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