No words can describe the fantastic feeling in the village this weekend. The Wicklow Cup will be definitely returning to our club, but will it be our Premier or our third team to lift it at the end?
The Premier team claimed their place on Friday night winning 6-1 with goals from Mark with three, Nicky with two and Boxer with one.
No one in Whitegates had any nails left when the third team met Ashford on Sunday. This stayed goalless after extra time with the third team winning on penos.
This is amazing for two teams from the one club to be meeting in the Wicklow Cup final.
Our second team had an amazing victory as well, winning 10-2. Those that found the net were Jody (6), Keith (2), Dean (1) and Grassy (1).
The under-13s missed out on victory Thursday night. Goals from Aaron and Nathan.
Unfortunately, Saturday, after a hard battle, they lost with a 6-3 defeat with great goals from Reese (2) and Owen (1).
Thursday night the under-11s had a fantastic win of 4-0, goals from Ross (2), Charlie (1), Shane (1).
The under-10s drew 1-1 in a great game in Kilcoole, our goal from Toby.
The academy is now back in full flow after the Easter with only a few weeks remaining. There's still time to join every Saturday from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Only €2.
The first team held title chasing Swords Celtic to a 2-2 draw but in truth this was a game they let slip away.
The second team played their last game of the season away to title chasing Postal Utd losing unluckily 3-2 to a disputed penalty five minutes from the end.
Daryl Sullivan levelled matters at 1-1 and then leading scorer Ciaran McGettigan equalised for a second time at 2-2 only to lose out to the harsh penalty with five minutes left.
Tommy Sullivan was excellent between the posts for Rovers pulling off some excellent saves.
The team had a great second half of the season after going through a transition period before Christmas.
The executive committee would like to thank manager Pat Ffrench, assistant Anto Scanlon, the players and all involved with the team for all the hard work during the season.
The under-13 girls were involved in a six goal thriller with Peamount Utd drawing 3-3 away from home, Sinead McGettigan, Grainne Phelan and Niamh Caffrey nabbed their goals. The under-18 girls won 3-2 against Dundrum with Rioghna McGettigan getting two and Saoirse O'Reilly notching one.
In the junior section during the week our under11As continued their good form with an excellent 4-1 away win over St Anthony's, two goals from Sam Bishop set them on the way with two own goals completing the tally.
The under-12As kept their title hopes on track with a solid 2-0 win away to Arklow Town, Paul Marah and a first of the season for Brandon O'Brien secured them three valuable points against one of their title rivals.
The under-12Bs also have their sights on the division two title and they kept themselves in the hunt with a 3-0 home victory over Arklow Town. Goals from Jack Meaney, Daniel Murphy and Tom O'Neil earned them the win to close the gap on leaders Aughrim.
The under-15s lost 3-1 at home to Arklow Town, Michael Anthony Doyle scored the Rovers goal.
On Saturday the under-8Bs won 7-3 away to Wicklow Town, Ben Lyons hit a superb hat-trick while Steven Kavanagh nabbed a brace.
Elliot Gaynor scored his first of the season with Eoin Kennedy getting the other.
The under-14As treble dream is still alive when they recorded a good 4-2 home win over Wolfe Tone, two goals from Luca Rampersaud and one each from Ciaran Coffey and Stuart Cox helped them to three important points.
The under-16s were unlucky going down 2-1 to Coolboy in their refixed cup semi-final, Kevin O'Halloran scored their goal and they did have chances throughout to win but didn't have the luck.
On Sunday the under-10Bs lost 4-1 to Aughrim with top scorer Willoughby Woods scoring the goal.
The under-11Cs were disappointed as they were present to play Rathnew but the visitors failed to show.
Our under-12As secured their place at the top of the league with a 4-1 away win over Avonmore, a brace from Paul Marah and singles from Frankie Reynolds and Nathan Sullivan secured all three points.
The under-12Bs title hopes suffered a set back when they lost 4-1 away to Enniskerry, Jack Meaney scored their goal.
The under-13As continued their good form with a 4-2 win over Greystones Utd, two goals from Daniel Fitzsimons and one a piece from Conor Byrne and Tristan O'Toole keeps them top of the pile.
The under-14Bs suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Avonmore, Chris Hudson scored a consolation goal for them.
The under-15s lost 5-2 to St Anthony's, Mitchell Kelly and Alfie Heather scored the goals.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers would like to wish our club president Anthony Earls a speedy recovery from a recent operation; we all hope to see you up and about very soon. Your missed around the place, get well soon Anthony.
The executive committee of Wicklow Rovers would like to thank all the kids and parents who supported the clubs Easter camp.
It was a great turn out with 65 kids participating in the camp. Everyone had a great time with plenty of fun and games.
With the weather been fantastic and some potential Ronaldo's and Messi's on show the whole week was a joy to run.
Thanks to all our coaches who helped with the running of the camp. Well done and thanks to everyone involved. Photos from the camp are posted on the club website and Facebook page.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 087 9108706 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club Facebook page.
SHILLELAGH UTD LADIES FC
The ladies finished this season's league campaign on a high when they travelled to Tombrack on Sunday last and came home winners on a 1-0 score line.
The girls lined out in this game with only nine players but never let the opposition take advantage of the extra players.
They kept their shape, worked really hard for each other and used the ball intelligently. The girls made the breakthrough before halftime when Erika Dagge released Noreen Lambert through the middle to coolly slot the ball past the keeper for what was to be the winning goal.
The girls defended brilliantly as a team in the second half and dealt with everything Tombrack could throw at us. Well done girls!
Our next game will be the Boland Carpets Cup Final on May 11 in Bunclody.
This week the club racing made a welcome return with an interclub time trial taking place on the N11. The race calendar moved to the home county with Bray Wheelers Cycling Club hosting the prestigious Shay Elliott Cycle race and supporting A3 event.
The interclub TT was an 11km timed event in conjunction with our neighbouring club Sorrento Cycling Club. There was a good turnout for this with almost 60 cyclists taking part. It was a fine evening on Thursday with some really good times being set and a lot of people setting personal bests and much improved times on last year.
Fintan Ryan junior of Sorrento Cycling Club set the best time on the night with a blistering time of 14.44. Ed O'Brien was the first Bray rider home in an excellent time of 14.55 following on from his good showing in the Gorey three day last weekend. Noel Conway was second Bray rider and Anto Dunne third.
On Saturday Bray hosted the Shay Elliott memorial race which is an A1/A2 event and for the first time ever we put on an A3 event the SHA3 which proved to be a huge success. The turnout was good and hopefully this race will be even bigger next year.
This was a tough grueling race around the hilly roads of County Wicklow and over the climb of Glenmalure and the weather was not kind to the riders with the cold and rain adding to the toughness of the race.
A large contingent of Bray riders took part in both races. Ed O'Brien and Geoff Robinson did the A1/A2 race and John Spain, David Hennessy, Ian Murphy, Graham Kearns, Richard O'Hanrahan and several others taking part in the A3 event. Unfortunately Ed O'Brien had a mechanical early on. Geoff Robinson did well finishing up fourth in the A2 race and Richard O'Hanrahan was first unplaced Bray Wheeler in the A3 race.
The next youth spin is on Monday evening the 28th April from Shanganagh at 7.30pm - new members always welcome. Next weeks club race is a 26km CP from Calary with sign on from 7pm.
Seagulls Lotto - There was no jackpot winner on Sunday, April 27 for a jackpot of €5,200. The five €30 lucky winners were A Kelly c/o BWSC, P O Neill c/o BWSC, J Keating c/o J Keating, J Keating c/o J Keating, J Walsh c/o V Walsh.
The next draw will be on Sunday, May 4 in the Hibernia Inn with a jackpot of €5,275. If anyone wishes to sell lotto tickets, please contact the club at 2828214.
Online Shop - Bray Wanderers merchandise is now available to purchase online. The online souvenir shop can be accessed from the Supporters club web site home page www.braywanderers.com.
2014 Season Tickets - Bray Wanderers 2014 Season Tickets are now available priced at Adult €99, Child (under 16) €49, OAP €49. For details contact the club office on 01-2828214 or email email@example.com.
Travel details for Athlone match - The next away trip is to Athlone on Friday, May 2.
The Supporters club bus will depart at 4.30pm from Castle Street shopping centre. Price for travel is €15 for adults, €10 for 16 -18-year-olds (ID is required) and €5 for under 16s.
Non Supporters club members will have to pay €3.00 extra, non members can sign up on the bus or at any home match prior to the date, members are asked to bring there membership cards. If you have yet to receive your card, please call into the souvenir shop at any home match. To book a seat please text the supporters club on 0879968969.
EA Cup - Wanderers have been drawn at home to Dundalk in the Second Round of the EA SPORTS Cup. This match will be played either on May 5 or 6.
NEWTOWN JUNIORS F.C.
The action stared with mid-week games where our under-10s and 12s headed to play in Ballywaltrim in Bray.
The under-10s as has been the story of their season gave the opposition a head start before coming back strongly and this was the case again on Thursday when they took on St. Fergal's.
They trailed 3-0 at half time but came storming back and goals from Darragh Heffernan and Bobby Dowling reduced the deficit to a single goal but the game ended 3-2.
Better news for the 12s as they clinched another three points this time away to Wolfe Tone 'B' o a 3-1 score line.
The goals came from Josh Odlum, Steven Coghlan and Jack Elliott in a very good team display. They finished their week off perfectly with yet another away win as this time they made the shorter trip to Kilcoole and beat St. Anthony's 2-0 with two second half goals from Steven Coghlan and a super long range free kick from Josh Odlum.
Among the players who starred on the day were Conor Kavanagh, Andrew Waters, Josh Odlum and Kyle Taite.
Over the weekend the big game was the under-18 girl's Leinster final against our old foes Shelbourne. In a game played in a gale force wind (as usual) in the Oscar Traynor Grounds in Coolock Newtown had to play the first half into the wind.
The team defended well and relied on the odd counter attack to try and score.
Amy Murphy had our best chance but her effort from 20 yards cleared the crossbar. Shels probably created more chances but the defence of Nicola Batten, Chelsee Snell, Becky Cassin and Sinead Horgan plus keeper Lucie Ashmore stood firm.
In the second half we managed to get forward more as the conditions allowed but the second half was littered by nothing more than half chances.
The game headed into extra time and the deadlock was broken just before the end of the first period when we lost possession in midfield and their central midfielder advanced forward to the edge of the box to score with a rising shot.
In the second half we had to push extra players forward to try and restore parity but right at the death Shelbourne broke to score and make it 2-0. The final whistle went and the final score line probably was a little unfair on our girls in a game that looked to have penalties written all over it. Among the players who starred for Newtown on the day were the aforementioned back five, Georgina Canavan and Amy Murphy. Hard luck girls but we still have the league to play for and it's all in our own hands as we head into the last four games.
Many thanks to all the supporters who made the trip to support the team.
The under-8s made the short trip to Kilcoole to take on St. Anthony's and with a few players missing they put up a decent show despite defeat.
Mason Melia and Hannah Martin scored for Newtown and among the players who starred for the team were Luca Sinnott Elliott, Jack Coghlan and Mason Melia.
Our under-9s short a number of regulars played in the WDSL Fun Fives in Enniskerry and after playing five games they managed to record two win's and three defeats. Well done to Anastazya, Shane, Martin, Devin, Mason, Jack and Padraig for their efforts on the day.
Our under-13s played out a 1-1 draw on Sunday morning away to Enniskerry with Ciara Dease scoring the Newtown goal which gave us the lead. Their game at home to Greystones on Tuesday didn't go ahead as the appointed ref failed to show.
We will have a committee meeting on Wednesday, April 30 (today) at 6.45pm in the Community Centre. All committee members are requested to attend.
The club sends their best wishes to all the boys and girls from the club who will be making their first Holy Communion next Saturday.
Here's hoping the sun shines and everyone has a brilliant day.
Players from the club celebrating their birthdays in the coming week are Sean Bishop from the under-10s, Nicola Doyle from the under-13s, Katie Mullally and Aisling McDonald from the girl's under-16s. Happy birthday all from everyone at Newtown Juniors F.C.
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.
Finally everyone in the club extends their condolences to Olivia Flanagan and her family on the sad passing of her Auntie recently.
NEWTOWN UNITED F.C.
Congratulations to our Youth squad on completing the double of League and Cup after a 3-2 victory over Glenview F.C. at Shamrock Park in Rathnew. Luke Martin scored twice while Stephen Davis added the other goal.
Well done to all the players and their management team of David 'Sambo' Elliott and John 'Droop' Heffernan. Many thanks to all the supporters who went to the game to cheer the team on.
The first team took a giant step towards the Premier league crown after a 2-1 home win over fellow contenders Arklow Town.
Unfortunately the second team's game didn't go ahead as with both teams on the pitch (ourselves and St Patrick's) no referee turned up in what was a case of miss-communication.
Our Members Draw for €300 was won last weekend and the winners were Josh, Ella and Zara Kavanagh. Well done guys. The jackpot goes back to €100 for next week.