Dou­ble suc­cess for tal­ented Wick­low side in DDSL

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - DDSL ‘A’ LEAGUE Un­der-13s

HOT on the heels of their un­der-12A coun­ter­parts win­ning the first DDSL league ti­tle for Wick­low Rovers, the club’s un­der-13As cap­tured the DDSL Satur­day ‘A’ league ti­tle to com­plete a league and cup dou­ble.

In a re­mark­able first sea­son for the Wick­low Rovers lads, it turned out to be a highly suc­cess­ful one. They kicked off their sea­son with an ex­cit­ing 3-3 draw away to Port­marnock FC with Louis Mal­com­son hit a brace and Steven Gorm­ley adding the other.

They had to wait six weeks be­fore their next out­ing and that was a Gerry Mur­phy Cup tie away to Peamount Utd.

Here they recorded a com­fort­able 8-0 win, with Os­car Mal­com­son hit­ting a fan­tas­tic five goals, while Dar­ragh Hef­fer­nan, Jack No­ble and Steven Gorm­ley added sin­gles.

Next up was the semi-fi­nal of that com­pe­ti­tion away to Bal­ly­oul­ster Utd with the Wick­low Rovers lads com­ing out on top win­ning 5-4 on penal­ties af­ter a 1-1 draw with Os­car Mal­com­son scor­ing the Rovers goal in reg­u­la­tion time.

Then the Rovers out­fit nar­rowly beat Collinstown in the league with Louis Mal­com­son net­ting the all-im­por­tant goal in a 1-0 vic­tory.

Two weeks later they wel­comed Port­marnock to the White­gates and af­ter draw­ing 3-3 with the same op­po­nents in the open­ing game of the sea­son they made no mis­take, win­ning 8-1; Steven Gorm­ley smashed home four ex­cel­lent goals, Os­car Mal­com­son nabbed a brace with Sam Christie and Jake Nally scor­ing one apiece.

Next in line was a lo­cal derby away to Grey­stones Utd which re­sulted with a fan­tas­tic 5-0 vic­tory with Steven Gorm­ley scor­ing two, Mikey Nolan, Ross McCrea and Louis Mal­com­son net­ting one each.

Back to back games against Kin­sealy Utd saw the Wick­low Rovers side record two 3-0 wins, one in the league and the other in the Gerry Mur­phy Cup fi­nal. Dar­ragh Hef­fer­nan, Louis Mal­com­son and Os­car Mal­com­son scored in the league win with Hef­fer­nan, Jake Nally and Alex Sin­nott scor­ing in the cup fi­nal.

The next game saw them suf­fer their first de­feat when Manor­town Utd won 2-0 at White­gates.

Be­fore the mid-sea­son break they recorded two ex­cel­lent away wins - beat­ing Castle­knock Celtic 7-0 (Jake Nally 3, Os­car Mal­com­son 2, Dar­ragh Hef­fer­nan, Alex Sin­nott) and Collinstown 2-1 (Jake Nally, Mikey Nolan).

Af­ter the mid-sea­son break the lads had three wins on the bounce. First was a 7-1 win over Kin­sealy (Steven Gorm­ley 3, Os­car Mal­com­son 2, Louis Mal­com­son, Lewis Stokes), sec­ond was a 2-0 home vic­tory over main ti­tle ri­vals Marks Celtic with goals from Os­car Mal­com­son and Kee­lan Darcy. Next was a 2-0 win over Bal­ly­oul­ster with goals from Os­car Mal­com­son and Steven Gorm­ley.

They then suf­fered a de­feat to main ri­vals Marks Celtic los­ing a seven-goal thriller 4-3 (Louis Mal­com­son, Os­car Mal­com­son, Steven Gorm­ley).

Wick­low Rovers fin­ished off their sea­son in style, win­ning their last four games. Vic­to­ries over Grey­stones United 4-2 (Os­car Mal­com­son 2, Jake Nally, Dar­ragh Hef­fer­nan), Bal­ly­oul­ster Utd 6-1 (Louis Mal­com­son 3, Os­car Mal­com­son 2, Sam Christie), Manor­town Utd 3-2 (Ni­cholas McAl­lis­ter 2, Os­car Mal­com­son) and Castle­knock Celtic 3-1 (Lewis Stokes, Os­car Mal­com­son, Louis Mal­com­son) saw the lads pip Marks Celtic to claim the league ti­tle to add to their cup suc­cess.

Add to this the team reached the Li­ons Club spon­sored All-Ire­land Un­der-13 Cup fi­nal los­ing out to Tul­lam­ore Town in the de­cider which was played in Da­ly­mount Park.

In their first sea­son it was more than they could have ex­pected but it turned out to be a very suc­cess­ful sea­son in­deed.

The full squad: Rory Hen­nessy, Mikey Nolan, Ross McCrea, Sam Cul­leton, Jack No­ble, Ni­cholas McAl­lis­ter, Louis Mal­colm­son, Dar­ragh Hef­fer­nan, Os­car Mal­colm­son, Alex Sin­nott, Jake Nally, Sam Christie, Keelin Darcy, Stephen Gorm­ley, Evan Burke, Lewis Stokes.

The team was man­aged by Keith Earls with Stephen Earls and Danny Earls look­ing af­ter the coach­ing du­ties.

Well done lads on a fan­tas­tic sea­son.

The Wick­low Rovers un­der-13 side who clinched a league and cup dou­ble in the DDSL re­cently.

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