WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th OCTOBER 2017
The senior men travelled to take on Larkview Boys last Friday in the first round of the Polikoff cup. Having lost at home to the same opposition a couple of weeks ago in the league going down 2-1 the lads knew they were in for a tough encounter. What a match it proved to be, it had everything you would expect from a cup tie. Plenty of exciting football, a bucket full of goals, extra time and the dreaded penalty shootout. When the final whistle was blown to bring an end to an epic game the teams couldn't be separated as the match finished 4-4. Luke Byrne, Ciaran McGettigan, Gareth Murphy and Sean Tobin fired home the Rovers goals in a thrilling spectacle. Then it was on to the dreaded penalty shootout, Rovers held their nerve as they slotted home all five spot kicks with young Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal proving to be the hero with an excellent save from one of Larkview's penalties. Peter Finnegan, Gareth Murphy, Mark Johnson, Tommy Kelly and Mick Delaney netted from the spot for the lads to seal their place in round two in what was an excellent all round team performance. Well done to Greg, Denis, Dido and the lads on a great win.
Our DDSL under 17 team had a good 4-3 home win over Celbridge Town, The teams shared four goals between them in the first fifteen minutes with Celbridge leading twice before Rovers hit back to level through Patrick O’Keane and Luca Rampersaud. Rovers then went 4-2 up with Luca Rampersaud netting his second and Stuart Cox firing home. The away side pulled one back but the lads held on to take all three points with a 4-3 victory.
The under 17A team had a bad day at the office when they suffered a heavy 9-0 defeat at the hands of Avonmore in the first round of the Leinster Youths cup, missing a couple of key players didn’t help the lads but this was a game the lads never got going in at all.
Junior action started on Friday night with the under 14B’s going down 5-2 to Glencormac, Oran Dempsey and Javier Merino notched the goals in a game where the lads could have been a lot closer on the scoreboard. Saturday’s action saw the 12A’s defeat Sporting Greystones 9-0, the match marked two hat-tricks, one from Charlie Czwalina and one from Brian McCaul, singles from Tom Donoghue, Jack Macklin and Joshua Bishop completed the scoring. Our 12B’s suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost 6-2 away to Aughrim Rgrs, Ben Lyons scored his tenth of the season with Luca Sturles hitting the net for the first time. The under 12D team drew 1-1 with Avonmore in a closely fought game, Joe Culleton fired home his first of the season to earn the lads a share of the spoils. The 13A’s made it four wins from four when they defeated local rivals Wicklow Town 5-1 at Finlay Park. An excellent hat-trick from Kai Fitzsimons laid the foundations for this victory with Ross McCrea and Oscar Malcolmson adding one each. An under strength 15B’s lost 8-1 to Arklow Town, the team were missing several regulars and were always up against it. Donal O’Donoghue fired home a consolation for Rovers.
Sunday’s junior action saw the under 14 girls go down 6-0 away to Mount Merrion, after drawing 4-4 last week with the same opposition the girls the girls were hoping for a better result. It is all part of the learning process and we’re sure Niall will have the girls back firing on all cylinders in the next game. Our 13B’s went down away to Arklow Utd by the minimum score when they lost 1-0, the team didn’t play to their normal high standard but still had the chances to get something from the game. The 14A’s made their exit from the SFAI cup when they lost 6-4 after extra time to Kildare side Prosperous Utd, this was a game that got away from the lads as they raced into an early 2-0 lead to give them a great start. Jordan Younger notched a brace with Sean O’Meara and Conor Hunter adding singles.
Our Last Man Standing competition kicked off at the weekend and we had some very high profile casualties. Previous winners of the competition Anthony Earls and Hughie Nolan fell at the first hurdle this time around as their selection Chelsea lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace. Safely through to round two were other previous winners Greg Dunne, Jonathan Lewins, Jim Foley and James Nolan. Chelsea were the scourge of 37 players who made their exit, 8 players lost out after Arsenal lost 2-1 to Watford, Burnley , Everton , West Ham , Huddersfield , Southampton  and Newcastle  were the teams that let other players down. At the time of going to print we had 99 players definitely through to round 2 with five players hoping to join them if Leicester can beat West Brom in the Monday night game.
WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th OCTOBER 2017
The senior men recorded an excellent 2-1 away win over Kingscourt Harps in the second round of the Leinster Junior cup. They made the long journey home from Cavan much easier with this fantastic victory. Luke Byrne gave the lads a 1-0 half time lead, the home side levelled matters early in the second period but parity was short lived when Mark O’Sullivan restored the Rovers lead, a lead they never surrendered. It was a great result for the lads and now sees them progress to the third round where they’ll be hoping for a home draw. Well done to Greg, Denis, Dido and the lads.
Our under 17A’s drew 2-2 with Ashford Rovers, this was a tight encounter that could have went either way but a draw was probably a fair result, Luke Whyte and Conor Byrne hit the back of the net for the lads. The 17B’s went down 2-0 away to Arklow Utd, a goal in each half was enough to see the Arklow side take all three points.
Saturday’s junior action saw four of our sides in National cup action, first up was the 12A’s and they easily brushed aside a Portlaoise B team winning comfortably to set up a third round tie away to Edenderry Town A or Sallins Celtic B. Highlights of the game were first ever goals for the club from Harri Armstrong and he did it in style with his first hat-trick. Another player to nab an excellent hat-trick was goalkeeper Adam Doyle who came outfield to blast home three goals. The 13A’s never reached their normal high standards as they made their exit from the National cup when they went down 3-2 away to Caragh Celtic, the lads didn’t get going in this game but to their credit they battled through out, Oscar Malcolmson netted both goals for the lads.
Our 15A’s also went out when they lost 3-1 away to Kildare Town, this was always going to be a tough place to get a result and so it proved. The lads gave it their all and more than matched their opponents through out, Dylan Cummins scored for Rovers to claim his second of the season. The 16’s recorded an excellent 5-3 win away to Westmeath side Kilbeggan to set up a third round clash away to Allenwood Celtic or Emo Celtic in round three. The lads put in a five star performance and safely booked their passage into the third round with an impressive display. Nathan Sullivan and Paul Marah both scored two with Chris Mabuza nabbing his first of the season to complete the five goal haul. In local action the 12C’s gained their first win of the season with a 14-2 win over Sporting Greystones, a double hat-trick from Cian Doyle was the highlight of the game. Cian Byrne also notched three goals with Sammy Doyle, Finn Davies, Darragh Carey, Ben Doyle and Shea Bolt all adding one each.
Sunday’s action saw the under 14 girls produce a thrilling 4-4 draw with Mount Merrion, this was a game full of attacking football, a game which could have ended 7-7 or even 8-8. Molly Sweeney hit a hat-trick with Justine Cronin nabbing her first of the season in a thrill a minute match. Special mention to Abi Smith in the Rovers goal, who produced some excellent saves. The under 15B’s were unlucky to go down 2-1 to Arklow Celtic at Whitegates. In a close encounter if the lads had the rub of the green they would have gained their first points of the season. Keelan Vickers scored his first of the season for the lads and on the evidence of this performance that elusive first win is not too far away.
The club’s Last Man Standing competition is back and it starts this coming weekend the 14th of October. Anyone interested in taking part in our competition should text their name and contact details to Charlie Mitchell at 086-3838362 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. See club website at www.wicklowrovers.com for a full list of the rules.
The club have arranged another night for registration of club membership, it will take place this Friday 13th October in the clubhouse at Whitegates from 7.30pm to 9pm. Members are encouraged to attend.
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 1st OCTOBER 2017
Our under 17 DDSL team recorded a good 2-1 win over Knocklyon Utd in what was a tough encounter, it was two well taken goals from David Ghiurcan early in the game that proved to be the all important scores to earn all three points.
The under 17A’s made it two wins from two when they beat Aughrim Rgrs 5-0, Dylan Frazer made it three in two games when he netted a double, Tom O’Shea also netted a brace for his first goals of the season with Miguel Moralejo scoring one. Our 17B’s recorded their first victory when they had an excellent 4-3 away win over Arklow Town. Nathan Wynne hammered home a fantastic hat-trick with Nicky Kearney notching the other to claim three excellent points.
In Saturday’s junior action the 12A’s went goal crazy when they fired ten past Coolboy Rgrs, Jack Macklin helped himself to four, Brian McCaul plundered three, Joshua Bishop nabbed a brace with Dan Kavanagh completing the ten goal haul for a 10-0 victory in what was an excellent team performance. The under 11’s playing at under 12 gained all three points in a 2-0 win over Arklow Utd, Senan O’Donovan and a second of the season from Conor Williams was enough to give them a fine victory and all three points. Our 12B’s remain unbeaten when they drew 1-1 with Roundwood who are also unbeaten and have a similar record to the lads. A sixth of the season for Evan Conyard proved to be the all important goal to earn a point and leave these two teams neck and neck at the top of the group. The 12C’s showed improvement in defeat when they lost 5-2 to Glencormac, with a bit of luck the result could have been even closer as the lads battled well through out. Luke Dunne and Cian Byrne scored their goals. Another team to go crazy were the 13A’s as they knocked an astonishing seventeen goals past Carnew in a 17-1 victory. Oscar Malcolmson netted a personal haul of five goals, Kai Fitzsimons followed closely with four goals with Sam Christie nabbing three. Stephen Gormley and Jack Noble both scored doubles with Louis Malcomson completing the rout with a single.
On Sunday the under 14 girls were unlucky to go out of the Molly O’Toole cup when they lost on penalties to last season’s league champions Maynooth Town. The match ended up a thrilling 3-3 draw after extra time and then went to the dreaded shoot out which Maynooth won 4-3. In the game itself Molly Sweeney found the net twice with Eve Kelly nabbing one in what was an entertaining tussle between two very good teams. The under 14B’s gained their first win of the season when they defeated St Anthonys 7-1, Alexander Gallet netted a brace with Ruaidhri Kelly, Javier Ramiro, Robert Cherry, Zak Christie and Tim Hastie all scoring one each. The 15A’s made it three wins from three, fifteen goals scored and none conceded when they saw off local neighbours Wicklow Town winning 6-0. Josh Odlum went one better than last week when he hit the back of the net four times, Conor Leonard and Connor Lewins added singles to give the lads a comfortable victory. Our 16’s lost 4-3 away to Roundwood, Nathan Sullivan made it eight goals in four games with a double with Tom O’Shea firing home the other.
The club’s Last Man Standing competition is back, the competition will start on the weekend of the 14th of October. Anyone interested in taking part in our competition should text their name and contact details to Charlie Mitchell at 086-3838362 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Saturday the 7th of October. See club website at www.wicklowrovers.com for a full list of the rules.
The club have arranged another night for registration of club membership, it will take place on Friday 13th October in the clubhouse at Whitegates from 7.30pm to 9pm. There will be no registration night this Friday the 6th of October due to the World cup qualifier between Rep of Ireland and Moldova.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Jimmy Dunne who sadly passed away recently, the Dunne family have been associated with our club from its formation to the present day, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.