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February 2019

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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 24th FEBRUARY 2019
The senior men done their title hopes the power of good with an excellent 5-0 away victory over Kildare outfit Kill Celtic. Having lost to the same opponent at Whitegates in the second game of the season this game was always going to be crucial in their pursuit of the title. All the worries were blown away as the lads produced their best performance of the campaign to totally blow their opponents away. Ciaran McGettigan brought his season total to seventeen with two goals, Tommy Kelly scored his second and third of the campaign when he notched a brace. Tommy Smullen nabbed his fourth of the season when he scored a David Beckham style goal from inside his own half. This was a fantastic all round team display with every player playing their part to ensure they go back to the top of the table. As it stands with three games left the lads are two points clear of second placed Ayrfield United with a game in hand, they are three points clear of third placed Ballymun United with the same amount of games played and seven points ahead of Ardmore Rovers. With the lads having to play Ballymun both home and away and Esker Celtic away the destiny of the title is very much in their own hands.
The second team recorded an excellent 5-1 away win over Ballywaltrim in the second round of the Wicklow Cup. Stuart Cox put them one up before the home side levelled matters. Two goals from Rob Talaga sent Rovers in at the break 3-1 up and in control of the game. Ballywaltrim were quickest out of the traps in the second half and had a couple of chances to narrow the gap but this just seem to jolt Rovers into action and further goals from Stuart Cox and Jack Crowley put the game to bed and safely booked their place in the quarter finals.
Saturday’s junior action saw our under 14A’s go down 5-3 away to Belvedere FC, having lost some of last season’s double winning side the coaching staff had to revamp their squad. The lads were also missing a couple of players on the day as well as their goalkeeper through injury. All in all the lads gave a battling display, Steven Gormley scored a brace with Alex Sinnott nabbing a single. Another team understrength were the 15B’s as they lost 4-2 away to Arklow Town in their first premier league game. The lads fell behind early on but battled back to go 2-1 up. Arklow hit three unanswered goals to claim all three points. Rory Hannon and Alexander Gallet hit the net for Rovers.
Sunday’s action saw the under 13’s get off to a flyer when they defeated a spirited Newtown Juniors side 8-1, this game was marked with two excellent hat-tricks from Lorcan Sinnott and Eoin Kennedy, Daniel Kavanagh and Charlie Czwalina both scored one a piece in what was a fantastic all round team display. Our under 15 girls were involved in a goal fest losing out to league leaders Terenure Rangers 7-4. Rovers went in front with a neat finish from Molly Sweeney. The home side came roaring back to go 3-1 up, scoring two from the penalty spot. The home side added a fourth just before the break. The girls came out determined to put on a show in the second half and that they did with the teams sharing six goals. Justine Cronin, Aoife Caffrey and a second of the game and twenty third of the season from Molly Sweeney accounted for the Rovers goals. The under 16A’s lost out narrowly to St Malachys away from home losing 2-1, the lads have a very much changed squad from last season’s promotion winning team. In this closely fought encounter the game could have went either way with both teams having good chances, Adam Shepherd netted the Rovers goal on the day.
Our under 16A team require a few players for their DDSL Major 1 team, in particular the team are seeking a goalkeeper. If you were born in 2003 and are interested in playing football for our under 16A team please contact Jerry Lewins at 086-8943302.
Anyone with anything for our club notes, Facebook page, club website or our weekly online newsletter can contact me by email at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com  or by text to 087-9108706.
For all news regarding the club, check out our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com  or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 17th FEBRUARY 2019
 
Our senior first team got back to winning ways at the weekend when they defeated Portlaoise 5-1 at Whitegates. This result was good enough to see them leapfrog Ayrfield United and back to the top of the league. Gareth Murphy set them on their way after he latched onto a defensive mix up to slot the ball home. Two goals in a couple of minutes ten minutes before the break put the game to bed. First Tom Smullen beautifully chipped the keeper after good work by Adam Cox and then two minutes later Cox fired home to make it 3-0. The scoring wasn't finished there as on the stroke of half-time Gareth Murphy added his second to put the game out of the away sides reach to leave the lads 4-0 up at the break. A Jim Foley surging run into the box five minutes into the second half saw him finish smartly to make it 5-0. The away side eventually got on the score sheet but they had to wait till injury when they scored from a spot kick. The Rovers back line of Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, Rikki Quinn and David Rowan were rock solid all afternoon and ensured that Rossa Marron between the Rovers posts had a quite afternoon. This was a good all round team performance from the lads and ensures the destiny of the title remains in their own hands.
 
An understrength under 15’s came up against a very strong Rathnew side in the Community Shield final. Even with a full strength side the lads were always going to find it tough against last season’s league and cup winners but when your down to the minimum it was always going to be tough. A strong Rathnew side ran out 7-0 winners and hard that the lads tried they just found the villagers too good on the day.
 
With the club’s executive committee down to the bare minimum regards numbers, the club is urgently in need of volunteers to step forward to help out on the committee. With only five members on the executive committee at present we are sending out this request for people to come forward to assist with the running of the club. Just don’t assume someone else is going to step forward, the club seriously needs fresh blood in order to help the club progress and prosper. The way it is at present the five people on the committee are snowed under with work and could do with a helping hand with the workload. Any little bit of assistance would be a big help. With twenty six teams in the club if we got one representative from each team to help out for one year we would then have a very healthy committee to help the club prosper. If each team in the club had one representative on the committee every year we would definitely get a lot more done in order for the club to prosper. The club promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and senior men and ladies in the community, our club is growing all the time and the committee is getting smaller, any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated.
 
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.
 
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Michael [Mick] Murphy of Friars Hill who sadly passed away recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Angela, children Mark, Rhona and Ian, his sister Margaret, brother Liam, cousin Anne, daughter-in-law Aileen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family and friends, may he rest in peace.
 
Anyone with anything for our club notes, Facebook page, club website or our weekly online newsletter can contact me by email at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com  or by text to 087-9108706.
 
For all news regarding the club, check out our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com  or the club facebook page.
 
WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 10th FEBRUARY 2019
 
The first team suffered a set back in their quest for the Saturday Premier title when they went down to a narrow 2-1 away defeat to one of their title challengers Ayrfield United. The positive thing for the lads is the destiny of the title still remains in their own hands. They need to regroup now, put this result behind them and go on another good winning run. The lads went one up early in play courtesy of Ciaran McGettigan’s fifteenth goal of the season but the home side hit back straight away to level matters. This is the way it remained up to half time. Ayrfield nabbed the all important winner midway through the second period. The lads gave their all trying to find an equaliser but on the day they couldn’t break down a resolute home defence.
 
The second team came up against third placed St Anthonys at Whitegates and were very unlucky to lose 3-2. In a game were missed chances came back to haunt the lads, this was a game they definitely should have taken something from. The away side took the lead against the run of play but Rovers hit back through Stuart Cox. St Anthonys went back in front again but for a second time this young Rovers side hit back with an equaliser from Jack Crowley. The away side nabbed the winner with the last kick of the game which was a cruel blow the lads didn’t deserve.
 
Our under 17’s played their first game of the John Tobin Youth League when they travelled to Ferndale Park to take on Arklow United. A very much understrength Rovers team put in a battling performance to earn a credible point in a 2-2 draw. The lads fell behind early on and things got worse when the home side doubled their lead shortly after the first and it looked like a bad afternoon was on the cards. To the lads credit they showed great character to battle back. They halved the deficit on the stroke of half time when Thomas O’Neill bundled the ball home. Rovers earned a deserved share of the spoils when a move involving Thomas O’Neill, Gary Dowling and Dylan Moriarty helped to set up Paul Marah who unleashed a 35 yard screamer that swerved and dipped under the crossbar to make it 2-2. Considering the lads were down to the bare bones this was an excellent result.
 
Our under 15 girls played out a thrilling 3-3 draw away to Lakelands FC on Sunday. In a game that was played in very windy conditions both teams produced some lovely neat football to entertain the watching public. Justine Cronin and Molly Sweeney gave Rovers the perfect start with goals on eleven and fifteen minutes to race into a 2-0 lead. The home side pulled one back to leave the half time score 2-1 to Rovers. Early in the second half Rovers restored their two goal cushion when Justine Cronin finished after great work from Aoife Caffrey and Molly Sweeney. Yet again the home side battled back scoring goals after fifty five and sixty minutes to level matters at 3-3. The Rovers girls turned in an excellent performance but a special mention goes out to Rachel Byrne who turned in a fine performance in the centre of midfield in her first game of the season.
 
Our second Last Man Standing competition of the season kicked off at the weekend with the top three selections obliging their supporters by winning their respective games. Liverpool's comfortable 3-0 home win over Bournemouth saw 37 players progress. Another 37 players went through as their selection Arsenal beat Huddersfield 2-1. Manchester United continued their recent good form with a 3-0 away victory over Fulham to help 23 players into round two. Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Leicester saw 8 players move on to round two. Watford's narrow 1-0 win against Everton put a single player through. Of the casualties that made their exit from the competition Southampton were the biggest as 10 players went crashing out after their surprise 2-1 home defeat to Cardiff. Four more players were eliminated when 3 selected Crystal Palace and 1 player went on West Ham in their tussle but unfortunately a 1-1 draw resulted with all 4 players going out. Everton's 1-0 defeat away to Watford saw a further 2 players miss out while Burnley beat Brighton 3-1 which saw a sole player who picked Brighton depart the competition.  At the time of going to print another 10 players will be hoping to join the 106 players in round 2 when their selection Wolves entertain Newcastle in the Monday night live game on Sky Sports. Once again a big thanks to everyone who participated in our Last Man Standing competition and the best of luck to the remaining players in the competition​​​​​​​
 
WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 3rd FEBRUARY 2019
 
The senior first team travelled to take on Glasnevin FC in an early kick off on Saturday with the intention of going clear at the top of the table. The lads took nothing for granted against a struggling Glasnevin side and produced a seven star performance winning 7-0. This result sees them extend their lead to three points at the head of the pack and they also have the luxury of a game in hand on their nearest challenger Ballymun United. Adam Cox fired home an excellent hat-trick, Ciaran McGettigan weighed in with a brace with both Tom Smullen and Gareth Murphy hitting singles. Definitely the lads have run into form at just the right time and have now put themselves in the driving seat with the destiny of the title very much in their own hands.
 
Wicklow Rovers second team hosted Arklow Celtic under lights at Whitegates on Friday night in a division 1 clash. Rovers started well and pushed forward early with intent. They continued to push Arklow's defence and were rewarded with a cracking goal from Patrick O'Keane that put Rovers ahead. Arklow gave the perfect response with some neat football that led to a goal from a tight angle to level the game. Rovers continued to hold possession in the second half and penetrated the Arklow backline on several occasions but failed to capitalise. Arklow had some good spells but couldn't break Rovers down. Just when a draw was looking likely Rovers pushed forward once more and when Stuart Cox needed to step up he didn’t disappoint placing the ball neatly into the bottom corner to give Wicklow Rovers their first league win of the season.
 
With the club’s executive committee down to the bare minimum regards numbers, the club is urgently in need of volunteers to step forward to help out on the committee. With only five members on the executive committee at present we are sending out this request for people to come forward to assist with the running of the club. Just don’t assume someone else is going to step forward, the club seriously needs fresh blood in order to help the club progress and prosper. The way it is at present the five people on the committee are snowed under with work and could do with a helping hand with the workload. Any little bit of assistance would be a big help. With twenty six teams in the club if we got one representative from each team to help out for one year we would then have a very healthy committee to help the club prosper. If each team in the club had one representative on the committee every year we would definitely get a lot more done in order for the club to prosper. The club promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and senior men and ladies in the community, our club is growing all the time and the committee is getting smaller, any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated.
 
The new junior season is just around the corner, the WDSL season is due to start on the weekend of the 16th of February with the community shields at the under 13’s, 14’s and 15’s and then the league action kicks off the following weekend the 23rd/24th of February.
 
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.
 
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ann Byrne [nee Kinsella] who sadly passed away recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Sean, children Emma, Jenifer, Ruth, Ian and Colm, her grandchildren James, Evan, Caia, Millie, Bella, Feidhlim, Phoebe and Finn, her extended family and friends at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
 
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