CLUB CALL

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WICK­LOW ROVERS

Our Le­in­ster Se­nior side took a no­table scalp for the sec­ond week run­ning when they de­feated Malahide United in the first round of the Le­in­ster Ju­nior Cup.

Af­ter de­feat­ing Way­side Celtic last week in the FAI Ju­nior cup this was an even more im­pres­sive win. The lads went in front af­ter 35 min­utes when the im­pres­sive Theo Smyth fired them in front.

They went in at the break one up and they had keeper Rossa Mar­ron and a stub­born de­fence of Rikki Quinn, Dave Rowan, Ian Bran­ni­gan and Dy­lan Orr to thank for it, es­pe­cially two mag­nif­i­cent saves from Rossa in the first 15 min­utes.

The lads got a dream start in the sec­ond pe­riod when two min­utes in Ai­dan Small ri­fled home num­ber two to put the lads in the driv­ing seat.

With 15 min­utes re­main­ing Rossa Mar­ron pulled off a match win­ning save with an un­be­liev­able one handed save to turn a pow­er­ful goal bound shot around the post, def­i­nitely a contender for save of the season.

The away side piled for­ward in search of a way back into the match and with two min­utes re­main­ing they pulled one back to pro­duce a nervy last few min­utes for the lads. To their credit they dug deep and bat­tled hard to see the game out and record a fan­tas­tic vic­tory.

Rossa Mar­ron earned the man of the match nom­i­na­tion for three mag­nif­i­cent saves with the third save been a real contender for save of the season. Def­i­nitely that third save was un­be­liev­able and I think ev­ery­one in the ground thought it was a cer­tain goal but Rossa had dif­fer­ent ideas.

Our un­der-13s also claimed a fan­tas­tic win when they made the long jour­ney to Mullingar on Satur­day to take on the home side in the sec­ond round of the Sketch­ers SFAI Cup. The lads recorded an ex­cel­lent 3-2 win to make the long jour­ney home that much sweeter. The lads went 2-0 up through goals from Evan Con­yard and Daniel Ka­vanagh.

Mullingar hit back to halve the deficit but top scorer Eoin Kennedy notched his seven­teenth of the season to re­store Rovers two goal cush­ion. Malahide hit back with a sec­ond of their own to make it a ner­vous last ten min­utes of the match.

The lads bat­tened down the hatches in atro­cious con­di­tions to see out the re­main­der of the game and progress to the third round. Ev­ery sin­gle player in the squad played their part in what was the lads most im­pres­sive dis­play of the season.

On Sun­day the only game to sur­vive the heavy overnight rain was our un­der-16 girls who trav­elled to take on Peamount United A in the first round of the MGL Ir­ish Rail cup. The girls de­spite a 3-0 de­feat put in a brave per­for­mance against a side who have been to­gether up through the years.

Our lit­tle side are in the re­build­ing process and on the day done them­selves and the club proud putting in a ster­ling dis­play with the fi­nal re­sult flat­ter­ing the hosts. Un­lucky girls, but bet­ter days are surely ahead.

IT’S BACK! Yes, our Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion is back. Do you know your premier­ship foot­ball? Can you pre­dict the win­ner of a game? Would you like to prove this to your friends? Would you like to win some cash while do­ing this? €500 cash could be yours if you are the “Last Man Stand­ing”.

Full de­tails of the com­pe­ti­tion can be viewed on our club web­site and our face­book page and a full set of rules can be viewed on the home page of the club web­site at www.wick­lowrovers.com.

Our first com­pe­ti­tion of the season starts on the week­end of Oc­to­ber 19.

If you are in­ter­ested in tak­ing part and putting your knowl­edge of the premier­ship to the test against other play­ers in pur­suit of the €500 prize you can con­tact Damien O’Rourke 086-3327757, Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706, any com­mit­tee mem­ber, any club mem­ber or con­tact us on our Face­book page.

The en­try fee to take part in the com­pe­ti­tion is €10, please if you are tak­ing part get your name in as early as pos­si­ble, thank you.

The club are cur­rently tak­ing or­ders for club gear for Christ­mas, so if you are look­ing for Christ­mas stock­ing fillers why not pur­chase some club gear which would make an ideal stock­ing filler.

All or­ders must be placed with Yvonne Con­yard by the lat­est the 30th of Novem­ber 2019, or­ders af­ter this date will not be guar­an­teed to be here by Christ­mas so to avoid dis­ap­point­ment place your or­der asap.

You can con­tact Yvonne by email at ycon­[email protected] or by text at 086-8426617. Al­ter­na­tively, you can con­tact Yvonne by pri­vately mes­sag­ing her on our club gear Face­book page at Wick­low Rovers club gear.

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 White­gates and is open to all kids from the age of three years to eight years.

The academy starts at 11am 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 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.

NEW­TOWN JU­NIORS

Loads of foot­ball was played last week­end de­spite the con­tin­u­ous days of heavy rain. Nev­er­the­less, there was a break in the weather, and we got some foot­ball on.

Pride of place this week goes to the un­der-12s team who se­cured the Divi­sion 2A League ti­tle af­ter a humdinger in New­town against fel­low ti­tle con­tenders Avon­more F.C.

The team got a great start with two goals inside the open­ing min­utes from Cathal O’Toole and Jake Robert­son.

Mid­way through the half the away side pulled a goal back but New­town re­stored their two-goal cush­ion just be­fore half-time when O’Toole scored his sec­ond goal.

As was ex­pected the away side came out strong in the sec­ond half and they again made it a one-goal game af­ter in­de­ci­sion in the New­town de­fence. How­ever, within min­utes O’Toole scored his hat-trick and New­town’s fourth.

Keira Far­relly made it five when she got the fi­nal touch af­ter a cor­ner kick to score.

Avon­more kept New­town on their toes with two well taken goals in the dy­ing min­utes, but Brook­lyn Doyle got the New­town sixth goal in in­jury time to calm any last-minute nerves and the team had clinched the ti­tle with a game to spare on a 6-4 score line.

On the day it was a great team ef­fort and the squad was, Ben Syn­nott, Cil­lian Cof­fey, Cor­mac Chance, Keira Far­relly, Rose Kelly Ty­nan, Scott McKenna, Dayle Carthy, Dy­lan Dun­leavy, Brook­lyn Doyle, Jake Robert­son, Cathal O’Toole, Evan Fa­hey and PJ Duffy.

Well done to all the play­ers and their coaches John Dun­leavy and Dave McGuirk and many thanks to all the par­ents and sup­port­ers for their sup­port this season. The team is still in con­tention in both the Cup and the Shield.

In other ac­tion our un­der-8s made the long trip to Cool­boy and they put in a su­per per­for­mance on the day. Spe­cial men­tion to Reece Kearns, Eoin Led­widge and Tommy Ryan who were among those play­ers who starred on the day.

Our un­der-9s played out a tremen­dous game of foot­ball at home to Rath­new in the rain. Bobby Spil­lane was the man of the match in a great team dis­play.

Our un­der-10s found the go­ing tough away to a strong St An­tho­nys Green team. Leon O’Con­nor scored the New­town goal.

The un­der-11s pro­duced an ex­cel­lent dis­play with a 3-1 away win over Ark­low United Stars. Wil­liam Valen­tine gave us the lead with a shot come cross inside the first two min­utes. Ryan Collins added a neat fin­ish for goal num­ber two mid­way through the half.

The team was con­trol­ling the game, but the home team scored to make it 2-1 in what was very soft goal on our part. We re­stored our two-goal lead when Ai­dan Hef­fer­nan fin­ished to the net af­ter Pat Carey’s ini­tial ef­fort had been saved. On the day, Kacey Kelly, Mikey Syn­nott and Aaron Roy were among the play­ers who played.

Our ever-pop­u­lar Devel­op­ment Squad re­turned in the last few weeks af­ter the summer break. All boys and girls from 5-7 years are very wel­come to at­tend and can con­tact any coach or com­mit­tee mem­ber for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. De­pend­ing on weather con­di­tions, this de­ter­mines if the DS goes out­doors/in­doors.

The fol­low­ing are the fix­tures for the week­end of Oc­to­ber 12 and 13:

Un­der-8s at home to Avon­more F.C., ko Satur­day at 10am

Un­der-9s away to Shil­le­lagh, ko to be con­firmed

Un­der-10s at home to Rath­new F.C., ko to be con­firmed

Un­der-11s at home to Shil­le­lagh Navy, ko to be con­firmed

Un­der-12s home to Grey­stones A, ko to be con­firmed

Un­der-13s, fix­ture to be con­firmed

(Fix­tures & KO Times are sub­ject to change)

Our Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion com­pleted Week 2 last week­end. Af­ter eight play­ers ex­it­ing in Week 1, Week 2 turned out to a game changer as no less than 79 of our play­ers ex­ited the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter their se­lec­tions, Manch­ester City and United, West Ham, Nor­wich, Sheffield United, Wat­ford and Spurs, all failed to win their re­spec­tive games.

There will be no fix­tures next week­end as it is an In­ter­na­tional break.

Week 3 fix­tures will be for the week­end of Sat.19th/Sun.20th Oc­to­ber 2019 and we will have 41 play­ers at the start­ing line.

All se­lec­tions must be with the sec­re­tary on or be­fore 9pm on the Thurs­day prior to the week­end fix­tures.

The prize pot will be €500. Thank you ev­ery­one for your con­tin­ued sup­port. Rules of the com­pe­ti­tion are avail­able on re­quest or are on our Face­book and Twit­ter pages.

We have a to­tal of five play­ers from the club cel­e­brat­ing their birth­day in the com­ing week and they are Kian Lofts, Os­car Tarnogrodz­ki, Noah Campbell from the Devel­op­ment Squad, Reece Kearns from the un­der-8s and Sean Mi­randa from the un­der-10s. Happy birth­day guys from ev­ery­one at New­town Ju­niors F.C.

On a sad­der note the club would like to ex­tend their sin­cere sym­pa­thies to the fam­ily and friends of El­iz­a­beth (Cissie) Robert­son (nee Tyn­dall) who sadly passed away last week. Cissie is the mother of well-known New­town na­tive and lo­cal soc­cer leg­end Gor­don Robert­son. May she rest in peace.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on all mat­ters New­town Ju­niors F.C. please con­tact the sec­re­tary at 087 6987653 or by email to hughienola­[email protected] and you can also fol­low the club on our Face­book and Twit­ter pages.

BRAY WAN­DER­ERS

There was no jack­pot win­ner in the Bray Wan­der­ers lotto draw on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

Numbers drawn were 6, 7, 8 and 19. €30 lucky dip win­ners were Jen­nifer Keat­ing c/o John Keat­ing, John Keat­ing c/o Char­lie Ka­vanagh, Mar­ian Nolan c/o John Keat­ing. Next jack­pot is €700.

You can play the Bray Wan­der­ers lotto on­line 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.

Our Soc­cer Camp is re­turn­ing for the Hal­loween mid-term break in as­so­ci­a­tion with CNS coach­ing. Dates are Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 29, to Fri­day, Novem­ber 1.

Venue is the Carlisle Grounds, Bray. Ages 5 – 12. Cost €50 per child. Reg­is­tra­tion is open now for our Hal­loween Camp and Break­fast Club. Reg­is­ter at bray­wan­der­ersfc.ie/tick­ets-info/

For the lat­est club news visit our web­site at http://bray­wan­der­ersfc.ie.

AGB play­ers cel­e­brate win­ning the U15 Divi­sion 1A Foot­ball Shield fi­nal by beat­ing Rath­new in New­cas­tle on Satur­day morn­ing.

Ellen Coady and Cian Lo­han cel­e­brate af­ter Bray Em­mets de­feated Gle­nealy in the Wicvk­low Se­nior hurl­ing fi­nal on Sun­day.

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