WICKLOW ROVERS AFC
The first team recorded a convincing 5-1 home win over Confey FC on Sunday.
They got off to a nightmare start when the visitors went one up from the penalty spot after only two minutes. The lads showed great character as they drew level with a Chris Burgess goal to send the teams in all square at the break in what was a fairly even half.
Rovers stepped up the pace in the second period, two more goals from Chris Burgess to complete his hat-trick and one each from Gareth Murphy and a fine solo effort from Luke Byrne accounted for their total to push them up the table and onto the fringes of the promotion spots.
The second team had a bad day at the office on Saturday, Swords Celtic were the visitors to the Whitegates and they travelled back to north Dublin with all three points in the bag after a comprehensive 4-0 win. In what was a disappointing performance only Shane Morley played anywhere near their normal standard.
Our Under-17s made the trip to Arklow to take on league leaders Arklow United and returned home with a share of the spoils in what was an excellent all round team performance. Adam Browne and Hugh Humby from the penalty spot were the Rovers goalscorers on the day and if they had converted the numerous chances they created they could have won all three points.
In junior action on Saturday the Under-10As drew 2-2 away to Greystones Utd, Charlie Phelan scored his seventh of the season with Paddy Saville getting his first.
The Under-12Bs kept their unbeaten start to the season intact with a fine 4-2 win over Coolboy Rangers. A brace from top scorer Conor Leonard and one a piece from Ben Free and Scott Bushe was enough to earn all three points.
The Under-13As game with Roundwood ended all square at 1-1, Cian Ward notched his fourth of the campaign.
On Sunday the Under-9 green team played Greystones Utd white team in a game that saw some good football played by both teams.
The Under-10Bs went in front against Greystones Utd with a goal from Tom Phelan but they unfortunately conceded two late goals to lose out 2-1.
Our Under-11As were involved in a thrilling end to end game with Arklow Town, a goal a piece from Willoughby Woods and Jack Ryan saw them earn a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
The Under-13Bs lost 6-1 away to Aughrim Rangers with Tom O’Shea scoring their goal. The Under-14 girls had an excellent 3-1 win away to Malahide Utd, two from Niamh Caffrey and one from Grace Hurley secured them an excellent victory.
The Under-14Bs lost 5-2 to Enniskerry FC, David McNabb’s fourth of the season and Ryan Murphy’s second of the campaign were their scorers.
The Under-15s made it six wins from six in the league with a 7-1 victory over Greystones Utd, a brace each from Luca Rampersaud, Stuart Cox and James Lang and a single from Paul King saw them maintain their one hundred percent record in the league.
The club are holding their last and final registration night for club membership this Wednesday, December 10 in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7 pm to 9 pm.
The club encourage all members with outstanding fees to attend this registration night. As I’m sure you all can appreciate the hard work and the amount of time committee members are putting in trying to gather in membership fees considering six nights have been held since early October to now.
It is very important for the running of the club to get in all membership fees so after Wednesday anyone with outstanding fees will be contacted by the club regarding the payment of their fees.
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 087-9108706; Paul Delaney 086-3700320; Franny Copeland 0877589332; Johnny Dunne 087-7802098; Jason Harris 086-2516731;Willie O’Brien 086-1696911.
This Saturday a special visitor is coming to meet the kids in our Saturday morning academy, Santa is coming to visit the kids so anyone who has taken part in our academy through out the year is welcome to come along and meet the great man. The academy runs from 11 until 12 in the Whitegates.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to Boodhan Rampersaud and his family on their recent family bereavement, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
Avonmore Under-14 v St. Anthony’s Avonmore Under-14’s travelled to Fin Park in Kilcoole on Saturday to tackle a local team, St. Anthony’s. After a tight first 15 minutes, in which both defences came out on top, we took the lead with an excellent shot from the edge of the box from Niall Gaffney.
We found our normal passing game and extended our lead even further. Goals from Mark Cullen (2), Niall Gaffney and a shot from the edge of the box by Aidan Murray meant we went into half time 5-0 up.
Our advantage enabled us to make use of all our subs. St. Anthony’s scored twice in the second half but we ran out 7-2 winners with further goals from Niall Gaffney and Ayyub Azmat. This was an excellent team display from the full 15 man squad, which hopefully we can continue to build on.
Under-9 Yellow game was off. Under-9 Green called off. Under-11s had no game.
The Avonmore 2015 calendar is now available and would make a lovely Christmas present for someone. Price is €5. Please contact any member of Avonmore committee or any team manager.
Many thanks to everyone who continues to buy our tickets every week, this is a very important part of our fundraising every year.
Also thanks to those who sponsored the Dublin City Marathon and our Bag Pack earlier this year. We wish everyone a very merry Christmas.
Seagulls Lotto - There was no jackpot winner on Sunday, December 7 for a jackpot of €7,600. The numbers drawn were, 7, 15, 17, and 23. The five €30 lucky winners were J O’Connor c/o Aaron, L O’Neill c/o Online, D Kelly c/o Shamrock Boys FC, F Martin c/o Shamrock Boys FC, S Quinn c/o D Crinion.
The next draw will be on Sunday, December 14 at 10pm in the Hibernia Inn with a jackpot of €7,675. If anyone wishes to sell lotto tickets, please contact the club at 2828214.
Online Shop - Bray Wanderers mer- chandise is now available to purchase on line. The online souvenir shop can be accessed from the Supporters club website home page www.braywanderers.com.
WICKLOW TOWN AFC
Our Under-10s traveled the short distance to near neighbours Rathnew Saturday morning.
The kids new anything less than three points would put them out of the running for top spot in the league. Town started bright and played some very good football passing the ball around.
Aaron Nolan scored a cracker along with Oisin Brown, Billy Conners controlled the whole game and bagged himself two very important goals along with a man display. Well done to every player and manager Willie. Keep up the hard work lads.
Carnew travelled to Wicklow Saturday morning to face our Under-8s. It was a great morning for football and these two teams did not disappoint.
From the kick off these two Under-8 teams put on a great display of football, passing the ball around and some great goals as well. Sean Lawless, Brian Nolan and Megan Neville got on the score sheet for the town.
A big shout out goes to Sam Meaney who had his best game in a town jersey this season and is only improving as the season goes on.
Man of the match goes to the smallest man on the field, Jack Neville. Jack is a rock in defence and never let’s an attacker past him without making a great tackle. Well done kids.
A cold Saturday afternoon saw Aughrim travel down to play our youths who were looking for revenge after these two teams meet earlier on this season.
They lost 3-1 in a game which we controlled and were unlucky to lose. The lads played their hearts out, Sean O’Brien was outstanding in the back line. The whole team played well. Heads up lads
Chip and the lads welcomed Roundwood to Finlay Park Sunday afternoon for a 2pm kick off. After their good win last week they were eager to get another three points in the table. The second team won 3-1. They played well and Town went 1-0 before half time but a great hat-trick from Jordan Petticrew seen the lads make it two wins on the bounce. Everybody played there hearts out and in true Wicklow Town style the never gave up and bagged the three points. Great display of football lads. Keep it up.
Sunday morning seen the our first team take on Arklow Celtic, We proved to strong for the Arklow side and played some good football.
Mixer Dunne bagged himself a hattrick with DOC getting two good goals. Eddie kelly, John Connor, and Brendan Cox all got on the score sheet. Well played lads.
This Sunday the 14th we will be in Whistler’s Bar for our 10th and final weekly Christmas draw. We will be handing out well over €1,000 on the night so please come down and see if you are a winner.
We would like to congratulate all our winners so far. And thank everyone who has bough a ticket off us.
NEWTOWN JUNIORS F.C.
We recorded one win, two draws and two defeats from the five games played by our teams last weekend.
One 100% record remained intact while another two went but those teams maintained their unbeaten league starts.
The Under-8s lost away to a very strong Rathnew side. Scott McKenna scored his first ever goal to register Newtown’s score.
Among those who starred were Aidan Heffernan and Jake Robertson.
The Under-9s played out a humdinger at home to Enniskerry despite losing out on a 3-2 score line.
Ryan McMahon and an own goal accounted for their scores while Iggy Szpilka and Padraaig Gammell starred on the day.
The Under-10s were idle but the Under-11s played out a 3-all draw at home to Roundwood.
These were the first points the team had dropped this season in what was a keenly contested encounter.
An own goal and a Bobby Dowling brace accounted for the Newtown goals.
Among the players that starred were Fionn O’Reilly and goalkeeper Sean Bishop.
Another team that lost their 100% record but maintained their unbeaten start to the league were the Under-13s who had to battle back on four occasions to come home with a share of the spoils in a 4-all draw away to Arklow Town.
The goals were scored by Andrew McMahon (2) and Steven Coghlan (2).
The team and everyone in the club would like to extend its best wishes for a speedy recovery to the team’s star defender Conor Kavanagh who suffered an unfortunate injury during the week. Get well soon Conor.
The Under-18 girls travelled to Finglas for the usual tough tussle with home side WFTA.
At the end of the game that at times was spoiled by a gale force win it was our lassies that came out on top 2-1.
The goals came from Una Grogan and a 30-yard screamer from Sinead Horgan gave us a deserved two-goal lead.
A poor offside call from the ref allowed the home side half the deficit and give our girls a few unnecessary tense moments towards the end.
On the day Chelsee Snell, Katie Miley, Heather Cullen and Orla Hayes were among those who starred for Newtown.
Two players from the club celebrate their birthdays in the coming week and they are Jake Robertson from the Under -8s team and Andrew McMahon from the Under-13s.
Happy birthday Jake and Andrew from everyone at Newtown Juniors F.C.
Week eight of our latest Last Man Standing competition saw three players exit the competition after Spurs registered a blank at home to Crystal Palace.
Good luck to the remaining four players as this competition heats up going into an unprecedented ninth week and once again thank you for your continued support.
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.
The format of this fundraiser will see us raise monies for the club and also raise money to purchase training tops etc for all players in the club though it will require everybody to contribute and support fully. Further details in the coming weeks.
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.
Finally on a sadder note the club extends their sincere condolences to the Taylor family on the passing of Mary ‘Pop’ Taylor.
May her soul rest in peace.
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