Shamrock Park in Rathnew was the place to be on Tuesday night as both our under 12A’s and 13A’s were in Premier Cup Final action.
First up was the 12A’s and what a performance they gave. They gave every ounce of energy to the cause playing some great football against an excellent Arklow Town A side. It was Rovers who took the game to league champions Arklow and were probably a little unlucky not to go in at the break at least a goal up. Sean O’Meara and Tom Hodgkinson both went close with efforts with Hodgkinson a persistent torment to the Arklow rearguard.
There was very little between these two teams. It was going to take something special to win this game and that’s what happened when Arklow scored a wonder goal with just a few minutes left on the clock.
Credit to Rovers they never gave up but luck wasn’t with them on the night. Congratulations to Arklow Town on their cup success. Hard luck to Colin, Jenny and the lads, you done yourselves proud with an excellent performance, everyone gave two hundred percent and with a little luck it might have swung our way.
Wicklow Rovers under 12A’s and everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish Arklow Town player Adam Lacey a speedy recovery from an injury he sustained in Tuesday’s final, get well soon Adam.
The under 13A’s also took on Arklow Town A in their Premier Cup Final and these two sides know each other inside out. Over the years it is either one or the other that takes the honours and with Arklow already claiming the league title the lads went out determined to grab the cup. In a highly competitive game with no quarter given it was Rovers who drew first blood when Sam Brown fired them ahead, a lead they maintained till the interval.
The second period saw the early stages of the half very even with action going from end to end. The lads increased their lead after forty minutes when Sam Brown’s cross found Mark O’Brien on the edge of the eighteen yard box who fired an unstoppable thunderbolt to the top right hand corner of the net, a goal worthy of winning any cup final.
Arklow gave themselves hope when they pulled one back with a quarter of an hour to go. Arklow piled the pressure on the Rovers back line with Rovers looking dangerous on the break.
The Rovers rearguard held firm with Andrew Nolan also making a couple of good saves as the lads saw out the remaining minutes to claim a well deserved victory. It was hard to pick a man of the match as every player was excellent on the night, they battled for every ball and when they lost it they made sure they battled back to win it for their team, a big cheer echoed around Shamrock Park when team captain Luke Dease received the trophy. Congratulations to Jerry, Mick and the lads on a great season.
On Friday the under 12A’s played their second final of the week and were very unlucky to lose out 2-1 after extra time to Arklow Town A, Tom Hodgkinson scored their goal with every BRAY WANDERERS LOTTO There was no winner of Bray Wanderers lotto on Sunday the 12th of June.
The numbers drawn were 11, 18, 24, 26. The 5 x €30 lucky pick winners were, L Brack c/o Bray Lakers, Sam c/o M Duffy, P Fitzgerald c/o Bray Lakers, S Dunne c/o F Slevin, B Coster c/o V Walsh.
The next lotto draw is on Sunday the 19th of June for a jackpot of €10,100. SLIGO AWAY Our next away trip will be on Friday 24th of June to Sligo Rovers.
The supporters club will run a bus to this game. Seats can be booked by text to 0879968969. Bus departs 2.00pm from the Carlisle Grounds.
Fares for Supporters Club members are Adults €20, 16 -18 year olds €15, Schoolchild €10, Non-members €5 extra. This game has been moved from Saturday the 25th due to the European championships. PLAYER OF THE MONTH Ryan Brennan has been voted the Supporters club player of the month for May. FIXTURE NEWS Bray Wanderers will host Scottish Championship side Falkirk at the Carlisle Grounds on Wednesday 29th June, Kick off 7:45.