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ARK­LOW TOWN FC

There may have been no com­pet­i­tive games over the Christ­mas pe­riod how­ever Ark­low Town FC play­ers were still busy with a host of friendly fix­tures tak­ing place.

The boys from the U-10A team were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a one-day tour­na­ment on Satur­day 29th De­cem­ber 2012 or­gan­ised by the Wex­ford Youths Academy and did ex­tremely well against some very tough op­po­si­tion.

The boys played a to­tal of six games end ran out with two wins, two draws and two de­feats.

In their first game of the tour­na­ment the lads played out a 0-0 draw with the Gorey Academy and this was fol­lowed with a de­feat at the hands of Coolboy Rangers.

A great team per­for­mance saw the Town boys then beat Wex­ford Al­bion SAFC 4-1 be­fore suf­fer­ing a 1-0 de­feat to Forth Celtic FC in their fourth game.

The lads fin­ished strongly with a 1-1 draw against the Wex­ford Academy be­fore de­feat­ing Cross­abeg AFC 4-0 in their fi­nal game.

A won­der­ful day out for the boys who thor­oughly en­joyed their ex­pe­ri­ence.

Our good friends from North End United FC in Wex­ford vis­ited Lam­ber­ton on Thurs­day 27th De­cem­ber 2012 to take on the U12A and U-14A squads in two con­sec­u­tive games.

North End United got the up­per hand in the first game win­ning by a nar­row mar­gin of 2-1 with Cal­lum Ran­dall on the score­sheet for the Town.

In the sec­ond game it was the home side that took the spoils through goals from Matthew Dempsey, Tom Somers and Nathan Cullen to win 3-2. We would like to thank John God­kin and the North End United teams for tak­ing the time to travel for th­ese mid-sea­son friendlies.

The U-12A boys had a par­tic­u­larly busy Christ­mas break with ad­di­tional friendly games against Cabin­teely Boys FC and St Kevin's Boys FC.

Away from the pitch, Ark­low Town FC play­ers, Conor Bres­lin and Ste­wart Mills, along with Team Man­ager, Tony Bres­lin, took part in the an­nual Ark­low Lions Club Tom Clandil­lon Me­mo­rial Swim on St Stephen's Day.

On the Wicklow County front, the U-13 squad, un­der the man­age­ment of Karl Brauner, had a good vic­tory at Stepa­side when they beat Mount Mer­rion FC 9-2 in a Christ­mas friendly.

It was en­cour­ag­ing to see Ark­low Town FC play­ers, Tom Somers, An­drew Ma­her and Shane Keenan put away six of the nine goals for the Wicklow team while Conor Bres­lin and Kian Bol­ger also played par­tic­u­larly well.

Look­ing for­ward, the U-12 Wicklow County Squad are sched­uled to hold a train­ing camp in Rath­new on Wed­nes­day 2nd Jan­uary 2013 from 10.00am - 1.30pm and we also hear that a friendly game has been ar­ranged for next Satur­day.

The U-15 squad en­ters its fi­nal tri­als pe­riod on Fri­day 4th Jan­uary 2013 with three ses­sions at Lam­ber­ton while the U-11 boys have fur­ther tri­als in Rath­new on Sun­day 6th Jan­uary 2013. Best wishes to all boys in­volved in the tri­als ses­sions.

The big news for Ark­low Town FC over the Christ­mas pe­riod was the launch of the new Club Web­site.

Ea­monn O'Connor of Rolling Toad De­sign was en­gaged by the Club to tai­lor this fan­tas­tic new site specif­i­cally for the club and you can now see up­dated news, fix­tures, re­sults, match re­ports and lots lots more.

The site is also linked to the club's Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts to make log­ging on to our so­cial sites much eas­ier.

Why not check it out and see for your­self at www.ark­low­townfc.com.

NEW­TOWN JU­NIORS F.C.

With the fes­tive break al­most over the coming weeks will see all of our teams slowly get back into ac­tion.

The U-8s and 9s whose games are non­com­pet­i­tive will have in­door Fut­sal on their re­turn to ac­tion with fur­ther de­tails to come in the weeks ahead.

Our U-11s have com­pleted their league pro­gramme and are as­sured of at least a third place fin­ish.

Not bad and if the team can tighten things up at the back and pick­ing more points up on their trav­els they'll cer­tainly be in the shake up in the up­com­ing Shield com­pe­ti­tion.

The U-12s have qual­i­fied for the Shield fi­nal with a game or two to spare but as yet their op­po­nents in the fi­nal are un­known. Like­wise the U-14s have qual­i­fied for their re­spec­tive Shield fi­nal and like the 12s they are await­ing con­fir­ma­tion of their fi­nal op­po­nents.

Both teams will have plenty of tough games in 2013 but they both have the play­ers to meet th­ese chal­lenges head on.

In our girls sec­tion both the 16s and 18s squads are mov­ing along nicely and if both sides can avoid in­juries to key play­ers both have a promis­ing sea­son ahead both in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan and Le­in­ster cups.

Both teams should also be in the shake up at the top end of the League ta­ble come the end of the sea­son.

A num­ber of our play­ers from the teams above are also in con­tention for rep­re­sen­ta­tive hon­ours both at county and na­tional level and we will keep you all in­formed of all play­ers progress through­out 2013.

Thank you for all your sup­port and all at New­town Ju­niors F.C. wish all play­ers, par­ents, sup­port­ers, op­po­nents, ref­er­ees and leagues a very happy New Year.

Ev­ery­one in the club sends their best wishes for a speedy re­cov­ery af­ter his re­cent op­er­a­tion to club trea­surer and U12s co-man­ager Dave McGuirk and on a sad­der note the club ex­tends its deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily and friends of Tess Gil­li­gan from Bray who sadly passed away just be­fore Christ­mas. May she rest in peace.

A num­ber of our play­ers will cel­e­brate a birth­day around this time and they are from the U-9s we have the quar­tet of Brian Cole­man, Laragh Davis, Re­becca and and Sam Gil­lan, Stephen Do­ran from the U-11s, Amy Ir­win from the girls U-16s and last but not least Cliona Cram­mond from the girls U18s.

Happy birth­day ev­ery­body from all at New­town Ju­niors F.C.

Re­minder to all par­ents/guardians that the re­main­der of all mem­ber­ship fees were due to be paid on or be­fore De­cem­ber 1 2012. If you have not fully paid by this date you may not be able to play matches.

For all other queries/mat­ters re­lat­ing to the club con­tact Hughie at 087-6987653 or visit our Web­site www.new­town­ju­niors.com and you can also find us on Face­book.

NEW­TOWN UNITED F.C.

Well af­ter the Christ­mas break both our teams are back in ac­tion next week­end and the fol­low­ing are the fix­tures for the week­end­ing Satur­day 5/Sun­day 6 Jan­uary 2013 (weather per­mit­ting).

First team away to Ash­ford Rovers ko Sun­day at 11am (Wicklow Cup).

Sec­ond team away to Saints F.C. ko Sun­day at 2pm. Fix­tures and kick-off times are sub­ject to change.

In our fi­nal Mem­bers draw be­fore Christ­mas the win­ner was Danielle Mur­ray who wins €200. Well done Danielle. Thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port.

The next Mem­bers draw is on the 4th Jan­uary. Fi­nally we would like to wish ev­ery­body con­nected to the club a very Happy New Year.

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