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Comp:  DWSL Cup
Date: 10th April 2017
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7pm

DWSL Group 4
Wicklow Rovers 5 Terenure FC 0

The senior ladies kicked off their season in style tonight when they defeated Terenure 5-0 in the Whitegates. The girls were quick out of the traps and on six minutes Niamh O'Brien forced the Terenure keeper into a good save. Rovers were definitely on the front foot early on in the game and their early pressure paid off in the thirteenth minute when Niamh O'Brien and Rachel Bolger combined to set up Natasha Fitzgerald who slotted home from six yards. Natasha Fitzgerald went close to doubling Rovers lead two minutes later but was denied by the away keeper. In the space of two minutes at the midway point of the half Rovers went close to extending the lead. First it was Rachel Bolger who fired narrowly wide and then Fitzgerald saw her goalbound shot turned away by the keeper. In the thirty first minute Niamh O'Brien won the race to the loose ball to fire past the keeper to put Rovers deservingly 2-0 up. The twin strike force of O'Brien and Fitzgerald were causing all sorts of problems for the away defence and it was Fitzgerald who scored her second and Rovers third when she latched onto a Rachel Bolger cross to fire home in the thirty eighth minute and send the girls in at the break 3-0 up.
The second half started in the same vein with Rovers doing all the pressing and on fifty one minutes Fitzgerald crossed from the left to find O'Brien at the back post and she calmly dispatched the ball to the net for her second and Rovers fourth. At this stage Rovers were in total control with Rachel Bolger and Valentine Lenoir controlling and dictating the play in the centre of the park. The Rovers defence of Saoirse O'Reilly, Louise Johnson, Nicole Hubbard and Ann Murphy were rock solid. In the fifty third minute Terenure did breach the Rovers rearguard but Charmaine Higgins in the Rovers goal pulled off a fantastic save. In the sixty fifth minute Valentine Lenoir's cross from the right picked out Natasha Fitzgerald out on the left, Fitzgerald controlled the ball and coolly curled the ball around the keeper to complete her hat-trick and make it 5-0. With four minutes left on the clock Charmaine Higgins ensured Rovers kept a clean sheet when she bravely saved at the strikers feet. Rovers ran out deserving 5-0 winners. Charmaine Higgins in the Rovers goal had a relatively quiet night but when she was called on she made two fantastic saves. The back four of Saoirse O'Reilly, Louise Johnson, Nicole Hubbard and Ann Murphy were rock solid throughout and limited the away side to a couple of half chances. Rachel Bolger and Valentine Lenoir covered every blade of grass while been instrumental in all Rovers attacks. They were ably assisted by Hannah Cox on the right and Deirbhle Geraghty on the left with both girls putting in great shifts. Up front the twin strike force of Natasha Fitzgerald and Niamh O'Brien were a constant thorn in the side of the visitors defence causing them all sorts of problems. When introduced with ten minutes remaining Katie O'Connor chased everything down and was unlucky not to score only been denied by the keeper. It a fantastic all round team display from the girls and it was the type of performance where you couldn't select a girl of the match as every single girl on the pitch put in a tremendous shift, well done to Mandy and the girls on a terrific display tonight. Also get well soon to Valentine Lenoir who received an ankle injury tonight.
TEAM: Charmaine Higgins, Ann Murphy, Nicole Hubbard, Saoirse O'Reilly, Louise Johnson, Hannah Cox, Rachel Bolger, Valentine Lenoir, Deirbhle Geraghty, Niamh O'Brien, Natasha Fitzgerald. SUBS: Katie O'Connor, Brigid O'Reilly.

Comp: DWSL Cup
Date: 24/4/17
Venue: Drimnagh
Kick Off: 7pm

DWSL Cup
Mourne Celtic 2 Wicklow Rovers 2

The senior ladies travelled to Drimnagh tonight to take on Mourne Celtic. Last season when they met at the same venue the girls were well beaten. But a sign of how the girls have came along was when they were a little disappointed they didn't come home with all three points after drawing 2-2. In truth the girls should have claimed all three points on the balance of play. With ten minutes gone on the clock Saoirse O'Reilly was the first to threaten when her effort was well saved by the Mourne keeper. The home team's first chance of note came after seventeen minutes but Charmaine Higgins in the Rovers goal was equal to it pulling off a magnificent save to push the ball around the post. On twenty two Rovers had a great chance when Niamh O'Brien found herself through on goal but the keeper denied her. But three minutes later Niamh made no mistake. Rachel Bolger and Natasha Fitzgerald combined out on the left to find O'Brien just inside the area and she made no mistake blasting home to give Rovers a deserved lead. On the thirty minute mark Rovers should have increased their lead, a long ball out of defence from Ann Murphy found Niamh O'Brien but her shot shaved the outside of the upright. Disaster struck for Rovers two minutes before the break, the Mourne number seven picked the ball up in the centre of the park and was let run to the edge of the Rovers area without been closed down before unleashing a thuderous shot which nestled in the back of the net to level matters. Just before the break Rovers went close to retaking the lead when the impressive Saoirse O'Reilly went close. The second half continued in the same vein with Rovers on the front foot, after fifty minutes Hannah Cox struck the Mourne post and a minute later Valentine Lenoir could only watch as her effort sailed just wide. Then Rachel Bolger was denied by the keeper. On fifty four minutes the girls got caught with a sucker punch goal against the run of play. So after dictating the game it looked like the girls missed chances were going to come back to haunt them but they showed great character to battle back. They won a penalty after fifty nine minutes and Natasha Fitzgerald stepped up to coolly slot the ball home in the bottom left hand corner. Rovers created several more chances but unfortunately they failed to take them. The game ended up at 2-2 but in truth on the balance of play the girls should have brought all three points back to Wicklow. On the night player of the match went to Valentine Lenoir who covered every blade of grass on the pitch and her technical ability on the ball was a joy to watch. Her overall game is a lesson to any budding female footballers. She was ably assisted by Rachel Bolger who put in another good shift in the engine room. Saoirse O'Reilly also impressed in her new role wide on the left, she was on hand to help out her defence while she was a handful when attacking. Nicole Hubbard was another player who stood out with her solid defending while also getting forward at every possible opportunity. All in all it was a good team performance from the girls.
TEAM: Charmaine Higgins, Ann Murphy, Nicole Hubbard, Louise Johnson, Kellie Ryder, Hannah Cox, Rachel Bolger, Valentine Lenoir, Saoirse O'Reilly, Niamh O'Brien, Natasha Fitzgerald. SUBS : Katie O'Connor, Rachel Hodgkinson.

Comp: DWSL Cup
Date: 5/5/17
Venue: Donnycarney
Kick Off: 7pm

DWSL Cup
Donnycarney 1 Wicklow Rovers 5

The senior ladies recorded an excellent 5-1 away win over Donnycarney tonight. Hannah Cox fired the girls in front after five minutes. On the quarter hour mark Kellie Ryder crossed to Niamh O'Brien who duly dispatched the ball to the net to make it 2-0. Two minutes later it was 3-0 when Charmaine Higgins fired home. On thirty six minutes Niamh O'Brien scored her second and Rovers fourth. The icing on the cake came when Rachel "The goal machine" Bolger scored her first goal since returning from a serious injury. The home nabbed a consolation goal but Rovers were well worth their win to make it two wins and a draw from their first three games. The Rovers defence were solid throughout the game, Laura O'Brien in the Rovers goal pulled off some outstanding saves. Brigid O'Reilly put in a good shift up front in her first full game of the season. Player of the game went to Kellie Ryder who was outstanding throughout the match while also providing an assist. The girls are back in action next week with two home games, on Tuesday they take on Shankill and on Wednesday they entertain Dundalk side
Castletown Belles.

Comp: DWSL Cup
Date: 8/5/17
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7pm

DWSL Cup
Wicklow Rovers 3 Shankill FC 2

Well our senior ladies took on the favourites for the DWSL cup tonight in the shape of Shankill FC. It was Shankill who started the better as the Wicklow girls took time to settle. Shankill pushed Rovers back and even though they had the majority of possession they never really caused Laura O'Brien in the Rovers goal any major problems in the first twenty minutes. Rovers worked their way into the game and started to mount a few attacks. In the thirty first minute the very impressive Niamh O'Brien put Rovers in front when she latched on to a Rachel Bolger pass to squeeze the ball past the keeper. Five minutes before the break Shankill drew level with a deserved equaliser and teams went in at the break level at 1-1. Rovers reshuffled the pack and came out in the second half all guns blazing. The twin strike force of Niamh O'Brien and Natasha Fitzgerald were causing their more experienced opponents untold problems. On fifty one minutes it was the same combination that led to the first Rovers goal that combined to put them 2-1 up, Rachel Bolger slipped a through ball into Niamh O'Brien and she powerfully fired into the bottom left hand corner. The girls were full of confidence now and more than matched their higher ranked opponents. Things got even better on fifty eight minutes, Niamh O'Brien completed her hat-trick when Natasha Fitzgerald set her up and she made no mistake to make it 3-1. Laura O'Brien came to her side's rescue with an unbelievable save with her foot when a certain goal looked on the cards. Indeed Shankill were piling forward looking for a way back into the game but couldn't get past a stubborn Rovers defence of Ann Murphy, Nicole Hubbard, Louise Johnson and Kellie Ryder. When Shankill did get past the Rovers rearguard they found Laura O'Brien in inspired form. In the seventy fifth minute Louise Johnson put her body on the line for her team when she threw herself in front of a thunderbolt of a shot from the Shankill striker to block the ball. Shankill did pull one back with ten minutes remaining and this signalled an onslaught from Shankill. The girls did escape in the last minute when a Shankill effort struck the woodwork. A great result for the girls which puts them top of the group with one game remaining. On the night Laura O'Brien was outstanding in the Rovers goal pulling off several good saves. The back four of Ann Murphy, Nicole Hubbard, Louise Johnson and Kellie Ryder were excellent when put under pressure. The midfield of Hannah Cox, Rachel Bolger, Natasha Fitzgerald and Charmine Higgins put in a great shift up and down the field with Rachel providing two assists and Natasha one assist. Up front Brigid O'Reilly worked hard closing down the Shankill defence. With everyone playing their part it would always be difficult to pick a player of the match but on this occasion l don't think anyone could complain about the selection of Niamh O'Brien as player of the match. She provided three high class finishes but her work rate was phenomenal, she covered every blade of grass on the pitch running herself to a standstill and into the bargain she helped out her midfield when required. A big thanks to everyone who came along to support the team. A special thanks goes to Rachel and Katie while even though they didn't get onto the field of play their encouragement from the sideline was inspiring to the girls. Finally but not least well done to Mandy who does trojan work with this group of girls. Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC and connected with the girls team wish Saoirse O'Reilly and Deirbhle Geraghty a speedy recovery from their injuries. This result puts them in the driving seat with one game left and that comes up Wednesday night when the entertain Castletown Belles from Dundalk in Whitegates, game kicks off at 8pm so come along and cheer the girls on. They would appreciate your support.
TEAM: Laura O'Brien, Ann Murphy, Nicole Hubbard, Louise Johnson, Kellie Ryder, Hannah Cox, Rachel Bolger, Natasha Fitzgerald, Charmine Higgins, Brigid O'Reilly, Niamh O'Brien, Rachel Hodgkinson and Katie O'Connor.

Comp: League
Date: 15/5/17
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.15pm

DWSL League Inter 3
Wicklow Rovers 3 Terenure B 2

The senior ladies kicked off their league campaign with a home game against Terenure tonight at Whitegates. Fresh from their DWSL cup success the girls would have been looking for a positive start. Things didn't start well, even before kick off the problems were mounting as the girls were down three regulars. Anyway it was onto the match and Rovers had the first chance of note when Niamh O'Brien beat the offside trap but her near post effort was beating away by the away keeper. In the eighth minute disaster struck for the home side as Terenure took the lead. In the twenty second minute Niamh O'Brien cut through the away defence only to fire her effort wide of the post. On the half hour mark Terenure increased their lead and things weren't looking good for Rovers. Nothing was going according to plan, the girls just couldn't get going and they carried no real threat in the first half. At half time Deirbhle Geraghty was introduced from the bench, this allowed Natasha Fitzgerald to move to her favoured strikers role. Straight away you could see Rovers were more up for it in the second half, seven minutes after the restart Rachel Bolger got an the end of a Kellie Ryder free kick to powerfully head home but to everyone's dismay the referee disallowed the goal. Rovers were now on the front foot and were putting their opponents under severe pressure. On fifty four minutes Rachel Bolger went close again, this time her effort shaved the wrong side of the upright. At this stage Rovers changed formation to a 4-3-1-2 with Rachel Bolger taking a more advanced role. It immediately paid dividends when Deirbhle Geraghty and Bolger combined to set Niamh O'Brien away and she made no mistake, game on. Three minutes later the sides were level when Rachel "The Goal Machine" Bolger broke through the Terenure defence to fire past the keeper to make it 2-2. With fifteen minutes left on the clock the comeback was complete. Niamh O'Brien cut in from the right wing leaving her marker in her wake, O'Brien squared the ball to Natasha Fitzgerald and she powerfully drilled the ball home to make it 3-2. Terenure did have one last chance to square it up with a minute left but the Rovers keeper pulled off an excellent save. In the first half the girls didn't reach their normal standards they have set for themselves. The central defensive partnership of Kellie Ryder and Louise Johnson held their team together with Rachel Bolger and Niamh O'Brien further up front causing problems in that first half. The second half saw more of a team performance and the standard we've come to expect from the girls. On the night Deirbhle Geraghty definitely made a big difference when sprung from the bench. Rachel Bolger was inventive in the centre of the park while also scoring one. Further upfield Niamh O'Brien and Natasha Fitzgerald were causing untold trouble when they teamed up and they also netted a goal a piece. Saoirse O'Reilly put in an industrious display with Louise Johnson leading by example pushing her team forward. But when it comes to player of the match the selection goes to Kellie Ryder who impressed through out the whole ninety minutes, her reading of the game was excellent. She came to her teams rescue on several occasions with her timely interceptions and her distribution from defence was spot on. An excellent three points to kick start the league campaign after a slow start. Well done girls.

Comp: League
Date: 22/5/17
Venue: Jobstown Park
Kick Off: 7.15pm

DWSL League Inter 3
Brookfield FC 0 Wicklow Rovers 5

The senior ladies travelled to Jobstown in Tallaght tonight for their second league game hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the season. Last season they lost 4-1 in this fixture so the girls were hoping to reverse the result this time around. Rovers were quickest out of the starting blocks with Natasha Fitzgerald going close after five minutes. The girls went in front after twelve minutes, a rasping shot from Rachel Bolger was parried by the keeper but Niamh O'Brien was alert to pounce on the rebound to smash the ball high into the roof of the net. Five minutes later O'Brien went on a superb solo run ghosting past three defenders before dragging her effort just past the far post. Rovers were dictating the play with Rachel Bolger and Saoirse O'Reilly pulling the strings in the middle of the park ably assisted by Hannah Cox wide on the right and Deirbhle Geraghty out on the left. Midway through the half Rachel Bolger swung a cross in from the right which was met by Natasha Fitzgerald whose half volley sailed over. Rovers went in at the break 1-0 up, a lead that was fully deserved. The second half started with the impressive Saoirse O'Reilly firing an effort just wide of the upright. A minute later Rovers had a let off when the home side rattled the crossbar. This was the jolt the girls needed and two minutes later they increased their lead. Saoirse O'Reilly's high cross was expertly taken down by Fitzgerald and coolly slotted home to make it 2-0. Natasha Fitzgerald got her second and Rovers third when she sneaked in at the back post to finish off a Kellie Ryder corner. On seventy three minutes it was 4-0, a delightful through ball from Rachel Bolger put Niamh O'Brien away on goal and she made no mistake firing past the advancing keeper. The girls weren't finished at that and they added a fifth when Rachel "The Goal Machine" Bolger curled a delightful shot past the keeper to cap of a fantastic display in the middle from Bolger. The team put in an excellent team performance. Charmaine Higgins in the Rovers goal was her reliable safe self. The back four of Ann Murphy, Louise Johnson, Kellie Ryder and Laura O'Brien were rock solid and Nicole Hubbard when introduced was as effective. The centre of the park was controlled by Rachel Bolger and Saoirse O'Reilly with a lot of Rovers attacks going through the two girls. Hannah Cox on the right and Deirbhle Geraghty on the left put in a great shift working tirelessly for their team. Up front the prolific duo of Niamh O'Brien and Natasha Fitzgerald were a constant thorn in the side of the Brookfield rearguard with both players netting twice. When it comes to player of the match it was hard to separate the midfield duo of Rachel Bolger and Saoirse O'Reilly. Both girls were excellent in the centre of the park. They broke up most of the Brookfield attacking play while also providing the springboard for all the Rovers attacks. Both players were dogged in the tackles and were involved in all five Rovers goals. They both worked their socks off in the engine room of the team. This win gives the girls two wins from two in the league and also means their unbeaten in seven competitive games now. They take on CMH FC in the junior cup at Whitegates this Wednesday night, match kicks off at 7.15pm, all support is welcomed. TEAM: Charmaine Higgins, Ann Murphy, Louise Johnson, Kellie Ryder, Laura O'Brien, Hannah Cox, Rachel Bolger, Saoirse O'Reilly, Deirbhle Geraghty, Niamh O'Brien, Natasha Fitzgerald. SUBS : Nicole Hubbard, Katie O'Connor, Brigid O'Reilly.

Comp: League
Date: 29/5/17
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.15pm

DWSL League Inter 3
Wicklow Rovers 8 Rivervalley Rangers 0

The senior ladies continued their magnificent start to the season when they defeated Rivervalley Rangers 8-0 at Whitegates. The girls are now unbeaten after eight cup and league games winning seven and drawn one. Last night in the league they hit their opponents with a clinical display. Rachel ''The Goal Machine'' Bolger smashed home an excellent hat-trick to bring her tally for the season to six. The twin strike force of Niamh O'Brien and Natasha Fitzgerald were not to be outdone as they both weighed in with a brace each to bring their season totals to thirteen and nine respectively. The goal haul was completed by Mel Clarke who was making her competitive debut for the girls. The was an excellent all round team performance from the girls.
TEAM: Laura O'Brien, Charmaine Higgins, Louise Johnson, Kellie Ryder, Nicole Hubbard, Hannah Cox, Rachel Bolger, Saoirse O'Reilly, Mel Clarke, Niamh O'Brien, Natasha Fitzgerald, Anne Murphy, Brigid O'Reilly, Katie O'Connor and Rachel Hodgkinson.


 
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