WICKLOW ROVERS AFC
Well what a day it was for the first team last Saturday afternoon. They entertained Ballymun side Sandyhill Celtic who play their football in the top league in the AUL in the quarter-finals of the Leinster Junior Cup and they recorded a magnificent 1-0 win.
After a tight start to the game Rovers went close on a couple of occasions midway through the first half.
With half time approaching the very impressive David O'Sullivan was alert to close down the away keeper, he dispossessed the keeper and with three players closing him down, he coolly dispatched the ball to the net for a deserved lead.
Just on the stroke of half time Arthur Delahunt came to Rovers rescue when he got down low to save and keep the score at 1-0 at the break.
Rovers came out in the second half looking for a second goal which would kill the game off and the tireless worker David O'Sullivan went close twice.
All afternoon David O'Sullivan was a thorn in the side of the Sandyhill defence, and as the half went on Sandyhill pushed forward in search of the equaliser but they found the home defence of Paul Alexander, Shane Cassidy, Stephen Earls and John McAlwee rock solid and in no mood to be passed.
This was a great win for the lads and this was even after they suffered a knock back when they lost influential midfielder Greg Dunne early in the game. It now leaves them in the semi final, keep an eye on the club website and the club notes for details on the semi final in the coming weeks.
The club would like to thank everyone who came out to support the lads on the day, it was nice to see so many previous members of the club coming out to cheer the team on and it was equally nice to see so many of the schoolboys turning out to support the team with some good humoured chanting at the game.
Once again, a big thanks to everyone who turned out to support the lads, hopefully we can get a big crowd to the semi final as well.
The second team also had a very good win at the weekend. They defeated league leaders Arklow Utd away in Ferndale Park in the quarter finals of the Division 1 cup.
A goal apiece from Trevor Conyard and Conor Tobin laid the foundations for this victory and a passage to the semi final.
Not to be outdone, the third team also had a fantastic result when they beat joint league leaders Fairwood Celtic by six goals to nil in the league.
Two goals from Johnny O'Connors and one each from Timmy Kelly, Eddie Kelly, Edward Dunne and first team coach James Macklin accounted for the total and gave them a very impressive three points to keep them in contention for a top four spot.
In the hat-trick corner this week we have Glen Broughan who scored his first goals of the season by hitting three goals for the U-8D's in their 4-1 win at home to Enniskerry B, well done Glen.
The committee would like to thank all the players and parents who participated in the St Patrick's Day parade, it was great to see so many turning out for the club so once again many thanks to you all.
This week sees the local De La Salle College take on Buncrana from Donegal in the All Ireland Colleges Junior Cup final, the match takes place Wednesday (today) 23rd of March in Oriel Park in Dundalk. They defeated Ratoath from Meath in the Leinster Final on a score line of 2-1 after extra time with goals from John Crowe and Simon Bouchier.
Last Tuesday they won in the All Ireland semi final when they beat Charleville from Cork at the RSC in Waterford by three goals to two with James Kavanagh, Simon Bouchier and Mark O'Sullivan hitting the net.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish the team, Seamus Diamond and the management the best of luck in bringing the All Ireland title back to the Town, good luck lads.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning (weather permitting) in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o'clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 087-2230063 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players' initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 087-9108706 or e-mail me at email@example.com.
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com.
It was another successful and busy few weeks for Bray Wheelers with more placings in various races and a star performance by club chairman, Mark Murphy aka Batman, in the St. Patrick's Day Parade!
The Newbridge Credit Union Grand Prix on 13th March saw Jason Howick take his last placing in an A3 race as his continued success and points scoring has promoted him to A2. Not realising there was a break away of two lads up the road, Jason prepared himself for his renowned strong sprint finish, and won it easily! Unfortunately he had to be happy with third, on hearing of the breakaway, and get his head around future faster and longer A2 races. It's been a superb move up through the ranks for Jason and we look forward to seeing how he gets on in A2. Odhran O'Caoilte lead the A4 race home to victory, followed closely by Brian Cullen in seventh place, so overall Bray Wheelers were well represented on the Newbridge Podiums!
We didn't have to wait too long to see how Jason got on in A2, as on St. Patrick's Day, in his first A2 race, The Usher IRC Race in Dunboyne, he powered home to take fourth place in a sprint finish. He admits that it was a race that would suit him, as it was short and fast but this is still a fantastic result. There was more success to come as Cealan Murphy came fourth in the A3 race, and Janos Kohler continued his journey to move up to A3 as he had another superb sprint finish win in the A4 race, with Ed O'Brien finishing off the Bray Wheelers success in fifth place.
Delighted with their results, but not quite ready to sit down and rest, Jason and Ed raced back to Bray to join the club in the St. Patrick's Day parade. After lunch in the club house, the riders made their way down to the line up on the Vevay Road. There was a good representative of all members of the club, but no one knows when Batman and Incredible snook into the club! They wheelied their way down the main street, high fiving surprised children, tipping their hats and even robbing their lollipops, all to screeches of delight! The fine weather and carnival atmosphere made it a fun and enjoyable event!
For further details on all Bray Wheelers events and activities go to www.braywheelers.com
The lotto hasn’t been won yet and is now up to €10,300 and there was one match three winner for last week who won €200. The clubhouse is available for rent for kids parties and other meetings and groups. Contact Anita at 0877565123 for more information. Training for the ladies team is on every Monday at 8 o’clock as they are preparing for the new season. Any new players are welcome. The academy is still running on Saturdays from 11.00 to 12.00 for children ages 4-6. There were games midweek and at the weekend in the Junior and Senior sections.
Results in the Schoolboy and Senior divisions are as follows: Under 8 Gold, Rathnew 8 (Dylan Forsyth 3, Eoin Doyle 2, Reece Doyle, Dylan Kavanagh, Owen McGuinness), Ashford Rovers A 0. Under 9 Division 2 Shield, Rathnew A 4 (Dylan Smyth 4) Enniskerry 2. Under 9 Shield Division 4, Rathnew B 0, Greystones United E 2. Under 14 Premier, Greystones United B 3, Rathnew 5 (John Healy, Martin Cullen 4). Under 17, Liffey Valley 0, Rathnew 3 (Shane Doyle, Philly Murphy, Conor Cox). David Jameson and Jamie Snell played very well in a great overall team performance.
There were games in the Senior Divisions as well with both teams in action during the week. The results were, on Wednesday 16th of March in the Premier Shield Rathnew A 4 (Jody Merrigan 2, Paul Merrigan, Philly Murphy), Enniskerry A 4 after extra-time. Rathnew won 6-5 on penalties. Friday, 18th March Premier Division Arklow Town A 3, Rathnew A 1 (Anto Nolan). Division 2, Rathnew B 3 (Mick Nolan, Jay Devlin, David Shorthall), Roundwood 1. Man of the match here was Mick Nolan who paid me a lot of money to say that. Roundwood and District AC Well done to Jack Waters who won a silver medal in the boys U-12 60M and to Laura Kavanagh who won a bronze medal in the U18 girls triple jump at the All Ireland Indoor Championships on Saturday 19th March in Maherafelt. Also special mention to Cliona Byrne, Amy Murphy and Andrew Doyle who competed .
The fourth and last round of the interclub cross country league will be held on the Murrough in Wicklow on Sunday, 27th March at 1 p.m. Check-in at the top car park from 12.30pm. €1 per athlete. Medals for 1st 6 in each race. Points from this round will be added to the table and the Overall Trophy will be presented on the day.
Community Games county cross country is on Monday 28th March at 6 pm in Avondale, Rathdrum.
Presentation night this Friday night in The Pint Depot, Carnew at 9 pm. Everyone is welcome and we would love everyone who helped and participated on the day to come along on the night. There will also be the presentation of the best dressed shop.
Facebook page: Carnew AFC has set up a facebook page so why not join us, to keep track of any upcoming events, game fixtures results etc. It was a busy weekend for the club, with all teams playing with a mix of results.
Senior men: Carnew v Seaview Wanderers: Our senior team lost 1-0 at home to Seaview Wanderers. John Kavanagh and JJ McCrea stood out as Carnews best on the day.
Juvenile Section: Under 15 no game. Under 12 no game.
Under-10: Carnew v Enniskerry (second round cup), Enniskerry were unable to fill a team and didn’t travel to play the U-10 quarter-final so our team have just got themselves a walkover to the semi's. Best of luck to them.
Under-9: Ashford 1, Carnew 0: The team played a great game, being unlucky not too score in the second half, losing out to the home team in what was a lucky goal in the first half.
Under-8: Aughrim 7, Carnew 1: The boys played a great game, with Jason House scoring on the day, with the home team proving too strong on the day.
NEWTOWN JUNIORS F.C.
Another good week for the club on the field last weekend as from six games played we recorded four wins, one draw and just the one defeat. Top of the class this week are the under 10's who advance to the semis of the Premier cup after a titanic tussle with near neighbours St. Anthonys. The game finished 0-0 after extra time in a game where the visitors probably had the best of the exchanges throughout the game. Newtown's best chances fell to Tadgh O'Connor and Melanie Clarke who both forced the Anto’s keeper into fine saves. In the penalty shoot-out Newtown won 3-2 with the spot-kicks being dispatched by Ryan Murphy, Melanie Clarke and Darren Magee. Newtown’s keeper also pulled off a fine save from Anto's fourth spot kick. Best players on the day for Newtown were Melanie Clarke, Liam Odlum and Sean Byrne. Our under 8's suffered our only defeat of the week losing 4-1 at home to St. Anthonys. Dylan Fitzsimons scored the Newtown goal and he along with Ryan Smillie and Jamie Dodd were the best players. The under 9's put themselves back in contention for Shield honours after an 8-1 success at home to Wicklow Rovers. Ciara Dease and Ciaran Keogh scored two each while there were singles for Mark McHugh, Alannah Melia and first ever goals for both Luke Dease and Dean Murray. The under 12's got their Shield campaign off to a winning start with a 4-1 home win over Roundwood. Ross Shine, Keegan Heffernan, Michael Coghlan and Uriah Loveridge scored the Newtown goals in a good team display. The under 13's moved within one victory of the 13's Premier title after a 6-0 away win over Enniskerry. Ross Davis and Kenneth Turner scored twice while Keith Dalton and Dylan Ford also found the net. Best on the day were Vova Ribakov, Brandon Feely and Keane Murphy. Of our girls team's only the 15's were in action as they travelled to Finglas to take on league leaders WFTA and they came away with a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Amy Murphy scored the two Newtown goals her first was a tremendous individual effort. Best on the day were Rose and Jane Fagan, Becky Cassin, Laura O'Neill and Georgina Canavan.
Due to the Ireland vs. Macedonia game next Saturday and the John Giles walk next Sunday there will be no WDSL fixtures for the week-ending Saturday 26th/Sunday 27th March , the following are the fixtures for this coming weekend, Girl's under 13's away to St Josephs ko to be confirmed, Girl's under 15's at home to Peamount United ko to be confirmed.
In our Golden Goals the winner from the Man.City vs. Reading match were as follows; €60 - 74th minute - Kathleen Connors c/o K.Connors; €20 - 75th minute - Yvonne Snell c/o S. Nolan; €20 - 76th minute - To be confirmed.
This week's game is the match between Chelsea and Manchester City. The club have some of our teams taking part in the John Giles Foundation ' Walk of Dreams' which takes place on Sunday 27th March from Merrion Square to the Aviva Stadium. 50 percent of all monies raised go to the club and the other 50 percent goes to the Foundation. Two players from the club celebrate their birthdays in the coming week and they are Kenneth Turner from the under 12/13's and Vova Ribakov from the under 13's
. Happy birthday Kenneth and Vova from all at Newtown Juniors F.C. Good luck to the Newtown GAA under 14's in their Feile final against Blessington next Friday night in Avondale.
The club would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of John Doyle who tragically passed away early this week. May he rest in peace.
For more information log on to www.johngilesfoundation.com. For all queries/matters relating to the club contact Hughiea at 087-6987653 or visit our website www.newtownjuniors.com.