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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 29th JANUARY 2017

The senior team took on Ardmore Rovers in Whitegates last Friday and suffered a disappointing 3-2 defeat. Midway through the first half Wicklow went in front when Sean Tobin fired home. The lead didn't last long as Ardmore were level within a minute as they split open the Wicklow defence. Six minutes into the second period the Bray side went 2-1 up. With twenty minutes remaining Sean Tobin  had a great chance to level but his glancing header went the wrong side of the post. Ardmore scored the insurance goal with five minutes left on the clock to go 3-1 up. In injury time Riain Sweetman Burke scored the lads second goal when he stole in at the back post to slot home. On a disappointing night Mark Delaney, Hugh Humby and Ricki Quinn stood out for the lads.
Saturday’s junior action saw our under 11A’s record a hard earned 2-1 win away to Carnew in the under 12 league, Liam Burke hit the first goal after good work from Jack Macklin and Joshua Bishop. Carnew drew level but Rovers earned all three points when Joshua Bishop slotted home from the penalty spot.  Our 12A's made it two wins from two in the league when they defeated local rivals Wicklow Town. Goals from Ross McCrea, leading scorer Kai Fitzsimons and Sam Greene paved the way for this impressive victory and sends them off for their shield final next week full of confidence.   The 12B's made it three wins from three in the league when they beat previously unbeaten St Patricks 5-1. The lads turned in an excellent performance and were clinical in front of goal while in defence they remained tight through out. Peter Dunne doubled his tally for the season when he fired home a brace. A Charlie Phelan single means he now sits on eight in the goalscoring charts while Mikey Nolan nabbed his fourth of the campaign. Highlight of the game was a first ever competitive goal from Cian Leonard. Our 13A's suffered their first dropped points in local competition this season when Rathnew held the lads to a 1-1 draw. Jordan Younger nabbed his thirteenth goal of the season to earn the lads a hard earned point. The 15B's recorded a comprehensive 11-3 win over Avonmore, Nathan Sullivan produced an amazing solo goalscoring performance hitting seven of the Rovers goals to give him eleven for the season. Michael Ryan moves on to six after hitting a double with Thomas O'Neill and Daniel Murphy both scoring one each. Our 16A's took on Avonmore in the premier league in what was a dress rehersal for next weeks premier shield final. Honours were even at the final whistle with the game ending 2-2. Shane Lincoln scored his fourth of the season with Sean Farrell claiming his first of the campaign for the lads. Our 16B’s went down 4-2 to Dublin Oak Academy last Thursday night, Ryan Murphy scored Rovers first with Nacho Garcia nabbing the second.
Sunday saw our under 13 girls turn in a very impressive display when they defeated Lakelands 4-1 in their own backyard. In what was an excellent team performance from every player on duty the girls went about their business in clinical fashion. The prolific Molly Sweeney fired home a hat-trick with Aoife Caffrey notching a single. The 13B’s got their league campaign off to a winning start when they beat St Anthonys 3-2, a first of the season from Tom Farrelly set them on their way with Tim Hastie and Oran Dempsey also getting on the score sheet. Our 14B team secured all three points in a 4-0 home win over Arklow Celtic, Ben Free and Luke Horan both scored two a piece in what was a good all round team performance. The 14C’s went down to a heavy defeat to a big strong Coolboy side, the lads did give it their all but the bigger physical Coolboy team were just too strong for the lads. The 14A’s earned an excellent point away to Wicklow Town’s under 15’s. The Town have been going great guns this season so this was an impressive result for the lads considering they are playing a year above their natural age group. Samuel Bishop and Eoin Doyle scored the Rovers goals to secure an excellent point.
The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition of the season starting this weekend 4th of February 2017. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, also you can register through the same channels as you did in any of our previous Last Man Standing competitions. The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register you can contact any committee member with all your details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition.  Where possible please get your registration in as early as possible, please don’t leave it to the last minute. Week one fixtures have already be sent out to anyone that has registered. See club website at www.wicklowrovers.com for a full list of the rules.


WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 22nd JANUARY 2017

The senior men made their long awaited return back into action on the field of play on Friday night, unfortunately for them it ended in a 3-2 defeat away to Enniskerry YC. In what was a close thrilling game Ricki Quinn and Maurice Dunne fired home the Rovers goals. The lads had a lot of the possession in this game but were limited to long range efforts. They fell 2-0 behind in the first fifteen minutes but to their credit they battled back to worry the home side, Maurce Dunne scored from the spot before Enniskerry went 3-1 up. Ricki Quinn then pulled another one back but despite their best efforts the lads just couldn’t find an equaliser.
Saturdays junior action saw our under 14B's get their league campaign off to a flyer, on a high after making the premier shield final last week the lads went into this game with Arklow Town in Lamberton full of confidence and that showed with a good work man like performance to claim all three points in a 4-2 win. Luke Horan nabbed his first goals of the season when he netted twice, David Lally scored one to bring his tally to ten for the campaign with Lee Hamilton notching a single to move onto eight for the season in what was a good all round team performance. The 14C's came up against a very strong Roundwood side and found the going tough losing 8-1, Adam Shepherd nabbed the Rovers goal to claim his third of the season. In fairness to this team they have been placed in the premier division due to lack of teams and at this level they have been pitted against 'A' teams, which is a little unfair. But to their credit they turn out week after week despite heavy defeats, they turn out hail, rain or snow and a lot of the credit must go to manager Fred Boxall and his backroom team for encouraging this team week after week, well done to everyone involved.
Sunday’s action saw our 15A’s go down 4-1 to Wicklow Town, the lads put in a battling performance, Dylan Doyle scored his second goal of the season for Rovers. The under 16A’s kicked off their league campaign with a good 6-4 away win over Arklow Town, Sean Leonard fired in an excellent hat-trick to make it twelve for the season with Nathan Sullivan, Shane Lincoln and Jack Colaluca all registering singles. The 16B’s kicked off life in the premier grade with a fantastic 5-3 away win over St Anthonys, Nathan Wynne was another player who notched an excellent hat-trick as he took his total to eleven for the season, Ryan Murphy also moved on to eleven when he nabbed a brace in a good all round team performance.
The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition of the season starting on the 4th of February 2017. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, also you can register through the same channels as you did in any of our previous Last Man Standing competitions. The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register you can contact any committee member with all your details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition. Also it’s advised to have your registration in on or before Friday the 27th of January. Where possible please get your registration in as early as possible, please don’t leave it to the last minute. Week one fixtures will be text out on Monday the 30th of January. See club website at www.wicklowrovers.com for a full list of the rules.

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.

Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Phyllis McLoughlin [Blackrock], Clodagh Smith [Dublin] and Jack Hamilton [Newtown] who all sadly passed away recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may they 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, visit the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.


WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th JANUARY 2016

Well we are still waiting to get back up to full capacity regards action on the playing field. With teams still not back playing since the Christmas break we were left with a curtailed programme of games. Our under 14B’s had a great result on Saturday, they took on Greystones United in Finn Park in a playoff for the right to take on Roundwood in the premier shield final. Both meetings between these two sides in the group part of the shield ended in two exciting 3-3 draws so it promised to be a thriller. Rovers came out on top on a 2-0 score line with the Rovers defence remaining tight through out. The lads were under strength but they battled their way to the final with a good team performance. The first goal came when Scott Bushe headed home his ninth goal of the season from a David Lally corner. The insurance goal came when Ben Free latched onto the breaking ball in the box after Luke Horan’s free kick broke loose in the area to fire home his seventh of the campaign and book their place in the final in what was a good all round team performance. Well done to Rob, Colm and the squad and good luck in the final.
On Sunday our under 13A's kept their impressive run in local competition going, having already blitzed their way to the premier shield final with a one hundred percent record, they are now continuing that winning streak as they made it three wins from three in the premier league with a 5-1 home win over Arklow Town. The highlight of the game was a great individual scoring feat from Jordan Younger who blasted home four goals to bring his tally for the season to twelve. Tom Hodgkinson nabbed his seventh of the season to complete the scoring in what was an excellent all round team performance. Our 16B's took on Wicklow Town in the under 15/16 challenge cup. The lads never really got going in this game with the Town really up for the game from the first kick, the lads conceded two early goals and were chasing the game after that. Nathan Sullivan played in Ryan Murphy to score midway through the second half to make a game of it, Rovers pushed hard but could not find an equaliser, the Town got a third right on full time for a deserved win. Our under 17's travelled to take on Greystones on a blustery morning by the sea in the first game of the pre season under 17 mini tournament featuring Wicklow Rovers,Greystones, Shankill, Ardmore and Arklow Town. Wicklow Rovers looked the sharper team through out and were comfortable 5-1 winners at the final whistle with Stephen Finlay and Luca Rampersaud both firing home a brace a piece, Stuart Cox completed the scoring with a single. This was great workout for the lads.
The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition of the season starting on the 4th of February 2017. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, also you can register through the same channels as you did in any of our previous Last Man Standing competitions. The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register you can contact any committee member with all your details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition. Also it’s advised to have your registration in on or before Friday the 27th of January. Where possible please get your registration in as early as possible, please don’t leave it to the last minute. Week one fixtures will be text out on Monday the 30th of January. See club website at www.wicklowrovers.com for a full list of the rules.
For all your club gear you must contact Mandy O’Neill who is running our club shop, everything regards club gear goes through Mandy and no one else. You can contact Mandy at 087-7924649 or by email at mandyoneill215@outlook.com and she will only be too glad to discuss all details with you.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mai Carroll who sadly passed away recently. Her son Gavin played for the club while her daughter Melissa has been a big supporter of the club sponsoring several teams over the years and in recent years being a big backer of our senior ladies team. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gavin, Melissa, Breffni, her extended 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, visit the club website at
www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.


WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th JANUARY 2017

The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition of the season starting on the 4th of February 2017. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, also you can register through the same channels as you did in any of our previous Last Man Standing competitions. The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register you can contact any committee member with all your details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition. Also it’s advised to have your registration in on or before Friday the 27th of January. Week one fixtures will be text out on Monday the 30th of January. See club website at www.wicklowrovers.com for a full list of the rules.

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.

For all your club gear you must contact Mandy O’Neill who is running our club shop, everything regards club gear goes through Mandy and no one else. You can contact Mandy at 087-7924649 and she will only be too glad to discuss all details with you.
All enquires regarding the club should be done at a respectable time of the day, please remember that all club committee members are also volunteers the same as coaches, managers and players. The committee members are giving their spare time to the club to try help its progression so please remember most of us have our day jobs to attend to as well, many thanks.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and senior men and ladies in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee. Maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member. The club have recently tried to set up a fundraising sub-committee, as we have a small executive committee it is not possible for this small group of people to carry out everything regards the running of the club. These people are at their maximum capacity regards work they are doing for the club. We would ask new people to put themselves forward and come onto this very important sub-committee to help our club make the progress we all would like to see. If you are interested in helping your club out please contact any committee member so we can put your name forward. Remember just don’t assume someone else is going to do it, come along and help your club.
In recent times the club facilities at the Whitegates and the Rocky Road have not been locked up properly, if you are last one at any of the club facilities and there is no one coming on after you please lock up everything. Its better to be safe than sorry so remember if in doubt just lock up, thanks.  

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 1st JANUARY 2017

Well the big challenge match lived up to all expectation last week, the game between Wicklow Rovers and Arklow Town's over 40's in aid of Parkinsons entertained a large attendance. The Town came to do the business and they had the Wicklow lads wore out even before kick off when the Rovers lads could only watch on as the Arklow men went through their warm up routine. Indeed it paid off for Arklow as they made most of the early running as they put Rovers under pressure. Rovers  kept things tight at the back and also made the odd attack themselves. Rovers gradually got a foothold in the game but it was the Town who went in front which their first half efforts richly deserved. Rovers drew level from the penalty spot when John Loughlin hammered the ball home. The sides went in all square at the break. The Rovers sideline looked like a scene from casualty, four of the Rovers lads were out of action when they discovered they had muscles where they never knew they had. The second half saw Rovers push more forward and Billy Manley was called on a couple of times to dwart the men in green. Both sides had chances to go in front as the game was played at a frantic pace. Just when it looked like the game was heading for a penalty shootout Trapper Marah popped up with cool finish that was worthy of winning any match. Arklow did have one more excellent chance but Robert Hollingsworth in the Rovers goal pulled off a world class save to ensure Rovers ran out 2-1 winners. Wicklow Rovers would like to thank all the lads who turned out for the club, a big thanks goes to Arklow Town FC who turned out in large numbers to make the day so special. Many thanks to referee Mick Quinn and his assistants Butch Doran and Willie O'Brien for doing a great job. Thanks to Anthony Earls who helped out on the day. A massive thanks goes to Mandy O'Neill, Rachel Bolger, Katie O'Connor, Rachel Hodgkinson, Hannah Cox, Anne O'Neill, Brigid O'Reilly and Rianna O'Neill who ran the club shop on the day. Also a special thanks goes to Mandy for carrying out a collection around the pitch, well done Mandy. Thanks to Hannah Cox who was the club photographer on the day, some nice photos Hannah, all photos are posted on the club facebook page and the club website, well done Hannah. A big thanks goes to Edward Dunne, James Quinn and Derek Hannigan for making the event happen. Finally a massive thanks goes to all the supporters who came along to support the elder statesmen of both clubs and kindly donated to a worthy cause. In excess of €1,200 was raised on the day, once again a massive thanks to everyone involved. After the game the teams went back to Ernies for refreshments and to relive past times. Rumour has it that both sides are getting back into full time training in anticipation of the return match next year. Hopefully that will give the walking wounded time to recover.
The clubs executive committee would like to wish all our club members, managers, assistant managers, coaches, parents and supporters a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year, we hope 2017 is good to you all. Also everyone at the club would like to wish all our friends in sport a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.
The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition of the season starting on the 4th of February 2017. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, also you can register through the same channels as you did in any of our previous Last Man Standing competitions. The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register you can contact any committee member with all your details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition. Also it’s advised to have your registration in on or before Friday the 27th of January. Week one fixtures will be text out on Monday the 30th of January. See club website at www.wicklowrovers.com for a full list of the rules.

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.






 
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