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February 2018

Club News > Club Notes


The senior men went down to a narrow 2-1 defeat away to St Francis in the first round of the Kevin Nugent cup last Thursday night. These two sides met recently in the Polikoff cup with Rovers coming out on top after a penalty shootout. Unfortunately for the lads this time it wasn’t to be with the home side running out 2-1 victors. Alan Delaney scored the Rovers goal for his second of the season but hard that they tried they just couldn’t breach the St Francis defence for an equaliser.
The 17A’s had a good 4-2 away win over Aughrim Rangers, Jack Colaluca hit a brace with Evan Doyle adding a single and the fourth coming in the shape of an own goal to give them three welcomed points. Our 17B’s also recorded a good 4-2 win over Arklow Town, Nathan Wynne fired home a brace to make it nine for the season with Charlie Williams and David McNabb both netting their first goals of the campaign to claim all three points.
In junior action on Saturday our 12A’s recorded their second win in as many games in the DDSL, this time defeating Phoenix FC in a very exciting game. The lads showed great spirit coming from a goal down to win 3-1. Joshua Bishop nabbed his second of the season to level matters before the break and then in the second period they put the visitors under severe pressure, which told with two deflected goals to give them all three points. Our 12C’s took on St Patricks in their first league game and after losing 4-0 at home to the same opponents last week the lads knew a tough game was on the cards. A goal a piece from Cian Doyle and Shea Boltt earned the lads all three points in a good 2-1 victory in what was a good all round team performance. Our 13B’s unfortunately saw no action for the second week running, following on from their walkover last week they received another one this week when Wicklow Town were unable to field a team. Not ideal for the kids when all they want to do is play football. The 14A’s were very much understrength when they took on neighbours Rathnew. Starting with eleven players at their disposal they lost Jack Ryan through injury after two minutes. The lads battled through the remainder of the game with ten players but fatigue told in the end with the villagers scoring two goals in the last five minutes to run out 2-0 winners. To the lads credit they battled right up to the final whistle. Everyone at the club would like to wish Jack Ryan a speedy recovery from his injury. The under 15A’s progressed to round two of the DDSL Cox cup when they won 2-0 away to Templeogue Utd. The lads put in a good shift to get past a tricky opponent with Noah Sheridan firing home both Rovers goals to make it four goals in three games.
Sunday’s action saw our under 12B’s go down 5-3 in an eight goal thriller away to Greystones Utd A at Woodlands, Ben Lyons brought his tally to twelve when he nabbed one with firsts of the season for both Eoin Kennedy and Ciaran Matthews. The under 14 girls turned in a very impressive display when they defeated Terenure Rangers 6-0 away from home. Justine Cronin fired home an impressive four goals, the third time she has hit four in a game and her fourth hat-trick of the season. Anna Dignam added a brace to bring her tally for the season to five as the girls turned in a very impressive all round performance from the whole squad. The under 16’s went down to a heavy 7-0 defeat to a very strong Wicklow Town side, much that our lads tried on the day they couldn’t make any inroads against our neighbours.
The club will be holding two more registration nights for the payment of outstanding club membership. These nights will be held on Thursday 1st of March and Friday 2nd of March. They will be held in the clubhouse at Whitegates from 7.30pm to 9pm. Anyone with outstanding membership are encouraged to attend either night or alternatively you can contact any committee member to arrange payment of outstanding membership fees, thank you.
Our Last Man Standing competition is down to 64 players left standing after round 2, Leicester were the cause of 25 players going out while West Brom [5], Burnley [3], Bournemouth [1], Chelsea [1] and Everton [1] who all failed to win resulting in a further 11 players exiting the competition. Liverpool’s easy 4-1 win over West Ham saw 49 players progress with 14 players very lucky to make it through after Tottenham scored a very late winner against Crystal Palace. Also making it through was the one brave soul who selected Huddersfield  to win away to West Brom.

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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The senior men got over the disappointment of last week’s penalty shootout exit in the Leinster Junior cup with an excellent 4-2 away win over Ballyoulster Utd in the third round of the Polikoff cup. Gareth Murphy put them 1-0 up after fifteen minutes with his fifteenth goal of the season but the home side levelled matters two minutes before the break. The second half saw Rovers roar into a two goal lead in the space of a minute, firstly Byran Doyle scored his second of the season to make it 2-1 on forty seven minutes and a minute later it was 3-1 with Maurice Dunne claiming his eighth of the campaign. Fifty six minutes were gone when Maurice Dunne converted from the spot for his ninth goal of the season to put the tie to bed with the lads 4-1 up. The home side did pull one back after sixty two minutes but the lads comfortably saw out the remaining twenty eight minutes without any mishaps. This victory puts the lads into the quarter finals of one of the oldest cups in the Leinster Senior League.
Our under 18’s earned a good point in a 2-2 draw with a very good Mount Merrion side, the lads raced into an early two goal lead with goals from Eli Graham and Stuart Cox. The away side deservingly pulled one back from the penalty spot a minute before the break. The second half saw the away side in total control and they levelled things up midway through the half. The lads saw out the remainder of the game to claim a well earned point against a very good side. Daniel Harbourne picked up the man of the match nomination for Rovers.  
Saturday’s junior action saw our under 12A’s kick off their DDSL season with a fine 5-0 away win over Templeogue Utd, Charlie Czwalina, Joshua Bishop, Josh Butler, Lorcan Sinnott and an own goal accounted for their five goal haul in what was an excellent all round team performance. Our 12B’s went down 3-1 to Avonmore in the second leg of their interim shield final, which meant they lost out 7-1 on aggregate. Ben Lyons nabbed the goal for the lads but over the two legs the lads will feel this game should have been a lot closer. After gaining a good 1-1 draw away to St Patricks in the first leg of their final the 12C’s will be a bit disappointed to lose the return leg 4-0. It was a game in which the lads did have chances but it wasn’t to be on the day. The 14B’s received a walkover when their opponents St Anthonys couldn’t field giving the lads a 10- 2 aggregate win. The 15A’s made it two wins from two away games when they narrowly defeated Mount Merrion 2-1. Ross Quinn made it two goals in two when he notched one with Conor Leonard firing home the second to give the lads maximum points from two games in a good all round team performance.
Sunday’s junior action saw the 11A’s beat Aughrim at Whitegates in the first leg of their interim final in a five goal thriller winning 3-2, Sonny McHale fired home a brace with Conor Williams adding a single in what was a thrilling encounter to give the lads a one goal advantage going into the second leg. Our under 14 girls travelled to Enniskerry and avenged their recent home defeat to the same opponents when they won 4-1. Justine Cronin scored a fantastic hat-trick to bring her tally to thirteen with Molly Sweeney nabbing a single to make it fifteen for the season to give the girls an excellent win. By all accounts this was a very impressive display from the girls, their best since they went to 11 a side. The under 14A’s drew 2-2 away to Rathnew in an exciting tussle to win their interim final 5-2 on aggregate. The lads led 3-0 from the first leg and this saw them over the line. Jordan Younger netted twice to give him seventeen goals for the season. Our under 13B’s and the referee turned up for their interim final but their opponents St Patricks failed to turn up.
Everyone at the club would like to wish under 12A manager/coach James [Dixie] Macklin a speedy recovery from his recent operation, we all hope to see you out and about very soon. Get well soon Dixie.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Penny Malcolmson of Brighton, England who sadly passed away recently. Penny’s grandsons Oscar and Louis play for our under 13A’s. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends 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
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The senior men took on Ayrfield United in the fourth round of the Leinster Junior Cup last Friday night, unfortunately for the lads they were cruelly knocked out 3-1 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after extra time. The first half produced very little in the way of clear cut chances with both defences on top. The second half saw the visitors reduced to ten men after fifty three minutes. Rovers had a great chances when both Gareth Murphy and Ciaran McGettigan were denied by a last ditch block and a save from the keeper. The away side broke upfield and scored to go in front. To the lads credit they kept probing and they got their reward in the last minute when Ciaran McGettigan was brought down inside the area. Mikey Delaney showed nerves of steel as he stepped up to fire the spot kick into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Extra time failed to produce a winner and it was on to the dreaded penalty shootout. The away side won the shootout with Peter Finnegan netting the Rovers spot kick.  Shane Doyle gave the lads hope with an excellent penalty save from the visitor’s third penalty but it was short lived. The lads turned in a good all round team performance with Tommy Kelly getting the nomination of man of the match for his tireless running for the team.
The under 18’s got off to a flyer in the new DDSL season when they defeated Tolka Rovers 3-2 at Whitegates on Sunday. Luca Rampersaud put them in front but Tolka levelled before the break. It could have being better for the lads only the Tolka keeper saved well from a Wicklow penalty. The second half saw the lads race into a 3-1 lead with goals from Patrick O’Keane and Dean Noble before the away side pulled one back with thirteen minutes left on the clock. The lads held firm to claim three good points to kick start their season.
Some of our junior teams were back in action for the first time since Christmas, on Saturday our under 12B's went down 4-0 to a strong Avonmore A side in the first leg of their interim final at Whitegates. The lads gave a hundred percent but on the day Avonmore were just that bit stronger. The 12C's travelled to Avoca to take on St Patricks in the first leg of their final and they returned to Wicklow with a fine 1-1 draw to leave the tie evenly balanced going into the home leg next week. This was a good game between two well balanced sides. The first half was a tight affair with little between the teams. The deadlock was broken in the 20th minute when Cian Doyl e fired home his thirteenth goal of the season after some good Rovers pressure. The second half followed the same pattern as the first with nothing to separate the sides, St Patricks levelled matters in the dying minutes to set up a winner takes all next week in the return leg. A draw was probably a fair outcome on the day, well done to both teams. A big thanks to James, Jack and Philip from the under 11's who gave the lads a dig out this game, with all three performing to a very high standard. The 13A’s got off to a solid start in the DDSL when they earned a point away to Portmarnock AFC but it could have being much better as they conceded an equaliser in the last minute. A brace from Louis Malcolmson and a single from Stephen Gormley looked to have secured all three points until they were cruelly denied in the dying seconds. All in all this is a solid start and good foundation to build on.  Our 15A's started life in the DDSL with a win when they recorded a comprehensive 8-0 away victory over Wayside Celtic on Saturday. Noah Sheridan hit the back of the net twice with Alex Butler, Ross Quinn, Stephen Kearns, Fionn Luddy, Ben Sweeney and Ryan Kavanagh all registering singles. This was a comfortable start to their season but there will be tougher hurdles ahead. Well done lads on a good start.
Sunday’s junior action saw the under 14A’s secure a good advantage going into the second leg of their interim final when they defeated local neighbours Rathnew 3-0 at Whitegates. Jordan Younger fired home a brace to bring his tally for the season to fifteen with Conor Hunter claiming his fourth of the campaign to give them a solid advantage going into the second leg next week. The 14B’s were another side who look to have a great chance of winning their interim final when they won 7-2 in the away leg against St Anthonys. Tim Hastie now has ten for the season after he completed an excellent solo goal scoring performance when he netted four times. Zak Hastie scored two with Javier Ranilo rounding off the seven goal haul to put them in a comfortable position going into the second leg.

Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.


The senior men welcomed league leaders Trinity Donaghmede to Whitegates last Friday night. The lads were looking to close the gap on the leaders by claiming all three points and that's exactly what they did when they recorded a super 5-1 win. The lads fell behind after only nine minutes when the visitor’s centre forward tucked the ball away. But Rovers are playing with a lot of confidence this season and they showed that by levelling shortly afterwards. A Luke Byrne corner was dispat ched to the net by the head of Lenny Carton to make it 1-1. The remainder of the half saw Rovers control the game without really threatening the visitor’s keeper. The lads did have a penalty claim waved away by the referee. The second half started with Rovers on the front foot and they were nearly rewarded when Gareth Murphy glanced an Adam Cox corner just wide. Rovers were dictating the play and it was no surprise when they took a deserved lead, yet another excellent delivery from a Luke Byrne corner was met by Tommy Kelly who sweetly struck a left foot shot to make it 2-1 to Rovers with his third goal in as many games. The game went through a scrappy ten minute patch at the midway point of the half with neither side really having a chance of note. The lads did have a purple patch in the last fifteen minutes when they fired home three more goals. First it was Ciaran McGettigan who pounced on a breaking ball to slot home after some excellent work from Gareth Murphy. Soon after it was 4-1, McGettigan who was a constant thorn in the side of the visitors all night superbly rounded the centre half before clinically finishing for his second of the game and his twelfth of the season. Peter Finnegan put the icing on the cake in injury time when he neatly tucked the ball away from the edge of the area to give the lads an excellent 5-1 victory against the league leaders. This win moves the lads into third place in the league standings and puts them in great heart going into their big Leinster Junior Cup game next Friday night against Ayrfield United in Whitegates.
The 17A’s went down to a 6-0 defeat to a very strong Avonmore side in Rathdrum on Saturday. Even though the home side dictated the play the lads never gave up and battled right up to the final whistle. The 17B’s recorded an excellent 5-1 home win over Aughrim Rangers, Nathan Wynne fired home his seventh of the season and there were firsts of the season for Jack O’Gorman, Jaafer Ali and Conor Collier with the fifth coming in the shape of an own goal.
Our Last Man Standing competition is back, our second competition of the season starts on the weekend of the 10th of February [This Saturday], if you are interested in taking part and putting your knowledge of the premiership to the test against other players in pursuit of the €500 prize you can contact Charlie Mitchell 086-3838362, Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706, any committee member, any club member or contact us on our Facebook page. The entry fee to take part in the competition is €10, please if you are taking part get your name in as early as possible as fixtures need to be sent out to participants. Fixtures will only be sent out to people who have registered for the competition so if your not registered and you want to take part please don’t leave it to the last minute, thank you.

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

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