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Castlemitchell Com­mu­nity Hall was the venue for the Di­vi­sion 1 Round 5 game be­tween Castlemitchell and Kil­dare on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 1.

Castlemitchell, play­ing for the first time in the top flight this sea­son, have given a good ac­count of them­selves in the first three rounds.

In their fourth round tie against Caragh they re­ally didn’t per­form on the night and were well and truly beaten, but one has to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the vast ex­pe­ri­ence of their op­po­nents who are the league cham­pi­ons for the last two sea­sons.

Even with home ad­van­tage they are un­der no il­lu­sions as to the dif­fi­cult task in hand against a Kil­dare team that were run­ners up to Caragh in the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons.

Even though Kil­dare started the bet­ter on Mat 1 it was only for a short pe­riod.

Once Castlemitchell set­tled they were al­ways able to keep their noses in front, but the vis­i­tors were al­ways within reach and kept the pres­sure on the home side.

Castlemitchell held on to their lead un­til the tenth end, but Kil­dare took over from that point and opened up a com­mand­ing lead of six on a score­line of 16/10.

The home side were back in the game when they nar­rowed it down to four.

But with two ends re­main­ing Kil­dare held firm and saw out the game to end up win­ning by nine scores (21/12).

Kil­dare de­served to win with­out doubt, but the fi­nal score was a bit de­ceiv­ing as they were made fight all the way to se­cure a hard earned vic­tory.

Castlemitchell: Peter Barry, Ann Doo­ley, John Be­han, Mick Doyle and sub Sean O’Con­nor.

Kil­dare: Jimmy Rowan, Frank Con­nolly, Eddie Hef­fer­nan and Fintan Downey.

Mat 2: Talk about a score­board do­ing an in­jus­tice to a game, if ever their was one it cer­tainly was in this case as it put this game out of con­text com­pletely.

Over­look­ing the fi­nal re­sult the irony of it was that this was as good a game as you are likely to see.

Kil­dare’s ex­pe­ri­ence was a telling fac­tor through­out the match. Castlemitchell gave as good as the got in all as­pects ex­cept on the score­board.

Ev­ery time the home team looked like they would record scores their op­po­nents would nudge their bowls aside and would end up scor­ing them­selves.

Even though the fi­nal re­sult of 25/8 might seem an easy vic­tory for Kil­dare, far from it, on the score sheet yes, but in the game no.

Kil­dare take all five points but Castlemitchell need not be too down­beat af­ter pro­duc­ing a good dis­play.

This win keeps Kil­dare on top spot, four points clear of their near­est chal­lengers Ard­clough.

Castlemitchell: Treasa Har­ris, Tom Har­ris, Bob Byrne, Paddy Byrne and sub John Cuddy.

Kil­dare: Mar­garet Gorry, Jim Con­dron, Richie Baker and Mark Cald­well.

Re­cent League Re­sults (home team first) — Div. 1: Kill CBC 3, Allen 2; Hol­ly­wood 2 Brown­stown 3.

Di­vi­sion 2: St. Lau­rences 5, Balt­in­glass 0; Athy 0, Rath­cof­fey 5; Rathangan 3, Ba­lyna 2.

Di­vi­sion 3: Caragh 5,Hol­ly­wood 0; Bal­ly­more Eus­tace 5, Donard/ Glen 0.

Di­vi­sion 4: Allen 2, Cel­bridge 3; Clane/Sta­plestown, 5 Donard/ Glen 0; Cel­bridge 5, Ard­clough 0.

WICKLOW ROVERS

The se­nior men turned in a very im­pres­sive per­for­mance when they de­feated Vale­view Shankill 5-0 at White­gates last Fri­day night.

This was six wins on the bounce and seven in eight games to con­tinue their ex­cel­lent form of late.

Rovers con­trolled this game from start to fin­ish and it was a sur­prise they went in at the half time in­ter­val score­less.

The lads came out in the sec­ond half and were clin­i­cal in front of goal, Mark John­son set them on their way with an ex­cel­lent solo ef­fort then on sixty min­utes. Ciaran McGet­ti­gan en­tered the field of play and he fired home a twenty five minute hat-trick with his three goals com­ing in the 64th, 82nd and 85th min­utes.

In among all that Gareth Mur­phy net­ted for the fifth suc­ces­sive game to bring his tally to six for the cam­paign. This was an ex­cel­lent all round team per­for­mance from the lads and puts them back in the ti­tle mix.

Ju­nior ac­tion be­gan on Thurs­day night when the 13B’s went down nar­rowly to Ash­ford Rovers un­der the flood­lights at White­gates.

The lads lost 2-1 in a highly en­ter­tain­ing game that could have gone either way, Jake Nally fired home the Wicklow goal.

On Satur­day the 12B’s went down to a strong Wicklow Town un­der 13 team in the com­bined un­der 12/13 Chal­lenge Cup, the Town were far too strong for the lads but to their credit they kept plug­ging away till the fi­nal whis­tle.

The 15A’s main­tained their one hun­dred per­cent record in do­mes­tic ac­tion when they de­feated clos­est ri­vals Round­wood 3-2 in their own back­yard, Stephen Kearns, Ryan De­lamere’s first of the sea­son and Con­nor Lewins were the Rovers marks­men on the day, a re­sult which ce­ments their place at the top of the ta­ble.

The un­der 16’s gained an im­pres­sive point away to joint lead­ers Avon­more in a thrilling 3-3 draw, Nathan Sul­li­van, Thomas O’Neill and a first of the cam­paign from Mathew Quinn earned the lads an ex­cel­lent share of the spoils.

Sun­day’s com­pet­i­tive ac­tion was con­fined to the un­der 14 girls and they were in­volved in a thriller at home to Maynooth Town. The away side raced into a 3-0 lead be­fore the girls got go­ing in this game.

Anna Dig­nam pulled one back for Rovers be­fore the break and then in the sec­ond half the girls came fly­ing out of the traps with a brace of goals from top scorer Molly Sweeney to level the game at 3-3.

Jus­tine Cronin then fired Rovers in front but the away team squared mat­ters with five min­utes re­main­ing. Dis­as­ter struck deep into in­jury time when Maynooth nabbed a win­ner. Abi Smith made some fan­tas­tic saves in the Rovers goal.

This was an ex­cel­lent game of foot­ball be­tween two evenly matched sides and it was a pity there had to be a loser as a draw would have been the fair out­come af­ter a thrilling game.

An­other club mem­ber­ship reg­is­tra­tion night will take place this com­ing Fri­day night the 17th of Novem­ber in the club­house at White­gates from 7.30pm to 9pm, any­one with out­stand­ing mem­ber­ship is en­cour­aged to at­tend this reg­is­tra­tion night.

For any­one that can’t at­tend it is ad­vis­able to con­tact any com­mit­tee mem­ber to ar­range pay­ment of club mem­ber­ship.

Our Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion re­sumes this com­ing week­end af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break, we are now at round 5 and with 37 play­ers left stand­ing its all to play for. Se­lec­tions will be get­ting trick­ier at this stage which will test the knowl­edge of our re­main­ing play­ers. All se­lec­tions must be in by 7pm on Thurs­day, the club would like to wish all re­main­ing play­ers the very best of luck and would also like to thank ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pated in our com­pe­ti­tion, your con­tin­u­ous sup­port is very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

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 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock 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@hot­mail.com

For all news re­gard­ing the club, visit the club web­site at www. wick­lowrovers.com or visit the club face­book page.

BRAY WAN­DER­ERS

There was no jackpot win­ner on 12/11/17. Num­bers drawn were 6, 12, 24 and 27. €30 lucky dip win­ners were Max Coade c/o Bray Lak­ers, Veron­ica & Keith O’Reilly c/o V. Walsh, Betty Coster c/o V. Walsh, She­lia Earls c/o Hibo, Scott Howard c/o D. Crin­ion. Next week’s jackpot is €11525.

Lotto tick­ets can be pur­chased on line at our web site www.bray­wan­der­ersfc.ie. Lotto tick­ets are just €2.00 each. You can also play the Lotto through the MyClubFi­nances.com Mo­bile App which is now avail­able to down­load for iPhones and An­droid. It’s Free to down­load and use and stay in touch with Bray Wan­der­ers news with mo­bile alerts. Once down­loaded you can add Bray Wan­der­ers as your favourite club. So, you can now play the Club Lotto, re­ceive club news up­dates all from the com­fort of your mo­bile de­vice. Sim­ply go to the App store and search for “MCF”.

Un­der 15s: The SJ.B un­der 15s de­feated Wexford 2-1 at the Carlisle Grounds last Sun­day in the Shield quar­ter fi­nal. Goalscor­ers were Festy Ebosele and Pre­cious Omochere. The un­der 15s are away to St. Pa­trick’s Ath­letic on Sun­day, Novem­ber 19, in the semi-fi­nal.

Peter Cher­rie re­ceiv­ing the Bray Wan­der­ers player of the year award from sup­port­ers Robert Pierce, Jor­dan Stubbs and Jus­tine Boyle.

Young player of the year Dar­ragh Noone re­ceiv­ing his award from Sea­mus Buck­ley and Lenny Len­nox.

Un­der-19 player of the year Jack Whe­lan re­ceiv­ing his award from De­clan Crin­ion and John Keat­ing.

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