a bad day at the office. Our under 15’s played out a tough 0-0 draw away to Arklow Town A in a very tight affair.

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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 22nd FEB 2015

Neither senior team had a game at the weekend so it was down to our under 17 team in the youths league when they made the short trip to Finlay Park to take on local neighbours Wicklow Town. In a typical local derby the lads won narrowly by a score of 2-1, the Town were a little unlucky not to get something from this game as Rovers under performed and the Town had the chances to draw level but failed to take them. Alan Power and Kevin O’Halloran netted for Rovers to gain all three points in what looks like a battle for runners up position behind runaway leaders Arklow Utd.
In junior football on Saturday the under 8 green’s lost away to Arklow Utd with Finn Dunne scoring their goal for his seventh of the season. The under 9 green team played out a draw against Enniskerry, Jack Macklin notched his fourth of the campaign. For excitement and goals both our under 11A’s and 13A’s gave value for money in their games. Both were away and both were involved in ten goal thrillers, to complete a third similarity between the games they both won their games by the same score winning 6-4. The 11A’s victory came against Wolfe Tone, the highlight of the game was an excellent solo scoring performance from Mark Hodgkinson who netted an unbelievable five times to double his tally for the season to ten, Callum Gibney nabbed one to complete the scoring. The 13A’s also won 6-4 beating Roundwood in Vartry Park, another individual scoring feat was a feature of this game with top scorer Paul Marah firing home four goals to take his season’s total to eighteen. Nathan Sullivan completed the scoring when he bagged a brace. The 13B’s lost narrowly away to Wolfe Tone losing 3-2, Tom O’Shea and a first of the season from Jacob Byrne scored the Rovers goals.
Sunday’s action was curtailed due to the heavy rain, the games involving our under 8 white team, 10A’s, 10B’s, 12B’s, 12C’s, 14A’s and 15’s all fell foul to the weather. On the field the under 9 white team earned a good victory over St Anthonys, a well taken hat-trick from leading scorer Ben Lyons set his team on their way, Eoin Kennedy added a single in a good all round team performance in bad condititions. The only other game to escape the bad weather was the 12A’s who lost out 3-1 to a very good Arklow Town side, Samuel Bishop hit his seventh of the season in a game where the lads never really got going.
Well its getting down to the business end of things in our Last Man Standing competition, we went into the weekend with 25 players having their sights on the €500 prize. The dream remains intact for 9 of those 25 players as 16 players made their exit from the competition. The biggest casualty at the weekend were the 10 people who went with Everton who could only manage a 2-2 draw with bottom of the league Leicester City. Probably the biggest surprise was Chelsea's 1-1 home draw with Burnley meaning 4 players exited the competition. The last 2 players to go out both pinned their hopes on Spurs who gained a late draw at home to London neighbours West Ham. There is no Last Man Standing competition next weekend due to the Capital One Cup Final meaning there's not a full set of fixtures. The next set of fixtures in the competition are fixed for Tuesday 3rd of March and Wednesday 4th of March, fixtures for these games can been viewed on the club website and will also be texted out to the remainig 9 players next weekend.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish Teddy Dunne a speedy recovery from a broken collar bone he received recently, we all hope your on the mend and back to full fitness very soon.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Newtown Utd on their great achievement on knocking out Dublin giants Shelbourne in the Leinster Senior Cup at the weekend, a narrow 1-0 win means they now progress to the quarter final where they will take on another giant of League of Ireland football Bohemians. This is the first time a team from Wicklow has progressed this far in the competition and we would all like to wish them the best of luck against Bohemians and hopefully they will go even further. Once again well done to everyone connected with Newtown Utd.
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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 1st MARCH 2015

Well we had a complete blank regards senior fixtures this week, with the youths having no game, both the first team and second team games were called off.
In the junior section of the club pride of place goes to our under 14A side who claimed the under 14 premier league on Saturday. Their 4-0 away win over Little Bray Utd saw them romp to the title. Two goals from top scorer Daniel Fitzsimons and one a piece from Cillian Kelly and Jack Colaluca made sure the lads were not going to slip up in their pursuit of the title. With two games remaining in the league the lads can’t be caught, they recorded a one hundred percent record winning all ten games. In those ten games they scored 67 goals while conceding 9. The team is managed and coached by John Frazer, Matt Lincoln and Jamie Power. Congratulations once again to all the players and the coaching staff. Other games on Saturday saw the under 8 green team have a good win over St Anthonys, after a tight tussle between two evenly matched teams Steven Kavanagh and Finn Dunne goals earned the lads a narrow win. The under 8 white team lost away to St Fergals, on the day the lads scored two well taken goal from Sean Patrick Guerin and Shane Byrne.  Our 11A’s lost out by the odd goal in five losing 3-2 away to Ashford Rovs. A goal a piece from Conor Hunter and Tom Hodgkinson accounted for their two goals. The under 12B’s edged a step closer to the division one title when they earned a 1-1 draw away to their nearest challenger Enniskerry. A goal from James Hamilton means they remain joint top with their opponents. Enniskerry have now completed their fixtures while the lads have games remaining but Roundwood are also in with a shout but the lads have it in their own hands.

On Sunday the under 14 girls went goal crazy knocking eight past Enniskerry winning 8-1, leading scorer Niamh Caffrey fired home an unbelievable five goals to take her tally for the season to fourteen. Goal of the game went to Kellie Phelan on her debut, who powered an unstoppable shot from thirty five yards out, Lauren Gregory nabbed her first of the campaign with Sinead McGettigan completing the eight goal haul. Both our under 9 teams were away in Greystones, the green team lost narrowly to Greystones whites with the goals coming in the shape of an own goal and a first of the season from Oisin Denver. Our under 9 white team recorded a comfortable victory over Greystones when Evan Conyard and Ben Lyons both hit two each with Peter Quinn adding a single. Our 11B’s made it three wins from three in the shield when they ran out 7-1 winners away to Greystones Utd, a second hat-trick of the season from Jordan Younger led the way, Jack Noble was hot on Jordan’s heels when he nabbed two goals while Oran Dempsey and Zach Callery both scored one each to maintain their one hundred percent start to the shield.  The 13B’s got their shield campaign off to the perfect start when they defeated Greystones Utd 5-0 away from home, a brace from top scorer Tom O’Shea to bring his tally for the season to ten, Daniel Murphy and Jacob Byrne both notched their second goals of the campaign with Gary Dowling hitting his first of the season to give the lads the ideal start to the shield. The 14B’s were yet again unlucky in defeat, they lost out in a seven goal thriller away to St Anthonys losing 4-3, Luke Whyte helped himself to two goals with under 13 player Nathan Sullivan scoring the other in a good all round team performance. The under 15’s lost their first game in the shield going down 2-1 away to Avonmore, in a tight encounter leading scorer Luca Rampersaud hit his fourteenth goal of the season.
At the time of going to print we had 9 players left in our Last Man Standing competition, with a full set of premiership fixtures in midweek it remains to be seen if the remaining players can continue their good knowledge of the form in the premiership and progress to round 7. Good luck to all our remaining players in the competition.
Our Saturday morning academy continues every Saturday on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates from 11 am till 12, come along and enjoy learning the skills of football while having fun under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is for kids from the age of 3 to 7 and prepares them for the jump to organised football. Everybody is welcomed to attend.

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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th MARCH 2015

The first team travelled to North Dublin to take on Skerries Town and returned with all three points after an excellent 2-0 victory, goals from top scorer Chris Burgess and a sixth of the season from Luke Byrne secured them all three points. Arthur Delahunt played a big part in this win with a superb penalty save at a crucial stage of the game. This win moves them into a mid table position in the league standings.
The second team went down 3-2 to the highest ranked Saturday side Bluebell Utd in the second round of the Noel Ryan cup, they fell behind after just two minutes but were quick to level matters when Mark Delaney scored a cracker from the edge of the area which means he now has hit the net in each of the last five games. Bluebell went in front just after the half hour mark but Rovers drew level again a minute later when Maurice Dunne lobbed the keeper from 25 yards out and it was fully deserved in a ding dong battle. The away side went in front for a third time with thirty minutes left but this time the visitors never relinquished the lead as they snuffed out the Rovers attack to see out the game. On the day Mark Delaney and Liam Kavanagh put in some sterling work for their team.
Our under 17 team had an excellent win away to Aughrim Rgrs winning 4-2, Shane Devlin helped himself to a brace with Alan Power and Kevin O’Halloran nabbing one a piece to cement their second place position in the league.
On Saturday the under 8 green team played out an entertaining draw with Ashford Rovers, Steven Kavanagh hit his thirteenth goal of the season. The 10A’s lost 2-1 to Aughrim Rgrs with Sam Culleton notching his seventh of the campaign. Our 10B’s played out a thrilling six goal thriller away to Aughrim drawing 3-3, in what was an excellent all round team performance the highlight of the game was a fantastic hat-trick from Matthew Porter. The 11A’s had a bad day at the office losing 5-0 to ArklowTown. After winning their first three games in the shield the 11B’s suffered defeat for the first time losing 2-1 to Greystones Utd, Zach Callery bagged their only goal. The 12A’s shared the spoils drawing 1-1 with Greystones Utd in The Woodlands, Samuel Bishop hit the rigging for Rovers. The 12B’s are fast closing in on the division one title as they beat Greystones Utd 4-2, Noah Sheridan banged in his second hat-trick of the season while Scott Bushe claimed his thirteenth of the season to claim three valuable points. The 13A’s suffered a disappointing 4-0 home defeat to Arklow Town at The Whitegates. Our under 15’s drew 1-1 with Wolfe Tone in a tight affair, Stuart Cox scored the Rovers goal to bring his tally to nine for the campaign.
On Sunday the under 9 white team had a good win against Greystones with their goals coming from Ben Lyons and Evan Conyard. Our under 14A’s defeated Avonmore 8-2, Ryan Corrigan, Daniel Fitzsimons and Conor Byrne all hit two goals each with Owen Sreenan and Tristan O’Toole registering singles to complete the scoring
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Adele Doran who sadly passed away recently. Adele was a very popular figure around the football circles of Wicklow Town, Adele along with her family played a major role in shaping soccer in Wicklow Town, whether it be on the committee of neighbours Wicklow Town AFC or the foundation of the Wicklow Cancer Support Easter Soccer Blitz. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Tony [Butch], her children Anto and Lorraine and her extended family and friends, may she rest in peace.
The club are running an Easter Camp during the school’s Easter break. The camp kicks off on Tuesday April 7th and will run till Friday April 10th, 10am to 2pm daily. The cost of the camp is 40 euro per child, with discounts available for families of 2 or more kids. Each participant will receive a football on the first day and a medal on the final day of the camp. The camp is open for kids ages 4-13 and the club hopes to run a girls only section at the camp. To register you can contact; Johnny Dunne @ 0877802098, Willie O’Brien @ 0861696911, the club Facebook page or alternatively any committee member. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the homepage of our club website,
www.wicklowrovers.com
We have registered for cash for clubs with Topaz petrol company. If members spend over €40 euro on fuel at one visit they get a stamp & 5 stamps make full card. They must use our club code for stamps, our club code 10983. They must get petrol in Topaz Wicklow Synnotts Garage. One full card is entry to prize draw for club to win cash donation from Topaz.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th MARCH 2015

The first team suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Parkvilla, on a day when nothing went for them they lost by a single goal to the Meath side which came from the penalty spot.
The second team made the trip to north Dublin to take on Swords Celtic, after losing 4-0 at home the lads were out to gain their revenge but they were cruelly denied a share of the spoils when with the game tied at 0-0 the home side were awarded a hotly disputed penalty. They duly dispatched the spot kick which they scarcely deserved and the lads returned unluckily empty handed. If the lads can reproduce their recent displays when it comes to the Tom Carroll Cup they could progress a long way in it.
Our under 17’s produced the result of the weekend when they over turned league leaders Arklow United at the Whitegates. The lads recorded an incredible 7-2 victory and this was after falling 1-0 behind early on. Alan Power led the way with a clinically taken hat-trick, Mark Darragh weighed in with a brace and Shane Devlin and Kevin O’Hallaran both scored one each. In truth the lads were excellent and could have reached double figures as it was only the Arklow keeper who prevented the lads adding to their tally. On the day Alan Power, Hugh Humby and Brian O’Sullivan were outstanding in what was an all round excellent team performance.
In junior action on Saturday the under 8 greens had a good win over Rathnew with Finn Dunne and Sonny McHale hitting the net. The under 12B team lost out narrowly to Enniskerry by two goals to one. After a tough encounter the lads just couldn’t find an equaliser. Scott Bushe netted for Rovers. The under 13A’s were involved in a seven goal thriller with Arklow Town. After coming from one down to lead 3-1 the lads will be a little disappointed they didn’t see the game out conceding three goals to lose out 4-3. A brace from Cian Ward and one from Jamie Noble accounted for their goals. The 14A’s made the step up to the under 15 division one cup where they took on Arklow Town, they led 1-0 with ten minutes to go and were well holding their own only to concede three late goals. Daniel Fitzsimons hit their goal.
On Sunday the under 9 white team lost to Enniskerry with leading scorer Ben Lyons scoring their goal. Our 10A’s lost narrowly to Ashford A losing 3-2, Conor Hunter and Steven Gormley were their marksmen on the day. The 10B’s lost 2-0 to Greystones B. The 11A’s played out an entertaining 2-2 draw away to St Anthonys with Conor Hunter and Jack Ryan hitting the goals. Our 11B’s had a good 5-2 away win over Fassaroe YC, Jordan Younger and Fionn O’Higgins both hit braces with Oran Dempsey scoring the other. The 12B’s lost heavily to Roundwood. The 13B’s had a 4-2 away win over Enniskerry, the highlight of this game was a second hat-trick of the season for Tom O’Shea, the other goal came from Nedis Velindis. The under 15’s went out of the premier cup losing 4-2 to Arklow Town, Stuart Cox and Stephen Finlay found the net for them on the day.
The club are running an Easter Camp during the school’s Easter break. The camp kicks off on Tuesday April 7th and will run till Friday April 10th, 10am to 2pm daily. The cost of the camp is 40 euro per child, with discounts available for families of 2 or more kids. Each participant will receive a football on the first day and a medal on the final day of the camp. The camp is open for kids ages 4-13 and the club hopes to run a girls only section at the camp. To register you can contact; Johnny Dunne @ 0877802098, Willie O’Brien @ 0861696911, the club Facebook page or alternatively any committee member. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the homepage of our club website,
www.wicklowrovers.com
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the Humby family on the sad passing of Mona, our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Mick, daughter Karen, sons Padraig and Mick and her extended family and friends. The Humby family have long been associated with the club with Mick junior playing most of his football career with the club and is now currently managing our youths team, Mona’s grandchildren Hugh [Youths] and Alfie [Under 8’s] play for the club while Shaun previously played for the club. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.  
Also the club would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Nora Lynch who sadly passed away recently, Nora’s son in law Mark Kennedy manages our under 9 white team, her grandson Eoin plays on the team, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 22nd MARCH 2015

The first team had an excellent 3-1 home win over promotion chasing St John Bosco, the lads suffered an early set back when they fell one behind and then were reduced to ten men. They showed great character to battle back to level matters through top scorer Chris Burgess. Early in the second period Burgess scored his and Rovers second before Bryan Doyle put the icing on the cake with his first goal of the season. It would be hard to pick a man of the match as every player gave it their all and take into account they played eighty minutes with ten players it shows the tremendous effort that was put in.
The second team made it a great weekend for the seniors when they had a fantastic win in the third round of the Carroll Cup on Saturday, they beat St John Bosco 1-0 in what was a tough physical encounter. In truth Rovers deserved their win as they created far more clear cut chances than their opponents. The winning goal was worthy of winning a cup tie when Mark Delaney coolly rounded the keeper and then slam his effort to the net to finish off a good move from the home team. Delaney brings his tally to nine with this goal and eight of those have come in the last ten games. This good all round team performance booked them a quarter final spot.
Our junior action started on Thursday night when our 12A’s took on Rathnew in the quarter final of the premier cup under lights in Shamrock Park. The lads recorded an excellent 4-0 win to progress to the semi final, a brace from Adam O’Reilly helped them on their way. Connor Lewins and Samuel Bishop both notched their ninth goals of the season to give the lads an impressive win. On Saturday Brian McCaul and Charlie Czwalina hit the net for the under 9 green team in an exciting draw with Arklow Town, the 11B’s had a comfortable 9-0 win over St Anthonys, Oran Dempsey banged in a fantastic four goals and was closely followed by Jordan Younger who fired home three goals. Fionn O’Higgins and Zach Harris added singles to complete the total. The 12B’s made their debut in the premier shield, unfortunately they lost 5-1 to a very strong Arklow Town A side, Ben Free scored their first goal in premier competition. The 13A’s raced in to a two goal lead against Greystones Utd but then took their foot off the pedal as the away side came storming back to win 3-2. Cian Ward and leading scorer Paul Marah were the Rovers marksmen on the day. The 13B’s went goal crazy firing eleven past St Patricks winning 11-1, Tom O’Shea slammed in his third hat-trick of the season with an incredible four goal haul, Daniel Murphy also scored a hat-trick with singles coming from Nedis Velindis, Joris Bearda, Jacob Byrne and Charlie Christie.
On Sunday the under 9 white gave it their all away to Avonmore, Eoin Kennedy nabbed their only goal of the game. The 10A’s lost a thrilling 4-3 cup game away to Wolfe Tone, Paddy Saville scored two with Steven Gormley notching one. Our 10B’s unluckily lost out narrowly on a 1-0 scoreline to Greystones in the quarter final of the cup. The 11A’s are through to the semi final of the cup after they won 2-1 away to Aughrim, Tiernan O’Brien and Sean O’Meara scored the all important goals. Our 12C’s lost 6-0 to a very strong Coolboy side. The under 15’s had a good 5-3 win over Arklow Town C, Stephen Finlay became the third man to hit the net four times over the weekend with Stuart Cox scoring the fifth to claim three good points.    
The club are running an Easter Camp during the school’s Easter break. The camp kicks off on Tuesday April 7th and will run till Friday April 10th, 10am to 2pm daily. The cost of the camp is 40 euro per child, with discounts available for families of 2 or more kids. Each participant will receive a football on the first day and a medal on the final day of the camp. The camp is open for kids ages 4-13 and the club hopes to run a girls only section at the camp. To register you can contact; Johnny Dunne @ 0877802098, Willie O’Brien @ 0861696911, the club Facebook page or alternatively any committee member. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the homepage of our club website,
www.wicklowrovers.com
The club would like to thank all the kids who took part in the St Patricks Day parade, well done on representing your club, also thank you to all the managers and parents who helped out on the day.
There are four players left in our Last Man Standing competition, we lost one player on Stoke City, of the four players left, Catriona Nolan [only female left standing] and Boodhan Rampersaud went with West Ham while Anthony Earls and James Kelly went through with Southampton. No Last Man Standing this week due to international matches. Competition will continue on the weekend of the 4th of April.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 29th MARCH 2015

The second team couldn’t reproduce their cup form when they travelled away to take on St John Bosco who they defeated in the cup last week. This time they lost out narrowly 2-1 in the league. After a tight tussle the lads came back pointless but here’s hoping their cup form continues when they take on Valeview of Shankill in the quarter final of the Carroll cup in the coming weeks, on the day Jim Foley scored their goal.
Saturday’s junior action saw the under 8 green team play out an exciting game away to Ashford in what was a very even contest between two evenly matched sides. The 11A’s played out a thrilling 3-3 draw away to Arklow Utd, it was a family affair regards their goalscorers on the day, Mark Hodgkinson hit two goals and Tom Hodgkinson scored the other one. The 11B’s kept their good run going in the shield when they defeated one of their nearest rivals Arklow Town 3-0, Oran Dempsey scored a brace with Jordan Younger nabbing the third to keep them top of the pile. Our 12A’s had a 4-1 away win over Rathnew, Max Kearney scored his first shield goals when he hit the net twice, Adam O’Reilly and Sam Brown completed the scoring. The 12B’s went down 3-0 to Roundwood in the premier shield, this is their second game in premier competition so they are still finding their feet. The under 15A team drew 3-3 away to Ashford Rovs, Stephen Finlay brought his total to 12 for the season when he netted one, Eli Graham and Ciaran Coffey also scored one a piece.
Sunday’s action was curtailed on the playing field due to the heavy rain that fell on Saturday night, the first teams game away to Templeogue Utd was a victim of the weather. Other games affected were the under 8 white team, the under 9 whites, the 10A’s, 10B’s and 12C’s all falling foul of the bad weather. The only game to beat the weather on Sunday was the under 14A’s game away to St Patricks in the under 15 division one shield, this team has moved up an age group to compete in the shield and they got off to the perfect start claiming all three points in a 3-2 win. Leading scorer Daniel Fitzsimons smashed home his thirty second goal of the season to set the lads on their way, Cillian Kelly nabbed the second and under 13 player Nathan Sullivan hit the third to give them the ideal start to their shield campaign.  
The club are running an Easter Camp during the school’s Easter break. The camp kicks off on Tuesday April 7th and will run till Friday April 10th, 10am to 2pm daily. The cost of the camp is 40 euro per child, with discounts available for families of 2 or more kids. Each participant will receive a football on the first day and a medal on the final day of the camp. The camp is open for kids ages 4-13 and the club hopes to run a girls only section at the camp. To register you can contact; Johnny Dunne @ 0877802098, Willie O’Brien @ 0861696911, the club Facebook page or alternatively any committee member. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the homepage of our club website,
www.wicklowrovers.com
Our Last Man Standing competition resumes this coming weekend, we are now down to the business end of things with only four players left remaining to battle it out for the €500 prize. The club would like to take this opportunity to wish all four remaining players the very best of luck for the remainder of the competition, we would also like to thank everyone who participated in our fundraiser, your continuous support is very much appreciated by everyone at the club.

With the clock going forward at the weekend, it means that midweek games are on the horizon, we ask all managers to ensure that their results from their games are sent to the relevant club secretary as soon as possible on completion of your match, thank you.

Our Saturday morning academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 o’clock to 12 in the Whitegates under the guidance of experienced club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is for both boys and girls from the age of 3 up to 8 years of age. No registration required, just come along and join in and have fun while learning the skills of football.

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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th APRIL 2015

Well the weekend saw limited football on the playing front and for a change it wasn’t the weather. The junior end of the club saw no fixtures due to the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. In the senior end the first team entertained Garda FC at the Whitegates, after falling behind the lads battled back to gain three precious points in a 3-2 victory. Leading scorer Chris Burgess scored a brace to bring his total to seventeen for the season while Gareth Murphy hit his fourteenth of the campaign when he registered a single. Rovers could also afford the disappointment of missing from the penalty spot.
The under 17’s took on neighbours Wicklow Town in a local derby, after a tight encounter the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw. The Town went in front with Rovers equalising with fifteen minutes remaining, Shane Devlin scored his fifth of the season to earn the lads a point, which in the end was probably a fair outcome on the balance of play.
Our Last Man Standing competition is still running, going into round 9 at the weekend we had 4 players remaining in contention for the €500 prize. After the weekend results we are now down to 3 players. At the weekend Catriona Nolan and Anthony Earls made it to round 10 when their selection Swansea defeated Hull City 3-1, James Kelly progressed when he picked Manchester United who saw off Aston Villa 3-1. Boodhan Rampersaud unfortunately saw his selection West Brom lose at home to QPR on a 4-1 scoreline therefore meaning elimination from the competition. We would like to wish our 3 remaining players the best of luck in the remainder of the competition and also would like to thank everyone who has supported our Last Man Standing competitions. We will be having a new Last Man Standing competition at the start of the new premiership season as there wont be enough time to start another for this campaign.

The club participated in a bag pack to raise money for Habitat Ireland on Easter Saturday, the bag pack took place in Tesco and was well attended by our junior members of the club. Habitat Ireland is a Dublin based charity, which transforms lives by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. The charity offers a ‘hand up’ to families to pull themselves out of poverty through access to simple decent housing. President Higgins is a patron of Habitat Ireland. We would like to thank all our junior members and their managers and coaches for helping raise money for this worthy cause.

Our Saturday morning soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting]. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no long term registration, you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.  
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors 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, Rob Free, Willie O’Brien and Jason Harris, contact numbers can be found on the club website or alternatively you can private message our club facebook page.

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

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th APRIL 2015

The first team unluckily lost on a dreaded penalty shootout in the Moore Cup away to Maynooth Town University on Friday night, after falling 1-0 behind Peter Finnegan scored to draw them level. They fell behind for a second time but yet again they battled back to level with two minutes remaining, this time it was Gareth Murphy who hit a deserved equaliser, extra time failed to separate the sides with the home side going on to win the penalty shootout 5-4.
The under 17’s recorded a comfortable 7-0 win over Ashford Rovers B, Alan Power and Fionn Nother both netted twice, Josh Browne, Hugh Humby and Mark Darragh all got one each to complete the seven goal haul.
The junior action started with three midweek games, the 10A’s recorded an exciting 5-3 local derby win over neighbours Wicklow Town, the scorers on the night saw Sam Culleton hit two with Steven Gormley and Ross McCrea nabbing one each with the last one coming in the shape of an own goal. The 11A’s lost narrowly 1-0 to Wolfe Tone in a tight encounter. Our 11B’s lost out 8-0 to a very strong Ashford Rovers side.
On Saturday the under 8 white team were involved in a thrilling draw with Ashford, Shane Byrne scored their goal in a good all round team performance. The 10B’s went down 5-3 to Greystones Utd, after a titanic battle the lads could have easily got something from this game, Harry Tobin scored a brace with Tom Phelan nabbing one. Our 11A’s drew 2-2 in a tight encounter with St Anthonys, Conor Hunter and Willoughby Woods hit the Rovers goals. The 11B’s kept their great run going in the shield making it seven wins from eight games when they beat Avonmore 9-0, Jordan Younger led the way with an excellent hat-trick, Oran Dempsey and Alex Byrne both hit doubles with Zach Harris and Ruaidhri Kelly adding singles. The 12A’s recorded an excellent premier cup semi final win over Arklow Town when they won 2-1. Sam Brown was the hero of the hour when he plundered two goals to set his team up for a final appearance, well done to the whole squad and management team. Our 13A’s defeated St Anthonys 7-2, Scott Sheridan and Cian Ward scored two a piece while Paul Marah, Dylan Doyle and Craig Anderson all registered a goal each. One side not getting much luck lately is our under 14B team, this week they exited from the cup when they lost 3-2 after extra time to Aughrim Rangers, after giving it a hundred percent any bit of luck you would need in a cup game definitely didn’t come the lads way. Ryan Murphy was their scorer on the day hitting both goals.
On Sunday the under 9 green team turned in a good performance against Greystones Utd, Josh Butler, Oisin Denver, Brian McCaul, Adam Doyle and Charlie Czwalina were all on the score sheet for them. The under 9 white team played out a draw with Greystones Utd with Evan Conyard finding the net. The 12B’s are finding life in the premier grade tough at the moment, at the weekend they lost 7-0 to a very good Greystones outfit. Our 12C’s ran local neighbours Wicklow Town close before losing out 3-1 in a good team performance, Liam Hughes hit their goal. The 13B’s had an excellent win away to Greystones Utd in the semi final of the division 2 cup, two goals a piece from Tom O’Shea and Nedis Velindis guided them through to the final in a 4-2 victory. Well done to Stephen and his squad on making the final. Our under 15A’s had a fantastic victory away to Wolfe Tone winning 4-0, Eli Graham helped himself to a brace with Ciaran Coffey and Ronan Murray adding a goal each to gain them three welcomed points in the shield.
Congratulations to Anthony Earls who became our second Last Man Standing champion when he successfully predicted his way through ten rounds of our competition to claim the €500 prize fund. Going into the weekend we had three players remaining, Anthony selected Crystal Palace who defeated Sunderland 4-1. Unfortunately our two other players selected Spurs and West Brom and with both losing it meant Anthony was left as last man standing, once again well done Anthony. Once again the club would like to thank everyone who supported our competition and hopefully you join in our next competition which will start at the beginning of the new premiership season, once again thank you all for your continuous support.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ellen Whelan who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 19th APRIL 2015

On the senior front the first team made the long journey to Navan and came home with a share of the spoils when they played out a 1-1 draw with Parkvilla, Ian Brannigan hit his first goal of the season to earn them a point.
The seconds recorded a great win away to Valeview Shankill in the quarter final of the Tom Carroll cup, Rovers had the better of the first period and had many chances to put this game to bed early in play but didn’t avail of them with only Ciaran McGettigan’s strike been the difference between the sides at the break. The hosts came more into the game in the second half and put Rovers under a bit of pressure but the lads stood firm and then broke upfield with leading scorer Maurice Dunne scoring the all important second goal to see them progress to the semi final.
The under 17’s lost in the semi final of the cup at the hands of Arklow Utd, after ninety minutes of play the teams were all square and with extra time failing to separate the teams it all came down to the dreaded penalty shootout which the lads unluckily came out on the wrong side or a 7-6 score. In normal play Josh Browne and Hugh Humby were the scorers for Rovers.   
Midweek junior action saw the under 10B’s claim their second win of the season when they defeated Wolfe Tone 3-1, goals from Tom Quinn, Tom Phelan and Harry Tobin earned the lads a welcomed victory. The 11A’s are fast becoming the draw specialists as yet again they earned a share of the spoils when they drew 2-2 with Aughrim, Mark Hodgkinson and Jack Ryan scored their goals on the night.
At the weekend the under 8 green’s played some great football against St Anthonys, Steven Kavanagh and Finn Dunne hit the net for Rovers. The under 9 green team were among the goals on Sunday when they scored four away to Arklow Town, Charlie Czwalin hit a brace and Oisin Denver and Tom Donoghue notching one each.
Our 9 whites played out a tight game with St Anthonys with Eoin Kennedy nabbing their goal. The 10A’s went down to a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Arklow Town. Our 11A’s had a fantastic cup semi final win away to Arklow Town, finding themselves 2-0 down at the break they came roaring back in the second half slamming in three goals without reply to go on and book their spot in the final, Willoughby Woods, Conor Hunter and Mark Hodgkinson all nabbed one a piece in what was probably their best performance of the season, well done to all involved. Hard luck to our under 11B’s who narrowly lost in their semi final of the cup to Arklow Town, in what was a tight affair the game was decided by a solitary goal with the Town coming out on top. In shield action the under 12A’s had a close 2-1 win away to Roundwood, Daniel Dunne and Max Kearney scored their goals. The B’s were well beaten by Arklow Town A as they continue to struggle to come to terms in the higher grade. The 12C’s lost 8-1 to Enniskerry, Kyle Capilitan got the Rovers consolation goal and by all accounts it was a cracker. The 13B’s earned all three points in a 5-1 win over Greystones, two goals each from Tom O’Shea and Nedis Velindis and a single from Ewain Dwyer earned them all three points. The 14B’s were involved in a six goal thriller with Rathnew with the game ending up 3-3, Luke Whyte, Ryan Murphy and Luke Mooney fired home their goals in a good all round team performance. The 15A’s had a bad day at the office losing 3-0 at home to Avonmore. The 15B’s who are playing a year above their age group earned a good point in their shield drawing 2-2 with Arklow Town, Daniel Fitzsimons and Jack Colaluca hit their goals as they quickly adjust to life in the older age group.
The clubs soccer academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 till 12 on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates, the academy is open to kids from the age of three upwards who want to enjoy fun and games while learning the skills of football. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required as you can attend whatever weekends you can.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Sarah [Sanie] Roche who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she 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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 26th APRIL 2015

The first team travelled to take on title chasing Ballymun Utd, they lost out 3-1 with Chris Burgess scoring his seventeenth league goal of the season to make it eighteen in all competitions. With the season closing in the lads are perched in the safety region of mid table in the league.  
The second teams cup form has certainly deserted them in the league, on Monday night they lost 3-0 away to title favourites Clondalkin Celtic but with a bit of luck and better finishing on the night they could have snatched a point and on Saturday they travelled to take on another promotion contender in the shape of Drumcondra and came home empty handed when they lost out narrowly on a 1-0 score line. Lets hope they can recapture their cup form when they take on Pegasus/St James Athletic in the semi final of the Tom Carroll Cup this coming Saturday in the Whitegates. All support welcomed.
Hard luck to our under 14 girls who lost out narrowly to Mount Merrion in the final of the Carlton Hotel Cup, they gave it their all in a tight tussle and in cup finals every team needs that bit of luck which didn’t come their way, the Dublin outfit went on to win by the narrowest of margins winning the game 1-0. Sinead McGettigan and Amy Kavanagh starred in what was an excellent all round team performance. Rovers did have the consolation to see Sinead McGettigan pick up the player of the match award, well done Sinead and once again well done and hard luck girls.
In midweek action on the junior front the 10A’s went down 3-1 against Aughrim with Steven Gormley scoring their goal. The 12C lost heavily to St Anthonys with Kyle Capilitan notching their consolation goal. Team of the week must go to our under 14B team, they defeated Aughrim Rgrs 2-1 on Thursday night, incredibly they hadn’t won a game since September 2013 when they defeated St Fergals in a seven goal thriller, after a lot of near misses they finally got that well deserved elusive victory. A lot of credit has to go to the management team of Brendan Porter and Michael Galligan and their team who despite many bad days they turned out week after week for training and matches. This is what sport is all about, participation and enjoyment, this team and their coaches never gave up hail, rain or snow. On the day when the whole team gave it their all to gain an excellent win it was goal machine Ryan Murphy who nabbed both their goals. Once again well done to Brendan, Michael and the 14B’s. On Friday the 12B’s got their first point in the premier grade when they held Greystones Utd A to a 1-1 draw with Noah Sheridan getting their goal. The 12C’s lost out to Greystones Utd B.
On Saturday the under 8 green team lost out to Ashford Rovers, our 10A’s were involved in a high scoring thriller away to St Anthonys eventually winning out 6-4, Jack Noble hit his second hat-trick of the season to lead the way, Sam Culleton added two with Steven Gormley nabbing the other. The 12A’s kept up their pursuit of a place in the shield final with a 4-0 win over Rathnew, a brace a piece from Sam Brown and Fionn Luddy paved the way for three valuable points. The 13B’s are also in the hunt for a shield final spot and they recorded a good 3-1 home win over Enniskerry, Ewain Dwyer notched two goals with top scorer Tom O’Shea netting the other.
On Sunday the under 8 white team had a good win away to Arklow Utd, Sean Patrick Guerin hit the only goal of the game. The 10B’s made it back to back wins when they beat Aughrim Rgrs 3-1, Matthew Porter, Cormac Waldron and Tom Phelan all registered singles to give them an excellent win. The 13A’s lost out narrowly to neighbours Wicklow Town, Nathan Sullivan scored for Rovers but it was the Town who took the points in a 2-1 win. Our 14A team who are playing in the under 15 division 1 shield played out a high scoring draw with St Anthonys, Conor Byrne netted twice, Daniel Fitzsimons hit one to bring his seasons tally to thirty four with defender Ryan Corrigan adding the other. The 14B’s couldn’t make it two wins from two as they went down 4-0 to Wolfe Tone A.
The clubs soccer academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 till 12 on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates, the academy is open to kids from the age of three upwards who want to enjoy fun and games while learning the skills of football. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required as you can attend whatever weekends you can.

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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 3rd MAY 2015

Well done to Anto, Jack and the second team on their success in the semi final of the Tom Carroll cup defeating Pegasus/St James Athletic four goals to two, in a tight first half the teams went in a the break all square at 1-1 with nothing separating the sides, the away side came out and dominated the early exchanges in the second period and were rewarded with an excellent strike to go 2-1 up. Rovers huffed and puffed and didn’t look like breaking down a resolute away defence, but just when things didn’t look like they were going to go the lads way they hit a purple patch with three in the last sixteen minutes to claim their spot in the final. Thanks to all who came out to support the lads despite the atrocious conditions, your support was very appreciated by the team and the club, we hope to see you all again for the final and maybe even a few more within the club might come out to support the lads. Keep an eye on the club notes in the local press and on the club facebook page for details regarding the cup final as soon as it’s confirmed. Once again well done to all involved in this success and the best of luck in the final.  
On a week when the junior end of things on the playing field was curtailed somewhat due to the bank holiday weekend, we did see a limited number of games been played. In midweek action our under 10B's who have been making great progress in recent weeks lost narrowly 1-0 to St Patricks, this little side were losing heavily in games in the first half of the season but they have shown great improvement in recent weeks,
winning back to back games before this narrow defeat to a good St Patricks side. Well done lads, keep up the good work. The 11A's defeated Aughrim Rangers 7-0, Tom Hodgkinson and Willoughby Woods led the scoring charts with two a piece, Mark Hodgkinson, Conor Hunter and Luke Dunne all registered singles to complete the scoring. The 12A's and 12B's were involved in an inter club derby on Monday with the A's coming out on top 10-2. Connor Lewins led the way with a hat-trick, Max Kearney, Sam Brown and Samuel Bishop all helped themselves to a brace each with Mark O'Brien notching one. Conor Leonard scored for the B's with the second coming in the form of an own goal. The 12A's were in action again on Wednesday night, this time they came out the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline away to old foes Arklow Town. In a tight game that could have went either way Max Kearney got their only goal. The 12C's lost 5-1 to Coolboy Rangers, the Rovers consolation goal came from Kyle Capilitan to make it three goals in four games for Kyle. The 12B’s bounced back from their defeat against their club counterparts to defeat their nearest challengers Roundwood to claim the division one league title on Friday night, they defeated Roundwood 6-2 to ensure the trophy was winging its way to the Whitegates. Two goals from top scorer Noah Sheridan and singles from James Hamilton, Scott Bushe, Connor Leonard and Luke Horan gained them an excellent win to claim the silverware. They claimed the title with two games to spare, their record read played 10; won 9; drew 1 and lost none. They scored 55 goals and conceded 15 and their points totalled 28. Congratulations to Rob, Colm and the under 12B team on their success.
On Sunday the under 14A’s playing in the under 15 division 1 shield defeated Arklow Town B 5-1, Kennedy cup squad player Daniel Fitzsimons hit his fourth hat-trick of the season to lay the foundations for this win, incredibly Daniel’s hat-tricks were 6 goals against Little Bray Utd, 5 goals against Arklow Town B, 4 strikes against Avonmore and now this 3 goals against Arklow Town to contribute to his season’s tally of 37 to date. Hot on Daniel’s heels in this game was Sean Leonard who fired home two goals to give the lads a well deserved win in a good all round team performance. The 14B’s lost 3-2 away to Aughrim, Luke Whyte hit his fifth of the season with Ciaran Byrne nabbing his second of the campaign in this narrow defeat.
The clubs soccer academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 till 12 on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates, the academy is open to kids from the age of three upwards who want to enjoy fun and games while learning the skills of football. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required as you can attend whatever weekends you can.

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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 10th MAY 2015

The first teams season is now petering out, they suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat away to Templeogue United, after falling behind the lads equalised with a superb Greg Dunne overhead kick. The lads controlled the game for long periods but couldn’t turn their possession into goals and then they leaked a soft goal to go down to a disappointing defeat.
The under 17’s took on local rivals in the shape of Rathnew’s under 19’s, the lads lost out 4-2 to a physically bigger Rathnew team, even though there was a year or two in age difference the lads gave a good account of themselves twice coming from behind to draw level before eventually losing out, Angel Gomez and Hugh Humby hit the Rovers goals.
The junior action kicked off last week on Monday with the under 14 girls having a resounding 9-1 victory away to Enniskerry, the prolific Niamh Caffrey fired home a stunning five goals with Sinead McGettigan hot on her heels with a hat-trick, Holly McSorley completed the scoring with a single. On Tuesday the under 15B team recorded a fine 5-2 victory over Greystones Utd, the highlight of this game was an excellent four goal haul from Daniel Fitzsimons who now has hit the back of the net in ten successive games to continue his hot streak in front of goal. Conor Byrne scored the other goal to keep the lads in the hunt for a top two spot in the shied. On Thursday both under 10 teams were in action, the A's defeated local neighbors Wicklow Town 3-0, Charlie Phelan scored two and Peter Dunne notched a single in a good all round team performance. A special mention goes to Jack Noble who provided two assists and Steven Gormley who assisted with the third goal. The B's went down 6-1 to a strong Ashford side, they gave it their all with Kacper Lepek scoring their consolation goal.
On Saturday the under 12A’s and B’s came together for an inter club derby with the A’s winning out 5-0, Max Kearney hit two with Fionn Luddy, Samuel Bishop and Adam O’Reilly scoring one each in what was a good sporting game between the club mates.
Sunday’s action saw the under 8 green team go down to Arklow United greens, Deon Fielding and Johnny Byrne both scored their first goals of the season. The under 8 whites had a good win over Ashford Rovers blue team, Shane O’Neill, Cillian Czwalina and Sean Patrick Guerin nabbed the goals for the whites. The under 9 green team lost narrowly in a five goal thriller to Greystones Utd, Liam Burke and Georgie O’Neill hit the Rovers goals in an exciting encounter. Our 10A’s had a good 5-3 win over Wolfe Tone A, Charlie Phelan scored a brace for the second game running, Steven Gormley, Jack Noble and Sam Culleton all added singles. The 14B’s lost 4-0 away to a good Wolfe Tone A side, with a bit of luck on their side this game could have been a lot closer. The under 15B’s [really our 14A’s] kept their good run going with a 7-2 win over St Anthonys, the goal machine that is Daniel Fitzsimons just can’t do anything wrong in front of goal, his seventh hat-trick of the season means he now has scored in eleven successive games to bring his total for the season to 44 goals, Sean Farrell hit two with Conor Byrne and Tristan O’Toole both scoring one each.
The club are constantly on the look out for new blood on the committee, rather than criticize and knock everything that's done why not come along and join the committee and help out with the running of your club. It's all too easy to sit back and knock people who volunteer to give up their time to provide the facilities and help with the running of your club. The opportunity is there at all times for people to step forward to help out with the running of the club so before you knock the people that are running your club think of the amount of time these people are giving to help run it as best possible and who knows maybe someone out there who comes forward and volunteers their services could have ideas that would bring the club forward to the next level. Look forward to hearing from anyone interested in helping out the club, all committee details can be viewed on the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com
Congratulations and hard luck to Newtown United who lost out to Bohemians in the Carlisle Grounds on Sunday. For a long time they matched their higher ranked opponents and they can be so proud of their achievements in this seasons Leinster Senior cup. You done your club and county proud, once again well done to everyone involved.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 17th MAY 2015

The second team had a good 3-2 away win over Tymon Celtic, Ciaran McGettigan netted twice with leading scorer Maurice Dunne hitting the third. Everyone at the club would like to wish our second team the best of luck in the Tom Carroll cup final this coming Friday night, the match take place in Stradbrook home of TEK Utd with a 7 pm kick off. All support for the lads would be welcomed.
The youths had a great win over league champions Arklow Utd defeating them 4-0, Alan Power fired home two goals with his brother Jamie notching his first of the season, Hugh Humby completed the scoring to give them an excellent win.
In midweek action last week the under 10A's suffered a 3-0 away defeat to a very good Arklow Town side, the only difference between the sides was that Arklow were more clinical in front of goal. The 10B's continued their recent good form of late with a 2-0 win over St Patricks, Kacper Lepek scored both goals to make it three in two games for him in what was a good all round team performance. Our 11A's warmed up for their premier cup final with a narrow 2-1 defeat against Arklow Town, Mark Hodgkinson notched his fifteenth goal of the season. The 11B's stormed into the shield final when they beat Greystones Utd 6-1, a fifth hat-trick of the campaign from Jordan Younger as he netted four goals and a brace from Oran Dempsey secured their spot in the final, well done to Jason, Tommy and the lads. Team of the week goes to the under 12C's, all season they have been looking for that elusive first win and it came during the week, this young team made up of under 11's and 12's showed their commitment by turning out week in, week out despite some bad defeats. On Wednesday they got that win against local neighbours Wicklow Town winning a very sporting game 2-1. On a night full of little stars it was top scorer Kyle Capilitan who provided both goals for this very good win, well done to David and the whole squad. The 13B's lost narrowly to Arklow Town by a score of 2-1, Nedis Velindis scored the goal but despite this defeat the lads destiny regarding a place in the shield final is still very much in their own hands. Our 14A's secured their place in the final of the combined cup with a comfortable 5-1 win over Avonmore, two from Sean Leonard and singles from Daniel Fitzsimons, Shane Lincoln and Sean Farrell ensures they remain on course for a treble with the league title already in the bag.
Saturdays action saw the under 8 greens involved in a tight tussle with St Anthonys greens, unfortunately we had no goalscorers on the day, the under 12A’s guaranteed their place in the shield final with a 4-2 win over their nearest rivals Greystones Utd for the second spot, goals from Sam Brown, Max Kearney, Fionn Luddy and Samuel Bishop saw them safely into the final. The 12B’s drew 2-2 away to Roundwood, Noah Sheridan made it twenty for the season with Luke Horan scoring the other.
On Sunday the under 8 white team played out exciting draw with Arklow Town whites, Sean Patrick Guerin scored both goals. The 9 greens put in an excellent display against Arklow Town black team, Liam Burke, Brian McCaul and Josh Butler all scored a goal a piece. The 10A’s went down to a disappointing 5-0 defeat to St Anthonys, a bad day at the office for the lads. The 10B’s gave a spirited display in defeat losing 5-2 to Wolfe Tone, Tom Quinn and Aaron Kavanagh were on the score sheet. Our 11B’s who have already secured their final spot drew 1-1 with St Anthonys, Fionn O’Higgins notched their goal. The 14B’s lost 4-2 to Roundwood in a game where the lads could have got something from with a bit of luck. Goal machine Ryan Murphy scored both goals. The 15A’s kept their hopes of a final place alive when they defeated Ashford Rovs 3-1, Luca Rampersaud, Stuart Cox and Ronan Murray all hit the net in a very important win. The 15B’s secured their place in the division 1 final when they gained the point they required in a 2-2 draw with Greystones Utd, Daniel Fitzsimons and Jack Colaluca scored the crucial goals to book their place in the final, well done John, Matt, Jamie and the lads. Finally we would like to wish our 11A’s the best of luck in their premier cup final against St Anthonys next weekend, keep an eye on the club website and facebook page for more details, good luck Colin, Jenny and the lads.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July, week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 24th MAY 2015

The first team lost 4-2 to league champions Portmarnock, they more than matched their opponents and really should have got something from the game, some of the referee’s decisions were a little baffling. Chris Burgess topped off a fine display with two goals, Karl O’Rourke and Byran Doyle also stood out in a good team performance.
The second team defeated promoted Drumcondra on Monday night, goals from Ciaran McGettigan, Maurice Dunne and Kevin Coady saw them get the ideal warm up to their Tom Carroll cup final. In that Carroll cup final lady luck was no where to be seen on the Rovers side, during normal play Rovers were far the superior team and if they had a small slice of luck they would have brought the cup home. Liam Kavanagh struck a thunderbolt of a shot from twenty five yards that rattled the upright when it seemed the ball was destined for the top right hand corner. Mark Delaney saw his effort well saved while Ciaran McGettigan and Maurice Dunne both went close. With a minute left on the clock in extra time we were awarded a penalty, which we failed to convert and it was on to the dreaded penalty shootout which unfortunately we lost 6-5, we led 2-1 and 3-2 before our deciding spot kick came thundering back off the bar, on to sudden death and luck evaded us again here. After a couple of successful penalties each the deciding moment came when one of Leicester’s spot kick hit the post and rebounded off the back of the unlucky Gary Browne and back over the line. The best team definitely didn’t win on this occasion, you done your club proud, well done Anto, Jack and the lads. Also well done to Mark Delaney who picked up the man of the match award.
The newly formed ladies team got their DWSL season off to a flyer with an excellent 4-2 away victory over Greenhills FC, Rachel Bolger was the heroine of the hour with a clinical hat-trick, Elaine Whelan fired home the fourth goal in a good all round team performance, good luck for the season girls.
The under 17's defeated Aughrim Rgrs 3-1 as their season nears an end, Josh Browne, Kevin O'Halloran and Alan Power scored the goals in this midweek win. On Saturday the lads had a comfortable win over local neighbours Wicklow Town winning 8-3, Hugh Humby smashed home an excellent hat-trick, Alan Power scored two with Josh Browne and Kevin O’Halloran scoring one a piece, the eighth came in the shape of an own goal.
In midweek action on the junior front the under 8 green team played out an exciting match with Arklow Utd greens, Rovers turned in an impressive performance, Finn Dunne and Sonny McHale scored their goals with Alfie Doyle and Joe Culleton standing out in a good team performance. Our 10A's completed their season with a fine 3-0 win over Ashford Rovs, Charlie Phelan scored two with Jack Noble notching the third. Sam Culleton provided two assists with one assist coming from Sam Christie, another highlight was a superb penalty save from Rory Hennessey. The under 12B's had a bad day at the office losing 8-0 to a strong Greystones Utd team. Our 13B's lost narrowly to Shamrock Bhoys on a score of 2-1 with Nathan Sullivan getting their goal. The 13B's were involved in a six goal thriller with Avonmore drawing 3-3, Jacob Byrne, Max Kearney and Charlie Christie hit the back of the net. Our 14B's lost 5-3 to Arklow Town, after six doubles in games this season Ryan Murphy finally got that hat-trick to take his season total to nineteen. The under 15B's drew 1-1 with St Patricks, Kennedy cup player Jack Colaluca nabbed the goal.
Weekend action saw the under 8 whites put in a good performance away to Greystones Utd, Evan Conyard scored their goal. The under 13B’s lost 2-1 to Enniskerry in the final of the under 13 division 2 cup, Tom O’Shea scored their goal. Well done to Stephen, David and the lads for reaching the final and unlucky on the day.
On Sunday the under 11A’s were unlucky in their cup final losing 2-1 on penalties, they were leading 2-1 in normal time when St Anthonys levelled deep into injury time to send the game to extra time and then onto the dreaded penalty shootout. The Rovers goals came from Mark Hodgkinson and Conor Hunter. Hard luck lads, well done Colin, Jenny and the team on getting to the final and coming so close to winning the cup. The 12A’s claimed the premier cup when they defeated Greystones Utd in their own backyard winning 5-0, a brace a piece from David Lally and Adam O’Reilly and one from Sam Brown accounted for their goals. Congratulations to Mick, Jerry and the team on their success. The 12C’s gave a spirited display in defeat when they lost 5-0 to Enniskerry. The 14B’s lost 5-2 away to Roundwood with Ryan Murphy and Luke Whyte nabbing their goals.
For information on the open training sessions for small sided teams and for trials for the 11 a side teams for the 2015/16 season please check the club website. Also the summer camp details can be got on the club website. For all details check our website at
www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 31st MAY 2015

Well the season is nearing an end now regards the playing end of things for the seniors and the schoolboys/girls. The first team ended their season with an excellent 6-1 away win over Confey FC, Chris Burgess made it 23 for the season with a fantastic hat-trick, Cian O’Hainaigh scored his first goals of the campaign with a brace with goalkeeper Arthur Delahunt who played outfield completing the scoring. The midfield five for Rovers saw no less than three very young men in the middle, Liam Kavanagh. Bryan Doyle and Alan Power who on his debut earned the man of the match accolade were all outstanding. The whole team put in a great shift and their commitment to the game was excellent. The second team took on Celbridge Town at the Whitegates and it was a typical end of season game with them losing out narrowly on a 1-0 scoreline, there was very little between the sides with the away side earning the win that keeps them up.
Midweek saw the under 11A team sign of their campaign with an excellent 7-3 win over Ashford Rovers A in the Hockey Pitch, this young team showed great character to bounce back from their penalty shootout defeat in the cup final to finish with an impressive win. Tom Hodgkinson claimed a hat-trick with Tiernan O'Brien, Jack Ryan, Conor Hunter and Callum Gibney all netting one each in what was a very impressive display. The 12C's suffered an 8-0 defeat to Arklow Town, a lot of this team are playing a year above themselves and even though they gave it their all they couldn't match the physically bigger Arklow team. Our 13A's were involved in a high scoring match with Greystones Utd, Paul Marah, Nathan Sullivan and Jamie Noble were on the score sheet for Rovers in a 7-3 defeat. Another high scoring game during the week saw our under 15A team lose 6-4 to Arklow Town in a thriller. Ronan Murray, Stuart Cox, Stephen Finlay and Patrick O'Keane all hit the back of the net in what was a fantastic advert for football.
We had three shield finals on Sunday, the under 11B’s won the division 3 shield when they defeated Arklow Town 4-0, Oran Dempsey nabbed a brace, Jordan Younger and Zach Harris scored one each. Well done to Jason Harris, Tom Dempsey, Matt Byrne and the team on their success. The under 13B’s won the division 2 shield when they defeated Enniskerry 6-1, Charlie Christie scored two, Tom O’Shea, Connor Lewins, Max Kearney and Jacob Byrne all notched one each, well done to Stephen, David and the lads on bouncing back from last weeks disappointment to win the shield. The under 14A’s were unlucky to lose 3-1 to St Patricks in the under 15 division 1 shield final, Conor Byrne gave them the lead but St Patricks hit back with three goals to run out winners, well done to John, Matt, Jamie and the lads on reaching the final playing a year above themselves.  
One team that's not nearing an end to their season is the senior ladies who have just started their season, in their first game they won away to Greenhills, they followed that up with a 1-1 home draw with a very good Booth Road Celtic team, in fairness the girls were more than a match for their opponents. After falling 1-0 behind they battled back to earn a share of the spoils when Louise Johnson scored a deserved equaliser. So after two games they have four points and are showing they have the potential to do very well.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10 th July, week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com
For information on the open training sessions for small sided teams and for trials for the 11 a side teams for the 2015/16 season please check the club website. For all details check our website at
www.wicklowrovers.com
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Andrew Graham who sadly passed away recently, Andrew's son Eli is a member of our under 15A team, our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew's wife Christine and his children Eli and Ruben and all his family and friends at this sad time, may he rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 7th JUNE 2015

Last week we saw just the three games down for decision, first up was the under 14A’s who were looking to add the combined cup to their league title, they didn’t get off to a good start against Ashford Rovers falling one behind early on as Ashford made the early running and were good value for their 1-0 lead at the break. The second half was a different story as the Rovers of Wicklow came out all guns blazing. Sean Leonard drew them level when he fired a free kick into the roof of the net. One man you can’t keep out of the goals and that’s Daniel Fitzsimons, he helped himself to a brace to bring his total to 48 for the season and to secure victory for the lads. Congratulations to John, Matt, Jamie and the lads on your success. The under 12A’s took on arch rivals Arklow Town A in the final of the Premier shield on Wednesday night and as in most previous tussles this proved to be a closely fought encounter. Unfortunately for the lads they came out the wrong end of a 1-0 score line. It proved to be a cagey tight encounter with defences generally on top through out the game. Arklow nabbed their winner early in the second period and try that they did Rovers couldn’t break down a resolute Arklow rearguard. On the night Ryan Delamere was excellent in the Rovers defence, the lads have had a great season winning the Premier cup and getting runners up in the league and shield with the combined cup still to play for at the time of writing. On Friday the under 13A’s exited the combined cup at the quarter final stage when they lost 2-1 away to Greystones Utd, the lads turned in a great performance in defeat and were unlucky not to get through, Scott Sheridan notched the Rovers goal.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July, week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com
For information on the open training sessions for small sided teams and for trials for the 11 a side teams for the 2015/16 season please check the club website or the club facebook page. For all details check our website at
www.wicklowrovers.com
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 ot privately message the club facebook page.
The following is a list of club gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Adult €12; Tracksuit-Junior €50, Adult €60; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Adult €28; Tshirt-Junior €20, Adult €26; Rain jacket-Junior €34, Adult €42; Hoodie-Junior €24, Adult €30; Sweat Top-Junior €29, Adult €35; ¼ Zip Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €45; Zipped Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €40; Zipped Training Top with Hood-Junior €37, Adult €40; Performance Pants-Junior €25, Adult €30; ¾ Shorts-Junior €23, Adult €29; Rain Pants-Junior €20, Adult €27; Coaches Jackets-Adult €70. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested. All enquires for club gear should be made to Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911.

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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 14th JUNE 2015

Our senior ladies team continued their good start to the season, last week they drew 2-2 with Ballyfermot United at the Whitegates but it could have been a lot better. The girls raced into a two goal lead with leading scorer Rachel Bolger hitting the net to put them in front, Charmaine Higgins added the second to stretch their lead and at this stage of the game it was all Rovers. Credit to the away side they gradually gained a foothold in the game and clawed their way back to square the match at 2-2. Rovers had a great chance three minutes from time to claim all three points when they were awarded a penalty, unfortunately for the girls the Ballyfermot net minder pulled off a great save from the spot kick. On the night Saoirse O’Reilly, Hannah Cox and Alicia O’Rourke stood out in a good all round team performance. This result means the girls remain unbeaten with one win and two draws from their first three games.
The last junior game of the season was played last Tuesday night when the under 12A’s captured the under 12 Combined cup defeating Greystones United 3-1 in the Woodlands. The lads fell one behind early on in play but this didn’t deter them from playing their normal passing game, they drew level when Fionn Luddy finished off a good six man move. The second period saw Max Kearney moved up into a more forward role and this proved to be a masterstroke as four minutes into the second half he put Rovers in front. It got even better five minutes later when Max Kearney got his second and Rovers third when he slotted home a Samuel Bishop cross after good work from Adam O’Reilly and Ryan Kavanagh on the left wing. On the night Paul Haskins and Ryan Delamere were excellent in the Rovers defence. Rovers saw out the rest of the game to add the Combined cup to the Premier cup they won a couple of weeks a go. They also finished runners up in the Premier league and shield, congratulations to Mick, Jerry and the lads on a fantastic season.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July, week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com
For information on the open training sessions for small sided teams and for trials for the 11 a side teams for the 2015/16 season please check the club website or the club facebook page. For all details check our website at
lt www.wicklowrovers.com
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 ot privately message the club facebook page.

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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 21st JUNE 2015

Our senior ladies team lost their unbeaten record last week when they went down 4-1 to a very good Brookfield team, Charmaine Higgins scored her second goal of the season to net for Rovers. The girls battled right to the end against a very tough side.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July, week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com
The club’s annual senior awards takes place upstairs in Ernies on Saturday the 11th of July, there is no cover charge and all senior members of the club are welcomed to attend. The hall of fame, club merit and young person of the year awards will be presented on the night as well as the senior player of the year awards.
For information on the open training sessions for small sided teams and for trials for the 11 a side teams for the 2015/16 season please check the club website or the club facebook page. For all details check our website at
lt www.wicklowrovers.com
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
It has been noticed recently that people are messing on club grounds, interfering with club property and taking equipment from our pitches. Any equipment on our grounds at the Hockey pitch, the Whitegates and the Rocky Road has not to be removed unless permission has been granted by the club. Please do not remove goalposts or any equipment.
The following is a list of club gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Adult €12; Tracksuit-Junior €50, Adult €60; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Adult €28; Tshirt-Junior €20, Adult €26; Rain jacket-Junior €34, Adult €42; Hoodie-Junior €24, Adult €30; Sweat Top-Junior €29, Adult €35; ¼ Zip Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €45; Zipped Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €40; Zipped Training Top with Hood-Junior €37, Adult €40; Performance Pants-Junior €25, Adult €30; ¾ Shorts-Junior €23, Adult €29; Rain Pants-Junior €20, Adult €27; Coaches Jackets-Adult €70. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested. All enquires for club gear should be made to Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911.

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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 29th JUNE 2015

Last Monday the ladies senior team lost 11-3 away to a strong Leixlip team in the league. The goal scorers on the night were Louise Healy, Rachel Bolger and Nicole Hubbard. They were in action again on Thursday in the cup at home to St Mary's in a tight encounter the match finished 3-3 and rovers winning on penalties, goal scorers Rachel Bolger 2, Alicia O'Rourke.The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10 th July, week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The club’s annual senior awards takes place upstairs in Ernies on Saturday the 11th of July, there is no cover charge and all senior members of the club are welcomed to attend. The hall of fame, club merit and young person of the year awards will be presented on the night as well as the senior player of the year awards.
For information on the open training sessions for small sided teams and for trials for the 11 a side teams for the 2015/16 season please check the club website or the club facebook page. For all details check our website at
lt www.wicklowrovers.com
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
It has been noticed recently that people are messing on club grounds, interfering with club property and taking equipment from our pitches. Any equipment on our grounds at the Hockey pitch, the Whitegates and the Rocky Road has not to be removed unless permission has been granted by the club. Please do not remove goalposts or any equipment.
The following is a list of club gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Adult €12; Tracksuit-Junior €50, Adult €60; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Adult €28; Tshirt-Junior €20, Adult €26; Rain jacket-Junior €34, Adult €42; Hoodie-Junior €24, Adult €30; Sweat Top-Junior €29, Adult €35; ¼ Zip Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €45; Zipped Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €40; Zipped Training Top with Hood-Junior €37, Adult €40; Performance Pants-Junior €25, Adult €30; ¾ Shorts-Junior €23, Adult €29; Rain Pants-Junior €20, Adult €27; Coaches Jackets-Adult €70. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested. All enquires for club gear should be made to Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911.
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

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th JULY 2015

Our senior ladies team recorded an excellent win over St Marys in the Rocky Road last week winning 6-3 in a nine goal thriller. The prolific Rachel Bolger led the way with a fantastic four goal haul to bring her total to eleven for the campaign so far. Charmaine Higgins scored her third of the season while Hannah Cox fired home her first of the season to help them to an excellent victory. On the night Rachel Bolger, Hannah Cox and Anne O’Neill stood out for Rovers.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10 th July [This week is at the midway point at the time of writing], week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com
The club’s annual senior awards night takes place upstairs in Ernies on Saturday the 11th of July, there is no cover charge and all senior members of the club are welcomed to attend. The hall of fame, club merit and young person of the year awards will be presented on the night as well as the senior player of the year awards.
The open training sessions for under 8 teams [players born in 2008/2009] for the 2015/16 season will take place in the Whitegates on Tuesday the 14th of July, the session will run from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. All players are welcomed
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
The following is a list of club gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Adult €12; Tracksuit-Junior €50, Adult €60; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Adult €28; Tshirt-Junior €20, Adult €26; Rain jacket-Junior €34, Adult €42; Hoodie-Junior €24, Adult €30; Sweat Top-Junior €29, Adult €35; ¼ Zip Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €45; Zipped Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €40; Zipped Training Top with Hood-Junior €37, Adult €40; Performance Pants-Junior €25, Adult €30; ¾ Shorts-Junior €23, Adult €29; Rain Pants-Junior €20, Adult €27; Coaches Jackets-Adult €70. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested. All enquires for club gear should be made to Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Una Townsend nee Doyle [Kildavin, County Carlow] who sadly passed away recently, Una’s sister Trish and brother in law Brian O’Connor have been involved with our club for years, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she 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

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th JULY 2015

The clubs annual awards night took place in Ernies last Saturday, first award up was the ‘club young person of the year’. This year’s recipient was Alan Power who earned his award for his coaching with the young kids within the club, Alan was a very popular recipient of the award and received a rousing round of applause when presented with his award from Willie O’Brien. Colin O’Brien received the ‘club merit award’ from club chairman John Frazer, Colin did a lot of work with the Sports and Development committee over the last few years, he has also helped to organise the open training sessions and the eleven a side trials over the years. On top of all his Sports and Development work he takes time to manage and coach his own team and help out in many other ways. Congratulations to both Alan and Colin. Up next was our ‘Hall of Fame Awards’, over recent years all our founder members were inducted into the clubs Hall of Fame, but as the saying goes behind every good man there’s a good woman and it was no different way back in the days when the club was founded. Back then the club had a seven strong ladies committee who looked after all the fundraising for the club, they also looked after the club gear, a presentation of flowers was made to three ladies who were present on the night, Collette Murphy, Sheila Loughlin and Maeve McVeigh were all inducted into the clubs Hall of Fame with Jason Harris, Johnny Dunne and Paul Delaney making the presentation. Sadly the remaining four ladies of the committee are not with us today, Roseleen Earls, Serena Dunne, Eileen Dunne and Aileen Doyle sadly passed away over the years, the club honoured their memories by inducting them into our Hall of Fame with club committee members joining family and friends on Sunday to place flowers on their graves in Rathnew and Barndarrig cemeteries. To Collette, Sheila, Maeve, Roseleen, Serena, Eileen and Aileen we thank you very much for the part you all played in the formation of our club. The youths were then presented with their WDFL youth league and WH Scott runners up medals. Next up was the individual player of the year awards, Jamie Power made it a good night for the Power family when he picked up the youths award, Jamie was consistent through out the season, his commitment was second to none and led by example on and off the pitch. The Saturday senior team award went to Mark Delaney, Mark was a tower of strength for the team playing in defence, midfield and attack and always performing well no matter what position he played in. His performance in the Carroll cup final was a ten out of ten performance, which earned him the man of the match award, Mark would be a great example for the younger players in the club. Then it was the Intermediate managers player of the year and this year it was Ian Brannigan who received the award, Ian played at left full or on the left wing. He never let his team down turning out every week and consistently turning in good performances, his commitment to training was excellent and was further proof of his dedication to his sport and his team. Chris Burgess picked up the players ‘player of the year’ award, Chris ended the season as top goalscorer with 23 goals and seemed to get stronger as the season went on. The last presentation was made by Rob Free when he presented the Rory Attley Trophy to youths player of the year Jamie Power, this trophy was donated by the Attley family in memory of Rory who played all his schoolboy football for our club and Jamie was a well deserved recipient. A big thank you to Paul Delaney, John Frazer and Johnny Dunne who helped to organise the night. Thanks to Willie, Rob, Paul, John, Johnny and Jason who made the presentations. Also thanks to Franny Copeland who has worked tirelessly through out the season but couldn’t make it on the night. Thanks to all who attended on the night, it was great to see so many people there, it was great to see the senior ladies team represented, thanks girls. Once again congratulations to all our award recipients and thanks to everyone who attended.     
The club are currently seeking players for our under 11 age group, if you have a child born in 2005 and they are interested in playing football for Wicklow Rovers please contact Gerry Gibney at 085-1210268 or by emailing
lt ggibney@gmail.com Alternatively you can contact any committee member.
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

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 19th JULY 2015

Our annual summer camps came to an end last week, both weeks of the camp got off to a bad start with Monday of both weeks been very wet but this didn’t deter the youngsters coming out to take part. In truth the weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and participation of the kids with in excess of 180 kids taking part over the two weeks. Everyone had a great time even the bigger children [the coaches], in general apart from the first day of each week the weather was good and this allowed the kids to display their skills, there were quite a few potential Messi’s, Ronaldo’s, Costa’s and even one or two future Shay Given’s displaying their talents. All in all everyone had a great time. The club would like to thank all the kids and their parents for their continuous support and a big thanks to all our coaches for all their help.

The club have decided to run another Soccer/Fun Camp due to demand. The camp will take place from Monday 17th August to Friday 21st August running from 10 am to 2 pm daily. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. The camp is open to boys and girls aged from 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45, to register please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member to book your place or you can message us on the club Facebook page.
The senior ladies team were disappointed last week when their opponents Greenhills FC failed to turn up, the most disappointing thing about all this is when teams don’t give you enough notice that their not travelling, a lot of organising goes into preparing your team on match day, getting gear ready, making sure you have a full squad which sometimes means at times players have to get time off work or change their shifts around and having your team at the pitch togged out and ready to go on time and then the dreaded call to say your opponents are not travelling comes along. This is very disappointing because when players prepare for games they like to play them, not receive walkovers.
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
The club are currently seeking players for our under 11 age group [Born 2005] and our under 13C team [Born 2003], if you have a child born in 2005 and they are interested in playing football for Wicklow Rovers at the under 11 age group please contact Gerry Gibney at 085-1210268 or by emailing
ggibney@gmail.com
If you are born in 2003 and want to play on our under 13C team please contact Rob Free at 085-8153424.  Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club on our Facebook page.
The following is a list of club gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Adult €12; Tracksuit-Junior €50, Adult €60; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Adult €28; Tshirt-Junior €20, Adult €26; Rain jacket-Junior €34, Adult €42; Hoodie-Junior €24, Adult €30; Sweat Top-Junior €29, Adult €35; ¼ Zip Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €45; Zipped Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €40; Zipped Training Top with Hood-Junior €37, Adult €40; Performance Pants-Junior €25, Adult €30; ¾ Shorts-Junior €23, Adult €29; Rain Pants-Junior €20, Adult €27; Coaches Jackets-Adult €70. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested. All enquires for club gear should be made to Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911.
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

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 26th JULY 2015  

Our senior ladies team played two matches during the week and unfortunately the girls lost two high scoring entertaining games. Firstly on Monday night they lost 6-3 away to Booth Road Celtic, Hannah Cox notched two goals and Rachel Bolger scored the other. On Wednesday night they lost by the same score line away to Terenure, on this occasion top scorer Rachel Bolger hit a brace to make it fourteen for the season with Louise Healy nabbing a single for her second of the campaign.
The senior end of the club have resumed training. The club are currently seeking players interested in playing intermediate football or Saturday football, both senior teams ply their trade in the Leinster Senior League. Any players interested in playing on either of our senior sides should contact Pat Ffrench at 086-6005547 (Intermediate) or Anto Doran at 086-0309576 (LSL Saturday).
The club have decided to run another Soccer/Fun Camp due to demand. The camp will take place from Monday 17th August to Friday 21st August running from 10 am to 2 pm daily. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. The camp is open to boys and girls aged from 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45, to register please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member to book your place or you can message us on the club Facebook page.
Our Last Man Standing competition will resume soon, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. More details will appear here and on our club website and Facebook page soon.
The club are looking to set up a fundraising sub-committee, as we have a small executive committee it is not possible for this small group of people to carry out everything regards the running of the club. These people are at their maximum capacity regards work they are doing for the club. We would ask new people to put themselves forward and come onto this very important sub-committee to help our club make the progress we all would like to see. If you are interested in helping your club out please contact any committee member so we can put your name forward. Remember just don’t assume someone else is going to do it, come along and help your club.  
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
The club are currently seeking players for our under 13C team [Born 2003], if you are born in 2003 and want to play on our under 13C team please contact Rob Free at 085-8153424.  Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club on our Facebook page.
The following is a list of club gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Adult €12; Tracksuit-Junior €50, Adult €60; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Adult €28; Tshirt-Junior €20, Adult €26; Rain jacket-Junior €34, Adult €42; Hoodie-Junior €24, Adult €30; Sweat Top-Junior €29, Adult €35; ¼ Zip Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €45; Zipped Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €40; Zipped Training Top with Hood-Junior €37, Adult €40; Performance Pants-Junior €25, Adult €30; ¾ Shorts-Junior €23, Adult €29; Rain Pants-Junior €20, Adult €27; Coaches Jackets-Adult €70. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested. All enquires for club gear should be made to Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911.
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

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 2nd AUGUST 2015

Our senior ladies team recorded an impressive win away to Ballyfermot United last week, the girls returned to Wicklow with an excellent 5-1 win. What made this victory even more impressive was the fact that these two sides battled out a 2-2 draw at the Whitegates earlier in the campaign. Goal machine Rachel Bolger smashed home an incredible four goals to take her season’s tally to eighteen. Saoirse O’Reilly junior fired in a single to complete the scoring. On the night the lethal Rachel Bolger along with Saoirse O’Reilly senior and Alicia O’Rourke stood out for Rovers. Well done girls.
The senior teams in the club have resumed training. The club are currently seeking players interested in playing intermediate football or Saturday football, both senior teams ply their trade in the Leinster Senior League. Any players interested in playing on either of our senior sides should contact Pat Ffrench at 086-6005547 (Intermediate) or Anto Doran at 086-0309576 (LSL Saturday).
The clubs under 13C team and under 15 team are currently seeking a couple of players, if you were born in 2003 and are interested in playing with our under 13C team please contact Rob Free at 085-8153424.  Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club on our Facebook page. The under 15 team [Born 2001] are also on the look out for a couple of players, they are also looking for a goalkeeper or anyone interested in playing in goal. Anyone interested in playing in the under 15 age group should contact Brendan Porter at 086-2173174.
The club have decided to run another Soccer/Fun Camp due to demand. The camp will take place from Monday 17th August to Friday 21st August running from 10 am to 2 pm daily. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. The camp is open to boys and girls aged from 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45, to register please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member to book your place or you can message us on the club Facebook page.
Our Last Man Standing competition will resume soon, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. More details will appear here and on our club website and Facebook page soon.
The club are in the process of setting up a fundraising sub-committee, as we have a small executive committee it is not possible for this small group of people to carry out everything regards the running of the club. These people are at their maximum capacity regards work they are doing for the club. We would ask new people to put themselves forward and come onto this very important sub-committee to help our club make the progress we all would like to see. If you are interested in helping your club out please contact any committee member so we can put your name forward. Remember just don’t assume someone else is going to do it, come along and help your club.  
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
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

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 9th AUGUST 2015

The senior teams in the club have resumed training. The club are currently seeking players interested in playing intermediate football or Saturday football, both senior teams ply their trade in the Leinster Senior League. Any players interested in playing on either of our senior sides should contact Pat Ffrench at 086-6005547 (Intermediate) or Anto Doran at 086-0309576 (LSL Saturday).
The clubs under 13C team  are currently seeking a couple of players, if you were born in 2003 and are interested in playing with our under 13C team please contact Rob Free at 085-8153424.  Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club on our Facebook page.
The club have decided to run another Soccer/Fun Camp due to demand. The camp will take place from Monday 17th August to Friday 21st August running from 10 am to 2 pm daily. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. The camp is open to boys and girls aged from 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45, to register please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member to book your place or you can message us on the club Facebook page.
Our Last Man Standing competition will resume soon, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. The kick off date for our Last Man Standing competition is the 19th of September, registration forms will be handed to all club members this week and we would ask all club members to make a big effort to try to get people to enter. Can reigning champion Anthony Earls retain his title as the expert pundit or will he be toppled off his perch, time will tell. Why not take part and test your knowledge of the premiership while into the bargain attempt to claim the €500 prize. Anyone interested in taking part in our Last Man Standing competition can contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, privately message the clubs facebook page or contact any committee member.  
The club are in the process of setting up a fundraising sub-committee, as we have a small executive committee it is not possible for this small group of people to carry out everything regards the running of the club. These people are at their maximum capacity regards work they are doing for the club. We would ask new people to put themselves forward and come onto this very important sub-committee to help our club make the progress we all would like to see. If you are interested in helping your club out please contact any committee member so we can put your name forward. Remember just don’t assume someone else is going to do it, come along and help your club.  
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their congratulations to Jack and Ciara Fitzpatrick on the arrival of baby Zac, we all wish you a happy and healthy future, once again congratulations Jack and Ciara.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Christy Fennelly who sadly passed away at the weekend. Christy’s son in law John Frazer holds the position of chairman within the club while his grandsons Jack and Dylan have been active members on the schoolboy front. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane, John, their family and friends at this sad time, may he rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th AUGUST 2015

Our senior ladies team recorded a very impressive win over Brookfield last week, what made this victory all the more impressive was the margin of victory and also take into account Brookfield were the team who inflicted the girls with their first defeat of the season when they defeated the girls 4-1 in their fourth match of the campaign. This time it was a totally different affair and definitely a different outcome. The girls went goal crazy smashing nine past their Dublin visitors in a 9-3 win. Once again the goal machine Rachel Bolger was at it, this time she netted an unbelievable five times to bring her total for the campaign to twenty three. This five goal haul from Rachel means she now has hit the net twelve times in the last four games. Young Saoirse O’Reilly junior is also fast making a name for herself when she made it four goals in two games when she hit an excellent hat-trick. Alicia O’Rourke completed the scoring when she nabbed her second of the season. On the night Chloe Brennan, Jade Manley, Rachel [the goal machine] Bolger and Saoirse O’Reilly junior all stood out in a very impressive team display.
The clubs under 13C team are currently seeking a couple of players, if you were born in 2003 and are interested in playing with our under 13C team please contact Rob Free at 085-8153424.  Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club on our Facebook page.
Also our under 15 team are looking for a goalkeeper, anyone born in 2001 and are interested in playing in goals for our under 15 team should contact Brendan Porter at 086-2173174.
Our Last Man Standing competition will resume soon, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. The kick off date for our Last Man Standing competition is the 19th of September, registration forms will be handed to all club members this week and we would ask all club members to make a big effort to try to get people to enter. Can reigning champion Anthony Earls retain his title as the expert pundit or will he be toppled off his perch, time will tell. Why not take part and test your knowledge of the premiership while into the bargain attempt to claim the €500 prize. Anyone interested in taking part in our Last Man Standing competition can contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, privately message the clubs facebook page or contact any committee member.  
The club are in the process of setting up a fundraising sub-committee, as we have a small executive committee it is not possible for this small group of people to carry out everything regards the running of the club. These people are at their maximum capacity regards work they are doing for the club. We would ask new people to put themselves forward and come onto this very important sub-committee to help our club make the progress we all would like to see. If you are interested in helping your club out please contact any committee member so we can put your name forward. Remember just don’t assume someone else is going to do it, come along and help your club.  
With the new season fast approaching all managers are requested to contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 regards availability of our home pitches at the Whitegates, Rocky Road and the Hockey pitch for any matches or training, managers should not just assume the pitch is available. Also all managers should summit their preferred training time slots to the Sports and Development committee as soon as possible. Its requested that each manager gives two time slots [a first preference and second preference slots] and the club will do their best to try to fit everyone in. No slot is guaranteed.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning 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.
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

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 23rd AUGUST 2015

With the new season fast approaching the club are now currently seeking applications for the position of manager for our Leinster Senior Saturday Major 1A team, anyone interested in applying for the above position should contact club secretary Rob Free at 085-8153424 or Leinster Senior secretary Paul Delaney at 086-3700320. An application form can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com, closing date for applications is Friday the 4 th of September.
Our Leinster Senior Saturday Major 1A team are also currently looking for a goalkeeper, anyone interested in playing for our Saturday team in the above position should contact any committee member or alternatively drop up to the Rocky Road for training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30 pm.
There is still a couple of places available on our clubs under 13C team, if you were born in 2003 and are interested in playing with our under 13C team please contact Rob Free at 085-8153424.  Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club on our Facebook page.
Also our under 15 team are looking for a goalkeeper, anyone born in 2001 and are interested in playing in goals for our under 15 team should contact Brendan Porter at 086-2173174.
Our Last Man Standing competition will be starting soon, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. The kick off date for our Last Man Standing competition is the 19th of September, registration forms should have been handed out to all teams by this stage and we would ask all club members to make a big effort to try to get people to enter. Can reigning champion Anthony Earls retain his title as the expert pundit or will he be toppled off his perch, time will tell. Why not take part and test your knowledge of the premiership while into the bargain attempt to claim the €500 prize. Anyone interested in taking part in our Last Man Standing competition can contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, privately message the clubs facebook page or contact any committee member.  
The club are in the process of setting up a fundraising sub-committee, as we have a small executive committee it is not possible for this small group of people to carry out everything regards the running of the club. These people are at their maximum capacity regards work they are doing for the club. We would ask new people to put themselves forward and come onto this very important sub-committee to help our club make the progress we all would like to see. If you are interested in helping your club out please contact any committee member so we can put your name forward. Remember just don’t assume someone else is going to do it, come along and help your club.  
With the new season fast approaching all managers are requested to contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 regards availability of our home pitches at the Whitegates, Rocky Road and the Hockey pitch for any matches or training, managers should not just assume the pitch is available. Also all managers should summit their preferred training time slots to the Sports and Development committee as soon as possible. Its requested that each manager gives two time slots [a first preference and second preference slots] and the club will do their best to try to fit everyone in. No slot is guaranteed.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning 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.
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

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 30th AUGUST 2015

Our intermediate team took on Drogheda Town at the Whitegates on Sunday afternoon, this was going to be a stiff test for our very young team as Drogheda came down from the league above. Despite the lads having most of the play through out the game the visitors won 2-0. The away side had two chances in the game and they took both. Rovers dominated for large periods with both goals coming against the run of play. Drogheda's keeper pulled off two magnificent saves while Alan Power struck the bar. Daryl Sullivan, Alan Power, Mark O'Sullivan and Karl O'Rourke all were unlucky with chances. In fairness to the whole team they showed great character as they tried to get back into the game and on another day with luck on their side they would have got something from the match.
The second team got their season off to the perfect start when they picked up all three points in a 3-2 away win over Verona, goals from Greg Dunne, Ciaran McGettigan and Jonathan Dunne paved the way for this excellent victory in what was a good all round team performance. This was a good win as Verona did the double over the lads in the last campaign.
Our senior ladies team recorded an excellent 4-2 away win against St Marys to make it three wins on the trot, Rachel Bolger hit her twenty fourth of the season to set them on their way. Saoirse O’Reilly junior nabbed one to make it five goals in her last three games with Alicia O’Rourke and Deirbhle Geraghty completing the scoring to ensure the girls kept their good run going. On the night Anne O’Neill, Jade Manley and Louise Johnson stood out for Rovers. At the time of writing the girls are due to play their last two games of the season this week, on Monday the 31st of August they entertain Terenure at the Whitegates and on Wednesday the 2nd of September they take on Leixlip also at the Whitegates, both games kick off at 7 o’clock. Come along and cheer the girls on.
Our Last Man Standing competition will be starting soon, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. The kick off date for our Last Man Standing competition is the 19th of September, registration forms should have been handed out to all teams by this stage and we would ask all club members to make a big effort to try to get people to enter. Can reigning champion Anthony Earls retain his title as the expert pundit or will he be toppled off his perch, time will tell. Why not take part and test your knowledge of the premiership while into the bargain attempt to claim the €500 prize. Anyone interested in taking part in our Last Man Standing competition can contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, privately message the clubs facebook page or contact any committee member. If you are interested in taking part you should have your name in the week prior to the start of the competition.
With the new season fast approaching all managers are requested to contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 regards availability of our home pitches at the Whitegates, Rocky Road and the Hockey pitch for any matches or training, managers should not just assume the pitch is available. Also all managers should summit their preferred training time slots to the Sports and Development committee as soon as possible. Its requested that each manager gives two time slots [a first preference and second preference slots] and the club will do their best to try to fit everyone in. No slot is guaranteed.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning 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.
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.

WICKLOW ROVERS CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 6th SEPTEMBER 2015

On the senior front the first team came up against a very strong St Josephs Boys team last Wednesday night, St Josephs came down from the league above and have started the season strongly winning two and drawing one in their first three games so it was also going to be tough. The lads lost out 4-1 with Ryan Murray scoring their goal.
Their game at home to Parkvilla was called off on Sunday on request of the visitors.
The Saturday team travelled to take on Celbridge Town at the weekend and they came down to earth with a bang after their good start last week. They lost 4-2 with last season’s top scorer Maurice Dunne hitting one and Mark Delaney notching the other.
The youths lost their first match in the Leinster Senior under 19 league, they went down 2-0 away to Corduff, the lads gave a good account of themselves and if they had converted a penalty midway through the second period we could have had a different outcome but none the less the lads played well against a team a year older.
Our senior ladies team go from strength to strength, during the week they finished off their season in style with two victories in the space of three days to make it five wins on the spin. On Monday night they entertained Terenure and they turned in a clinical display winning 5-2, the goal machine was at it again. Rachel (the goal machine) Bolger netted an excellent hat-trick and Rachel along with her strike partner Saoirse O'Reilly junior were a constant torment to the Terenure defence all night. Alicia O'Rourke set the ball rolling with the all important first goal. Chloe Brennan also got her name on the score sheet as th e girls kept their hopes of a top three spot alive in their first season together. On the night Saoirse O'Reilly senior was excellent in the heart of the Rovers back line, leading by example Saoirse made some timely interceptions and strong tackles to keep the visitors at bay. In the middle of the part Alicia O'Rourke dictated the play going forward while also on hand to help out her defence, to top off her fantastic performance she added a goal. Finally the goal machine comes in for a mention, playing through the pain barrier with a broken finger Rachel Bolger hit three fantastic goals that even Lionel Messi would be proud of, her pace and determination up front troubled Terenure all night long, anytime she was on the ball the Dublin side just couldn't cope with her pace. On Wednesday night the girls welcomed league champions Leixlip to the Whitegates and it’s a measure of the girls improvement when they recorded a fully deserved 4-2 victory.  They don't come any bigger than the league champions, and what a display the girls put on. The girls showed great character and spirit to come back from an early set back as they fell behind early on. The worst was feared as the girls lost heavily away earlier in the season to the same opposition but not this t ime as the girls totally out played the visitors for long spells. It was no surprise when Rovers levelled through Rachel (The Machine) Bolger, Rovers were creating chance after chance and it was Rachel who fired the girls into a 2-1 lead which they held onto till half time. In truth if you walked in off the road to watch the match and knew nothing about either team and someone said the league champions were playing you would have thought it was the green and whites. Both teams played some good football in the second half, the champions scored a second but Rovers added two more, Saoirse O'Reilly junior nabbed one and the machine completed her sixth hat-trick of the season to hit the magical 30 mark for the campaign. On the night you couldn't pick out a top player, every girl through out the team were outstanding and if this team can be kept together they have the potential to go on to better things. They remained unbeaten at the Whitegates all season and finished in third spot in the league and all this in their first season together. Some of the girls hadn't even played soccer before. So girls well done and here's to some silverware coming your way next season. Finally well done to gaffer Mandy O'Neill and her back room staff, they showed great determination to get this team together and when they did they showed great commitment to get them to the level they showed tonight, five wins from your last five games, great stuff girls, well done to all involved and here's to next season.
The clubs Last Man Standing competition starts on Saturday 19th of September, all entries should be submitted by Sunday 13th of September as fixtures will need to be sent out to everyone on Tuesday 15th September. All entries can be given to any committee member or any of the club team managers.

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.









 

















    
 

 


  
  
    


    

WICKLOW ROVERS CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 13th SEPTEMBER 2015

The first team had a bad day at the office at the weekend, they travelled to Templeogue to take on the home team and they didn’t have a good day at all going down 5-0 to the hosts. The only thing the lads can do after this is get some hard work done on the training ground and then hopefully bounce back.
The second team recorded their second win of the season when they defeated Pegasus/St James Athletic at the Whitegates on Saturday afternoon. After falling a goal behind they hit back with three well taken goals. Mark Delaney levelled matters before the break and then the same player put Rovers in front when he went around the keeper and slotted home from a narrow angle. Last season’s top scorer Maurice Dunne put the game beyond doubt when he lobbed the keeper from wide out on the right to make the final score 3-1.
Our Leinster Senior under 19 team lost 3-1 to Ratoath Harps in the Whitegates on Sunday afternoon. After a fairly uneventful first half with neither side looking like they would break the deadlock which resulted in a scoreless first period. The second half saw a completely different trend with plenty of attacking football and four goals as well, unfortuately for the lads three went to the visitors. The lads cause was made tougher when they were reduced to ten men but credit must go to the team as they played some good football with the reduced numbers, Riain Sweetman Burke hit the Rovers goal.
The final two nights for senior club registration will take place the next two Monday nights the 14 th and 21 st of September in the clubhouse, it will take place from 9 pm to 10 pm. As all senior members are aware of, any senior member who hasn’t paid their full membership by Wednesday the 30 th of September could be refrained from taking part in all club activities as per club policy.
Well the junior action in the club didn’t get off the mark last weekend with the WDSL putting the start of the league back a week so here’s to the weekend and the start of the schoolboys/girls season, good luck to everyone involved, we hope you all enjoy and have a good season.
Our Last Man Standing competition will be starting this Saturday the 19th of September, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. Registration forms should have been handed back in by all teams at this stage. Anyone with outstanding forms should return them as a matter of urgency. If you have registered and you haven’t received a text with the fixtures by 8 pm on Tuesday the 15th of September you should let Jimmy Nolan know at 087-9108706. No late entries will be accepted. Can reigning champion Anthony Earls retain his title as the expert pundit or will he be toppled off his perch, time will tell. Why not take part and test your knowledge of the premiership while into the bargain attempt to claim the €500 prize.  
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning 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.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Martin Doyle (Ashford) who sadly passed away recently. Martin's son Tom played and managed in the senior end of the club over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom, his 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
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 20th SEPT 2015

The first team travelled to take on Maynooth University Town in the first round of the FAI Intermediate cup on Friday night, the lads are definitely not getting the rub of the green lately. They lost 1-0 to their higher ranked opponents when the hosts nabbed the winner five minutes from time from a wicked deflection. The lads played very well through out and were unlucky not to go in front when they rattled the woodwork early on in the game. In truth this is a game they could have won with lady luck on their side. Lets hope their luck changes soon.
The Saturday team played away to Arthur Griffith Park FC in the first round of the Leinster Junior cup, two goals each from Ciaran McGettigan and Mark Delaney paved the way for this success. The lads produced an excellent comeback after been 2-0 down at the break. With a minute left on the clock and the lads winning 3-2 a fantastic save from the penalty spot from Colin Smullen ended up been a match winning save as the lads broke upfield to put the game beyond the hosts with their fourth goal to progress to round two.
The under 19’s were given an insight into the standard they are going to come up against on a weekly basis when they went down 6-0 to a very good Crumlin Utd side.
The WDSL league kicked off at the weekend, on Saturday the under 11A’s drew 2-2 away to Greystones Utd A, Sam Culleton and Charlie Phelan fired home their goals. Our under 12C team which is an all girls team came up against a strong Ashford side but even though the girls suffered a heavy defeat they never gave up and should great spirit. The under 13A’s got their season off to the perfect start with a comprehensive 7-0 away win over Greystones Utd A, Max Kearney led the way with an excellent hat-trick, Fionn Luddy, Sam Brown, Adam O’Reilly and Luke Dease all added singles to complete their tally. The 14A’s played out a 1-1 draw at home to Coolboy, in what was a tight encounter Craig Anderson nabbed the Rovers goal to ensure they got a share of the spoils.
On Sunday the under 11B’s recorded a thrilling 3-2 home win over Greystones Utd B, birthday boy Ben Bowen nabbed the first with Ryan McConnell and Matthew Porter hitting the others to get their season off to a winning start. The 12B’s lost out narrowly to Glencormac, in what was a tight encounter with very little to separate the two teams it was Glencormac who claimed all three points winning 1-0. Game of the weekend has to go to our under 13C team’s tussle with local neighbours Wicklow Town, in an eight goal thriller the teams finished all square at 4-4, a lot of exciting football was an view for both sets of supporters to enjoy. Kyle Capilitan-Joyce fired home a magnificent hat-trick with Ethan Allan adding the fourth for Rovers. Both teams have to be congratulated for an excellent exciting game of football. The under 15’s in their first season in the premier grade went down 4-0 to Wolfe Tone, at 1-0 down they did have a couple of good chances which might have changed the course of the game but they weren’t taken when they came along. Our under 16A team started their season with a 6-0 win over Avonmore, Stuart Cox scored a brace with Luca Rampersaud, Ronan Murray, Stephen Finlay and Paul King all adding singles in an excellent start to the campaign. The 16B’s got their premier league campaign off to the best start possible with a great 4-0 away win over St Patricks. Daniel Fitzsimons carried on from where he left off last season when he smashed home two, Conor Byrne and Sean Leonard notched one a piece.
Our Last Man Standing competition started at the weekend and what a shocking weekend it was for most of the participants. First shock was the dead cert choice of Man City which 63 people were sure this was the choice to ease them into round 2 but they didn’t count on the happy hammers ruining their passage through. Shock number 2 came on Sunday when Liverpool could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich resulting in 57 people going out, really this result shouldn’t be that much of a shock considering its Liverpool we’re talking about. Another 17 people fell when their choice Newcastle blew up at home to Watford. Other teams who cost their followers a place in round two were Leicester [11], Aston Villa [9], Everton [6], Stoke [5], Swansea [4], Arsenal [1], Crystal Palace [1]. The teams that ensured a safe passage for participants to round 2 were as follows: Bournemouth [19], Man Utd [9], Tottenham [7], Chelsea [1] and West Brom [1]. The net result of all this is that we now have only 37 people left standing in the competition after week 1, an unbelievable 174 people made their exit.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 27th SEPT 2015

The first team suffered a 6-3 defeat away to Greenhills/Greenpark FC at the weekend, after falling 2-0 behind in the first ten minutes they battled back to go into a 3-2 lead but disaster struck when the home team rattled in four unanswered goals to run out 6-3 winners. Brian Harrington hit a brace and Ciaran Byrne nabbed a single, the positive sign for the lads was they scored three goals away from home so if they can start to shore things up at the other end we should see an improvement in results.
The second team entertained Postal United at the Whitegates on Saturday and they had to battle back from a 2-0 deficit to gain a hard earned point in a 2-2 draw. The twin strike force of Mark Delaney and Ciaran McGettigan were on fire again in front of goal, Mark scored for the fourth successive game to take his total to six in five games while Ciaran notched his fourth in five games to end Postal’s one hundred percent start to the season. This result leaves both sides locked together on seven points leaving them three points behind league leaders Drumcondra.
The under 19’s took on Drumcondra/Stella Maris on Sunday, at the break they found themselves 2-0 down but they showed great spirit to fight back to level the game at two a piece with goals from Shane Carty and Riain Sweetman Burke but unfortunately they conceded two late goals to lose out 4-2, indeed at 2-2 Rovers had a couple of good chances to go in front which could have changed the outcome of the match.
In junior action over the weekend our under 11A’s went down 5-1 to a very strong Rathnew side, Tom Phelan hit the Rovers goal. The under 16A’s fell at the first hurdle of the National cup when they lost a tight game 2-1 at home to Laois side Emo Celtic. In what was an evenly contested game Stuart Cox notched the Rovers goal to make it three goals in two games for him. Our under 14A team received a walkover from Birr Town to progress to round two of the National cup. All games from under 8 to under 10 are all now non competitive football and under new FAI guidelines we are not able to publish results and goalscorers involving these teams.
Well our Last Man Standing competition participants have been getting a right battering over the first couple of rounds. After a ruthless cull of players in round one the second round saw 11 of the remaining 37 players exit the competition. Last week the Happy Hammers of West Ham had 63 players in despair when they defeated the most popular selection Man City, this week 6 people selected West Ham and with them only managing a 2-2 home draw with Norwich it meant the end of the road for those 6 players. The blues of Chelsea could only manage a 2-2 draw with Newcastle therefore letting 5 players down, anyone who studies the form would know that Jose Mourinho has never won a premier league game at St James Park and after Saturday’s game his record reads three draws and three defeats. On the positive front for participants the Red Devils of Manchester easily defeated a hapless Sunderland side which saw 18 players progress to round 3, Southampton won 3-1 against Swansea to see 4 players make it through. Two brave players went with the Gunners [Arsenal] away to inform Leicester but it proved to be a wise choice with the Gunners winning 5-2. Now speaking of brave choices, we had one person who pinned their hopes on Liverpool and with the start they have had to the season this was a gamble, a gamble that paid off with the ‘Pool’ winning 3-2. Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over Watford on Sunday provided a safe passage through for one player. After the weekend we now have 26 players through to round 3 after 11 players made their exit from the competition.
The clubs soccer academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 till 12 on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates, the academy is open to kids from the age of three upwards who want to enjoy fun and games while learning the skills of football. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required as you can attend whatever weekends you can.
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, visit the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 4th OCTOBER 2015

The first team went out of the Moore cup on Sunday losing 4-1 to Newbridge Town, the away side went in front after five minutes but credit to this very young Rovers side they dug in and battled through out to leave them one behind at the break. They did have one excellent chance to draw level but the keeper saved well. The second half was an even affair but Newbridge’s greater experience told against the young inexperienced Rovers side in the end. Newbridge increased their lead midway through the half and then they went three up with a screamer. Alan Power reduced the deficit but the Kildare side killed the game off when they converted a hotly disputed penalty which was a little harsh on the lads. In truth this is a very young Rovers side who are crying out for a couple of experienced players to help them along, there is no doubt if they could get in those experienced players you would see the results improve.
The second team made their exit from the Leinster Junior when they went down 4-2 away to Sheriff YC. The lads were more than a match for their hosts and after 60 minutes the lads were 2-0 up with a brace of goals from Maurice Dunne but then disaster struck when they were reduced to ten men. The h ome team piled on the pressure and eventually it told when they hit four goals past the lads. The home team were a strong side but the lads deserved more from this game as they put in a great shift. The game saw 4 youth players make the squad with High Humby and Jamie Power starting the match and putting in impressive displays. Mark Darragh and Shane Devlin made their senior debuts from the bench.
On the junior scene Saturday saw goals galore, the under 13B’s recorded three sets of hat-tricks in their victory over Wicklow Town, Scott Bushe and Noah Sheridan both fired home four goals a piece with Ben Free hitting three as well. Ryan Kavanagh, David Lally, Lee Hamilton and Connor Leonard all hit singles in a one sided affair. Another hat-trick came in the under 13C team’s 5-3 defeat to Enniskerry, Ethan Allen netted three times to bring his tally to four in two games. Our under 14A’s had a bad day at the office when they lost heavily away to Coolboy Rangers, Dylan Kavanagh scored the Rovers goal in an 8-1 defeat. The 14B’s were involved in a nine goal thriller but unfortunately they came out the wrong side of a 5-4 defeat. Thomas O’Neill nabbed a brace with Daniel Murphy scoring once and the fourth coming in the form of an own goal. Team of the week goes to our under 13A’s who travelled to Newbridge and defeated the home side 4-1 in the first round of the National cup, a brace of goals from Samuel Bishop and one each from Max Kearney and Sam Brown laid the foundations for this excellent win, well done lads.
Sunday saw the 11A’s go down 3-0 to Arklow Town A, the 11B’s had a good 3-0 win over Arklow Utd, Ryan McConnell fired home a fantastic hat-trick in a good all round team performance. The 12B’s drew 2-2 with Arklow Town B, Zach Callery and Oran Dempsey scored the Rovers goals. Our under 15’s lost 5-2 to Ashford Rovs with Luke Kelly and Daniel Fitzsimons hitting the back of the net. The under 16B’s played out a thrilling 4-4 draw with St Anthonys, Jack Colaluca nabbed two with Daniel Fitzsimons and Dylan Frazer notching one each.
In our Last Man Standing competition at the weekend we saw 10 players make their exit from the competition, the Happy Hammers of West Ham didn’t leave their followers in a joyous mood after they could only manage a 2-2 draw with Sunderland therefore resulting in 6 players going out. Champions Chelsea who are showing anything but champions form let down 2 players, after taking the lead at home to Southampton they then pressed the self destruct button to eventually lose 3-1. The final 2 participants made their exit after selecting Aston Villa who cant buy a victory at present, they were narrowly beaten 1-0 at home by Stoke City. We now have 16 players safely through to round 4, Man City gave 12 of those a fright in the first half after going 1-0 down to Newcastle with City been totally outplayed in the first period. City came back in the second half all guns blazing or should we say Sergio Aguero did as he fired 5 goals past Newcastle as they ran out 6-1 winners. In form Crystal Palace saw 3 players make it to round 4 in the early kick off on Saturday as they eased past West Brom on a 2-0 scoreline. The last person to progress was the 1 player who went with Leicester who defeated Norwich 2-1 at Carrow Road. This leaves 16 players remaining in the competition, there is no fixtures this week due to the international break. Fixtures for round 4 will be sent out on Monday 12th of October for fixtures on the weekend of the 17th of October.


WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 11th OCTOBER 2015

The first team lost 2-0 away to Portlaoise AFC last Friday night, a very much under strength Rovers team gave a good account of themselves. Very little is going their way at the moment, a few strange decisions went against them on the night least of all a harsh sending off for two yellow cards for one of our players. A lot of credit goes to the youth of the club who are performing bravely for our first team in a difficult situation at present. They are turning out week after week even though they are not getting any breaks at the moment.
The second team recorded an easy 6-1 home win over Swords Celtic, feature of the game was two hat-tricks from the twin strike force of Ciaran McGettigan and Maurice Dunne in what proved to be a one sided affair. This was a good result for the lads after losing twice to the same opponents last season.
The under 19’s lost 5-1 to a very strong Home Farm side but like in previous games it’s the inexperience at this level that is catching the lads out, at 1-0 down they had two great chances to level and they spurned both which you can’t afford to do at this level of football. To the lads credit they kept going and had other chances, Conor Lincoln was Rovers outstanding player on the day pulling off a series of excellent saves. If this team can remain together and get a season’s experience behind them in the Leinster Senior League it should stand them in good stead as most of the players can play under 19 again next season.
In junior action on Saturday our under 11B's tasted defeat for the first time this season when they lost 3-1 to Greystones, leading 1-0 at the break through an Ian Kavanagh goal the lads conceded three goals in the last five minutes to lose their unbeaten tag. Our 12A's played their first game of the season but unfortunately they lost 2-1 to Wolfe Tone, with a few games behind them they will improve. In a closely fought encounter Jordan Younger hit the Rovers goal. The 12B's lost 6-3 to Greystones United B at the Woodlands, in an exciting game with goals a plenty it was Oran Dempsey with two and Rory Hanlon with one who hit the net for Rovers. Our 13B's defeated their club counterparts the 'C' team with the B team running out winners with two goals a piece from Scott Bushe, Noah Sheridan and Mathew Leonard with Lee Hamilton, Ben Free, Jamie Kelly, Connor Leonard and Ryan Kavanagh all adding singles. Our under 15 team recorded an excellent 2-1 away win over Wolfe Tone today, Daragh Gibney and Chris Mabuza scored the Rovers goals in an excellent all round team performance. This was a great result for the lads as it gives them their first win in their first ever season in the premier grade, well done to Brendan, Michael and the team.
On Sunday the under 13A’s suffered a disappointing 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Arklow Town, after last week’s excellent performance away to Newbridge Town the lads never reached the heights they have set for themselves. Arklow were deserving winners on the day. The 14A’s earned a well deserved point in a tough battle away to Greystones United, Dylan Kavanagh scored for the second successive game with Dylan Doyle nabbing the other in a good all round team performance. Our 14B’s were involved in an eight goal thriller in the Rocky Road when they defeated Enniskerry 5-3, Thomas O’Neill capped off a great individual performance when he plundered an amazing four goal haul to bring his total for the season to six, Daniel Murphy added a single to ensure all three points for the lads. The under 16A’s and B’s came up against each other at the weekend, the B’s who are playing a year above themselves gave the A’s a good game and were more than a match for their physically bigger club mates. The A’s were 2-0 up at break, but the B’s never dropped their heads only losing out 3-1 at the final whistle. Stephen Finlay with a brace and Luca Rampersaud found the net for the A team with last season’s top scorer Daniel Fitzsimons firing home the B’s goal.
Our Last Man Standing competition resumes this week, at the present going into this weekend’s series of games we have 16 players left in the competition, please remember your selection should be in by 7 pm on Thursday night and also you can’t select a team you have already picked. Good luck to all remaining participants.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 18th OCTOBER 2015

Well they do say football is a funny old game and Sunday proved just how true that is, our intermediate team were taking on league leaders Shamrock Bhoys in the Whitegates and with the lads rooted at the bottom of the table the high flying Bhoys came to town fully confident of gaining another three points. But lets be honest this very young Rovers side having not been getting the rub of the green lately but after this victory the confidence will be sky high and could be a turning point in the lads season. After the start they’ve had, with players leaving for one reason or another this was a fully deserved win for the players, manager and the backroom staff after a complete rebuilding of the squad from last season. At 1-1 the lads fell behind just before the break but they showed great character in the second period to fight back with Alan Power and Mark O’Sullivan tormenting the leaders down the right hand side. Cian O’Hainaigh netted twice with Ryan Murray adding a single. Gary Browne pulled off an excellent penalty save when the lads were 3-2 up. This was an excellent all round team performance and a fully deserved win.  
Our Saturday team recorded their best result of the season so far when they defeated Ballymun United 3-1 in their own backyard, the Dublin side came into the game boasting a one hundred percent record but that was blown away by a good all round team performance by the Rovers lads. First goals of the season for both Conor Tobin and Jim Foley and an eighth of the campaign for Ciaran McGettigan laid the foundations for this impressive victory.
The under 19’s lost 7-2 away to Arklow Town on Sunday, an under strength side performed bravely but couldn’t hold off a strong Arklow Town team, Adrian Gurak scored his second of the season with Shane Devlin scoring his first of the campaign.
On Saturday our under 12A's travelled to take on Abbeyleix Athletic in the second round of the National cup, unfortunately they lost 5-2 in a very entertaining game. Mark Hodgkinson and Conor Hunter scored their goals in a battling display from the lads.
On Sunday the under 11A’s lost 3-1 away to Aughrim Rgrs, Steven Gormley hit the Rovers goal, our under 13A's had a comfortable 11-0 win over BBC United from Kildare in the second round of the National cup. Sam Brown fired home an excellent four goals and was followed closely by Samuel Bishop who scored a well taken hat-trick. Max Kearney nabbed a brace with Fionn Luddy and Mark O'Brien adding singles to complete their tally. This win now means they will travel to take on the winners of Clane United or Kildare Town in round three. The under 14A’s went to Coolboy in an all Wicklow clash in the National cup and came away with an impressive 3-1 win against a team that beat them well recently in the league. Matt Ryan, Paul Marah and Robbie Hoffman scored the all important goals that set up a third round clash away to the winners of Arklow Town and Edenderry Town. The under 15’s defeated Moone Celtic 6-0 in the National cup to progress to round three, an impressive four goal haul from last season’s leading marksman Daniel Fitzsimons laid the foundations for this fantastic win. Conor Byrne and Sean Farrell added one a piece to safely see them progress to set up a third round home tie with the winners of Kingston Rovers or Carriglea, well done to all are teams involved in National cup action at the weekend.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Andrew (Andy) Phillips who sadly passed away recently, he's family have been associated with our club over the years, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
At the time of going to print we definitely had 13 players through to round 5 of our Last Man Standing competition, Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa saw 5 players progress, 4 people went through when Arsenal beat Watford 3-0 while Man City’s easy 5-1 win over Bournemouth saw 2 make round 5. One player each went into the next round when Man Utd defeated Everton 3-0 and West Brom beat the hapless Sunderland 1-0, two more players will hope to progress on Monday night when they pin their hopes on Swansea who entertain Stoke, once again a big thanks to everyone who has supported our LMS competition, thank you all for your continuous support.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 25th OCTOBER 2015

With the first team not in action at the weekend it was left to the Saturday team for action on the playing field. They entertained St James Gate and ground out three points in a 3-2 victory. Ciaran McGettigan made it into double figures when he notched a brace to make it ten goals for the season, Maurice Dunne scored Rovers other goal to give them a place at the top of the league and now sees them unbeaten in their last five league games.
Junior action on Saturday saw the under 12B’s earn an excellent three points in a 4-0 away win over St Anthonys, Jack Noble bagged a fantastic hat-trick and Oran Dempsey hit the other goal. The 14A’s lost out narrowly to Arklow Town in what was a very tight encounter, the lads were unlucky as they went in search of their first league win after their fine National cup win last week, Jamie Noble scored his first goal of the season but Arklow claimed all three points. Our 14B’s lost 7-1 to a very strong Arklow Town team in a game which the lads never really got going in, Tom O’Shea nabbed the Rovers consolation goal. The under 15’s who have been forced to play in the premier division for the first season ever due to no other division at this grade came up against a tough Arklow Town side and even though the lads gave it their all and never gave up Arklow ran out easy winners. Our under 16B’s recorded an excellent 5-1 home win over Arklow United and are showing signs that they are well able for the transition to the premier grade at a higher age level, Daniel Fitzsimons and Sean Leonard both nabbed two a piece with Dylan Frazer adding the other. The lads have now recorded two wins, one draw and one defeat from their first four games in the premier grade.
On Sunday our under 12A’s secured all three points with a good 4-1 away win over St Anthonys, the highlight of this game was a fine individual scoring display from Conor Hunter who scored all four of Rovers goals in a good all round team performance, many thanks goes to St Anthonys who supplied a referee when the official referee cried off sick. The under 13A’s were involved in a six goal thriller with Ashford Rovers with the spoils been shared in a 3-3 draw, Sam Brown fired home his seventh of the season with Fionn Luddy and Luke Dease nabbing their third and second goals of the campaign to earn the lads a point but they will feel they should have claimed all three. Our under 16A team recorded an excellent 7-0 win over St Patricks at the weekend to make it three wins from three in the league. Liam Ronan hit his first goals of the season when he fired home three goals, Stuart Cox notched a brace to bring his tally for the campaign to five. Stephen Finlay and Luca Rampersaud completed the seven goal haul with one a piece to preserve the lads one hundred percent start to the league campaign.
The Last Man Standing competition is now down to single figures regarding the amount of players left to battle it out for the €500 prize, after the weekend we are now down to 9 players left in contention. Watford’s surprise 2-0 win away to Stoke meant we had four casualties in round 5, players that made it through were the 6 players who went with Arsenal and they duly obliged by beating Everton 2-1, two players pinned their hopes on Tottenham and they disposed of Bornemouth on a scoreline of 5-1, finally the selection of the weekend was the one brave soul or clever soul who went with Swansea away to Aston Villa with the Swans coming from behind to win 2-1 which leaves us now with 9 players left standing. The club would like to thank everyone for their continuous support of our Last Man Standing competition.
The clubs soccer academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 till 12 on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates, the academy is open to kids from the age of three upwards who want to enjoy fun and games while learning the skills of football. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required as you can attend whatever weekends you can. The academy takes place on Bank Holiday weekends as well.
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, visit the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 1st NOVEMBER 2015

The first team went down 2-0 last Friday night to Beggsboro AFC in the first round of the Metropolitan cup. In what was an evenly contested tie two mistakes resulted in the lads conceding the two goals. The lads had a great chance to register a goal with a penalty in the 65th minute but unfortunately they spurned the chance. Higher ranked Beggsboro ran out 2-0 winners but there was very little between the teams.
Our Saturday team took on Colepark United on Saturday afternoon at the Whitegates, the away side came to Wicklow boasting a one hundred percent record in the league but it was left in tatters as the lads recorded an excellent 3-0 win. Ciaran McGettigan definitely has the golden touch in front of goal at the moment as he notched a brace to make it twelve for the campaign but it's not just he's goals that has been impressive, as his overall work ethic for his team is second to none, Conor Tobin added the other goal in a good solid team performance which keeps them top of the league.
Our youths were involved in an eleven goal thriller away to Ratoath Harps, unfortunately the lads lost out 6-5. Riain Sweetman Burke doubled his tally for the season to four when he hit a brace, brothers Jamie and Alan Power were both on the scoresheet with Jamie firing home two and Alan scoring one. A lot of credit has to be given to the lads on this team who are turning out week after week in what has been a tough period of transition to Leinster Senior football. Keep things going lads, your luck will change.
The weekend’s junior action saw the under 11 green’s record a good 3-1 win over Greystones Utd A, Jack Noble scored his first goals of the season and he did it in style firing home an excellent hat-trick to ensure his team took all three points. The under  11 white came away from Aughrim with a fantastic 5-3 victory, Ryan McConnell brought his total for the season to six when he nabbed two goals, Matthew Porter and Ben Bowen both scored one each to double their totals to two for the campaign. Jamie Duffy fired home a twenty yard screamer for his first goal of the season. Our 12A’s lost 2-1 away to Wolfe Tone, in what was a tight encounter Conor Hunter scored his sixth goal of the campaign but they just couldn’t find an equaliser on the day. The 12B’s came up against a very good Newtown Juniors team and on the day they lost out 7-1, Ben Patterson scored the Rovers consolation goal. An under strength under 13B’s lost 4-1 at home to Coolboy Rangers, Scott Bushe nabbed his seventh of the season. The 13C’s  lost 8-0 to a very strong Roundwood team but to their credit they battled to the very end. The 14A’s are still searching for their first league win, they lost 4-1 to Shamrock Bhoys on Saturday with Dylan Kavanagh registering their goal. The 14B’s played out a thrilling 4-4 draw away to Enniskerry, when these two sides met a couple of weeks ago Rovers ran out 5-3 winners in another eight goal thriller, this time round they shared the goals to earn a point each. Tom O’Shea notched two goals with Michael Ryan and Nedis Velindis scoring one a piece. Ryan Murphy fired home an excellent hat-trick for the under 15’s in their excellent 3-1 away win over Aughrim Rangers in a good all round team performance. The 16A’s went goal crazy at home to St Anthonys winning 11-1, Stuart Cox hit three, Luca Rampersaud, Ronan Murray and Ciaran Coffey all scored two each with Stephen Finlay and Patrick O’Keane getting one each. The 16B’s went down 4-3 to Avonmore, after battling back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to level they were cruelly denied a share of the points when Avonmore got a last minute winner. Conor Byrne, Sean Farrell and Sean Leonard scored the Rovers goals.
At the time of going to print we had 6 players safely through to round 7 of our Last Man Standing competition, 3 players went through with Everton who hammered Sunderland 6-2, Southampton saw 2 players through when they beat Bournemouth 2-0. One player scraped into round 7 on Man City when they were a little lucky when defeating Norwich 2-1. On Monday night 3 players were hoping to join the 6 players in round 7, their hopes rested on Tottenham who were entertaining Aston Villa. Once again a big thanks to everyone who supported our LMS competition. All details regarding our Last Man Standing competition can be found on the club website.  
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th NOVEMBER 2015

With the intermediate and under 19 teams having no games at the weekend due to the FAI cup final it was left to the Saturday team for action in the senior grade. They travelled to take on Postal United and didn’t get off to the best start finding themselves 2-0 down after ten minutes, to their credit they dug in and battled back to claim all three points in a fine 4-2 win. Conor Tobin’s third of the season, Jim Foley’s second of the campaign and first goals of the season for Paul Alexander and Nino Hughes secured them all three points to maintain their position on top of the table and ahead of the chasing pack.
Saturday’s action in the junior section was limited to two games due to the heavy over night rain, the under 13A’s travelled to take on Clane United in the National cup and what a result they had. They recorded an excellent 6-1 win with Max Kearney and Samuel Bishop both helping themselves to two goals each to make it eight and seven respectively for the season, incidentally all Samuel’s seven goals have come in cup matches. Sam Brown [8 for the season] and Connor Lewins [first of the campaign] added singles in what was an excellent all round team performance. This victory now sets them up for an away tussle with Tullamore Town for a place in the open draw. The under 14A’s were unfortunately beaten by Edenderry Town in the National cup, the lads made the long journey to Edenderry but on the day didn’t have the luck, going down 2-0 in a close encounter. The games fixed for our under 10 Blue’s, 11 Green’s, 12B’s, 12C’s, 13B’s and 13C’s all fell foul of the over night heavy rain. Sunday saw a total wipe out of our fixtures as the weather worsened over the weekend.
Our Last Man Standing competition takes a break next week due to the international matches, after the weekend’s matches we are now left with five players left in the competition battling it out for the €500 prize fund. On Saturday one player exited the competition when the Happy Hammers of West Ham didn’t leave him happy as they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Everton therefore meaning elimination. On Sunday the unpredictable reds of Merseyside Liverpool let three people down when they struggled at home to Crystal Palace going down 2-1 meaning we were left with five players left in the competition. Leicester’s recent good form continues and their 2-1 home victory over the Hornets of Watford means three players went safely through to round eight. Joining them was the two players who went with the Red Devils of Manchester United and they duly obliged by beating West Brom 2-0 at Old Trafford. The competition will resume on the weekend of the 21st of November, the fixtures will be sent out to all remaining players on Monday 16th of November. Good luck to all our remaining players and once again a big thanks to all players for their continuous support of our competition.
Our under 19 team are currently looking to recruit a few players, the lads are playing in a very competitive league, they are currently playing in the Leinster Senior under 19 league which consists of 15 teams therefore giving them plenty of regular football with 28 league games not to mention cup games as well. If you are interested in playing football on a regular basis get it contact with team manager Philip O'Sullivan at 087-6390214, alternatively you can contact any committee member or privately message us on our club facebook page.

The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every 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.

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.

WICKLOW ROVERS  CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th NOVEMBER 2015

Well the bad weather reared its head again at the weekend, all Saturday’s games bar the under 16A’s match away to Greystones United fell foul of the heavy rain with waterlogged pitches the order of the day. Games involving our under 8 white’s, 9 green’s, 10 blue’s, 12B’s, 13A’s, 14A’s, 14B’s and 15’s were all hit by the bad conditions. The senior Saturday team’s game away to Lucan United also went by the wayside. In the only game that beat the weather on Saturday our under 16A team made it five wins from five when they defeated Greystones United 7-0, top scorer Stuart Cox made it ten for the season when he notched two. Stephen Finlay and Ronan Murray also hit a brace a piece to make it seven and five respectively for the campaign, Jack Dunne’s first of the season completed the scoring to maintain their one hundred percent record in the league.
Sunday fared a little better with three games been played, our intermediate team took on league leaders Tullamore Town who are unbeaten and they remained so after defeating the lads 2-1. The lads definitely should have got something from the game, they fell two behind when they conceded two soft goals in the first ten minutes and then it was always the case of chasing the game. There was nothing between the teams and sometimes it was only a case of decision making going forward which prevented the lads from carving out more chances. They reduced the deficit when Conor Ffrench coolly finished off an excellent Cian O’Hainaigh cross. With fifteen minutes left Rovers were awarded a penalty but the keeper pulled off a good save to prevent the lads getting a share of the spoils. On the few occasions when the lads got the ball out to the flanks and attacked at pace they did cause the visitors problems. In the second period Rovers keeper Gary Browne didn’t have a save of note to make. On the day Stephen Earls was solid in the Rovers defence, Sean Duffy put in a good shift in the centre of the park while Cian O’Hainaigh worked his socks off for the team. The youths lost narrowly away to Drumcondra/Stella Maris in the first round of the LFA cup, the lads were missing a couple of key players but to their credit they battled hard losing out 1-0 in the end in what was a good all round team performance. The under 11A’s were the only other team to beat the weather and they went down to a disappointing 7-1 defeat to Arklow Town A, Jack Noble nabbed the Rovers goal to bring his total to four for the season. All other games were called off.
Our Last Man Standing competition took a break at the weekend due to the international matches. Next weekend we move into round eight and down to the business end of things. We are now left with five players remaining to battle it out for the €500 prize as it becomes a very nervy time for those players hoping to capture the prize fund. The club would like to take this oppurtuitity to wish all remaining players the very best of luck in the remainder of the competition. We would also like to thank everyone who participated in our Last Man Standing competition, we thank you for your continuous support.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors 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, Rob Free, Willie O’Brien and Jason Harris, contact numbers can be found on the club website or alternatively you can private message our club facebook page.

Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Jock Healy [Newtown] who sadly passed away recently, Jock would be well known in the football circles, our thoughts and prayers go out to all his 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

WICKLOW ROVERS  CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 22nd NOVEMBER 2015

It was a bad day at the office in the senior section of the club this week, firstly the intermediate team went down 2-0 at home to Parkvilla. Confidence was high going into this game after impressive performances against Tullamore Town and Shamrock Bhoys but the lads didn’t reach anywhere near the standard of those games. In truth it wasn’t that the opposition was any better on the day it was just the lads had no cutting edge in the final third of the pitch. Parkvilla scored from the penalty spot with thirty minutes left and then added a second ten minutes later, these proved to be the only chances of note in a disappointing game. The Saturday team were idle at the weekend due to teams in their league been involved in Leinster Junior cup action. The youths lost 8-0 away to Larkview Boys and they would have been hoping to get something from the game after their impressive run out last week against Drumcondra/Stella Maris but by all accounts the lads didn’t get going at all.
On Saturday in the junior action the under 12A’s turned in an impressive performance when defeating Greystones Utd A 7-1 at the Whitegates on Saturday morning. Two goals from Mark Hodgkinson and singles from Conor Luddy, Conor Hunter, Tom Hodgkinson, Willoughby Woods and Jordan Younger accounted for their seven goal haul in what was an excellent all round team performance. Our 12B’s raced into a two goal lead against Aughrim with goals from Tom Farrelly and Zachary Callery but unfortunately for the lads Aughrim roared back with three goals to run out 3-2 winners in an evenly contested affair. The 13B’s played out a tight 1-1 draw away to Roundwood, leading scorer Scott Bushe fired home his eighth goal of the campaign to keep the lads in the title hunt.
Sunday’s action saw the under 11 white team continue their good form when they defeated Rathnew 6-3 to make it four wins from five games, Ryan McConnell turned in an impressive individual performance when he fired home four goals to make it ten for the season, Jamie Duffy and Matthew Porter scored one a piece in another fine team performance. Our under 13A’s are now competing a year above themselves in the under 14 premier division and they got off to a flyer when they beat Arklow Town under 13A’s 4-2, Samuel Bishop scored his first league goals when he notched a brace to bring his total to nine in all competitions for the season. Joining Samuel on nine for the campaign is both Max Kearney and Sam Brown who added singles to get their under 14 campaign off to a winning start. The 14A’s notched their first league win of the season when they travelled to Lamberton to take on Arklow Town A and a 1-0 win saw them come home with all three points. Cian Ward hit his first goal of the season in what was a good all round impressive display from the lads and a well deserved win. Our under 16B team who are playing in the under 15 National cup recorded an excellent 7-0 victory away to Kingston Rovers in the third round. Two goals each from Jack Colauca and Conor Byrne paved the way for this good win, a first goal of the season for Tristan O’Toole and one each from Daniel Fitzsimons and Sean Farrell means they now travel to take on Naas A for a place in the open draw. The under 15’s recorded a good win away to St Anthonys winning 4-2 to make it three wins from four away games, now all they need to do is bring the same form to the Whitegates. Luke Kelly hit the back of the net twice with Ryan Murphy and Jack Meaney adding one each to give the lads an excellent three points. The under 16A team maintained their one hundred percent record in the league when they accounted for Arklow Utd by a scoreline of 7-2, Stephen Finlay was the second player in the club over the weekend to fire home an incredible four goals which gives him eleven for the season, joining him on eleven goals is Stuart Cox who scored one with James Lang and Liam Ronan also nabbing one each to make it six wins from as many games.
At the time of going to print we have three players safely through to round 9 of our Last Man Standing competition, with one player’s hopes resting on Crystal Palace against Sunderland on Monday night its nervous times over the next week or so for our remaining players as they battle it out for the title of Last Man Standing champion and the €500 prize. Two players went through with Chelsea, one had Everton while one exited the competition on Swansea. Once again good luck to all the remaining players and a big thanks to everyone who supported our competition.

WICKLOW ROVERS  CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 29th NOVEMBER 2015

Well its true what they say when it starts to rain it doesn’t know when to stop, yet again the bad weather reared its head and left us with very little action on the playing field. However the intermediate team did see some action when they went down 4-1 away to Leicester Celtic, a result that leaves them rooted to the bottom of the league. On what was not a day for the football purist the lads struggled to get going in this game, a first goal of the season from Rovers evergreen Stephen Earls provided the lads with a consolation goal. The Saturday team made the away journey to take on Tymon Celtic in the first round of the Noel Ryan cup and after the game passed a morning pitch inspection the referee made the disappointing decision to call the game off due to the pitch been unplayable. The under 19 game against Dunboyne AFC also fell foul of the bad weather.
On Saturday in the junior section we had a double disappointment in the National cup, both our under 13A’s and under 15’s exited the competition at the fourth round stage. The 13A’s made the journey to the Midlands to take on Tullamore Town but unfortunately they lost out 6-2. The lads battled right up to the final whistle and with a bit of luck the result could have been a little closer, Samuel Bishop brought his tally for the season to ten with a single, eight of them coming in cup competitions. Fionn Luddy notched one to make it four for the season. An under strength under 15 team had a shorter journey when they made the trip to Kildare side Naas, the lads didn’t get off to a good start when they fell two behind early on, after this they were chasing the game and ended up getting picked off clinically by a powerful Naas side who ran out 7-0 winners. The lads gave it their all but on the day they came up against an excellent Naas team. Well done to both the under 13A’s and 15’s on their good cup runs. The only other games to beat the weather on Saturday was the under 11 green teams match against Rathnew, the lads recorded an excellent 3-1 win and what makes the win more impressive is the fact they lost 5-1 at home to the same opposition earlier in the campaign. First goals of the season for both Louis Malcomson [2 goals] and Sam Greene [1 goal] laid the foundations for this victory in what was a good all round team performance. The 12C’s are showing signs of improvement even though they lost 5-0 away to Greystones United, this all girls team battled right to the end of this game and gave a good account of themselves. They are showing great determination and commitment as they come up against some physically bigger teams. Our 14B’s went down 2-0 away to Arklow Town, this was a marked improvement from the lads from earlier in the season when they lost 7-1 to the same opposition at the Whitegates. They had their chances in this game and a little more clinical in front of goal and the lads could have taken something from the game. The only game to beat the weather on Sunday was the under 13C’s away game against title contenders Coolboy Rangers, unfortunately for the lads they suffered a heavy defeat, in what was an awful day for football the lads did get a consolation in the shape of a goal from Ben Lawless.
Our Last Man Standing competition will go into week 10 and that’s because two players were successful with their selections at the weekend, on Saturday Eoin Christiansen eased his way into round 10 when his selection Crystal Palace easily swept past Newcastle winning 5-1, the eagles could even afford to go behind before ruthlessly taking Newcastle apart. Early Sunday afternoon unfortunately saw the elimination of Harrison Boxall who put his faith in West Ham, the Hammers went in front but the Baggies pegged them back to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Harrison has been the most consistent player in our competitions to date, in three competitions he has reached round 8 in our first one, in the second he made it to round 7 and this one saw him get as far as round 9 before he exited, hard luck Harrison, your day will come. Sunday evening saw the reds of Merseyside Liverpool help Paul Marah make it into round 10 to set up a tense head to head battle with Eoin. Liverpool overcame Swansea 1-0 at Anfield to set up what should be a fascinating head to head tussle next week. Good luck to both remaining players and once again a big thanks to everyone who supported our competition.  

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

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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 6th DECEMBER 2015

Well we have very little action on the football field to report on this week, hurricane Desmond reared his head and put paid to all junior fixtures last weekend. Every junior game in the club was a victim of Dessie to everyone’s disappointment but here’s hoping the weather starts to pick up and the kids can get back to what they enjoy doing and that’s playing football. The only game in the club that beat the weather was the intermediate team’s game away to Confey and the lads earned a share of the spoils in an entertaining 3-3 draw. In truth the lads will feel they let this game slip from their grasp as they were leading 2-0 at the interval after a brace from Cian O’Hainaigh put them in a strong position. The home side halved the deficit early in the second period and then squared things up midway through the half. The lads went in front again when Jonathon Delahunt finished from a corner for his first of the season but they couldn’t hold out as Confey levelled again. In the end it was a good point for the lads but it could have been a very good three points after been in a commanding position.

Congratulations to Paul Marah and Eoin Christiansen who at the weekend shared the €500 prize fund in our Last Man Standing competition, as both players selected Southampton in round 10 of the competition and Southampton failed to beat Aston Villa drawing 1-1 at St Marys, it means they share the prize fund as per competition rules giving them €250 each. What an intense battle it was to the very end in our longest running competition yet. In round one Paul and Eoin both went with Bournemouth who beat Sunderland 2-0. In round two Paul went with Man Utd and Eoin went with Liverpool, United defeating Sunderland 3-0 and the 'Pool beating Aston Villa 3-2. Round three saw Crystal Palace best West Brom 2-0 to put Paul through to round four while Man City's easy 6-1 win over Newcastle saw Eoin join him in round four. Round four saw Paul progress when Arsenal won away to Watford 3-0 with Eoin going through with Chelsea's 2-0 win over Aston Villa. Wins for Swansea [Rd 5], Everton [Rd 6], Leicester [Rd 7], Chelsea [Rd 8] and Liverpool [Rd 9] saw Paul get to the tenth round stage. Arsenal [Rd 5], Tottenham [Rd 6], Man Utd [Rd 7], Everton [Rd 8] and Crystal Palace [Rd 9] made sure Eoin kept pace with Paul. Well done to both players and after their long running battle its probably fitting that they shared the prize. The club would like to thank everyone who supported our Last Man Standing competition, your continuous support is very much appreciated and once again we would like to congratulate Paul and Eoin on sharing the prize. Our next LMS competition will be starting in January, anyone interested in taking part should contact any committee member, manager or club member. Alternatively you can register through whoever took your registration for this competition.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy fell foul of the bad weather last Saturday but hopefully the weather will be kinder to us this week and we can resume our academy. The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every 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.

Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors 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, Rob Free, Mandy O’Neill, Willie O’Brien and Jason Harris, contact numbers can be found on the club website or alternatively you can private message our club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS  CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 13th DECEMBER 2015

Its true what they say, ‘’when it starts to rain it doesn’t know when to stop’’. Yet again the rain played havoc with our club fixtures, this time none of our teams saw any action with all senior and junior games falling foul of the inclement weather. Waterlogged pitches were the order of the day, it looks like we may have to start a new club within our club, something like water polo with the way things are going. Even though we are all frustrated with waterlogged pitches spare a thought for the people all over the country who have had their homes and shops flooded out, a waterlogged pitch is a minor frustration compared to what these poor people have had to put up with in recent weeks.
Even though the weather has given parents an extra week or two to carry out their Christmas shopping they can now relax knowing weather or not the next few weeks will be free with the WDSL now closed until January 9th.
The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition of the season starting on the 23rd of January 2016, our first competition was very successful with great feed back and as you all know by now we had joint winners in Paul Marah and Eoin Christiansen. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, also you can register through the same channels as you did in any of our previous Last Man Standing competitions.  The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register you can contact any committee member with all your details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition. Also it’s advised to have your registration in on or before Wednesday the 20 th of January.
The club are currently still looking to obtain a defibrillator, with the help of a club member we have availed of a great opportunity to obtain a defibrillator from a first aid provider. If the club can collect 300 old mobile phones we will be given a defibrillator in exchange for the old phones. We are now not too far away from reaching the total required so the club would be grateful if people would donate their old unwanted phones to this worthy cause. Anyone interested in donating any old phones can contact any of the following by texting or ringing to organise collection or drop off. John Frazer 087-0564394; Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706; Rob Free 085-8153424; Paul Delaney 086-3700320; Franny Copeland 087-7589332; Johnny Dunne 087-7802098; Jason Harris 086-2516731;Willie O'Brien 086-1696911 and Mandy O’Neill 087-7924649.

A reminder to all managers and players, the Christmas raffle tickets should have been returned by now, any outstanding tickets should be returned asap to any committee member as the draw is this coming Saturday the 19th of December in Ernies, many thanks for your continuous support and the best of luck in the draw.

The executive committee of Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish the managers, assistant managers, coaches, players, parents and supporters of the club a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. We would also like to wish a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all the clubs, WDSL committee, WDFL committee, LSL committee, referees, Paul Dowling, Dave Devereux, Brendan Lawrence and all the staff of the Wicklow People.
Everyone at the club would like to wish club president Anthony Earls a very happy birthday, this was a big milestone birthday and a surprise party was held by his family last Friday night in the Leitrim Lounge, a large attendance turned out to help Anthony celebrate this special birthday. Past and present committee members turned out in force to honour a man who lives, sleeps and eats Wicklow Rovers. Keep an eye on the club facebook page and the club website in the coming days for photos of the event. Once again Anthony, happy birthday.
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.

WICKLOW ROVERS  CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 20th DECEMBER 2015

Our annual Christmas raffle was held over the weekend and the following is the results. 1st prize €300 – Eamon Byrne 2819328; 2nd prize €200 – Brian Healy; 3rd prize €100 – Christine Ryan; 4th prize Food Hamper – Jenny Hubbard; 5th prize Craft Beer Hamper – Pat Dunne; 6th prize Annual Club Membership for 2016/17 – Dover Grandchildren c/o Robbie Dover; 7th prize 4 Bottles of Wine – Maya Herren; 8th prize Bottle of Gin – Ann Mernagh; 9th prize Bottle of Vodka – Grainne Macklin; 10th prize One Hour All Weather Pitch Slot – Pat Dunne. The club would like to thank everyone who supported our Christmas raffle, your continuous support is very much appreciated, a big thanks goes to Johnny Dunne who sold a large amount of tickets and also on the night carried out the draw. A big thanks to Brian O’Connor, Ernies and Paul Delaney for sponsoring prizes in the draw.
The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition of the season starting on the 23rd of January 2016, our first competition was very successful with great feed back and as you all know by now we had joint winners in Paul Marah and Eoin Christiansen. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, also you can register through the same channels as you did in any of our previous Last Man Standing competitions. The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register you can contact any committee member with all your details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition. Also it’s advised to have your registration in on or before Wednesday the 20th of January.
The club are currently still looking to obtain a defibrillator, with the help of a club member we have availed of a great opportunity to obtain a defibrillator from a first aid provider. If the club can collect 300 old mobile phones we will be given a defibrillator in exchange for the old phones. We are now not too far away from reaching the total required so the club would be grateful if people would donate their old unwanted phones to this worthy cause. Anyone interested in donating any old phones can contact any of the following by texting or ringing to organise collection or drop off. John Frazer 087-0564394; Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706; Rob Free 085-8153424; Paul Delaney 086-3700320; Franny Copeland 087-7589332; Johnny Dunne 087-7802098; Jason Harris 086-2516731;Willie O'Brien 086-1696911 and Mandy O’Neill 087-7924649.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors 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. As stated above we always need people to help out especially at committee level, ideally we would like to increase the size of our committee as the more people on board the more successful we can become. We are open to new blood coming on the committee with fresh ideas on how to progress our club further. If there’s anyone out there who has thought at some stage they would like to get involved with helping with the running of the club please come forward and join us, your club needs more people to help out.
The executive committee of Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish the managers, assistant managers, coaches, players, parents and supporters of the club a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. We would also like to wish a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all the clubs, WDSL committee, WDFL committee, LSL committee, referees, Paul Dowling, Dave Devereux, Brendan Lawrence and all the staff of the Wicklow People.
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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