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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 26th FEBRUARY 2017

The action on the playing field was curtailed at the weekend with the weather having a big say. The heavy overnight rain on Friday night put a lot of games to the sword. Of the games that did get the go ahead our under 14B’s produced a disappointing display against Roundwood on Saturday to make their exit from the premier cup going down 3-0. The lads never really got going in this game and at the moment they are going through a mini slump. The lads will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the coming weeks to push on with their challenge for the premier league and shield titles. Also on Saturday our 14C’s went down 7-1 away to Arklow Town A, Ben Lawless put the lads one up. The lads had two or three great chances to increase their lead but didn’t get the luck in front of goal. The lads controlled the first half but got hit with a sucker punch goal just before the break. Early in the second period Rovers created two clear cut openings but didn’t take their chances when they came their way. Arklow finished the stronger with the difference between the sides been the home side were the more ruthless in front of goal. Rovers manager Fred Boxall stated after the game that he was proud of his team’s performance and effort.
Only two games escaped the bad weather on Sunday, a very much under strength 15A’s went down 6-1 at home to local neighbours Wicklow Town, with only the bare eleven players the lads lost another player through injury early on to leave them a mountain to climb against a very much inform Town side, Frank Reynolds nabbed the lone Rovers goal. The 16B’s fared a lot better as they progressed to round two of the premier cup on the back of an 8-2 victory over Aughrim. Ryan Murphy fired home a brace to make it fifteen for the season, Nathan Wynne brought his tally to twelve with a single with Javier Rodriguez moving on to eleven with a single also. Wayne Costello, Jack O’Gorman, Myles Keogh and Tom O’Shea all hit one each to complete the eight goal haul in a good all round team performance.  
Our Last Man Standing competition resumes this weekend and with 115 players left standing the next few weeks are going to be interesting. We have yet to have one of our previous winners take the title for the second time so will we see one of our previous winners or will we see yet another new champion. It will all be revealed over the coming weeks. Jim Foley, Anthony Earls, Jonathan Lewins, James Nolan Junior and Hughie Nolan all remain in the running to claim the title for the second time but there is a lot of potential football experts left in the competition who will provide stern opposition to our previous champions. We would like to wish all remaining 115 players the very best of luck in the remainder of the competition. Also we would like to once again thank everyone who participated in our competition, your continuous supported is very much appreciated by everyone at the club.
The club are running an Easter Camp from Tuesday 18th April to Friday 21st April. It runs from 10 am to 2 pm daily in the Whitegates. The cost of the camp is €45, a ball will be given to all participants at the start of the camp and a medal will be presented on the final day. There is also a reduced rate for two or more kids from the same family. Registration forms can be picked up at the Saturday morning academy, from any committee member or alternatively you can download a form on the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com. Check out club facebook page and club website for more details.

The 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 AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 19th FEBRUARY 2017

Our seniors were in action on Friday night away to Drogheda Town, in what was a very uneventful match the lads lost out 2-1. Jim Foley had the best chance for Rovers in the first period but hit a shot straight at the keeper from the edge of the box! The two Drogheda goals came from set pieces with Maurice Dunne heading home the Rovers goal. Apart from the goals there wasn't a lot to report on in this game with both teams disappointing.
Saturday’s junior action saw our under 11A's return to league action when they entertained local neighbours Wicklow Town U12's. In a feisty opening period Rovers took a deserved lead. Charlie Czwalina reacted quickest to a loose ball just outside the box and finished superbly under pressure to make it 1-0 and bring his tally in competitive football to eighteen. Liam Burke quickly made it 2-0 with a fantastic finish for his eleventh of the season.  Things got even better for Rovers with six minutes to go to the half time break. A training ground corner made it 3-0. Josh Butler played a neat short corner to Jack Macklin who dribbled across the box and found the top corner to bring his tally to five for the campaign. This was a fantastic team performance from the lads.  Our under 13B' entertained Ashford Rovers at the Rocky Road in what proved to be a very exciting encounter. Ashford came into the game with two wins from two games so a tough game was on the cards for the lads. At the final whistle the game ended all square at 2-2, a point a piece for two good sides. Top scorer Tim Hastie hit his ninth of the season with Ruadhri Kelly nabbing his second of the campaign to earn the lads a well deserved point in an all round good team performance. Our 14C's lost 5-0 away to Greystones United, even in defeat the lads battled right up to the final whistle, as its been said before this little side are competing in the premier grade as a 'C' team and they have to be given a lot of credit as they fulfill their fixtures week after week even though results are not going their way. If any team needs a slice of luck or good fortune, it is this group of players. Yet again they showed great spirit and battling qualities, keep it going lads, your day will come. The 15A's took on Roundwood at the Whitegates in the under 15/16 challenge cup, the game ended up all square at one a piece. It was a tight encounter, which could have went either way. Paul Marah scored his fourth of the season when he fired home from the penalty spot.
On Sunday the under 13 girls made it seven wins from eight games when they defeated Terenure Rangers 7-2, the highlight of the game was an excellent individual scoring feat from Molly Sweeney who fired home a double hat-trick to take her tally for the season to twenty one. Aoife Caffrey nabbed a single to make it seven for the campaign in what was an excellent all round team performance. The 14A’s drew 1-1 with Arklow Town in a tight game, Samuel Bishop notched his third goal of the season to give the lads a well earned point. Our 14B’s had a bad day at the office when they went down 7-0 to Coolboy Rangers, the lads never reached their normal standards in this game and will just have to put it down as an off day. The 16B’s lost out by the odd goal in five when they lost 3-2 to Coolboy Rangers, Tom O’Shea hit a brace of goals in an exciting game of football in which the lads were a little unlucky not to get something from.
There is no Last Man Standing competition this coming weekend due to the EFL cup final and a reduced premiership programme. The competition resumes the weekend of the 4th of March.

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, visit the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.


WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th FEBRUARY 2017

The senior men went down 2-1 at home to Corduff FC at the Whitegates on Friday night. The lads were chasing the game from early on in the game as they got off to a disastrous start falling 1-0 behind after six minutes and then after twelve minutes they found themselves 2-0 down. In a first half of very little in the way of clear cut chances apart from the two goals it was a disappointing performance from the lads. The second half was a lot better as the lads pressed forward in search  of a way back into the game. They created a few half chances with Riain Sweetman Burke going close on a couple of occasions. Bryan Doyle gave the lads some hope when he fired home after seventy eight minutes. The lads created a couple of good openings in the last ten minutes but were unable to breach the Corduff defence for a second time.
Saturdays junior action saw  our under 12B's keep their great recent run in the league going when they made it four wins from four games when they recorded an excellent 2-0 away win over local rivals Rathnew. On a bad day for football both sides produced some terrific football to warm the hearts of the supporters and keep them entertained right up to the final whistle. This was an excellent game of football with both sides playing some fine attacking play. Ben Bowen and Cian Leonard scored the Rovers goals to capture all three points. A highlight of the game was the outstanding displays from both goalkeepers with both keepers pulling off some fantastic saves. The under 13B's went down narrowly to Greystones United A at the Whitegates. In a tight affair the lads were a little unlucky not to get something from the game finally losing out 1-0. Everyone gave it their all on a bad morning for football. The 16A's defeated their club team mates the 16B's 7-1 in the Whitegates. Nathan Sullivan led the way with an excellent haul of four goals. Conor Byrne, Shane Lincoln and Luke Whyte all nabbed one a piece.  Ryan Murphy nabbed the goal for the B’s.
On Sunday the under 13 girls continued their great run in the Metropolitan Girls League when they made it six wins from seven games when they defeated Lucan Utd 5-2 at Whitegates, the prolific Molly Sweeney brought her tally for the season to fifteen with a brace. Aoife Caffrey also fired home two to make it six for the season with Abi Farrell completing the scoring when she registered a single for her second of the season in what was an excellent all round team performance from the girls. The 14A’s defeated Roundwood 5-1 in a clinical performance, Eoin Doyle nabbed himself a brace to make it eleven for the season. Leading scorer Ross Quinn moved onto sixteen for the campaign with a single with Connor Lewins scoring a single to make it six for the season. Conor Leonard completed the five goal haul with his first of the season.
Round two of our Last Man Standing competition took place at the weekend and at the time of going to print we had 39 casualties. The biggest casualties of the weekend were the 30 players who selected Chelsea as they could only manage a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor against Burnley, Everton’s scoreless draw away to Middlesbrough saw 5 players make their exit, West Ham’s 2-2 draw at home with West Brom meant 3 players went out and Sunderland’s 4-0 hammering at the hands of Southampton saw a single player exit the competition. We had 99 players definitely through to round 3 at the time of going to print. Man Utd’s 2-0 win over Watford ensured 47 players went safely through, Arsenal ended their recent bad run with a 2-0 home win over Hull which helped 40 players progress. Six players made it through when their inspired selection Stoke narrowly defeated Crystal Palace 1-0, Swansea’s 2-0 win over last season’s champions Leicester saw another 5 players progress to the next round and finally one brave soul went with Liverpool and they were rewarded with a place in round three after the ‘Pool’ beat Tottenham 2-0. At the time of going to print we had to wait to see if 16 players who selected Man City in the Monday night game away to Bournemouth would join the 99 players who were safely through to round three. There is no Last Man Standing selections required for the next two weekends due to FA cup action next weekend and a reduced premiership programme the following weekend due to the EFL cup final. Fixtures for round 3 will be sent out on Monday 27th February for matches on the weekend of the 4th March.

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 5th FEBRUARY 2017

There was a limited number of games over the weekend with the weather curtailing the majority of the scheduled matches. In eleven a side action only two games beat the weather, the 12B’s travelled to the Bog Meadow were they took on Enniskerry in the quarter finals of the division 2 cup. In a five goal thriller the lads came out on top on a 3-2 score line. On what was a tricky pitch both sides gave it their all, the heavy conditions made it hard for both sides. This turned into a typical cup tie with both teams battling the conditions as well as their opponents. Nothing separated the sides at the break with the score 0-0 at half time. Rovers went in front through Mikey Nolan and increased their lead shortly after when Peter Dunne added the second. Enniskerry pulled one back before Harry Tobin Kelly raced through to nab the insurance goal. Enniskerry scored a consolation goal in injury time but the lads held on for a deserved victory and a safe passage into the semi finals. The other game to beat the weather was the under 13 girls who took on Cambridge from Ringsend at the Whitegates. In a close tussle the girls came out on top by the narrowest of margins winning 1-0. It was a tough battle with no quarter given by either side and it was a game that saw both defences control the game for the majority of the game. It was going to take a moment of magic to unlock either defence and thankfully that came from Rovers leading scorer Molly Sweeney. Molly cut in from the right wing weaving her way past the Cambridge rearguard before coolly placing the ball past the keeper, a goal richly deserved for Molly’s persistence against a stubborn Cambridge defence. Rovers did have chances to put the game to bed, the Rovers keeper and back three were outstanding through out and were a major contribution in gaining an excellent three points.
Our Last Man Standing competition kicked off over the weekend, on Saturday we saw 24 players make their exit from the competition at the first hurdle. The biggest casualty at the weekend was Liverpool whose recent bad form continued when they lost 2-0 away to Hull resulting in 12 players going out of the competition. Crystal Palace’s embarrassing 4-0 drubbing at home at the hands of Sunderland saw an additional 7 players fall by the wayside. Southampton’s 3-1 home defeat to West Ham meant 3 players went out, while 1 player each went out on Arsenal after they lost out to Chelsea in a London derby and Middlesbrough as they went down narrowly 1-0 away to Tottenham. Of the teams that helped their backers through to round 2 it was the most popular choice of the weekend Tottenham who had the largest number of players on tender hooks. Their narrow 1-0 win over Middlesbrough saw a massive 77 players progress to the second round. Also on Saturday the blue side of the Mersey didn’t let their supporters down as they saw off Bournemouth in a goal fest winning 6-3 to see 18 players safely through. Watford’s 2-1 home win over Burnley saw 3 players move on to the next round, Chelsea’s derby win over arch rivals Arsenal helped 2 players through while 2 players also progressed thanks to West Brom’s narrow 1-0 win over Stoke. West Ham’s 3-1 away win over Southampton completed the amount of players who progressed through from Saturday’s action with 1 player making it through on the back of the Hammers. On to Sunday and the second most popular selection really made their 43 players sweat, Manchester City scored a late winner to defeat Swansea 2-1 when a draw looked on the cards. Manchester United completed round 1 of out competition when they easily accounted for last season’s champions Leicester City winning 3-0 which saw a further 8 players make it through to round 2. What it means is that 24 players exited the competition at the first hurdle to leave 154 players to battle it out to be the last man standing.

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.



 
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