Go to content

May 2019

Club News > Club Notes
WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 19th MAY 2019
Our youths were very much understrength at the weekend when they went down 6-0 to Wicklow Town in the semi final of the youths cup. With players missing through exam commitments and injuries, the lads were down to eleven players for the game. They then lost Deano Doran through injury to reduce them to ten players. The lads put in a battling display in defeat with Liam Connolly and Paul Marah coming in for a special mention.
Midweek action saw the 12B's play out a tight encounter with Aughrim Rangers drawing 1-1, Jack Neville notched his eighth of the season in a match that could have went either way. Our under 12's went down 3-0 away to Rathnew in the under 13 premier Jako cup, the lads playing a year above their natural age group gave it a hundred percent but that one year age difference told in the end. The 15's had no answer to the power of Rathnew losing 5-0 in the Premier Jako cup. Rathnew just proved way too strong on the night. The under 15 girls signed off their season with a 6-3 defeat at the hands of Terenure Rangers, having already assured themselves of runners up spot in the league this result wasn't too damaging. Molly Sweeney brought her season tally to an incredible 57 goals for the campaign with a single, Aoife Caffrey fired home one with Emer Kennedy notching her first of the season.
Saturday's action saw the 14A’s go down 5-1 away to Manortown Utd, this team is made up of 13’s and 14’s so they are finding the going tough in the higher league this season. In saying that they are giving their all in every game. Zander Johnson scored their consolation goal on the day. The under 14B’s secured a 1-1 draw away to Carnew in the first leg of their Premier Jako cup quarter final game, in a below normal performance the lads were more than happy to get a draw with Jack Noble scoring the important goal. Our 16B's claimed a good 3-1 win away to Arklow Town U15's in the challenge cup at Lamberton. Adam O'Reilly set them on their way before the Town levelled matters. Just before the break Kevin Leonard fired home a thirty yard free kick to restore their lead. Calum Rawl put the icing on the cake firing home from the penalty spot with fifteen minutes left in what was an excellent all round team performance.                                                                                                      
Sunday’s action saw the 12B’s draw 1-1 away to Avonmore in their division 2 Jako cup quarter final first leg match to leave the tie finely poised going into the return leg. Jack Neville’s ninth goal of the season could turn out to be vital over the tie. The under 15’s went down 4-2 to Roundwood in the Challenge cup, in an exciting tussle the game marked first goals of the season for both Tom Farrelly and James Fagan. Our 16A’s came up against a well organised Leixlip United side, the Dublin side ran out 4-0 winners but the lads will be rueing a couple of missed chances when they were a goal behind.                                                                                        Just a reminder to all members that club membership is now overdue, membership can be paid online by visiting our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com, alternatively you can pay your membership to your team manager who will pass it on to the club or you can pay it to any committee member. There will be a final registration night on Friday the 31st of May in the clubhouse at Whitegates from 7.30pm to 9pm.                       
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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th MAY 2019
 
Our senior second team entertained Rathnew in the semi final of the Thomas Scott cup on Thursday night in Whitegates. Rathnew were the better team in the first half, scoring two goals that Rovers should have done better to avoid. The young Rovers side went into the second half looking like a completely different team. A few minutes into the half Dean Noble was fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded. Jack Crowley's effort  was saved but  Paddy O’Keane reacted first to the rebound to score. Jack Crowley then scored a brilliant solo goal, going through several Rathnew defenders and slotting the ball in the bottom left hand corner. Rovers looked the better side and were getting very close to scoring a winner in the dying minutes of the game, but unfortunately Rathnew scored a late header from a corner to win the game. The final score was 3-2 to Rathnew.
 
The youths went down 5-1 to local neighbours Wicklow Town, the final result could and probably should have been a lot closer. Even though the lads were short of several regulars it was only in the latter stages that the Town pulled away. Thomas O'Neill nabbed the Rovers goal on the night.
 
Midweek junior action saw the 12B's suffer a 3-1 defeat away to Greystones United A, the lads matched their higher ranked opponents for large periods of the game, James Dunne netted the Rovers goal.
 
On Saturday the 13A's lost 3-0 at home to Enniskerry, the lads never reached the recent high standards they've set themselves and will now look to rectify this on the training ground. The 14A’s lost 7-2 away to Leicester Celtic, the lads never got going in this game with Mikey Nolan and Liam Burke hitting two consolation goals for them.
 
Sunday’s action saw the 12B’s record a good 2-0 win over Newtown Juniors, both teams served up some good football in an exciting encounter. Jack Neville and Calum Hodgkinson scored the all important goals for Rovers. The 14B’s gained three excellent points in a 4-0 away win over Coolboy Rgrs, a superb hat-trick from Jack Noble and a late strike from Ryan McConnell ensured all three points were coming to Whitegates. Our under 15’s were involved in a seven goal thriller away to Roundwood, unfortunately for the lads they lost out 4-3. Tomas Kennedy fired home all three goal to record a superb hat-trick. The 16A’s were 2-0 up at the break against St Kevins Boys but the away side came roaring back in the second half with two goals to earn a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Aaron Lynch and Adam Shepherd were the Rovers marksmen on the day. Congratulations to Niall Cull and his under 15 girls squad, they claimed runners up spot in the league with an excellent 4-2 win away over league champions Leixlip, Molly Sweeney made it 56 goals for the season with another hat-trick, Aoife Caffrey scored the first to set them on their way. The girls were the first team to inflict a defeat on the champions and in their own backyard as well. This is a just reward for Niall and the girls, their commitment and dedication to their sport deserves this accolade, well done everyone.
 
Our Last Man Standing competition came to a fitting end on the final weekend of the premiership, after ten weeks of selections we have joint winners. Both Rosemary Copeland [First female winner] and Gareth Wildes selected Southampton to beat relegated Huddersfield but the game ended up in a 1-1 draw meaning a share of the jackpot between Rosemary and Gareth. They have been neck and neck over the last couple of weeks so its only fitting they share the €500 jackpot and become our latest Last Man Standing champions. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported our competition and hopefully you’ll join us again next season. A massive thanks to Charlie Mitchell who ran our competition single handed, for all your hard work Charlie we are very grateful. Once again thanks Charlie and congratulations to Rosemary and Gareth.
 
Just a reminder to all members that club membership is now overdue, membership can be paid online by visiting our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com, alternatively you can pay your membership to your team manager who will pass it on to the club or you can pay it to any committee member. There will be a final registration night on Friday the 31st of May in the clubhouse at Whitegates from 7.30pm to 9pm.
 
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 atwww.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.
 
WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th MAY 2019
 
Our senior second team were to take on Rathnew in the semi final of the Thomas Scott cup on Sunday morning at Whitegates but the referee called it off as there was no FAI official in attendance. It was a major disappointment to both teams who had gone through their warm up routines prior to the postponement decision and to both sets of supporters who had come along to watch the game.
 
In midweek junior action our under 12B’s drew 2-2 with Greystones Utd A at Whitegates. In an exciting game Jack Neville nabbed both the Rovers goals to earn the lads a deserved share of the spoils. The 13A’s lost out 4-3 in a seven goal thriller against Aughrim, Lorcan Sinnott found the back of the net twice in a man of the match performance with Sean O’Toole providing the third. The under 15 girls saw off Terenure winning 9-2, Molly Sweeney hit the back of the net five times for the second game running to bring her season tally to an incredible 44 goals. Aoife Caffrey fired in a fantastic hat-trick with Justine Cronin completing the nine goal haul in an excellent all round team display.
 
On Saturday the under 13A’s reversed the result of their midweek defeat to Aughrim when they beat the same opponents in the shield winning 8-5 in a high scoring game. Lorcan Sinnott plundered four goals, Eoin Kennedy nabbed a brace with both Ben Doyle and Sean O’Toole registering singles in a very impressive performance. Our under 14A’s recorded their first win of the season in the DDSL Major 1 league when they defeated Belvedere 1-0 at Whitegates, this little team were decimated at the start of the season and had to promote players from the younger age group. To the lads credit they knuckled down and battled away and their efforts got their overdue rewards on Saturday when they defeated one of the bigger clubs in Dublin. Mikey Nolan’s first goal of the season was enough to earn the lads all three points in an excellent team display.
 
Sunday’s action saw an understrength 12A’s go down 2-0 to Enniskerry, the lads were down on seven regular players but credit to the lads on duty they gave it their all and were a bit unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. The under 15 girls had an excellent 7-0 away victory over Malahide Utd. The goal machine Molly Sweeney was at it again, this time she hit an incredible double hat-trick which now means she has scored in twenty out of the twenty one games to date and amazingly 20 goals in the last four games which now gives her 53 for the season. A long range effort from Sorcha Cull completed the scoring in what was a fantastic all round team performance. The under 16A’s recorded an excellent 3-1 home win over Cabinteely in the Harmon cup. First goals of the season for Connor Lewins, Luke Dease and Harry Broxson laid the foundations for the victory. This was a fully deserved victory and here’s hoping they can kick on from here.
 
Our Last Man Standing competition is going right down to the wire, with one round to go both Rosemary Copeland and Gareth Wildes can’t be separated. At the weekend Rosemary’s selection Everton duly obliged when they beat Burnley 2-0 on Friday night. Then on Saturday night the other half of Merseyside Liverpool gave Gareth a few nervous moments before finally seeing off Newcastle winning 3-2. What it now means is both players must go again next week, if they can’t be separated next week as it’s the last week they will become joint winners and split the €500 prize fund. We would like to wish both players the very best of luck next week, also a massive thanks to everyone who participated in our Last Man Standing competition, your continuous support is much appreciated by everyone at the club.
 
Just a reminder to all members that club membership is now overdue, membership can be paid online by visiting our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com, alternatively you can pay your membership to your team manager who will pass it on to the club or you can pay it to any committee member. There will be a final registration night on Friday the 31st of May in the clubhouse at Whitegates from 7.30pm to 9pm.
 
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 atwww.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.
Back to content