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Last Satur­day saw the last games in the group stages of the Win­ter League take place. Both Bray teams were in ac­tion and ex­pe­ri­enced con­trast­ing for­tunes.

Bray ‘B’ were at home to Ke­nil­worth ‘A’ and found them too hot to han­dle. Bray ‘A’ were away to Green­hills in a win­ner take all con­test and a place in the quar­ter-fi­nal at stake.

In a tremen­dous match Bray took the hon­ours by 4.5 to 0.5 to se­cure a quar­ter-fi­nal place. The vic­tory was hard earned and went down to the fi­nal bowl of the match where Eoghan Brady saved his best un­til ends 13 and 14.

Sean Kee­gan made his de­but as stand in skip­per and proved his worth and Phylls Brett helped her rink sharer the spoils by get­ting him at the very end to claim a draw.

On­wards and up­wards now where Bray face Dun Laoghaire ‘A’ in the quar­ter-fi­nal. The venues had been pre-se­lected and this mouth wa­ter­ing game takes place this com­ing Satur­day in Sk­er­ries at 11am. A pity a venue on the south­side could not be found to ac­com­mo­date the game.


Our se­niors were in ac­tion on Fri­day night away to Drogheda Town, in what was a very un­event­ful match the lads lost out 2-1. Jim Fo­ley had the best chance for Rovers in the first pe­riod but hit a shot straight at the keeper from the edge of the box.

The two Drogheda goals came from set pieces with Mau­rice Dunne head­ing home the Rovers goal. Apart from the goals there wasn’t a lot to re­port on in this game with both teams dis­ap­point­ing.

Satur­day’s ju­nior ac­tion saw our un­der-11As re­turn to league ac­tion when they en­ter­tained lo­cal neigh­bours Wick­low Town un­der-12s.

In a feisty open­ing pe­riod Rovers took a de­served lead. Char­lie Czwalina re­acted quick­est to a loose ball just out­side the box and fin­ished su­perbly un­der pres­sure to make it 1-0 and bring his tally in com­pet­i­tive foot­ball to 18.

Liam Burke quickly made it 2-0 with a fan­tas­tic fin­ish for his 11th of the sea­son. Things got even bet­ter for Rovers with six min­utes to go to the half-time break.

A train­ing ground cor­ner made it 3-0. Josh But­ler played a neat short cor­ner to Jack Mack­lin who drib­bled across the box and found the top cor­ner to bring his tally to five for the cam­paign. This was a fan­tas­tic team per­for­mance from the lads.

Our un­der-13 ‘B’ en­ter­tained Ash­ford Rovers at the Rocky Road in what proved to be a very ex­cit­ing en­counter. Ash­ford came into the game with two wins from two games so a tough game was on the cards for the lads.

At the fi­nal whis­tle the game ended all square at 2-2, a point a piece for two good sides. Top scorer Tim Hastie hit his ninth of the sea­son with Ruadhri Kelly nab­bing his sec­ond of the cam­paign to earn the lads a well de­served point in an all round good team per­for­mance.

Our un­der-14 Cs lost 5-0 away to Greystones United, even in de­feat the lads bat­tled right up to the fi­nal whis­tle, as its been said be­fore this lit­tle side are com­pet­ing in the premier grade as a ‘C’ team and they have to be given a lot of credit as they ful­fill their fix­tures week af­ter week even though re­sults are not go­ing their way.

If any team needs a slice of luck or good for­tune, it is this group of play­ers. Yet again they showed great spirit and bat­tling qual­i­ties, keep it go­ing lads, your day will come.

The un­der-15A’s took on Round­wood at the White­gates in the un­der-15/16 Challenge Cup, the game ended up all square at one a piece.

It was a tight en­counter, which could have went ei­ther way. Paul Marah scored his fourth of the sea­son when he fired home from the penalty spot.

On Sun­day the un­der-13 girls made it seven wins from eight games when they de­feated Terenure Rangers 7-2, the high­light of the game was an ex­cel­lent in­di­vid­ual scor­ing feat from Molly Sweeney who fired home a dou­ble hat-trick to take her tally for the sea­son to 21.

Aoife Caf­frey nabbed a sin­gle to make it seven for the cam­paign in what was an ex­cel­lent all round team per­for­mance.

The un­der-14 As drew 1-1 with Ark­low Town in a tight game, Sa­muel Bishop notched his third goal of the sea­son to give the lads a well earned point.

Our un­der-14 Bs had a bad day at the of­fice when they went down 7-0 to Cool­boy Rangers, the lads never reached their nor­mal stan­dards in this game and will just have to put it down as an off day.

The un­der-16 Bs lost out by the odd goal in five when they lost 3-2 to Cool­boy Rangers, Tom O’Shea hit a brace of goals in an ex­cit­ing game of foot­ball in which the lads were a lit­tle un­lucky not to get some­thing from.

There is no Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion this com­ing week­end due to the EFL Cup fi­nal and a re­duced pre­mier­ship pro­gramme. The com­pe­ti­tion re­sumes the week­end of March 4.

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.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion for the club notes or the club web­site can con­tact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hot­

For all news re­gard­ing the club, visit the club web­site at www.wick­ or visit the club Face­book page.


Wick­low Rovers un­der-11 v Avonmore un­der-11s Green - Avonmore FC un­der-11s green team vis­ited Wick­low Rovers blue team at the old hockey pitch this af­ter­noon. The game was very close at first with both teams de­fend­ing well.

Joseph played out of his skin all match ex­cept for Wick­low’s first goal that he spilled and the spin of the ball crept in un­der­neath him.

That was the start of Wick­low’s first half scor­ing spree as within five min­utes we con­ceded an­other two that hit the post and in.

Three-nil down, we dug deep and Oisín sprang down the right to pull one back, quickly fol­lowed by an­other sim­i­lar goal five min­utes later, half-time came too early as we were push­ing for an equaliser.

Af­ter the start of the sec­ond half Jake Hud­son found space with a nice pass from Kee­lan and rock­eted into the top cor­ner for the equaliser.

Sean set up Caden’s first to put us into the lead for the first time. Cadens scored his sec­ond with 10 min­utes to go.

Oisín wasnt go­ing to be de­nied his hat-trick and took it fan­tas­ti­cally just be­fore full-time.

A great per­for­mance to come from three down to win 3-6 from a team that never let their heads drop.

Avonmore un­der-15s v Greystones un­der-15s - Back with a bang to­day, the boys had a su­perb win at home to Greystones in Tul­ly­lusk, win­ning 5-2 with goals by Cian Ward (2) Kealan Busher (2) and Cody Reid. A very good team per­for­mance hope­fully this will get us back on track.well done lads.


Lotto - There was no jack­pot win­ner on Fe­bru­ary 19. Num­bers drawn were 3, 11, 25, and 29. €30 lucky dip win­ners Ai­dan O’Toole c/o D. Crin­ion, Breda Mul­hall c/o Sup­port­ers club, Michelle Cur­ran c/o Wood­brook Rovers, John Keat­ing c/o J. Keat­ing , Tony Jones c/o Sup­port­ers club.

Next week’s jack­pot is €8,650. You can play the Bray Wan­der­eres Lotto on line at our web site www. bray­wan­der­

Fix­ture - Bray wan­der­ers be­gin their 2017 SSE Air­tric­ity Premier divi­sion cam­paign away to St. Pa­trick’s Ath­letic on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 24. Kick off at Rich­mond Park is 7.45pm.

Sea­son Tick­ets - Bray Wan­der­ers 2017 sea­son tick­ets are now on sale from the Carlisle grounds. Adults €200, Se­nior cit­i­zen/Stu­dent €120. Child €50 (in­cludes free home or away jersey and mem­ber­ship to the Young Gulls Club). Sea­son tick­ets can also be pur­chased on­line through the club web­site.

You can also pur­chase match by match tick­ets on line from our club web site. Save time on match night and avoid queu­ing up for match tick­ets by print­ing off your ticket in ad­vance. Tick­ets for our first home game of the sea­son against Finn Harps on March 3rd can now be pur­chased on line at www.bray­wan­der­

Spon­sor­ship Pack­ages - There are nu­mer­ous Bray Wan­der­ers Spon­sor­ship pack­ages avail­able for the 2017 sea­son. You can spon­sor a Bray Wan­der­ers player for the 2017 sea­son for just €250.

Get your name or com­pany name on the clubs web­site (with a link to your com­pany web site) and also in all home match pro­grammes for 2017 sea­son.

You will also get the play­ers signed jersey at the end of the sea­son. Please see first team squad page on teams page of web site for player avail­abil­ity.

Match­ball Spon­sor­ship is €100. You will re­ceive the match ball af­ter the game signed by the Bray Wan­der­ers squad. Pitch side Advertising Boards avail­able in sin­gle boards or dou­ble boards. Match Day pro­gramme: Var­i­ous rates for full page and half page for full sea­son or match by match ba­sis.

Please con­tact carlisle­grounds@eir­ for full spon­sor­ship de­tails.


Un­for­tu­nately last week­end both our un­der-13s and un­der-15s re­ceived walkovers, as their op­po­si­tion couldn’t field a teams.

Both the un­der-10s and un­der-11s had both their games post­poned due to an un­playable pitch.

The only teams that saw ac­tion were the un­der-8s and un­der-9s. The un­der-8s trav­elled to En­niskerry and on a lovely sunny Sun­day morn­ing they played out a series of games in Bog­meadow.

Among the scor­ers on the day were Ryan McDon­ald, Lily Mur­phy, Leon O’Con­nor and Leighton Byrne.

The un­der-9s played away to Greystones and they too played their series of games out in beau­ti­ful weather.

Among the scor­ers on the day for the un­der-9s were Luke Tur­ley, Ai­dan Hef­fer­nan and Wil­liam Valen­tine, while among the play­ers who starred were Se­bas­tian An­ton and Pat Carey.

The fol­low­ing are the fix­tures for the week­end of Satur­day and Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 25 and 26:

Un­der-8s at home to St. Patricks ko Sun­day at 10.15am; Un­der-9s at home to Wolfe Tone ko Sun­day at 11.15am; Un­der-10s at home to Rathnew F.C. ko Satur­day at 11am; Un­der-11s away to En­niskerry Red ko to be con­firmed; Un­der-13s at home to Wolfe Tone ko Satur­day at 10.30am; Un­der-15s at home to Greystones ‘B’ ko Satur­day at 12pm (Cup Q.F.).

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, Fe­bru­ary 20.

De­vel­op­ment Squad no train­ing this com­ing week­end:

Un­der-8s on Wed­nes­days 6-7pm ( Fe­bru­ary 22); Un­der-9s Thurs­days at 6-7pm (Fe­bru­ary 23); Un­der-10s on Tues­days 6-7pm (Fe­bru­ary 21); Un­der-11s Wed­nes­days at 7-8pm (Fe­bru­ary 22); Un­der-13s no train­ing this week; Un­der-15s Thurs­days at 2pm-3.30pm (Fe­bru­ary 23).

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.

We will be start­ing our next Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion on the week­end of Satur­day to Mon­day, March 4 to 6.

€10 per player and 50 per cent of the monies taken in go to the Last Man Stand­ing.

Please sup­port as all monies col­lected go to­wards the youth of the area. You can put your name for­ward to any of the team coaches or to any com­mit­tee mem­ber.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on all mat­ters “New­town Ju­niors F.C.” please con­tact the sec­re­tary at 087 6987653 or by email to and you can also fol­low the club on our Face­book and Twit­ter pages.


Our Le­in­ster first team wel­comed St. John Bosco to our grass pitch in Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre Park on Fri­day night and se­cured a one all draw. Scorer for Town on the night was Paddy Kib­bler.

Our LSL sec­ond team hosted Verona in Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre Park on Satur­day evening and won the game with a 1-0 score­line.

A num­ber of our away games were called off at the week­end due to wa­ter­logged pitches how­ever the teams that trav­elled did very well for them­selves.

Our un­der-16 ‘A’ WDSL team trav­elled to Allen Park to face Aughrim on Satur­day in a Challenge Cup game. Walk­ing away win­ners with a score­line of 5-4 with Dean McCarry, Danny Brad­shaw and Chris Fur­long with a hat-trick scor­ing for Town.

Our un­der-9 White team trav­elled to Bray on Satur­day morn­ing to face a good Wolfe Tone side.

The boys dug in and fin­ished very im­pres­sively. Th­ese boys never give up and they got their re­ward in the end. A great bunch of lads on this team who are re­ally en­joy­ing their foot­ball and al­ways play with great team com­rade­ship. Well done to you all!

Our un­der-8 squad were in ac­tion on Sun­day in Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre park against Round­wood F.C.

They played some great foot­ball once again, quick on the counter at­tack, ex­cel­lant ball con­trol and an out­right great squad per­for­mance. All their hard work at train­ing is pay­ing great re­wards to th­ese young kids - once again a credit to them .

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our two un­der-14 play­ers, twins Holly and Ella Jenk­in­son, on mak­ing the Wex­ford un­der-14 county squad. Well done girls we are de­lighted for you.

A great per­for­mance from our un­der-14 girls team on Satur­day af­ter­noon in Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre Park saw them walk out com­fort­able win­ners against Bree United by 4-1.

The town girls should be very proud of their per­for­mance on the pitch - well done!

Our un­der-17 DDSL team con­tinue to train twice weekly - Last week they were brought over to TRX to work on their fit­ness lev­els for the up­com­ing sea­son.

A very ben­e­fi­cial ses­sion for them all - and one which they thor­oughly en­joyed.

This team, hav­ing won their DDSL friendly tour­na­ment game against Shankill FC ‘B’ on Sun­day, have now won Group A of the tour­na­ment. They now go on to face the win­ners of Group B, Shankill FC ‘A’ to de­ter­mine who will win the DDSL friendly tour­na­ment. Best of luck boys and very well done to you all for do­ing so well to date.

Our un­der-12 DDSL team trav­elled to En­nis­cor­thy on Sun­day for a match against the Wex­ford un­der-12 county team.

The lads put in a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance to go 3-0 be­fore half-time with goals from Aaron O’Brien, Ol­lie Purser and Jack Mur­ray.

Lots of changes in the sec­ond half saw Wex­ford come back into the match and scored three very good goals, but the team held on with the game fin­ish­ing 4-3 with an­other well taken goal from Jack Mur­ray.

Our Lit­tle Astros Club con­tin­ues ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing at 10am un­til 11am.

This is a great in­tro­duc­tion to foot­ball in a very safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment over­looked by fully qual­i­fied coaches and it is aimed at chil­dren aged be­tween four and seven years old. It is free of charge and new­com­ers are al­ways wel­come.

Our weekly Bingo takes place ev­ery Thurs­day night at 8.30pm in our main club­house in Lam­ber­ton. A great night is guar­an­teed. Do drop up to take part.

Check out our Face­book page at The Town-Ark­low Town FC for lots of pic­tures, match re­ports and events hap­pen­ing within our club.

Lis­ten up - Wick­low’s Andy O’Brien lis­ten’s to the pre-match speeches. Pic­ture: Garry O’Neill

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