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En­niskerry pressed harder and got their re­wards. Two one down and with a few min­utes re­main­ing Avon­more gave ev­ery­thing they had but a loose ball found its way to an En­niskerry player who coolly slipped it into the goal. Not our day but a good team per­for­mance. Avon­more U-13 -v- Carnew U-13’s: The U-13’s drew 0-0 with Carnew in their first league game of the Premier Di­vi­sion. It was a great de­fen­sive dis­play by the whole team. Af­ter a hard fought first half with some tire­less work from Sean Flem­ing in mid­field, the lads could have fell be­hind mid way through the sec­ond half if it wasn’t for a bril­liant goal line clear­ance by cap­tain for the day, Kian Byrne which was in­stantly fol­lowed by a great save from keeper James Woolm­ing­ton. Chris­tian Carter then thought he had put Avon­more 1-0 up but was harshly ruled out for off­side. In the last five min­utes, af­ter some solid de­fend­ing by Jack Bai­ley John­ston and a good pass­ing move by the team, Luke Sherry broke down the right and sent in an inch per­fect cross which Chris­tian caught per­fect on the vol­ley and forced a great save from the Carnew goal­keeper. Un­lucky not to get the win in the end, it was a per­for­mance to be proud of from ev­ery­one in­volved. Avon­more U-16’s -v- Wick­low Rovers U16’s: A great come­back from two nil down for our U-16’s, this af­ter­noon as they took on Wick­low Rovers in Tul­ly­lusk to secure a point in their first league match of the sea­son. Next week’s shield fi­nal be­tween the same two teams should make for a crack­ing game. Well done lads, great spirit and de­ter­mi­na­tion shown on the pitch to­day.

Wick­low Rovers U-11’s v Avon­more U-11’s Green: On Satur­day morn­ing Avon­more FC un­der-11’s Green team vis­ited Wick­low Rovers at the old hockey pitch. The com­pe­ti­tion be­tween these two teams have al­ways pro­duced great games. It was end to end and fran­tic for the first ten min­utes as both de­fences tried to stem the at­tacks, but it was Wick­low that scored first with a great fin­ish. Avon­more were camped in Rovers half for most of the half ex­cept for when Rovers broke free and earned a cor­ner, the ball was pinged around the box and popped up hit the cross­bar came down just in­side the net be­fore be­ing scooped back out but the goal was given. Caden broke free down the right some min­utes later and scored a su­perb goal to bring the score back to 2-1. In the sec­ond half we started to pile on the pres­sure and hit the bar and the post, and their keeper saved five or six su­perb shots. Wick­low scored again on the break against our de­fence, but our lads heads didn’t drop. We went straight back up the pitch and scored a crack­ing goal to bring us back to one in it. Ei­ther could have scored a cou­ple more only for great goal­keep­ing from both teams and it fin­ished 3-2 to Wick­low, de­spite the score the lads played wonderful foot­ball and the work in train­ing has re­ally started to show. the first half Wick­low went in front when Sean Tobin fired home. The lead didn’t last long as Ard­more were level within a minute as they split open the Wick­low de­fence. Six min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod the Bray side went 2-1 up. With twenty min­utes re­main­ing Sean Tobin had a great chance to level but his glanc­ing header went the wrong side of the post. Ard­more scored the in­sur­ance goal with five min­utes left on the clock to go 3-1 up. In in­jury time Ri­ain Sweet­man Burke scored the lads sec­ond goal when he stole in at the back post to slot home. On a dis­ap­point­ing night Mark De­laney, Hugh Humby and Ricki Quinn stood out for the lads.

Satur­day’s ju­nior ac­tion saw our un­der 11A’s record a hard earned 2-1 win away to Carnew in the un­der 12 league, Liam Burke hit the first goal af­ter good work from Jack Mack­lin and Joshua Bishop. Carnew drew level but Rovers earned all three points when Joshua Bishop slot­ted home from the penalty spot. Our 12A’s made it two wins from two in the league when they de­feated lo­cal ri­vals Wick­low Town. Goals from Ross McCrea, lead­ing scorer Kai Fitzsimons and Sam Greene paved the way for this im­pres­sive vic­tory and sends them off for their shield fi­nal next week full of con­fi­dence.

The 12B’s made it three wins from three in the league when they beat pre­vi­ously un­beaten St Pa­tricks 5-1. The lads turned in an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance and were clin­i­cal in front of goal while in de­fence they re­mained tight through­out. Peter Dunne dou­bled his tally for the sea­son when he fired home a brace. A Char­lie Phelan sin­gle means he now sits on eight in the goalscor­ing charts while Mikey Nolan nabbed his fourth of the cam­paign. High­light of the game was a first ever com­pet­i­tive goal from Cian Leonard.

Our 13A’s suf­fered their first dropped points in lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son when Rath­new held the lads to a 1-1 draw. Jor­dan Younger nabbed his thir­teenth goal of the sea­son to earn the lads a hard earned point. The 15B’s recorded a com­pre­hen­sive 11-3 win over Avon­more, Nathan Sul­li­van pro­duced an amaz­ing solo goalscor­ing per­for­mance hit­ting seven of the Rovers goals to give him eleven for the sea­son. Michael Ryan moves on to six af­ter hit­ting a dou­ble with Thomas O’Neill and Daniel Mur­phy both scor­ing one each.

Our 16A’s took on Avon­more in the premier league in what was a dress re­hearsal for next weeks premier shield fi­nal. Hon­ours were even at the fi­nal whis­tle with the game end­ing 2-2. Shane Lin­coln scored his fourth of the sea­son with Sean Far­rell claim­ing his first of the cam­paign for the lads. Our 16B’s went down 4-2 to Dublin Oak Academy last Thurs­day night, Ryan Mur­phy scored Rovers first with Na­cho Gar­cia nab­bing the sec­ond.

Sun­day saw our un­der 13 girls turn in a very im­pres­sive dis­play when they de­feated Lake­lands 4-1 in their own back­yard. In what was an ex­cel­lent team per­for­mance from ev­ery player on duty the girls went about their busi­ness in clin­i­cal fash­ion. The pro­lific Molly Sweeney fired home a hat-trick with Aoife Caf­frey notch­ing a sin­gle. The 13B’s got their league cam­paign off to a win­ning start when they beat St An­tho­nys 3-2, a first of the sea­son from Tom Far­relly set them on their way with Tim Hastie and Oran Dempsey also get­ting on the score sheet. Our 14B team se­cured all three points in a 4-0 home win over Ark­low Celtic, Ben Free and Luke Ho­ran both scored two a piece in what was a good all round team per­for­mance. The 14C’s went down to a heavy de­feat to a big strong Coolboy side, the lads did give it their all but the big­ger phys­i­cal Coolboy team were just too strong for the lads. The 14A’s earned an ex­cel­lent point away to Wick­low Town’s un­der 15’s. The Town have been go­ing great guns this sea­son so this was an im­pres­sive re­sult for the lads con­sid­er­ing they are play­ing a year above their nat­u­ral age group. Sa­muel Bishop and Eoin Doyle scored the Rovers goals to secure an ex­cel­lent point.

The club will be run­ning our sec­ond Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son start­ing this week­end 4th of Fe­bru­ary 2017. Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in our sec­ond com­pe­ti­tion should text their name and con­tact de­tails to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, also you can regis­ter through the same chan­nels as you did in any of our pre­vi­ous Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tions. The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules ap­ply­ing. Al­ter­na­tively if any­one wants to regis­ter you can con­tact any com­mit­tee mem­ber with all your de­tails. The reg­is­tra­tion fee for the com­pe­ti­tion is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the com­pe­ti­tion. Where pos­si­ble please get your reg­is­tra­tion in as early as pos­si­ble, please don’t leave it to the last minute. Week one fix­tures have al­ready be sent out to any­one that has reg­is­tered. See club web­site at www.wick­lowrovers.com for a full list of the rules.

Plenty of ac­tion last week­end but a mixed bag in re­gards of re­sults. The Un­der 8’s trav­elled to Ark­low to take on Town and both teams played out a very close series of games. Al­bie Chance and David McCor­mack scored the goals for New­town. The Un­der 9’s hosted near neigh­bours St. An­thony’s and both teams played out a series of games full of ex­cit­ing foot­ball. Star play­ers on the day for New­town were Eva Carey, Wil­liam Valentine and birth­day boy Luke Tur­ley who helped him­self to a five-minute hat trick in the last game.

Other play­ers who found the net in­cluded Ai­dan Hef­fer­nan, Ryan Collins and Pat Carey. The Un­der 10’s trav­elled to play Wick­low Town and lost out by the odd goal in five. De­spite be­ing down four play­ers ow­ing to ill­ness the play­ers on duty put in a good shift. Cor­mac Chance and Jake Robert­son scored the New­town goals. The Un­der 11’s had a fruitful trip to Carnew as they came home with the win in a nine-goal thriller win­ning 5-4. Mason Melia (2), Ryan McMahon (2) and Eoghan Fox. Best play­ers on the day were Iggy Szpilka and Paudie Gam­mell. Not a good day at the of­fice for the U-13’s as they went down 4-1 at home to Ark­low Celtic. Apart from the open­ing ex­changes and the last five min­utes Ark­low dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings. Fionn O’Reilly scored the New­town goal with a fine ef­fort late on. The 15’s trav­elled to Bray to take on Wolfe Tone and de­spite scor­ing the first and last goal of the game Wolfe Tone scored three times to take all the points in a 3-2 win. New­town’s goals came from Steven Cough­lan and a Ryan Smil­lie penalty.

The fol­low­ing are the fix­tures for the week­end of Satur­day 4th /Sun­day 5th Fe­buary: Un­der 8’s at home to St. An­thony’s, Satur­day at 12.15pm; Un­der 9’s away to Grey­stones ‘B’, kick-off TBC; Un­der 10’s at home to Grey­stones ‘A’, Satur­day at 10.15am; Un­der 11’s at home to En­niskerry Red, Satur­day at 11.15am; Un­der 13’s vs Wick­low Rovers ‘A’, Sun­day at 11.30am (Shield Fi­nal). Venue: Vartry Park, Round­wood; Un­der 15’s at home to Grey­stones, Satur­day at 11am (Cup game).

Fix­tures and kick-off times are sub­ject to change.

The De­vel­op­ment Squad is back in ac­tion and they prac­tise ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing 10-11am in­doors in the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (Sports Hall).

Cost per player each week is €3. Re­gards the In­door Hall all play­ers must wear in­door/as­tro run­ners and also must ad­here to all rules gov­ern­ing goal­post safety etc. The teams have con­firmed their train­ing times for the week be­gin­ning Mon­day, 30th Jan­uary 2017

Dev. Squad on Satur­days 1011am (4th Feb.); Un­der 8’s on Wed­nes­days 6-7pm (1st Feb.); Un­der 9’s Thurs­days 6-7pm (2nd Feb.); Un­der 10’s on Tues­days 6-7pm (31st Jan­uary); Un­der 11’s Wed­nes­days 7-8pm (1st Feb.); Un­der 13’s on Wed­nes­days 5-6pm (1st Feb.); Un­der 15’s Thurs­days 7-8pm (2nd Feb.).

All mem­bers are re­minded that the re­main­der of Mem­ber­ship Fees for the sea­son 2016/17 are now due. Please or­gan­ise any out­stand­ing pay­ment with your child’s re­spec­tive coach or any com­mit­tee mem­ber. Thank you.

Our Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion has gone into an un­prece­dented Week 10 and from the 10 play­ers that were stand­ing go­ing into Week 9 we have un­for­tu­nately lost just 1 player mean­ing that we are left with 9 play­ers still stand­ing. Week 10 fix­tures will be for Tues­day 31st, Jan./Wed­nes­dat 1st Feb.2017. You can fol­low the progress of the com­pe­ti­tion on our Face­book abd Twit­ter pages. The win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion will re­ceive €470. Thank you to ev­ery­one for their con­tin­u­ous sup­port.

On a sad­der note we ex­tend our deep­est sym­pa­thies to the fam­ily and friends of Brid­get Wheat­ley who passed away last week. May she rest in peace.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on all mat­ters “New­town Ju­niors F.C.” please con­tact the Sec­re­tary at 0876987653 or by email to hughienolan@gmail.com and you can also fol­low the club on our Face­book and Twit­ter pages.

Conor Ful­ham of Grey­stones United scores against St Kevin’s Bor­ris in their Un­der-15 SFAI Cup match.

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