The first team were the only senior team in the club in action at the weekend and they were involved in a six-goal thriller away to St. John Bosco on Saturday night.
A brace from Peter Finnegan and a single from Luke Byrne earned a share of the spoils between two teams that are on the fringe of the promotion spots.
Rovers have now drawn four of their last five league games and really need to start picking up wins to force their way into promotion contention.
Saturday’s junior action saw our Under-8 green team play Rathnew greens in a very even tussle. Both teams produced some excellent football.
The Under-9 green team took on Arklow Town black team in what was a very closely fought game with very little between the two teams. George O’Neill was on the score sheet for Rovers.
The Under-10As got back to winning ways with goals from Evan Burke and an own goal to secure all three points in a 2-0 win over St. Anthony’s.
A special mention has to be given to Rory Hennessey who pulled off an excellent save which changed the course of the game in his team’s favour in what was a good all round team performance.
Our Under-10Bs went down 4-1 to Coolboy Rangers with Aaron Cavanagh scoring his third of the campaign.
The Under-11As recorded a good 5-2 win over neighbours Rathnew, both Callum Gibney and Conor Hunter hit two each with Mark Hodgkinson netting one.
The Under-12As kept their excellent winning run going when they hit St. Anthony’s for eight, a splendid hat-trick from Max Kearney, a brace a piece from Fionn Luddy and Connor Lewins and a single from Adam O’Reilly helped them to an 8-0 victory and keeps them well in the mix for the title.
The Under-13Bs came up against a very strong Newtown Juniors side losing 8-0 but to their credit they battled to the end.
The Under-14As are another team who are in the hunt for a premier title and they cemented their place at the top of the pile when they comprehensively defeated Avonmore 11-2. The highlight of the game was to see Rovers two leading goalscorers Daniel Fitzsimons and Conor Byrne smash home four goals each to make it 19 and 18 respectively for the season.
Tristan O’Toole helped himself to a brace with Jack Colaluca nabbing one goal.
Sunday saw the under-8 white team play away to Arklow Town, after an excellent performance by both sides Rovers were rewarded with goals from Sean Patrick Guerin, Cillian Czwalina and Colin Lezley.
The Under-9 white team put in a fine display away to Greystones Utd, Ben Lyons scored two goals.
The Under-11Bs lost 4-2 to Coolboy with Charlie Phelan and Liam Nicholson scoring the goals.
Our Under-12Bs had a good 7-0 win in a local derby against Wicklow Town, Noah Sheridan and Luke Long hit two each, Ben Free, Conor Leonard and Kieran Fitzpatrick nabbed one each.
Our Under-13As went down 3-1 away to Arklow Town, Nathan Sullivan scoring their goal. Ryan Murphy hit the goal for the Under-14Bs in their 3-1 defeat to Wolfe Tone.
The Under-15As kept their title challenge on track with a fine 6-1 win over St. Anthony’s. Luca Rampersaud plundered an excellent hat-trick, two from Paul King and one from Stephen Finlay made up the total.
The club would like to thank everyone who attended our AGM recently, it was nice to see the people turn out showing an interest in their club.
There were some very positive suggestions from the people in attendance on how to progress our club forward going into the future.
It has to be said that the committee thought it was one of our more productive AGMs for many a year with people suggesting ideas for fundraising, sponsorship and a plan to obtain a defibrillator.
Also we had people expressing an interest in helping the club out in some capacity. Over the coming weeks we hope to put some of the ideas into operation in order to help our club prosper going forward. Once again thanks to all who attended our AGM.
As a result of an idea raised at our recent AGM the club are currently looking to obtain a defibrillator, with the help of a club member we have availed of a great opportunity to obtain a defibrillator from a first aid provider.
If the club can collect 300 old mobile phones we will be given a defibrillator in exchange for the old phones. The club would be grateful if people would donate their old unwanted phones to this worthy cause.
Anyone interested in donating any old phones can contact any of the following by texting or ringing to organise collection or drop off. John Frazer 087-0564394; Jimmy Nolan 0879108706; Paul Delaney 086-3700320; Franny Copeland 087-7589332; Johnny Dunne 087-7802098; Jason Harris 086-2516731;Willie O’Brien 0861696911.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Tommy Keogh who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
Aughrim Rovers -v- Avonmore Under-9s yellow
With a strong starting team, and with a few positional changes, Avonmore started this game in fighting form.
Gavin Cullen in the goals had a busy 20 minutes as Aughrim peppered our goal line with shot after shot.
Our back line in Rhys, Lewis and Taylor Delamere Hanlon (who kindly helped us out on the day) were also kept busy and had to hold their concentration in order to keep a very determined Aughrim Rovers at bay.
Then after some very dubious refereeing, Aughrim were awarded a penalty which our goalie was very unlucky not to save.
This spurred Aughrim on and even the most determined of tackling by Mark O’Reilly and Calam Nangle couldn’t prevent Aughrim from scoring again.
Half time score Aughrim 3 - Avonmore 0. With our regular goalie Oscar Dowling back between the posts in the second half Avonmore started to pressurise Aughrim with fierce determination.
Aughrim didn’t know what hit them as attack after attack came their way. Kyle Kenny who had replaced Rhys in the backs, went on a run and took a fine shot just past half way line, which the Aughrim goalie saved in the nick of time. Keelin Hanlon Fitzgerald also got into the action and had some fine shots also saved.
The ball stayed in the Aughrim half for most of the second half and with a piece of luck Mark O’Reilly took a shot and hit the back of the net.
With our spirits up and believing we could get more goals on the score sheet, it was with disbelief that Aughrim went on once again to score, much to the dismay of the Avonmore team. A spirited performance by the Avonmore team who are finding it tough in their new division. Heads up lads, a win will come soon.
Roundwood F.C v Avonmore Un- der-11s
With a record squad of 18 players, the managers of Avonmore Under-11s had a difficult task of picking their starting team as they took on Roundwood FC on a bright Sunday morning.
The starting back line in Cameron, Kyle and Robert kept the early Roundwood attack at bay, while our mid fielders in Cathal, Caleb and Lee put huge pressure on Roundwood’s goalie, as they put together some great passes, linking up with the starting forwards which were Zephen and Thomas.
Avonmore were extremely well organised across the field, with some great display of football.
Roundwood’s goalie was definitely keeping them in the game as shot after shot from Avonmore was saved.
However, with a great pass from the side line to Thomas who slipped a pass to Caleb the goal eventually came making the score one all at half time.
With some tactical changes from both teams for the second half Roundwood had our goalie Keelan on his toes, and it was his turn to keep his team in the game.
Unfortunately for us shots from Caleb and Lee were saved. Rowan, Jack and Cormac tried their best to stem the flow of passes that Roundwood put together, while Kyle, Lee and Joshua also tried their hardest.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t Avonmore day with the final score being 5-1 to Roundwood. Great team spirit showed by Avonmore.
Players for Avonmore were: Cathal, Brooklyn, Zephan,Cameron, Thomas, Caleb, Jack, Kyle, Lee, Robert, Rowan, Cormac, Conor, Nathan, Joe, Joshua, Nicholas, Rowan.
Seagulls Lotto - There was no jackpot winner on Sunday, November 30 for a jackpot of €7,525. The numbers drawn were, 1, 10, 13, and 21.
The five €30 lucky winners were T Allen c/o Enniskerry girls, J and C morris c/o D Crinion, J Keating c/o J Keating, O Byrney c/o C Kavanagh, D Falon c/o Glenview FC.
The next draw will be on Sunday, December 7 at 10pm in the Hibernia Inn with a jackpot of €7,600. 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.braywanderers.com.
NEWTOWN JUNIORS F.C.
We took advantage of the good weather to get some games in last weekend.
The Under-11s were idle while the girl’s game away to Terenure F.C. was cancelled late on Saturday night due to illness and injuries that affected the home side’s team.
The Under-8s lost at home to St. Anthony’s but as usual they acquitted themselves very well. Among their players that starred were Naoise Lowe, Keelin Dodd and Mike Synnott. No joy for the Under-9s either as they went down to a 5-1 defeat away to Arklow United.
On a bad day at the office their only goal was an own goal. The Under-10s travelled to take on Greystones ‘B’ and took the lead after four minutes with a lovely team goal from Darragh Heffernan who applied an excellent first time finish to a cross from Martin Kelly.
Unfortunately for the Under-10s that’s as good as it got as they conceded some very soft goals to lose out on a 3-2 score line. Ryan Clarke scored the other goal and only Shane Synnott, Bogdan Rusu and Mohammed Hamza starred on the day.
The Under-13s travelled to take on Wicklow Rovers ‘B’ in a return to league action and they came home with all three points to remain top of the league.
Steven Coghlan scored four, and there were singles from Andrew McMahon, Ryan Smillie, Andrew Waters and Darragh Dwyer accounted for the Newtown goals in a fine team performance.
We have three players from the club celebrating their birthdays in the coming week and they are Oran Lane from the Under-10s and from the Under-18s girls Niamh O’Brien and Orla Devlin. Happy birthday all from everyone at Newtown Juniors F.C.
Week 7 of our latest Last Man Standing competition saw two players exit the competition.
Good luck to the remaining seven players and thank you for your continued support.
Congratulations to former player Katie Taylor on winning her fifth consecutive World Championship title last week and also well done to her dad Pete.
Also due to time constraints we will not having a Christmas raffle this year but we are working on a fundraiser that will take place in January.
Further details on this in the coming week.
We are always on the lookout for coaches and committee members to join the club especially to help out in the area of fundraising among other things.
For all other queries/matters relating to the club contact Hughie at 087 6987653 or visit our Facebook page.
Our Lady of Fatima boxing team from Wicklow Town competing in the Wicklow League Boxing Tournament in Rathnew Boxing Club. Photo: Tim Thornton.