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WICK­LOW ROVERS

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.

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