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Both Bray teams were in ac­tion last week­end in the Win­ter League with Bray ‘A’ de­feat­ing Le­in­ster ‘B’ by 4-1 in Bray to keep hold of sec­ond place in their sec­tion with one game to go.

That game will take place on Fe­bru­ary 18 away to Green­hills who are one point be­hind Bray fol­low­ing their mag­nif­i­cent vic­tory away to the lead­ers Dun Laoghaire.

It will be a win­ner take all shoot out in the foothills of the Dublin Moun­tains.

Bray ‘B’ were away to the league cham­pi­ons Le­in­ster ‘A’ and ex­pe­ri­enced a tough day at the of­fice where the ex­pe­ri­ence of the cham­pi­ons proved too hot to han­dle. Both teams have a free week­end com­ing up.

There was a lim­ited num­ber of games over the week­end with the weather cur­tail­ing the ma­jor­ity of the sched­uled matches.

In 11-a-side ac­tion only two games beat the weather, the un­der-12Bs trav­elled to the Bog Meadow where they took on En­niskerry in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Di­vi­sion 2 cup. In a five-goal thriller the lads came out on top on a 3-2 score line.

On what was a tricky pitch both sides gave it their all, the heavy con­di­tions made it hard for both sides.

This turned into a typ­i­cal cup tie with both teams bat­tling the con­di­tions as well as their opponents.

Noth­ing sep­a­rated the sides at the break with the score 0-0 at half time. Rovers went in front through Mikey Nolan and in­creased their lead shortly af­ter when Peter Dunne added the sec­ond. En­niskerry pulled one back be­fore Harry Tobin Kelly raced through to nab the in­surance goal.

En­niskerry scored a con­so­la­tion goal in in­jury time but the lads held on for a de­served vic­tory and a safe pas­sage into the semi-fi­nals.

The other game to beat the weather was the un­der-13 girls who took on Cam­bridge from Ringsend at the White­gates. In a close tus­sle the girls came out on top by the nar­row­est of mar­gins win­ning 1-0.

It was a tough bat­tle with no quar­ter given by ei­ther side and it was a game that saw both de­fences con­trol the game for the ma­jor­ity of the game.

It was go­ing to take a mo­ment of magic to un­lock ei­ther de­fence and thank­fully that came from Rovers lead­ing scorer Molly Sweeney.

Molly cut in from the right wing weav­ing her way past the Cam­bridge rear­guard be­fore coolly plac­ing the ball past the keeper, a goal richly de­served for Molly’s per­sis­tence against a stub­born Cam­bridge de­fence.

Rovers did have chances to put the game to bed, the Rovers keeper and back three were out­stand­ing through out and were a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion in gain­ing an ex­cel­lent three points.

Our Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion kicked off over the week­end, on Satur­day we saw 24 play­ers make their exit from the com­pe­ti­tion at the first hur­dle.

The big­gest ca­su­alty at the week­end was Liver­pool whose re­cent bad form con­tin­ued when they lost 2-0 away to Hull re­sult­ing in 12 play­ers go­ing out of the com­pe­ti­tion. Crys­tal Palace’s em­bar­rass­ing 4-0 drub­bing at home at the hands of Sun­der­land saw an ad­di­tional seven play­ers fall by the way­side.

Southamp­ton’s 3-1 home de­feat to West Ham meant 3 play­ers went out, while 1 player each went out on Arse­nal af­ter they lost out to Chelsea in a Lon­don derby and Mid­dles­brough as they went down nar­rowly 1-0 away to Tot­ten­ham.

Of the teams that helped their back­ers through to round 2 it was the most pop­u­lar choice of the week­end Tot­ten­ham who had the largest num­ber of play­ers on ten­der hooks. Their nar­row 1-0 win over Mid­dles­brough saw a mas­sive 77 play­ers progress to the sec­ond round.

Also on Satur­day the blue side of the Mersey didn’t let their sup­port­ers down as they saw off Bournemouth in a goal fest win­ning 6-3 to see 18 play­ers safely through. Wat­ford’s 2-1 home win over Burn­ley saw three play­ers move on to the next round, Chelsea’s derby win over arch ri­vals Arse­nal helped two play­ers through while two play­ers also pro­gressed thanks to West Brom’s nar­row 1-0 win over Stoke.

West Ham’s 3-1 away win over Southamp­ton com­pleted the amount of play­ers who pro­gressed through from Satur­day’s ac­tion with one player mak­ing it through on the back of the Ham­mers.

On to Sun­day and the sec­ond most pop­u­lar se­lec­tion re­ally made their 43 play­ers sweat, Manch­ester City scored a late win­ner to de­feat Swansea 2-1 when a draw looked on the cards.

Manch­ester United com­pleted round 1 of out com­pe­ti­tion when they eas­ily ac­counted for last sea­son’s cham­pi­ons Leicester City win­ning 3-0 which saw a fur­ther 8 play­ers make it through to round 2.

What it means is that 24 play­ers ex­ited the com­pe­ti­tion at the first hur­dle to leave 154 play­ers to bat­tle it out to be the last man stand­ing.

The club’s weekly ju­nior soc­cer acad­emy con­tin­ues ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing [weather per­mit­ting] un­der the watch­ful eye of se­nior club coach Johnny Dunne.

The acad­emy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the White­gates and is open to all kids from the age of three years to eight years. The acad­emy starts at 11am and fin­ishes at 12.

There is no need for reg­is­tra­tion so you can come along to any week that suits.

Come along and learn the skills of foot­ball while hav­ing fun and en­joy­ment, it’s a great way of meet­ing new friends as you learn the skills as you get pre­pared for the in­tro­duc­tion to par­tic­i­pate in or­gan­ised league foot­ball in the com­ing years. Moun­tain Bike Chal­lenge - A great start to the sea­son for club mem­ber Der­rick Evans who trav­elled all the way to Glen­veagh Na­tional Park in Done­gal on Fe­bru­ary 5 to com­pete in the Gar­tan Moun­tain Bike Chal­lenge.

On a bit­terly cold but dry day, Der­rick came home first in the de­mand­ing 60km race. Der­rick is no stranger to com­pet­ing at the top end of these ad­ven­ture races, but this was a great achieve­ment so early in the year and bodes well for the rest of his sea­son. SERC would like to thank Der­rick and Jel­lylegs Coach­ing for help­ing to pre­pare the club’s race squad for the up­com­ing sea­son with their team train­ing plan.

Liam Curly se­lected for Ni­cholas Roche Per­for­mance Team (NRPT) - SERC would like to con­grat­u­late lo­cal lad, Liam Curly who has been se­lected for the pres­ti­gious NRPT for the year ahead. Liam has been a mem­ber of SERC through­out the un­der­age sys­tem and the club is de­lighted for him that his nat­u­ral tal­ent, ded­i­ca­tion and hard­work have paid off.

The NRPT team is made up of some of the best ju­nior rid­ers (U18) in Ire­land and will see Liam train and com­pete both in Ire­land and abroad against the best up and com­ing cy­clists in Europe. The team is set up to give these young rid­ers the ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to al­low them make the next step into se­nior cycling and pos­si­bly a pro­fes­sional con­tract.

SERC would like to con­grat­u­late him and his fam­ily on this ac­com­plish­ment and wish him the best for the fu­ture.

Conor Short and Eoghan Cooke se­lected for Le­in­ster Cycling U14 - Well done to Conor Short and Eoghan Cooke whom have been se­lected on the Le­in­ster Cycling U14 team to rep­re­sent their club and prov­ince at the up­com­ing Na­tional Acad­emy/Se­lec­tion week­end in Castle­bar on Fe­bru­ary 25 and 26. This is a great achieve­ment for the two lads and SERC wishes them all the best in this event and for the rest of the sea­son.

Last week­end saw many of our WDSL matches called off due to ex­tremely in­clement weather con­di­tions.

One of our teams that did get to play was our U14A team who faced lo­cal team Ark­low Celtic. A great 4-3 win from Town sees this team through to the Semi Fi­nal of the Cup. Well done all.

Our LSL Satur­day Team wel­comed UCD to our Astro fa­cil­ity in Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre Park on Satur­day evening.

A great game of foot­ball from the out­set which saw Town tak­ing the lead within five min­utes of the open­ing whis­tle and go­ing into half time lead­ing 2-1 nil.

The sec­ond half saw UCD cre­at­ing chances for them­selves re­sult­ing in a 3-3 brace score­line at the fi­nal whis­tle. Goalscor­ers for Town on the night were Dar­ren Dempsey, Ste­wart O’Neill and Shane Roche.

Our U17 DDSL Team pre­sea­son tour­na­ment con­tin­ues with the team host­ing Ard­more on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Town won this match 4-0 which sees them two points clear at the top of their group ta­ble.

Our Goal­keep­ers Train­ing ses­sions re­sume next Fri­day night (hav­ing been called off last Fri­day due to weather con­di­tions).

These ses­sions are spe­cialised goal­keep­ing train­ing for all our Club Goal­keep­ers and have proved in­valu­able to these play­ers who hold an in­te­gral po­si­tion on the pitch.

They are over­looked by IPK Acadamy Di­rec­tor Ian Fowler who brings with him a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing trained with a num­ber of top flight Clubs over the years. Ses­sions are com­pletely free of charge to all our Goal­keep­ers.

Our Lit­tle Astros Club con­tin­ues ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing at 10am un­til 11am in Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre Park.

Aim­ing at chil­dren aged be­tween four and seven years years old, it pro­vides a fun in­tro­duc­tion to foot­ball in a very safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment over­looked by fully qual­i­fied coaches. Ses­sions are free of charge and new­com­ers are al­ways wel­come.

ATFC Bingo is held ev­ery Thurs­day night in our main club­house in Lam­ber­ton.

A great night is guar­an­teed with plenty of cash prizes on of­fer on the night. Do come up and join in. First num­ber is called at 8.30pm.

Please check out our Face­book page at The Town- Ark­low Town FC for all match re­ports, pic­tures and news hap­pen­ing within our Club.

Ath­let­ics Ire­land Pres­i­dent Ge­orgina Drumm with the Slí Cualann AC team from Wicklow, who fin­ished sec­ond in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the Ir­ish Life Health Na­tional In­door Club League fsi­nal at the Sport Ire­land Na­tional In­door Arena in Ab­bot­stown, Dublin.

Wicklow RFC’s Vicky Rice on the charge against Garda last week­end. Photo: Leanne Sul­li­van

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