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Well an­other week­end of twid­dling the thumbs re­gards play­ing foot­ball, with the weather more suited to water polo we yet again saw can­cel­la­tions be­ing the or­der of the day with all our WDSL fix­tures fall­ing foul of the weather for the sec­ond week run­ning.

The only teams to beat the weather were the first team and the U-16 girls.

The first team trav­elled to Sk­er­ries to take on the lo­cal team in the first round of the Noel Ryan Cup. They were dis­ap­pointed to lose out on a 2-1 score line es­pe­cially af­ter con­trol­ling the game for long pe­ri­ods.

With the sides locked at 1-1 go­ing into the fi­nal minute, the home side struck the de­ci­sive goal which sent them into round two against the run of play.

Ian Bran­ni­gan hit his sec­ond goal of the sea­son when he con­verted from the penalty spot for Rovers.

The U-16 girls trav­elled to Oriel Park to take on Dun­dalk and af­ter putting in a good shift they were un­lucky to lose out 3-1. They led 1-0 at the break through a Chloe Bren­nan goal but the home team came storming back in the sec­ond pe­riod with the help of a strong wind to score three unan­swered goals.

Ev­ery­one at the club would like to wish our U16A team the best of luck in their last 32 game in the Na­tional Cup this Sun­day, they make the long jour­ney to Sligo Town to take on Bal­liso­dare United and we would like to wish them well.

It has been noted that some man­agers are still not tex­ting full in­for­ma­tion to our club sec­re­taries. The text should con­tain both team names, whether A, B or C, age group, com­pe­ti­tion and goal scor­ers. Also text should be sent as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter the end of the match and should be sent whether you win or lose.

Please think of the peo­ple who are giv­ing up their time to send re­sults and goal scor­ers to the league and news­pa­per, ev­ery­thing has a knock on ef­fect by the de­lay to send your re­sult in. This ap­plies to the se­nior teams as well as the ju­nior sides.

Also could all club mem­bers please use the bins pro­vided in The White­gates, re­cently it's been no­ticed that rub­bish has been left on the touch­lines af­ter games and it's been left to com­mit­tee mem­bers to go around af­ter games to clear up plas­tic bot­tles and pa­per wrap­pings, please use the bins pro­vided and keep our grounds tidy.

Our soc­cer academy is on ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing (weather per­mit­ting) in the White­gates all-weather pitch at 11am, 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.

The fol­low­ing is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Ju­nior €5, Se­nior €8; Shorts with crestJu­nior €10, Se­nior €12; Track­suit-Ju­nior €45, Se­nior €57; Polo Shirts-Ju­nior €22, Se­nior €28; Rain jacket-Ju­nior €30, Se­nior €37; Hoodie-Ju­nior €20, Se­nior €26. All track­suits, polo shirts, rain jack­ets and hood­ies can be per­son­al­ized with the play­ers ini­tials free of charge if re­quested.

Ev­ery­one at Wicklow Rovers AFC were deeply sad­dened to hear of the pass­ing of Ena Doyle re­cently, we would like to ex­press our sin­cere sym­pa­thy to her fam­ily and friends at this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may she 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@hot­

For all news re­gard­ing the club, check out the club web­site at www.wick­ or the club Face­book page.


This week Sean O'Tuathaill was one of a three man Ir­ish team who trav­elled to Brittany to take part in an in­ter­na­tional cy­clocross race in La­narvily France, on Sun­day.

A large field turned out for the race, with many of France's top pro­fes­sional rid­ers turn­ing up on the start line on the day. O'Tuathaill gave a very good ac­count of him­self and fin­ished best of the Ir­ish trio. He fin­ished just one place be­hind Thomas Voeck­ler the French Tour de France yel­low jersey star.

So well done to Sean do­ing so well, com­pet­ing in such an elite field.

The younger mem­bers of the club had a road spin on Sun­day start­ing and fin­ish­ing in Greystones.

There was a good turnout for this event. There was also a large at­ten­dance at all spins this week with the mar­ginal im­prove­ment in the weather and the fact that the race sea­son will be start­ing in less than a month.

Many of the A2 and A3 rac­ers are train­ing for the Gorey 3 day stage race which is run over the Easter week­end. This year Bray Wheel­ers will have a record en­try of 15 or more for this event.

The coach­ing talks con­cluded last Thurs­day night with a very in­for­ma­tive talk about race prepa­ra­tion, race tac­tics and cri­terium rac­ing.

This was pre­sented by Mark Murphy and Colin Short. Begin­ners spins should be re­sum­ing shortly and a list of dates will be pub­lished on the web­site soon. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit the web­site www.bray­wheel­ or keep up to date on the face­book page.


The ladies had no fix­ture last Sun­day as all the Wex­ford League ladies matches yet again fell foul of the bad weather con­di­tions.

Hopefully this will re­sult in the girls be­ing well rested and ready for ac­tion this Sun­day when we face Cur­r­a­cloe in our last home league fix­ture of the sea­son.

Best of luck to Erika Dagge and Mayghan Doyle who are also in­volved in the county U-16 Gaynor Cup tri­als at the week­end.

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

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Robert Cog­ley, Carnew, this weeks €100 win­ner in our 210 club draw ; Win­ning num­bers 20 and 21.


Seagulls lotto - There was no jack­pot win­ner on Sun­day Jan­uary 27 for a jack­pot of €750, num­bers drawn were 5, 8, 13, and 21. The five €30 lucky win­ners were So­phie and Ava c/o Glen­view FC, L Dunne c/o F Slevin, G Slevin c/o F Slevin, G Whe­lan c/o Veron­ica, C Carey c/o On­line. The next draw will be on Sun­day Fe­bu­rary 3 in the Hiber­nia Inn with a jack­pot of €825. If any­one wishes to sell lotto tick­ets, please con­tact the club at 2828214.

On­line Shop - Bray Wan­der­ers mer­chan­dise is now avail­able to pur­chase on line. The on line sou­venir shop can be ac­cessed from the Sup­port­ers club web site home page www.bray­wan­der­

2013 Sea­son tick­ets - Bray Wan­der­ers 2013 Sea­son Tick­ets are now on sale - adult: €99; child: (U-16): €49; OAP: €49.

Spe­cial pre-Christ­mas fam­ily ticket of­fer: two adults and two chil­dren for €249.

Con­tact the club at 2828214.


The weather was the only real win­ner again this week­end when the heavy rain on Fri­day left us and most clubs with no choice but to close our pitches for the week­end hopefully the weather will pick up and we may get some games played next week­end.

Our in­door pitch is a bless­ing at this time of year as even with the very heavy rain all our teams are able to con­tinue train­ing and be pre­pared for when the league re­sumes.

The Ladies Mini World Cup be­gan on Mon­day at 8pm and will con­tinue for the next cou­ple of weeks on our in­door.

Best of luck to all the ladies who are taken part and if you are in­ter­ested in ladies foot­ball please come along and sup­port.

Our academy is on ev­ery Satur­day at 11am, if you have a child be­tween the ages of four and seven please come along it is a great way for you and your child to meet new friends all wel­come.

Great news for the club and the Doyle fam­ily this week when Eoin Doyle was picked to rep­re­sent the county at U-11.

Eoin was picked in Mick Nolan's squad to rep­re­sent the Wicklow School­boy/girls league for the coming sea­son. Eoin joins an elite list of club player who have rep­re­sented their county over the years and done the club and county proud.

Eoin has the added hon­our of cap­tain­ing the county team this year and this is quite an achieve­ment for Eoin as he is a mem­ber of our U-10 team but we at the club have no doubt that Eoin will be well able to hold his own at this level as he has proved when play­ing for our U-12's this sea­son.

Ev­ery­one at the club would like to wish Mick Nolan and his staff all the best for the coming year and to Eoin we know you will do club, county and your fam­ily proud, now the hard work starts best of luck from all at Rath­new FC


The club would like to con­grat­u­late five of its U11s team on mak­ing the U-11 county squad. Well done Mark Whe­lan, Cal­lum Kelly, Matthew Ryan, Dy­lan Doyle and Luke Kelly all your hard work has paid off.

Satur­days only fix­ture was the U-17s but had to be can­celled as the pitch was un­playable.

Sun­day's fix­tures be­gan with the U11s at home to Ard­more with town win­ning 4-1, with goals from Dy­lan Doyle 2, jack Fox and Matthew Ryan.

The U-12s were due to play Greystones away but that was can­celled. The U-10s trav­elled to Ark­low Town but were on the wrong side of a 5-0 score line.

In the mean­time the U-14s were play­ing a friendly against Rovers which ended 2-2 with Town's goals from Paddy and John Moore­house.

The day's fix­tures fin­ished with the first team away to Celtic Stars in the League Cup, the game fin­ished 3-3 with town's scor­ers Shane Dunne, Richard Murphy and Ed­die Kelly.

The lads were un­for­tu­nate to loose on the penalty shootout. We wish Celtic Stars the best as they go through to the next round.

There will be a com­mit­tee meet­ing on Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 4 in the up­stairs lounge of Whistlers Bar at 8pm. Can all man­agers please at­tend also?

There is a num­ber of ju­nior shorts/socks at €4 each and also se­nior shorts/socks at €5 each avail­able in the shop on match days.

For up­dates please log on to our Wicklow Town AFC Face­book page.


The cross­ing of fin­gers and toes last week didn't really work but at least two games were played re­sult­ing in one win and one de­feat.

The U- 9s trav­elled to Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre Park to play Ark­low Town and de­spite a 3-0 de­feat the whole team played very well.

Bet­ter news for the girl's U-18s as they trav­elled to Fin­glas to take on WFTA in the MGL Car­lie Fitzger­ald Me­mo­rial cup semi-fi­nal.

The game was moved from Kil­do­nan Park to McKelvey Celtic's su­perb all weather fa­cil­ity.

Con­di­tions proved dif­fi­cult for both sides as strong blus­tery winds and rain made it hard for the two teams to play good foot­ball.

In a score­less first half goal scor­ing chances were at a pre­mium but the New­town de­fence of Jane and Rose Fa­gan, Becky Cassin, Katie Murphy and keeper Lu­cie Ash­more were dom­i­nant as they re­mained solid through­out the half.

The open­ing goal came two min­utes into the sec­ond half when from a cor­ner on the right Amy Murphy floated her kick per­fectly to back post and into the net.

In fact the ball crossed the line on three oc­ca­sions first through Murphy, then from Becky Cassin and fi­nally from Or­laith Whe­lan but thank­fully the lineswoman ad­judged that Murphy's ef­fort had crossed the line and the goal was awarded.

We were now the dom­i­nant team and the likes of Murphy, Una Gro­gan and Erin Ho­ran were now caus­ing all sorts of prob­lems for the WFTA de­fence.

We had to wait un­til the 81st minute for our sec­ond goal and it came when Gro­gan latched onto a Katie Murphy through ball and from the half way line she ad­vanced be­fore driv­ing the ball low to the keeper's right from 16 yards to make it 2-0.

WFTA were still dan­ger­ous and Lu­cie Ash­more had to pull off a smart save to deny the home side.

The home side did pull a goal back in in­jury time to keep the ten­sion at its peak but our girls were not to be de­nied and at the fi­nal whis­tle it was New­town who ad­vanced to the fi­nal which is a few months away.

Well done to all the team who gave their all and though some of the play­ers were be­low par to­day they never stopped try­ing. As we said our de­fen­sive unit played very well but if I was pick­ing a player of the match I would prob­a­bly pick Erin Ho­ran who cov­ered ev­ery inch of the pitch.

Thank you also to all the par­ents who came along to sup­port and a big thanks to the home club who put on tea and sand­wiches af­ter the game for all our team.

On the day we were short a cou­ple of play­ers from the squad and we send our best wishes to Jodie Ryan who is out of ac­tion through ill­ness and Sinead Hor­gan who sus­tained an an­kle in­jury on Fri­day night.

Me­gan Davis also suf­fered a badly cut lip dur­ing the game but we are happy to report that Me­gan is fine and rar­ing to go in the next game. We now await the win­ners of the other semi fi­nal which is be­tween Kells and Peamount but we be­lieve we are a match for any­one and pro­vid­ing the cur­rent weather con­di­tions im­prove we'll get the games and per­for­mances will im­prove in par­al­lel with that. Well done girls.

Only one player from the club cel­e­brates a birth­day in the coming week and he is Kasper Raz­niak from the U-12s. Happy birth­day Kasper from ev­ery­one at the 'Ju­niors'.

Well done to an­other cou­ple of U-12s i.e. Cian Walsh and James Crean who were part of the Wicklow county squad that de­feated Wex­ford 2-0 in Ark­low last Satur­day. Well done lads.

Also well done to Dy­lan Fitzsi­mons who has made the Wicklow Devel­op­ment squad at the U11s age group.

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


Afraid yet again it was the weather that won out as both our teams had their sched­uled games post­poned due to wa­ter­logged pitches.

There was one win­ner in our Mem­bers' Draw this week and that was Teresa O'Toole c/o Jamie McDon­ald. Teresa wins €300 and well done. Back to €100 next week.

Thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port.


The Ark­low Town FC Le­in­ster Se­nior League team took cen­tre stage last Satur­day night when they trav­elled to take on a fourth-placed Mount Mer­rion FC at Ir­ish­town Sta­dium and se­cured their first win of the sea­son with a 4-2 vic­tory.

Luke Fitzgib­bon set the ball rolling be­fore Ryan Mur­ray scored his first goal in the LSL. Re­cent sign­ing, Lee Quaye, added a third be­fore Tom Smullen sealed the vic­tory with a screamer into the top of the net. A great team per­for­mance and a su­per win.

Sun­day proved to be a hec­tic day at Lam­ber­ton with six games be­ing played on the all-weather pitch. First up were the U-9A team who, de­spite Ben Somers be­ing on tar­get, were un­for­tu­nate to suf­fer a 3-1 de­feat to a very strong Greystones United team.

The U-10B team were also in ac­tion early on Sun­day and with a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance de­feated the vis­it­ing Wicklow Town AFC through goals from Cal­lum Rawl, Paul O’Connor, Mikey Mur­ray, Aaron Fox and Reilly Ho­gan.

The U-9B boys se­cured a good vic­tory over New­town Ju­niors at Lam­ber­ton in what was a great game be­tween two tal­ented teams. Ferike Pap and Adam Van­der­hei­j­den were on tar­get for The Town.

The first of two derby games fea­tured the U-11B team who made the most of their home ad­van­tage to come away with a win over Ark­low United.

The Town goals were scored by Dy­lan Smith, Aaron Ber­ming­ham, Gavin O'Brien and Shane Parle. The U-13B team were not as for­tu­nate how­ever and it was the vis­i­tors who took the points in an en­ter­tain­ing game.

The U-8 boys trav­elled to take on Ash­ford Rovers AFC and with the home side strug­gling to live with the boys power and pace it was The Town who left Bal­li­nalea Park with the vic­tory fol­low­ing goals from Paidi Ka­vanagh, Conn Keaney, Aaron O'Brien and Pa­trick Boyd.

With no com­pet­i­tive fix­ture last week­end the U12B team hosted Gorey Celtic in a friendly fix­ture to com­plete the week­end pro­gramme.

With so many grounds closed as a re­sult of the weather, Lam­ber­ton was the fo­cus of at­ten­tion on Satur­day when Wicklow took on Wex­ford in the SFAI U-12 Jim Cashin Cup and the U-13 Euro Tab Cup.

With seven Ark­low Town FC boys in the U-12 squad it was great to see Wicklow chalk up a 2-0 vic­tory over the Wex­ford side and the day got even bet­ter when the U-13 boys re­peated the per­for­mance with a 1-0 win to be­come joint lead­ers at the top of the Le­in­ster Group A ta­ble.

Again, Ark­low Town FC had a very strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion on this squad with eleven Town play­ers in­volved.

The club is ex­tremely proud of our play­ers who rep­re­sented their county so well.

Ark­low Town FC is look­ing for­ward to next week­end when three of our teams will fea­ture in the Round of 32 of their re­spec­tive SFAI Na­tional Cup com­pe­ti­tions. You can keep up to date with th­ese fix­tures on the Club web­site - www.ark­low­ - or via the Ark­low Town FC Face­book Page.

The Town lotto had two match three win­ners this week and the num­bers drawn were 13, 21, 24 and 28. The bonus ball was 21.


The sea­son is now in full swing with lo­cal events and open tour­na­ments.

Just re­cently a team com­pe­ti­tion was held in Ark­low sports cen­tre and 16 play­ers en­tered the for­mat was four teams of four on each team

It was run on a league and af­ter some great matches there was only one point be­tween the win­ner and run­ner-up 184 points to 185 points.

The fol­low­ing are the team places: Team 3: Pa O'Don­nell, Gra­ham Young, Reece Young, Laura Gan­non on 185 points; Team 1: Joe Far­rell, Vin­cent Fitzger­ald, Scott Young, Fiona Brad­shaw on 184 points; Team 4: Paddy Dodd, Brian Byrne, Chris Cor­ri­gan, Mau­reen Gan­non on 155 points; Team 2: Jimmy Gan­non, Geral­dine Byrne, Billy O'Ke­effe, Mary Hickey on149 points.

The club cham­pi­onships will be held next month start­ing on Fe­bru­ary 11. A no­tice is now up on the board so mem­bers should en­ter as soon as pos­si­ble it will run over three or four nights.

On the open tour­na­ment stage Ark­low had two play­ers play­ing in the Kingscourt Open and they were Jimmy Gan­non and Pa O'Don­nell.

Jimmy was suc­cess­ful in bring­ing home the 40+ Sin­gles ti­tle when he de­feated Belfast's Garry Lynch.

Pa gave a good ac­count of him­self put just could not han­dle the power of the win­ner Daniel Gill from Gal­way.

Next week­end all roads lead to the Wex­ford Sports Cen­tre where the Over­age Sin­gles and Dou­bles Na­tional Cham­pi­onships will take place and rep­re­sent­ing Ark­low will be Jimmy Gan­non, Pa O'Don­nell, Michael Barnes (jnr), John Fitzger­ald and Vin­cent Fitzger­ald.

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