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Ronnie Phillips, BC Sports/JAKO, Ashford, Co. Wicklow

Leinster Senior Premier Saturday
Wicklow Rovers A 5 Portlaoise AFC 1
Our Leinster Senior League side went into their home game with Portlaoise AFC today seeking all three points which would see them leapfrog Ayrfield United at the top of the league. Rovers dictated the early proceedings pushing the away side back to the edge of their penalty area. On nine minutes Gareth Murphy was denied by an excellent save from the Portlaoise keeper getting down low to turn away for a corner. The resulting corner was then cleared by the away defence. Two minutes later Ian Brannigan fired a half volley goalwards but his effort drifted the wrong side of the upright. Rovers continued to press without threatening the keeper. Finally on twenty six minutes the home team made their pressure tell, Gareth Murphy latched onto a back pass to coolly slot past the advancing keeper to give Rovers a deserved lead. On thirty five minutes Rovers doubled their lead, Tommy Smullen and Adam Cox played a one two which ended with Smullen chipping the keeper for a superb finish to make it 2-0. Two minutes later it was game over and the three points were more or less secured when Adam Cox fired home. A minute before the break Gareth Murphy attacked the centre of the away defence and finished neatly for his second of the game to send Rovers in at the break leading 4-0. Five minutes into the second period right full Jim Foley made a surging run into the Portlaoise area before firing a left footed strike into the bottom left hand corner of the net. Rovers then seemed to take their foot off the pedal even though they still enjoyed the majority of possession. Ten minutes from time Gareth Murphy made a powerful run down the right, then sending in a fierce cross which the keeper parried into the path of Luke Byrne who tapped home only for it to be harshly ruled out for offside. Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal won't have a quieter afternoon this season and that was mainly down to a defence of Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, Rikki Quinn and David Rowan who were rock solid all game and limited Portlaoise to zero chances for ninety minutes. It was only in injury time that the away side got the space to test Marron between the posts. Marron pulled off a fantastic save in the first minute of added time but the away side did nab a consolation goal deep into injury time from the penalty spot. Rovers ran out deserved 5-1 winners which sees them go back to the top of the league. With four games left the destiny of the title is still in their own hands so it's very much all to play for.

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​​​​​​​
Competition starts 9th February 2019
Premier League Season 2018/19
Winner Takes All
1. Select one team each week from the Premier League fixtures and submit your selection plus your name by texting it to 086-3838362 or emailing charlesagmitchell@gmail.com before Thursday at 7 pm prior to the weekend’s matches. Alternatively contact any committee member with your selection
2. If your selection [Team] fails to win you are eliminated from the competition.
3. You cannot pick the same team more than once during the competition [A team can only selected twice if the competition progresses past 20 weeks].
4. Any week a selection is not made by text/email by the cut off time [See rule 1] you will be assigned the first team that you have not previously selected by alphabetical order. Once you have made a selection you cannot change it.
5. In the event that any match involving a team that you have selected is abandoned, postponed or cancelled for any reason, you will continue to the next round of the competition. However your selected team will no longer be available for selection.
6. The entry fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition.
7. Should two or more participants remain standing and all are eliminated in the same week, the Last Man Standing prize will be equally divided among them.
8. All selections from participants will be posted on the club website [www.wicklowrovers.com] prior to each weekend’s matches. Progression of the competition will be posted on the club website.
9. The committee’s decision is final regards Last Man Standing.

 * You can pay your club membership online by clicking on the myclubfinances link below*

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Wicklow Rovers AFC
All Weather Pitch is available to rent.
Please contact Johnny Dunne for more details at 087-7802098.
Our all weather pitch is also available to rent for parties.

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