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March 2019

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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 17th MARCH 2019
The senior men’s A team unluckily went down 4-3 away to Ayrfield United in the quarter final of the Wally Wynne cup last Saturday. In a typical cup tie played in conditions more suited to hand gliding both teams served up an exciting encounter. The lads suffered the loss of some key players through injuries and work commitments prior to the game and then lost Jim Foley during the game, add to this Luke Byrne and Paul Newsome carried injuries during the game it was always going to be an uphill task. If there was ever a case of the best team lost this was it with Rovers playing the better football throughout. Even after falling 1-0 behind and 3-1 behind the lads kept playing football, Rikki Quinn drew them level on the first occasion with a thirty five yard blockbuster that swerved numerous times in the wind before sailing into the roof of the net. They then fell 3-1 behind against the run of play but showed great spirit, Ciaran McGettigan was fouled in the area and the resulting spot kick was coolly blasted to the right hand top corner of the net by Ian Brannigan. Davy Rowan levelled matters when he powerfully headed home a Luke Byrne corner, Rovers had several chances to seal the deal but they just couldn’t find the net. It was on to extra time where Ayrfield nabbed the winner on the stroke of half time of extra time. The last chance of note fell to Ian Brannigan but his effort was saved by the keeper. The Rovers rear guard showed their strikers how to do it on the day with the three Rovers goals coming from three defenders. On the day Davy Rowan was man of the match for his all action display winning numerous heading duels and putting in some crunching tackles while also getting his name on the scoresheet. Unlucky on the day lads but all in all it’s been a great season after our league victory, a great first season for the management team of BA and Mattie and their troops, a good basis to build on.
Only one junior game took place at the weekend and that was our under 16B’s who made the trip to Ferndale Park in Arklow to take on Arklow United, unfortunately the lads came home empty handed as they suffered a 2-0 defeat. The lads were well in the game and did have chances to get something from the game but it wasn’t tbe on the day.
The club will be running an Easter Soccer Camp, it will take place from Tuesday 23rd of April to Friday 26th April. It will take place at Whitegates and will run daily from 10am to 2pm. The cost of the camp is €50 and is open to boys and girls from the age of 4 years to 13 years. Discount for two or more kids from the same family. All participants will receive a ball on the first day of the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. For registration forms or further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098 or Robbie Dover 087-1768264 or any committee member. Registration forms can also be downloaded on the home page of the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com It is also hoped to have a link on the club website for people to register and pay if they wish to do so.
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.
A big thanks to all the girls and boys who came out to march in the St Patricks Day parade. Also a massive thanks to all the managers and parents who helped out on the day. Finally thanks to Paul Delaney and Johnny Dunne who ensured everything went off without a hitch at Whitegates, once again thanks everyone.
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 MARCH 2019
 
Our senior A team travelled to their nearest challengers Ballymun Utd last Saturday knowing a victory would claim the Leinster Senior Saturday Premier title and they duly obliged winning 4-2. The lads fell behind ten minutes before the break but they levelled from the penalty spot, Jim Foley coolly slotted the resulting spotkick home after Ciaran McGettigan was fouled in the area. A minute into the second half the home side went in front but Rovers showed great character to battle back and level again when Tommy Kelly fired home from an Adam Cox corner in the sixty sixth minute. Eleven minutes from time Rovers got their noses in front, an Adam Cox free was spilled by the keeper with Tommy Kelly quickest to react to slot the ball home for his second of the game. The icing on the cake came in the eighty fourth minute when Ciaran McGettigan held off two defenders before sliding the ball past the advancing keeper to make it 4-2 and the celebrations began. The title was heading back to Whitegates. Well done to the squad and the management team of BA Franey and Mattie Byrne. They finish off their league programme with a home game against Ballymun Utd and are also hoping to add the Wally Wynne cup to the league title.
 
Saturday’s junior action saw our under 13’s kick off life in the premier division grade with a narrow 2-1 defeat to Glencormac, the lads fell two behind but in the second half they showed their battling qualities to pull one back through the impressive Sean O’Toole. Unfortunately the lads lost a couple of players through injury and just found the Glencormac rearguard a tough nut to crack. The 14A’s are still searching for their first win of the season, they went down to a 1-0 defeat away to Templeogue Utd in what was a closely fought game that could have went either way. Our under 15’s never got going in their game at home to Coolboy losing out 5-1. They were 3-0 down at the break and in the second half they came more into it with Ruairi Jenkinson netting the Rovers goal but on the day the lads were just not at the races.
 
On Sunday the under 12’s lost 5-0 away to Aughrim Rangers in the under 13 premier league, hard that they tried the lads just found their older opponents too strong on the day. Our under 15 girls were away to Portmarnock and in a game that was ruined by the terrible weather conditions a draw was probably a fair outcome. Molly Sweeney with her twenty fifth goal of the season put Rovers one up going into the break. The hosts levelled matters midway through the second half and that’s the way the game ended up. A special mention goes to Jade O’Brien who put in an excellent display at right full.  The under 15A’s lost 3-1 at home to Beechwood, on a cold breezy morning the conditions played havoc with the match, Josh Odlum fired home the Rovers goal as the lads are still finding their feet in the higher grade.
 
The club will be running an Easter Soccer Camp, it will take place from Tuesday 23rd of April to Friday 26th April. It will take place at Whitegates and will run daily from 10am to 2pm. The cost of the camp is €50 and is open to boys and girls from the age of 4 years to 13 years. Discount for two or more kids from the same family, all participants should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. For registration forms or further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098 or Robbie Dover 087-1768264 or any committee member.
 
Our Last Man Standing competition moves on to round five, after the weekend’s games we are now left with 61 players battling it out for the title of Last Man Standing champion and the €500 prize fund.  Of the players that progressed 28 players were on Leicester, 19 on Manchester City, 13 on Liverpool and 1 on Bournemouth. Of the 27 players that exited the competition 9 selected Chelsea, 7 were on Tottenham, 6 on Crystal Palace, 3 on West Ham and 1 on both Everton and Wolves. We would like to thank everyone who participated in our competition, your continuous support is very much appreciated. Also we wish all our remaining players the very best of luck in the remainder of the competition.
 
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 3rd MARCH 2019
 
Our senior A team edged even closer to the Saturday premier title when they defeated Esker Celtic 4-0 in Lucan. The lads turned in an excellent team performance in terrible wintery conditions. Rovers went in front when Ciaran McGettigan scored after some good work from Ian Brannigan and Gareth Murphy after twenty seven minutes. The same trio helped provide Rovers with their second goal just before the break with Ciaran McGettigan this time heading home after good work from Ian Brannigan and Gareth Murphy. Ian Brannigan was involved for the third time when he supplied the cross for Gareth Murphy to put Rovers three up. Ciaran McGettigan completed his hat-trick when he got on the end of an Alan Delaney cross to fire home. This leaves the lads three points clear at the top with two games to go and those two games are back to back games with their nearest challengers Ballymun United.
 
The second team travelled to take on Arklow Celtic on a wet Sunday morning, the lads controlled the game for large periods but they didn’t make their pressure count and then unfortunately they got hit on the counter attack to go one down. The lads pushed forward in search of a leveller but yet again they were hit on the break as Arklow doubled their lead. Rovers did eventually find the net, Jack Crowley struck the post with a well struck shot with Hugh Humby quickest to react to fire home the rebound. Try that they did the lads couldn’t find an equaliser.
 
Saturday’s junior action saw our 14A’s lose out on a 2-1 scoreline to Leicester Celtic at Whitegates, in a closely fought encounter the lads were unlucky not to get something from the game. Darragh Heffernan netted for Rovers on the day. The 14B’s started their season off with a 1-1 draw away to Arklow Utd, in wind swept Ferndale Park a draw was probably a fair result on the day, Ben Bowen nabbed the Rovers goal.
 
Sunday’s action saw the 12B’s play their first competitive game and they kicked off with a fantastic 3-2 away win over Arklow Utd, a brace of goals from Calum Hodgkinson and a single from Filip Stypula laid the foundations in what was an excellent all round team performance. The under 15 girls recorded a good 3-1 win over Malahide Utd at Whitegates. Molly Sweeney got the girls off to a great start when she found the back of the net after three minutes with her twenty fourth goal of the campaign, but Malahide hit back to level. Rovers were determined to get all three points and Justine Cronin put them back in front from the penalty spot for het fifteenth goal of the season, they sealed the victory when Leanne O’Neill scored her first goal for the club in the final minutes to run out 3-1 winners. The 16B’s took on Roundwood and this was a game of two halves. Roundwood controlled the first half and raced into a 3-0 lead. The second period belonged to Rovers and two goals from Mike Gleeson nearly completed the comeback but they just fell short as they went down to a 3-2 defeat.
 
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 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.
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