The nights are drawing in and the leaves beginning to fall as the season nears its end and in the words of Sir Alex Ferguson it is squeaky bum time.
All Bray’s men’s teams saw action in the week just ended.
Division 4 took five points at home to Westmanstown last Monday night and Division 5 brought home one point from CYM which is always a tough venue.
Thursday saw all three Vets teams take to the rink with Vets 1 suffering a heavy defeat away to Westmanstown. They are still clinging on to second place with 2 games to go.
Vets 2 defeated the leaders Herbert Park 4-0 at home to bring themselves right back into the frame again with two games to go.
Vets 3 defeated Greenhills at home and now only need one point from their last two games to guarantee second place.
On Saturday our Division 1 team travelled to Dun Laoghaire and suffered a resounding defeat.
On the same day Division 2 took a much-needed six points at home to Lerne.
All teams are in action this week with the ladies away in Kenilworth today (Wednesday).
Thursday has Vets 1 at home to CYM, Vets 2 away in Skerries and Vets 3 away in Aer Lingus.
Come on lads lets do the business and bring some much needed cheer to the club
On Saturday next Division 1 are at home to Railway Union and Division 2 make the long trek to Westmanstown where some points would be very nice.
Also on Saturday Division 5 finish their season with a trip to Kilcock to face North Kildare.
Next Sunday at 2.30 p.m. sees Bray host the Open Cup final between CYM and Dun Laoghaire.So if you want to see some top class bowling feel free to drop down.
We must also offer our congrats to CYM on reaching the IBA Senior Cup Final. They are the first team from the BLI to do so in many a long day. They face Belmont from Belfast in the final on 31st August.
Also congrats to Margaret Smyth and Valerie Doherty from our neighbours Greystones on winning the Junior Pairs Championship in the recent LBLI Championship Finals and also congrats to Rosemarie Brown from Dun Laoghaire BC on winning three titles at the same championships.
Back to fixtures now and Division 4 conclude their year next Monday at home to Greystones.
Dick Fowler was this week’s lotto winner.
The senior ladies took on Enniskerry for the second time within a week with the result having a similar outcome as the first game.
After ninety minutes there was nothing separating the two sides as the game finished 1-1. In what was a tight all county Wicklow affair both sides probably feel they could have won it, but they had to settle for a share of the spoils. Charmaine Higgins hit the Rovers goal on the night.
In junior action the under-12As started their shield campaign with a resounding 5-0 victory over Coolboy, the lads put in a five star performance against their opponents. Cian Nolan set them on their way with the first goal, further goals from Finn Dunne, Conor Williams, James Majewski and Senan O’Donovan earned the lads all three points.
Senan O’Donovan was nominated as the man of the match in an excellent all round team performance.
We had no competitive action on Saturday so it was on to Sunday. The 12Bs went down 4-1 to Aughrim Rangers in the B final of the under-12 Plate competition. The lads gave it a hundred percent but Aughrim were just too strong on the day.
Tom Phelan netted Rovers consolation goal with his first of the season, congratulations to Aughrim.
Our under-13s lost 4-1 to neighbours Rathnew in the A1 Plate final and despite the final score the lads were a shade unlucky on the balance of play.
Rovers went 1-0 up after a cracking strike from Eoin Kennedy which was the score at half-time. The lads had numerous near misses in the first period to add to their tally while the impressive Rathnew keeper pulled off two great saves.
Rathnew levelled matters early in the second half and went on to add three further goals. This was an excellent game of football with very little between the two sides despite the final result, congratulations to Rathnew.
The club are running an open training session this Thursday evening, August 22 for our under-15 DDSL Sunday team at Whitegates from 5.45 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. Anyone born in 2005 and are interested in playing in the DDSL should attend.
All existing players, past players and new players welcomed to attend. If you have an interest in playing but can’t make Thursday evening please inform us by contacting the following number 0872837042, for all enquires regards the under 15 DDSL team please contact the same number.
The club’s AGM will be held on Monday night, September 9, the venue is the clubhouse at Whitegates and it will kick off at 7.30 p.m. sharp. All members are requested to arrive on time as meeting will start at 7.30 p.m. sharp, thank you.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors men and ladies in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated.
At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out.
The club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member.
So if you’re interested in doing some work around the club please contact any of the following committee members, Johnny Dunne, Paul Delaney, Jimmy Nolan, Jason Harris, Trevor Conyard, Yvonne Conyard, Aishling O’Neill, Stephen Clarke and Ross Byrne, contact numbers can be found on the club website or alternatively you can private message our club facebook page.
Recently we had Trevor, Yvonne, Aishling, Stephen and Ross join up to help out on the committee and already we can see the benefits of having extra bodies on the committee after they resurrected our family fun day and mini world cup which proved to be a very enjoyable and successful day for all the kids of the club and their families and friends.
This is proof the more people on hand to help out the more that can be done around the club.
So why not come on board, all help is welcomed and very much appreciated. We would be more than delighted to see some more volunteers join our committee to help run the club.
Anyone with anything for our club notes, Facebook page, club website or our weekly online newsletter can contact me by email at [email protected]mail.com or by text to 087-9108706.
For all news regarding the club, check out our club website at www. wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.
There was no winner of the lotto jackpot on Sunday, August 18. Numbers drawn were 2, 11, 12 and 15. €30 lucky dip winners were Aidan O’Toole c/o Declan Crinion, Paul Mohan c/o Sunbeam House Services, Charles Crinion c/o Declan Crinion. Next jackpot is €8,425. You can play the Bray Wanderers Lotto on line through our website. Any club or individual interested in selling Bray Wanderers Lotto tickets on a commission basis please email ad[email protected]wanderersfc.ie for further information.
The Academy under-19s were defeated 2-0 by Waterford FC at the Carlisle Grounds last Sunday. The under-17s drew 2-2 away to Waterford FC at IT Waterford. Goal scorers were Andrew Moran and Morgan Griffin.
The under-15s defeated Finn Harps 5-2 in Drumoghill on Saturday. Goal scorers were Mark Tansey (3) and Ruben Moloney (2). Academy fixtures this week are; Under-19: Away to Galway United on Saturday, August 24. Kick off at East United is 2.00 p.m.
Under-17: Home to Galway United on Saturday, August 24. Kick-off at the Academy Grounds in Carrickmines is 2.00 p.m.
Under-15: home to St. Patrick’s Athletic on Sunday, August 25. Kick-off at the Academy Grounds in Carrickmines is 2.00 p.m.
Under-13: Away to St. Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday, August 24. Kick-off in the AUL Complex is 2.00 p.m.
Note: Fixtures and venues are subject to change.
Get Fit With Bray Wanderers’ events!
Join members of the first team and fans to walk, jog or run along the promenade in Bray at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday mornings and kick-start your Sunday. Event starts from the Carlisle Grounds and is open to all.
For the latest club news visit our web site at http://braywanderersfc.ie
With all our on field action last weekend predominantly focused on our Mini World Cup (kindly sponsored by Greystones & District Credit Union) we did however have one team in midweek action and that was the Under-12s.
They kept up their good start to the Shield competition with a 4-2 away win over Aughrim Rangers. Jake Robertson scored twice and there was one goal each for Dylan Dunleavy and Cathal O’Toole in a very good team display.
The following are the fixtures for the week Tuesday 20th to Sunday, 25th August 2019:
U-12s at home to St Anthony’s B, kick0-off Tuesday at 7 p.m. (Cup second leg).
U-8s away to Arklow United Stripes, kick-off to be confirmed. U-9s - Fixture to be confirmed . U-10s away to Wicklow Rovers White , kick-off Saturday at 10 a.m.
U-11s away to Arklow United Stars, kick-off to be confirmed.
U-12s away to Enniskerry B, kick-off to be confirmed.
U-13s away to Avonmore B, kick-off to be confirmed (Plate play-off)
(Fixtures and kick-off times are subject to change)
The Newtownmountkennedy Area group hosted a Community Fun Day last Sunday (18th).
Loads of clubs and organisations got to show off what they do in the area. For our part we held a Mini World Cup kindly sponsored by Greystones & District Credit Union. We had four age groups U7, U8/9, U10/11 and U12/13s.
After a load of football was played on Friday night and Saturday morning in the group stages we had eight finals to host on Sunday.
In the Under-12/13’s group the trophy final Netherlands were too strong for Ireland and they ran out comfortable winners. Paudie Gammell and Jack Finnegan both scored hat-tricks for the Dutch while Iggy Szpilka scored a late consolation for the Irish.
In the cup final Germany justified their favourite tag with a 6-2 win over Switzerland.
Mason Melia scored a first-half hat-trick to put the Germans in full control. Just before half-time Brooklyn Doyle and Aaron Cawley scored either side of a Max Synnott goal to leave the half-time score at 4-2.
Further German goals from Synnott and Jack Coughlan left the final score at 6-2.
One of the features of this game was an outstanding display in goal from Cormac Chance.
In the Under-10/11’s group the Trophy final was a close affair as Portugal edged out Uruguay on a 4-2 scoreline.
For Portugal Cathal O’Toole scored twice and there were goals from Aidan Heffernan and Lennon McGuinness. Sebastian Anton replied with two goals for Uruguay.
In the Cup Final Croatia comfortably defeated Colombia to take the honours.
Among their goalscorers were Ryan Collins, Dayle Carthy, Jack Barlow and Nichita Neaga while Kacey Kelly and Albie Chance played very well.
For a well beaten Colombian team Dylan Dunleavy and Lauren Coffey were among those who kept going until the end.
In the Under-8/9’s group we probably had the two best finals of the weekend.
In the Trophy final Italy overcame the Spanish team on an 8-7 scoreline with Theo Messitt scoring the winning goal late on. Both teams left it all on the pitch with Finn Heffernan, Tyler Doyle and Eoin Ledwidge shining for the Spain team, with Rian Martin, Tiarnan Richardson and Noah Sinnott Elliott doing likewise for the winning Italy team.
If that final was good the Cup Final probably surpassed the Trophy final especially for drama.
Mexico led 5-1 halfway through the second-half with David McCormack, Nathan Donohoe and Gerry Hoban all among the goals.
Argentina looked dead and buried but they fought back and got a second wind and goals from Cian Richardson, Aaron Nolan, Tommie Ryan and Arthur Brunton forced the game into our first ever 1v1 gauntlet shootout. The Mexicans prevailed by 2-1 in the shoot out.
Both teams deserve huge praise for putting on a fine display.
In our Under-7’s group the Trophy Final was won by Belgium who got the better of France on an 8-2 scoreline.
For France among those who starred were Jessica McDonald, Chloe Mullen and Aaron O’Connor while among those who starred for the winning team were Jake McDonald, Summer Doyle and Callum Carthy.
In the Cup Final Brazil edged out England by 6-5 in another high scoring game.
Best for Brazil were Bobby Duffy, Jamie Doyle and John Paul Dunleavy while among those who did well for England were Kaitlyn Mullen, Harry Duffy and Ellie Crimmins.
We finished the day off with our legendary Tiny Tots game where stars of the future Lucy, Katie, Mason, Eoin, Jack, Saoirse and Ella. Well done to our two keepers David and Darren and also our special guest referee Samuel Kearns. Well done all.
While the weather was okay on Friday and Saturday we weren’t so lucky on Sunday where we had to brave some heavy showers at times.
Anyway the show went on and everyone needs to be applauded for that.
Special mention to Helen, Lauren, Geraldine, Grace, Nathan, Dave, John and Danny who put in trojan work over the course of the competitions.
Many thanks to the Greystones & District Credit Union for their kind sponsorship towards the cost of the trophies.
Two players from our Development Squad will celebrate their birthdays in the coming week and they are Tymon Chowanski and Callum Byrne. Happy birthday lads from all at Newtown Juniors F.C.
Finally on a sadder note we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Roseleen Vickers (St Patrick’s Road NTMK) and Shay Monahan (Upper Gratten Park Greystones). May their souls Rest in Peace.
For further information on all matters “Newtown Juniors F.C.” please contact the Secretary at 0876987653 or by email to hughienola[email protected] and you can also follow the club on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Bray Wanderers supporters Joe, Yvette, Luke, Madalyn and Liam Stice at the SSE First Division game against Cobh Ramblers on Friday evening.