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ARK­LOW TOWN FC

The han­gover from the Christ­mas pe­riod has still not fully gone away with few com­pet­i­tive games sched­uled last week­end how­ever as usual there was still plenty of news from Ark­low Town Foot­ball Club.

The U-10A team got the New Year off to a fan­tas­tic start on Satur­day with a 40 vic­tory over St An­thony's FC at Lam­ber­ton with the goals com­ing from Liam Shaw and a bril­liant hat-trick from Kyle Nolan. Well done lads. The U-13B team also had home ad­van­tage over Aughrim Rangers and de­spite goals from Ryan Doyle and Conor Roche were un­able to over­come the vis­i­tors who also net­ted two to end the game at 2-2.

The U-15A team started the New Year some­what de­pleted due to in­jury and faced a tough test against Wick­low Rovers A who had the up­per hand the last time these two sides met. Even with an un­der-strength squad how­ever the Ark­low lads put to­gether a great per­for­mance and de­servedly took the spoils with a 2-1 vic­tory fol­low­ing goals from Ryan O'Dono­van and Craig Fox. Fur­ther north, at Finn Park, the U-16B team earned a nar­row 5-4 vic­tory over St An­thony's FC through goals from Calem Dev­ereux (2), Morgan Har­ris, Cal Kelly and Alex Tyrell. Well done boys.

Lam­ber­ton played host to two friendly games over the week­end with the U-8 boys welcoming Ard­more Rovers and the Le­in­ster Se­nior League team en­ter­tain­ing St Kevin's Boys FC. A great op­por­tu­nity for both sides to get match ready for the com­ing year.

At County level there was dis­ap­point­ment for the Wick­low and District Youth Squad - which in­cluded no fewer than 19 Ark­low Town FC play­ers - when they suf­fered a 4-1 de­feat to a very strong Wex­ford side in the FAI Um­bro Youth In­ter-League com­pe­ti­tion at Bun­clody on Satur­day. Darren Dempsey was on tar­get for the Wick­low team. The fol­low­ing day the Wick­low County U-12 squad was in ac­tion at Stepa­side with two games against St Joseph's Boys FC. Ark­low Town FC had eight play­ers on the squad with Jack O'Reilly given the hon­our of cap­taincy for the day. Well done to all our lads in­volved.

The boys from the U-11 squads are look­ing for­ward to next week­end when the WDSL Fut­sal sea­son gets un­der­way at Ark­low Leisure Cen­tre. A great in­no­va­tion from the WDSL which will only serve to im­prove tech­ni­cal skills for play­ers through­out the county.

And fi­nally con­grat­u­la­tions to Shane Mur­ray who has signed for Bo­hemian FC for the 2013 Air­tric­ity League sea­son. Hav­ing played his com­pet­i­tive foot­ball with the Ark­low Town FC LSL team since his de­par­ture from Sh­effield United FC dur­ing the sum­mer, Shane will be join­ing an­other for­mer Town player, Andy Mul­li­gan, who is now in his sec­ond sea­son with The Gyp­sies. Ev­ery­one at Ark­low Town Foot­ball Club wishes Shane all the best with his new club.

For all the lat­est news, fixtures, re­sults, match re­ports and lots lots more, don't forget to check out the new Ark­low Town FC web­site at www.ark­low­townfc.com.

SHIL­LE­LAGH UNITED LADIES FC

The ladies re­turned to ac­tion af­ter the Christ­mas break last Sun­day when they trav­elled to Wex­ford to face North End Utd. The girls played bril­liantly and re­ally put it up to the league lead­ers. We cre­ated some great chances but were un­able to break down the home de­fence, and de­spite some heroic saves by Susie Simp­son we even­tu­ally went down on a 3 nil score­line.

It can be hard to keep go­ing when re­sults are not go­ing your way but to their credit the girls are show­ing great unity and de­sire, and are ac­tu­ally giv­ing as good as they get in this divi­sion. Keep at it girls, the ex­pe­ri­ence gained at the higher level will stand to you in the fu­ture.

Best of luck this Sun­day girls when we travel to face Clough­bawn B in the first round of the Wex­ford Cup.

Train­ing con­tin­ues this Fri­day at 7pm. All new play­ers wel­come.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our re­cent 210 club €100 win­ners ; Ro­nan Cog­ley, Carnew (23&24); Ita Hickey, Harold­stown (16&24) and Claude Dagge, Shil­le­lagh (2&30).

Fol­low us on face­book at Shil­le­lagh United Ladies.

WICKOW ROVERS FC

The ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the club would like to wish all our man­agers, as­sis­tant man­agers, coaches, play­ers, par­ents, sup­port­ers and friends a happy and pros­per­ous new year.

There was a lim­ited amount of ac­tion on the play­ing field at the week­end, on Satur­day the sec­ond team were the only ones in the se­nior side of the club in ac­tion and they got the new year off to a good start with an ex­cel­lent three points when they de­feated Cabin­teely FC away by four goals to three in a seven goal thriller. Sean Tobin, Darren Pierce, War­ren Gorm­ley and Jim Fo­ley were all on the mark in a vic­tory that con­sol­i­dates sec­ond place in the league ta­ble.

Three games took place on Satur­day in the ju­nior sec­tion, the 11A's moved a step closer to the divi­sion one ti­tle when they recorded an im­pres­sive 5-2 win over Avon­more in the Hockey Pitch, a brace from Frankie Reynolds and one a piece from Craig An­der­son, Rob­bie Hoff­man and Bran­don O'Brien means they only re­quire one point from their re­main­ing two games to cap­ture the ti­tle. Our 13B's made it three wins from three games in the league when they com­pre­hen­sively beat Ard­more Rovers on a score of 10-4, James Lang and Stu­art Cox both hit the back of the net four times each while Dean Noble and Stephen Fin­lay adding sin­gles. The 15 A's lost out to Ark­low Town in Lam­ber­ton by two goals to one, Rian Daunt Smyth scored the lone goal. The un­der 13A's game away to Ash­ford Rovers was called off. On Sun­day the un­der 10A's lost nar­rowly 1-0 to Ard­more Rovers in a tight game while the 10C's recorded a good 3-2 away win over Grey­stones Utd, Conor Leonard helped him­self to a brace to make it eight for the sea­son with Finn Egan Barron scor­ing his sev­enth of the cam­paign. Well done to the 12B's who gained their first point of the sea­son in a thrilling 4-4 draw with St Fer­gals, two from Ryan Mur­phy and one each from James Brad­shaw and Fionn Matthews ac­counted for the goals. Its great to see this team get their re­wards for all their hard work through out the sea­son, its easy to turn out ev­ery week when things are go­ing your way but this team turn up ev­ery week suf­fer­ing de­feat af­ter de­feat but never let it knock their en­thu­si­asm for the game, a lot of credit for this goes to the hard work of man­ager Bren­dan Porter and his as­sis­tant Michael Gal­li­gan, well done lads. The 14B's kept their chance of a place in their shield fi­nal alive when they de­feated sec­ond placed Ash­ford Rovers 6-1 in The White­gates, Al­fie Heather hit his third hat-trick of the sea­son to bring his to­tal to sev­en­teen in ten shield games, Evan Doyle scored his sec­ond of the sea­son with two un­der 13 play­ers Jack Dunne and Eli Gra­ham com­plet­ing the scor­ing.

In the hat-trick cor­ner this week we had three play­ers, two play­ers plun­dered four goals a piece, both in the same game, James Lang and Stu­art Cox were the two play­ers who went goal crazy at the week­end help­ing the un­der 13B's main­tain their one hun­dred per­cent start to the league in a 10-4 vic­tory over Ard­more Rovers, Al­fie Heather smashed his third hat-trick of the sea­son [which also in­cludes a dou­ble hat-trick] against Ash­ford Rovers, Al­fie notched his three goals for the 14B's in their 6-1 win which keeps them in with a chance of mak­ing the shield fi­nal well done Al­fie, James and Stu­art.

The club's Satur­day morn­ing academy re­sumes this week from 11 till 12 on the all weather pitch at The White­gates, the academy is un­der the guid­ance of ex­pe­ri­enced coach Johnny Dunne and is for kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years so if your child is in­ter­ested why not bring them along, ev­ery­one wel­come.

Ev­ery­one at Wick­low Rovers AFC were deeply sad­dened to hear of the pass­ing of Mary Crofton, Nuala Fur­long and Aoife Daly [Pierces­town, Wex­ford] re­cently, we would like to ex­press our sin­cere sym­pa­thy to their fam­i­lies and friends at this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may they rest in peace.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion for the club notes or the club web­site can con­tact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hot­mail.com

For all news re­gard­ing the club, check out the club web­site at www.wick­lowrovers.com

NEW­TOWN JU­NIORS FC

Only one of our teams were in ac­tion and it was win­ning one for the Un­der 12's as they kept their 100% record in the Shield with a 5-1 home suc­cess over Avon­more F.C. They led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from James Crean and Kasper Raz­niak. Jor­dan But­ler scored their third early in the sec­ond half and two goals from sub­sti­tute Dy­lan Fitzsi­mons rounded off the scor­ing. Among the play­ers who shone on the day were Cian Walsh, Ciara Dease and Colm Flynn.

The fol­low­ing are the fixtures for the week-end­ing Sat.12th/Sun.13th Jan­uary 2013; Un­der 8's away to Glen­cor­mac United ko to be con­firmed; Un­der 9's at home to Round­wood F.C. ko Satur­day to be con­firmed; Un­der 11's - fix­ture to be con­firmed; Un­der 12's - fix­ture to be con­firmed; Un­der 14's away to Ash­ford Rovers ko Sun­day at 12pm; Girls Un­der 16's away to Trim Celtic ko Sun­day at 1pm; Girls Un­der 18's at home to Peamount United ko Sun­day to be con­firmed. Fixtures and times are sub­ject to change.

A num­ber of girls from the club are off to the Os­car Traynor in Dublin for Academy as­sess­ments on Fri­day 11th and 18th Jan­uary. Those play­ers are as fol­lows; U-14 - Erynn O'Brien and Ab­bie Mol­loy; U-15 - Amy Guil­foyle, Sinead Hor­gan, Heather Cullen, Kelsea Par­sons, Chelsee Snell, Ais­ling McDon­ald and Katie Mi­ley; U-16 - Lu­cie Ashmore and Cliona Cram­mond.

Best of luck to all the girls. Best wishes for a speedy re­cov­ery to Un­der 18's cen­tre half Becky Cassin who sus­tained a knee in­jury in an MGL game last Thurs­day against the Ire­land un­der 17's and is side­lined for a cou­ple of weeks at the very least.

Two play­ers from our girls Un­der 18's cel­e­brate their birthdays in the com­ing week and they are fly­ing winger Amy Mur­phy and mid-fielder Katie Mur­phy (no re­la­tion). Happy birth­day girls from every­body at New­town Ju­niors F.C.

On a sad­der note New­town Ju­niors F.C. send their deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies and friends of Bunty McCabe, Car­rie Walsh and Mar­garet (Margo) Edwards who all sadly passed away in the past week. May they all rest in peace.

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 FC

Two good away win's for our two sides last week­end.

The first team ad­vanced to the next round of the Wick­low cup af­ter a se­v­en­goal thriller away to Ash­ford Rovers. Two goals from Dean Od­lum and a goal each from Cathal McNi­cholas and John Hef­fer­nan sealed the win. The sec­ond team had a great 1-nil win away to Divi­sion 2 lead­ers Saints F.C. Conor Ec­cle­ston scored the all im­por­tant goal from the penalty spot in a very good team dis­play.

The fol­low­ing are the fixtures for the week-end­ing Sat.12th/Sun.13th Jan.2013; 1st team at home to BBK United ko Sun­day at 11am; 2nd team away to Conary United ko Sun­day at 2pm. Fixtures and times are sub­ject to change.

Ev­ery­one in the club ex­tend their deep­est sym­pa­thies to the fam­i­lies and friends of

'Bunty' McCabe and Car­rie Walsh who both sadly passed away in the past week. May they both rest in peace.

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