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The se­nior men took on league lead­ers Ard­more Rovers in Bal­ly­waltrim on Satur­day and were un­lucky to lose a seven goal thriller los­ing out on a 4-3 score­line.

This was a game that could have went ei­ther way and the lads will look back and think they should have taken some­thing from the game.

Ciaran McGet­ti­gan, Gareth Mur­phy and Adam Cox fired home the goals on the day.

Ju­nior ac­tion in the club started on Thurs­day night when our 14A’s had a com­fort­able 9-0 win away to newly pro­moted Arklow Town A.

Jor­dan Younger found the back of the net with a fan­tas­tic hat-trick, Harry Brox­son and Mark Hodgkin­son both nabbed a brace apiece with Tom Hodgkin­son and Cal­lum Gib­ney com­plet­ing their tally with sin­gles.

On Fri­day night the un­der 12B’s de­feated Arklow United 6-1 un­der the flood­lights at White­gates.

Eoin Kennedy fired home an in­cred­i­ble five of the Rovers six goals with Luke Dunne adding one in a very im­pres­sive team dis­play.

The 12A’s have put them­selves in a very strong po­si­tion to claim the league ti­tle when they beat one of their near­est chal­lengers Dalkey United in their own back­yard.

The lads won 4-1 with goals from Liam Burke, Brian Mc­Caul, Lor­can Sin­nott and Danny Ka­vanagh.

This was a highly im­pres­sive team dis­play and now leaves the des­tiny of the ti­tle in their own hands.

The 15A’s suf­fered a ti­tle set­back when they lost 3-1 away to Port­marnock AFC. Mark O’Brien scored the Rovers goal in a game in which the lads never reach the high stan­dards they have set them­selves.

On Sun­day our un­der 13A’s trav­elled to Da­ly­mount Park home of League of Ire­land side Bohemians to take on Tul­lam­ore Town in the Li­ons Club All Ire­land cup fi­nal.

The lads found them­selves up against a phys­i­cally big­ger Tul­lam­ore side but the early ex­changes were even enough.

The mid­lan­ders grad­u­ally got on top and Rory Hen­nessy in the Rovers goal came to his side’s res­cue with three top class saves.

Rovers took the lead mid­way through the half when Os­car Mal­colm­son’s shot was par­ried by the keeper with his brother Louis fol­low­ing up to slot home. Tul­lam­ore put Rovers un­der pres­sure but they held out to the break.

Two min­utes into the se­cond half Tul­lam­ore lev­elled pro­ceed­ings with a well taken goal.

Tul­lam­ore went in front on forty five min­utes when Ryan Kenny ri­fled home a twenty five yard free kick.

The Of­faly side put the game out of Rovers reach nine min­utes from time with a neat fin­ish into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Rovers bat­tled hard to try to get back into the game but they came up against a res­o­lute Tul­lam­ore rear­guard.

On the day the lads gave a hun­dred per­cent, a spe­cial men­tion goes to keeper Rory Hen­nessy who pulled off sev­eral top class saves and was ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing be­tween the Rovers posts.

All in all it was a mag­nif­i­cent achieve­ment for the lads to get to an All-Ire­land fi­nal and they did every­one in­volved proud.

Well done Keith, Stephen, Danny and the lads on a great achieve­ment.

Our un­der-16’s qual­i­fied for the fi­nal of the Choice Me­dia Bowl fi­nal when they de­feated Round­wood 5-3, a brace from Thomas O’Neill and sin­gles from Dy­lan Mo­ri­arty, Matthew Quinn and Ben Al­gera laid the foun­da­tions for the win to cap­ture the three points and smoothly progress to the fi­nal.

Our Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion moves onto round 7 next week, after the week­end’s games we now have 47 play­ers def­i­nitely through with an­other two play­ers hop­ing to join them if Hud­der­s­field saw off Ful­ham in the Mon­day night game in front of the Sky TV cam­eras.

Of the play­ers to progress 17 play­ers went through after Chelsea beat Crys­tal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Ever­ton’s 3-1 home win over Brighton safely saw 12 play­ers make the next round. Le­ices­ter’s emo­tional 1-0 away vic­tory over Cardiff helped seven play­ers through with a fur­ther six play­ers join­ing them after their se­lec­tion West Ham got the bet­ter of Burn­ley win­ning 4-2. Manch­ester City’s com­fort­able 6-1 home suc­cess against Southamp­ton eased three play­ers into round 7. Manch­ester United and Tot­ten­ham both pro­vided one player each with a safe pas­sage through after their 2-1 and 3-2 away vic­to­ries over Bournemouth and Wolves re­spec­tively.

At the time of go­ing to print we had only lost five play­ers and they made their exit after their se­lec­tion Wat­ford went down to a nar­row 1-0 de­feat away to New­cas­tle.

We would like to wish all our re­main­ing play­ers the very best of luck in the re­main­der of the com­pe­ti­tion and once again a big thanks to every­one who par­tic­i­pated in our Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Ian Cul­li­nane of Grey­stones is hoisted high in the line-out dur­ing their All Ire­land League Di­vi­sion 2B match against Sligo ar Dr Hickey Park on Satur­day.

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