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.
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.
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.