A very good week all round for the club as on Tuesday night last our Division 1 team had a great victory away to Blackrock where they came home with 5.5 points.
On Wednesday the ladies had a comprehensive 7-0 victory at home to Herbert Park. On Wednesday evening our Division 6 team made their competitive debut at home to Shankill. Whilst the result did not go their way there was excellent performances from Bobby Doyle and Liam Quinn.
Both vets teams were in home action on Thursday against Clontarf and Crumlin and both achieved the maximum four points.
The Division 2 team rounded off an excellent week with a seven-point haul at home to Westmanstown last Saturday where the rink of John Reynolds, Brian Dodd, Pat Cronin and Michael O’Brien led the way with a scintillating display of bowls.
This week sees both Division 1 and 2 teams in action in the IBA Cup with Division 1 at home to Dunbarton from Northern Ireland and Division 2 facing the long trip to Coleraine in Derry.
The intermediate team went down 5-3 to Ballyfermot Utd, in truth this game was so open it could have ended 7-7 or 8-8.
The game was very open, the lads went in front when Brian Harrington coolly rounded the keeper to slot home.
Ballyfermot levelled but shortly after the impressive Ciaran McGettigan powered Rovers in front. Just before the break the Dublin side levelled again.
The second period was as open as the first and it was Rovers who edged in front again when Ciaran McGettian fired home his second of the game.
The lads were undone by two quick fire goals from Ballyfermot and then a cruel deflection gave Gary Browne in the Rovers goal no chance as Ballyfermot killed off the game with their fifth.
It was as good a performance as any during the season on Sunday, a mixture of bad luck and probably running out of steam in the final quarter told on the lads. Brian Byrne, Jim Foley and Ciaran McGettigan stood out in a good team performance.
Action in the junior section during the week saw the Under-11 White team go down 3-1 to Glencormac United, Mikey Nolan continued his hot streak in front of goal when he fired home the Rovers goal.
The Under-12As lost 2-0 to league champions Arklow Town in a game that could have went either way with the lads having the chances to get something from the game. Zach Callery hit the Rovers goal in the Under-12Bs 2-1 defeat at home to Glencormac in an evenly contested encounter.
The Under-13Cs lost 4-0 to table toppers Arklow Town at the Whitegates, the lads battled through out the game against a strong Arklow outfit.
Our Under-13As defeated Newtown Juniors 10-4 in the Under-14 Division 1 Shield, Adam O’Reilly hit an excellent hat-trick, Max Kearney helped himself to a brace with Harry Hodgkinson, Connor Lewins, Mark O’Brien, Samuel Bishop and Ryan Delamere all adding singles to keep them in pole position to make the final. Another team in a good position is our Under-14Bs who head the table in the Division 2 Shield, they beat Aughrim 3-1 on Thursday.
One goal a piece from Thomas O’Neill, Tom O’Shea and Daniel Murphy puts them in a strong position to make the final.
Sunday’s action saw the Under-11 White team go down 3-1 away to Greystones Utd, leading 1-0 at the break through Ryan McConnell’s 29th goal of the season and controlling the whole first half the lads didn’t reach the same level in the second period as the home side fired in three unanswered goals.
The Under-12Bs got themselves back in contention for a place in their shield final with a narrow 1-0 away win over St Anthonys, a first of the season for Michael O’Neill earned the lads all three points.
Our Under-14Bs maintained their push for a place in the shield final when they beat Avonmore 6-2, a brace a piece for Michael Ryan and Daniel Murphy and one each from Thomas O’Neill and Tom O’Shea keeps the lads destiny very much in their own hands.
The Under-15s recorded a good 5-2 win over St Anthonys, two goals from Luke Durac McGowan and singles from Nathan Wynne, Ryan Murphy and Luke Kelly ensured the lads claimed all three points.
The Under-16Bs drew 0-0 against St Patricks, this now means it’s a straight head to head battle between the lads and St Patrick’s for the final place in the Shield final.
After this result it means the lads are a point clear of their opponents but St Patrick’s have a game in hand so it looks like their final game against St Patick’s will decide who will progress.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to congratulate Wicklow rugby club on their great success in the Towns cup at the weekend. It was a great day for everyone associated with Wicklow rugby club and a great day for sport in Wicklow. Once again congratulations and well done to everyone involved.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Ellen Dunne who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
The senior ladies team and everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Merryn Lacy who at a very young age has sadly passed away.
Our Senior ladies team formed a special relationship recently during her illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. May she rest in peace.
Rathnew Under-15s v Avonmore Under-15s - A battle is the only way to describe this match for Avonmore Under-15s against a strong physical Rathnew team.
Our lads started off slow and lethargic, our touches were poor and passing not up to scratch. We soon found ourselves 1-0 down with Rathnew pressing for more goals, which they soon got after a good passage of play. but despite our poor start, we rallied and soon Ayyub found his shot hitting the back of the net.
No-one knows what the manager said at half-time, but it was a different team for the second half. The lads started to pass the ball around more efficiently, and with every shot we took our confidence grew. With a great run from the back line, beating three or four players, Ayyub scored what had to be the goal of the match. After that we totally dominated play with goals from Dan Hagan, Mark Cullen and Andrew Brancato, who is quickly becoming an excellent free kick taker.
Our backline came under pressure for the last 10 minutes of this match as Avonmore conceded some needless free kicks, but Craig, Aidan, Wayne, Luke and Daniel Duffy held firm and cleared their lines.
Conor Nolan in goal also played his part today with some fine fingertip saves. A great game to win, well done to the lads and Jordan the manager.
It was great to see a young rathnew player, number seven, who had to go off injured, walk across to our lads and shake each of their hands; a great show of true sportsmanship. Well done to you.
Wicklow Rovers Under-14s v Avonmore Under-14s - Wicklow Rover’s 6, Avonmore 2 - Although our lads conceded, this was a lot closer than score suggests.
It was 2-1 at half-time. The lads played very well and had many chances which we didn’t convert and unfortunately paid the price. Good effort, lads. Goalscorers were John Porter and Alvaro Garcia Gomez. Training at 6pm on Tuesday evening. Match details to follow.
Best of luck to our Youths team who are in a final against Arklow United this Saturday at 2.00 p.m. in Kilcashel. Bring home the cup lads!
Some important games played in the past week. The Under-10s hosted near neighbours St Anthony’s and after a thrilling end to end game the home side won out on a narrow 6-5 score line.
The goal scorers were Mason Melia (3), Ryan McMahon, Patrick Martin and Keira Farrelly. Best were Aaron Hackett, Jack Coughlan and Paudie Gammell. The Under-11s didn’t get any games in after some freak rainfall on Saturday put paid to their game in Rathnew. The Under-12s put themselves back in contention for Shield honours with a 3-1 away win over Arklow Town ‘B’. An own goal, Shane Dunleavy and Charlie Sullivan scored the goals while Rebecca Gillan and Jason Carthy performed well.
Bad performance from the Under-14s as they were beaten heavily at home to Wicklow Rovers Under-13s. They did score some cracking goals from Ryan Smillie, Ben Ryan, Andrew McMahon and Josh Odlum but the overall display was way below the required standard. The girls Under-15s won one and lost one game in the past week.
On Friday evening they travelled to Walkinstown Park to take on St. Catherine’s. In a great game of football, the home side prevailed on a 5-3 score line. Sarah Evans, Niamh Caffrey and Kerryann Hamilton scored fine goals for us but the turning point may have been a head injury to centre half Kaitlyn Dunleavy, which meant we had to play with 10 players for the whole of the second half.
This game was played for six points. We then moved onto Sunday and a home game against Clonee United and the girls played very well to clinch all three points in an emphatic win. Niamh Caffrey (3), Aoife Murtagh (2), Kerryann Hamilton (2), Laura Murphy and Sinead McGettigan scored the goals. Best were Sarah Evans, Ciara Fagan and Ava McGlynn. Keeper Shona Erasmus made a brilliant save when the score was 0-0, which was very important.
Finally the ladies team were in action when they welcomed champions St Patricks Athletic to Newtown. We needed to win our final three games to take runners up and at half time things weren’t looking good when we found ourselves 3-0 down in a very lacklustre display from us.
We went three at the back and attempted to push them back high up the field. We got a great start when firstly Mel Clarke and the Sinead Horgan chased seemingly lost causes to get us back into the game.
We were awarded two stonewall penalties and Amy Guilfoyle duly dispatched both spot kicks to the net.
In the end it was a remarkable comeback and finished Pats unbeaten run in the league.
Among the players who starred were Iran Echeveria, Ailish Kelly and Medb O’Keane. It’s our final next Sunday and all support would be greatly appreciated.
Our recent ‘Golden Goal’ competition recently for the FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United produced the following results: €60 - 34th minute: Jamie Snell; €20 - 33rd minute: Gillian Browne; €20 - 35th minute: Liam McCann.
Thank you everyone for your support. We have competitions coming up for both the FA Cup final and the Champions League final and tickets can be purchased from any committee member. Please support.
We will also be running a Last Man Standing competition for the Euros and we will have further details in the coming weeks.
Training for the Development Squad is on Thursday evening this week (67pm) due to Holy Communion in Newtown on Saturday. All sessions are €2 per head. New players (boys and girls) are always welcome and you can contact the secretary for further details and 087 6987653.
We have five players from the club celebrating birthdays in the coming week and they are Leighton Byrne (Development Squad), Sean Bishop (Under-12s), Conor Kavanagh (Under-14s), and ladies team duo Rioghna McGettigan and Paula Viga. Happy birthday to all from everyone at Newtown Juniors F.C.
On a sadder note, everyone at Newtown Juniors F.C. would like to extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Peter Byrne (Kiltimon, Newcastle) who passed away last week. May he rest in peace.
For all matters regards the club you can contact the secretary, Hughie, at 087 6987653 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liz, Stephen, and Brian Clarke celebrating Wicklow Rugby Club’s historic win against Enniscorthy RFC in the Provincial Towns Cup final last Sunday evening.