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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.