WICKLOW ROVERS AFC
We had a very quiet weekend on the playing field.
Due to the Ireland v Macedonia match on Saturday and the Johnny Giles Walk of Dreams on Sunday, the fixture list was curtailed to just two matches.
The first team took on Phoenix FC in the Lanigan Cup at the Whitegates on Saturday afternoon in what was their 13th cup tie of the season and it proved to be unlucky 13.
Jim Foley gave Rovers the lead with a cracking effort only for the away side to equalise from the penalty spot.
With ten minutes remaining Rovers regained the lead when Shane Cassidy headed down for David O’Sullivan to score.
With time running out the away side were awarded another penalty which resulted in Paul Alexander being shown a straight red card. While no one would dispute it was a penalty the red card was a little harsh considering there were other players in the area and some of the challenges earlier in the match went unpunished.
Phoenix equalised to send the game to extra time. With ten men, the lads were up against it but in fairness they battled well but it wasn’t to be their day.
in the first period of extra time the away side scored what proved to be the winner, a shot was deflected to the net which gave Arthur Delahunt in the Rovers goal no chance. We had a couple of chances in the dying seconds but the ball just wouldn’t fall right on a day when luck didn’t go their way.
A date for everyone’s diary is Saturday the 16th of April. This is the date for the first team’s Leinster Junior Cup semi final match. They have been drawn against previous winners and national cup specialists St. Kevin’s Boys. The good news is we were first out of the hat which earns us home advantage so lets all get to the Whitegates on the day to give them as much vocal support as possible and hopefully shout them on to the final.
As of yet the kick off time has not being fixed but keep on eye on the club notes and the club website for further information. Please come out and cheer on the lads in this massive game.
The youth team’s refixed cup quarter final against Dalkey Utd was the other game to go ahead at the weekend and they were disappointed to lose out on a 4-2 scoreline. Liam Bacon and Darren Ronan were on the score sheet for Rovers.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to congratulate the De La Salle U-16 soccer team on their magnificent achievement of adding the All-Ireland title to their Leinster title last Wednesday at Oriel Park in Dundalk.
They defeated Buncrana from Donegal in what proved to be a nail biter. The match ended scoreless after extra time and then it all came down to penalties, they ended up victorious on a score of 87 after the penalties.
The full squad of players representing the school were Andrew Murphy, Karl Earls, John Crowe, Bryan Doyle, Luke Earls, Nathan Fagan, Simon Bouchier, Adam Cox, Dylan Orr, James Kavanagh, Mark O’Sullivan, Cian Verney, Luke Byrne, Aaron O’Sullivan, Mark Thornton, David Dowling, Gary Browne and Conor Ffrench.
Behind every great team is an equally great management team so a massive congratulations to Seamus Diamond, Paudge McWalter and Avril Doorley for all their excellent work with this team.
It is a great achievement to win a Leinster title but to add an All-Ireland title as well no matter what the sport is every athlete’s dream and a fantastic achievement so once again to the the team and the management congratulations and well done to you all from everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC.
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 0872230063 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The following is a list of the gear and prices: SocksJunior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crestJunior €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 0879108706 or e-mail me at email@example.com .
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com.
The lotto hasn’t been won yet and is now up to a massive €10,400 so get buying them tickets and helping out the club at the same time. 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 no schoolboy games at the weekend due to the John Giles Walk of Dreams. There were only two games played involving the Under 17s and the Premier team. Under 17 Rathnew 4 (Shane Doyle, Jamie Snell, Conor Cox, Graham Merrigan), Granada A 2. Rathnew were made to fight all the way by a very good Granada side but eventually came through after a tough ninety minutes. Conor Cox, Under-15 player Graham Merrigan, Jamie Snell and top scorer Shane Doyle hit the last goal to make it 4-2 to the young villagers. Eric Dunne and John Manley played very well in another great overall team performance . Friday 25th March, Premier Division - Rathnew A 1 (Nicky Mernagh), Enniskerry 1. A very good game on Friday night at home and it was topped off by a great goal from Nicky Mernagh that would have graced the Nou Camp it was of such high quality. All the sweeter as it was in the last minute of normal time. Another mention here for Mick Nolan who came off the bench and changed the game for the Premier team and Bozo Doyle who made a welcome return to the big stage putting in a masterclass of centre forward play. A poker classic will take place in Shamrock Park home of Rathnew AFC on Good Friday. Tickets €20 with unlimted buy back until the break. Get in early and get your tickets from Barry 0860561183, Deckie 0866028687 or Fitzpatricks pub.
NEWTOWN JUNIORS F.C.
No football last weekend due to the John Giles ' Walk of Dreams' in Dublin. Well done to the boys from the under 12's and the girl's from the under 13's who represented the club and many thanks to the many parents who came along on the day and participated on the walk. The following are the fixtures for the w/ending Saturday 2nd/Sunday 3rd April, Under 8's away to Rathnew F.C. ko to be confirmed; Under 9's away to Wicklow Rovers ' B' ko to be confirmed; Under 10's at home to Ashford Rovers ko Saturday at 10am; Under 12's away to Carnew F.C. ko Saturday to be confirmed; Under 13's away to Coolboy Rangers ko Sunday at 11.30am; Girl's under 13's fixture to be confirmed; Girl's under 15's fixture to be confirmed. (Fixtures and kick-off times are subject to change).
In our Golden Goals the winner from the Chelsea vs. Man. City match were as follows; €60 - 78th minute - Stephen Nolan; €20 - 77th minute - Martin Connors c/o K.Connors; €20 - 79th minute - To be confirmed
This week's game is the match between Ireland vs. Macedonia. A couple of weeks ago representatives from the club took part in a clean up for the Tidy Towns on the Back road. Well done to Dion Doyle, Ross Shine, Katrina Connors, Danny Waters and Stephen Nolan for their hard work. For all queries/matters relating to the club contact Hughie at 087-6987653 or visit our website www.newtownjuniors.com.
WICKLOW ARSENAL SUPPORTERS
Membership: Our officially recognised club covers the entire county of Wicklow and we welcome members from south Co. Dublin. (Please note if you live in Dublin and not south Co. Dublin we cannot take your membership, you should instead contact the Dublin branch.) All new memberships will be accepted before and during the course of the season.
Membership Types: Family, two adults and two children with an active adult red member €30; adult red member €15; adult silver member €5; non red/silver member €20; Junior/OAP €5.
Live Matches: All our live matches are shown in the Strand Hotel on Bray seafront. The following is a list of up and coming live games: Saturday 2/4/11 Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers at 5.30 (Premier League); Sunday 10/4/11 Arsenal v Blackpool at 1.30 (Premier League); Sunday 17/4/11 Arsenal v Liverpool at 4.00 (Premier League); Wednesday 20/4/11 Arsenal v Tottenham at 7.45 (Premier League); Sunday 24/4/11 Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers at 4.00 (Permier League); Sunday 1/5/11 Arsenal v Manchester United at 2.05 (Premier League).
BRAY WANDERERS SUPPORTERS
Bray Wanderers Season Tickets: It's still not too late to get your Bray Wanderers 2011 season ticket. An adult ticket is only €99 and a child/senior citizen is only €49.
Season Tickets are available from the following outlets: Carlisle Grounds, Tansey's clothes shop, Costello's Opticians, Munch café, Tourist Office at Civic Offices, The Mermaid theatre, Squires Barbers, Finbees café, Goldsmiths pub, Stacks sports bar, Craft Framing (Dublin Road) and Town Hall Bookshop.
For more details contact the club at 012828214.
Facebook/Website: You can now keep up to date with all supporters club news on Bray Wanderers supporters club new Facebook page. The supporters club would like to apologize to all that our supporters club website is suffering technical difficulties and we hope to have it back up and working as soon as possible.
Seagulls Lotto: There was no jackpot winner on Sunday 27th of March for a jackpot of €7900. Numbers drawn were 5, 15, 16 and 18. The five €30 lucky dip winners were: J. Dorey c/o BWSC, Paul and Charlie c/o Frank Slevin, P. Kinlan c/o C. Walsh, C. Mohon c/o C. Walsh, Caroline and Veronica c/o Veronica. Next week's jackpot will be for €7975.
Online Shop: Bray Wanderers merchandise is now available to purchase online. The online souvenir shop can be accessed from the Supporters club website home page www.braywanderers.com.
Membership: Membership is now open for the new 2011 season. Prices are: family membership €20, adult €10, students/OAP's €7. All members will receive a ten percent discount on all supporters club stock (scarves, hats, polo shirts, fleece tops, pin badges, pendants, beach towels, ties, gym bag). All members will avail of a reduced rate on ALL Bray Wanderers supporters club buses to away games, so we urge all people thinking about travelling on buses during the season to sign up as soon as possible as we will not be allowing non-members to travel on the buses after the first two months of the season. Members also have the chance of purchasing Irish international tickets, these are subject to availability.
SOUTH EAST ROAD CLUB
Well done to club veterans Michael Shiel and Mick Considine who took part in the recent Ardattin 200 that was run by Dublin club, Sorrento CC. The event is a specialist long distance ride that took place over 125 miles, or 200km, hence the name. The ride started at Bray Wheelers club house and took in such places as Wicklow town, Brittas Bay, Avoca, Aughrim, Carnew,Shillelagh, Rathdrum Ashford , Glen of the Downs and home. It took over seven hours to complete the marathon event for both cycling heroes. However this is small change compared to their main challenge in August. The Paris Brest Paris is an event famous in cycling folklore and not to be taking lightly. Both men are in heavy training for this event that takes over 900km in a two days. The two men have more long distance routes planned for the summer in preparation for their French adventure.
The club had its first entries in the first round of the Leinster league mountain bike races in Bunclody. Kevin Ryan and Ken Hall both acquitted themselves well on a very tough technical 5km circuit. Kevin put in a solid performance and finished in the top 15 , while Ken was unlucky with three falls on the last circuit robbed him of a higher placing.
The club is pleased to announce that club Secretary, Derek Webb, has been confirmed manager of the Waterford county cycling team for this years up and coming An Post Ras. The international bike race, which had a stage finish in Gorey last year will take place in May, and Derek has been delighted with his appointment and can't wait to get on with the race.
Greystones AC and Inbhear Dee AC are please to announce the third annual running of the Reasons to Run 5k and kids fun run.
This is the first year that the event is open to both male and females participants. The event will take place on Sunday, May 1 at 12:00pm, Location Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones. This event is used as a fundraiser for both Greystones AC and Inbhear Dee AC.
Reasons to Run 5k Details: SUNDAY May 1st, 5k 12-00 noon, Kids Fun Run 11.15am. Enter online at www.runireland.com. Open to both males and females. Entries will be taken on the day or post entries to: Reasons to Run 5K, Charlesland Sport & Recreation Park, Greystones, Wicklow. You can download a entry form from www.greystonesac.com. 5k entry fee €20/Juniors €10. Generous prize fund Kids Fun Run 11.15am - €3 enter on day only. On the day registration from 10.30am at Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones. Results, changing facilities, refreshments at Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones. Athletics Ireland permitted event.
We look forward to seeing you there.