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Date: 14/9/19
Comp: Noel Ryan Cup First Round
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 1pm
Noel Ryan Cup First Round
Wicklow Rovers 2 Colepark United
Our Leinster Senior side welcomed Colepark United to Whitegates on Saturday afternoon for a Noel Ryan cup first round game. The visitors ply their trade in the top Saturday league so a tough game was on the cards. The first half was deprived of clear cut chances with a lot of the play breaking down in the final third. The away side went close when an effort after ten minutes dropped the wrong side of the upright. Daniel Tarcevskis had Rovers first chance of note after fifteen minutes but his shot was off target. The only other chance in an uneventful first period came on the half hour mark when Adam Cox fired over from a set piece. The second half produced a lot more in the way of chances, Cathal Moody in the Rovers goal had to be alert in the fifty second minute to tip a looping effort over the bar. From this point on it was all Rovers, the rearguard of Rikki Quinn, David Rowan, Ian Brannigan and Mark Johnson were rock solid throughout. The home side edged in front in the fifty fifth minute, Daniel Tarcevskis cut in from the left leaving two defenders in his slipstream before blasting a low powerful effort into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Tarcevskis was becoming a handful for the Colepark defence and a minute later he had a good opportunity for his second but he screwed his shot wide of the target. The green and whites piled forward seeking a second to put the game to bed, Adam Cox went close again from a free-kick but it was just wide of the mark. In the sixty fifth minute Aidan Small and Gareth Murphy combined with Murphy's half volley going agonisingly wide. A minute later Mark Johnson made a surging run from the right full back position to blast a drive across the face of the goal. With eleven minutes left on the clock Gareth Murphy set up Daniel Tarcevskis but his effort was well saved by the away keeper. The second half was all Rovers and they seemed to be comfortably seeing out the game, but disaster struck in the ninety first minute when the away side levelled matters in scrappy fashion. It now looked like extra time was a certainty, but Rovers centre half Rikki Quinn had other ideas. Quinn collected the ball midway into the Dublin side's half, ran straight at the away side's defence before been bundled over in the box. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Up stepped Ian Brannigan, keeping his composure to powerfully blast the resulting spot kick home to give Rovers a deserved 2-1 victory and a safe passage to round two. On the day the Rovers rearguard of Cathal Moody, Mark Johnson, lan Brannigan, Rikki Quinn and David Rowan were solid with Adam Cox and Paul Newsome getting through some industrious work around the middle of the park. Daniel Tarcevskis and Aidan Small combined well up top with Tarcevskis topping it off with a splendid goal. Out wide Gareth Murphy and Dylan Orr worked hard with Hugh Humby, Tommy Smullen and Anthony Franey playing their part when they entered the field of play. When it comes to man of the match Rikki Quinn is the nomination, he was solid at the back, ventured into the middle to help out his midfielders and when the game seemed to be heading for extra time it was Quinn who won his side's penalty with a surging run into the opponents area.

TEAM: Cathal Moody, Mark Johnson, lan Brannigan, Rikki Quinn, David Rowan, Paul Newsome, Gareth Murphy, Adam Cox, Daniel Tarcevskis, Aidan Small, Dylan Orr. SUBS: Tom Smullen, Hugh Humby, Anthony Franey, Rossa Marron, Paul Sweeney.
Date: 5th October 2019
 
Comp: Leinster Junior Cup
 
Venue: Whitegates
 
Kick Off: 2.30pm
 
Leinster Junior Cup First Round
 
Wicklow Rovers 2 Malahide United 1
 
 
Wicklow Rovers Leinster Senior League team entered into Leinster Junior Cup action on Saturday afternoon when they entertained Malahide United in the first round of the competition. After last week's heroics away to Wayside Celtic in the FAI Junior cup Rovers were hoping to add another notable scalp to their name.
Malahide came to Whitegates sitting proudly at the summit of the Major 1 league and unbeaten in league action. The game saw the away side make the early running and after five minutes Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal was called on to turn a blistering shot over the bar and away to safety. On the quarter hour mark Marron was called into action again, this time he clawed the ball away just when it seemed to be creeping under the bar. Rovers were slowly working their way into the game as they created a couple of half chances which came to nothing. The deadlock was broken on thirty eight minutes when Rovers went in front from their first clear cut opening. The home side moved the ball well to create the opening for which the impressive Theo Smyth was grateful as he slammed the ball home to the delight of the home support. Three minutes before the break Malahide went close to levelling but their effort drifted wide of the far post. The away side had most of the possession in the first half but the Rovers defence of Rikki Quinn, David Rowan, Ian Brannigan and Dylan Orr starved them of very little in the way of clear cut chances but when they tried their luck from distance they found no way past an inspired Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal.
The second period saw Rovers make a dream start when two minutes in they increased their lead, the hard working Aidan Small picked the ball up out on the right of the area, Small turned and blasted into the top right hand corner of the net to make it 2-0. Malahide came close to pulling one back on fifty six minutes but Dylan Orr was on hand to scramble the ball off the line. Rovers were now under the cosh but they held firm. Malahide piled forward but the Rovers defence battled hard. On seventy five minutes we probably witnessed one of the saves of the season and for a long time to come. With a seemingly unstoppable effort from the Malahide player looking destined for the top hand corner of the net the Rovers netminder Rossa Marron pulled off an unbelievable one handed save to push the ball wide of the post, definitely a match winning moment. The Dublin side did pull one back with two minutes left on the clock to make it a nervy ending to the game. The experience and pace of Luke Byrne won his side a couple of late frees to relieve the pressure at crucial moments in those dying minutes.

Date: 13th October 2019
Comp: Tom Carroll Cup
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 12pm
Tom Carroll Cup First Round
Wicklow Rovers 3 Huntstown/Hartstown FC 2
It was another cup tie at Whitegates this week with Rovers senior team entertaining Hartstown/Huntstown in the first round of the Tom Carroll cup. Rovers started the strongest making all the early running forcing a succession of corners. On six minutes Gareth Murphy went close with an effort. Rovers kept the pressure on and after eleven minutes Daniel Tarcevskis forced the away keeper into a good save. With Rovers seemingly in control of the game the away side went in front after fourteen minutes against the run of play. A long ball over the top caught the home defence out and the Dublin side were one up. Four minutes later came a moment of controversy, with Adam Cox bearing down on goal the last defender tripped Cox with the defender lucky only to receive a yellow card. The resulting free came to nothing. Disaster struck for the home side midway through the half when Hartstown/Huntstown went 2-0 up. Rovers kept piling forward and on the half hour mark they reduced the deficit when Aidan Small broke through on the left to coolly slot home. A minute later it should have been all square, Daniel Tarcevskis found himself one on one with the keeper but his effort was straight at the netminder. Four minutes before the interval Adam Cox came close to levelling when he shaved the top of the crossbar. On the stroke of half-time Rovers got a deserved equaliser, a delicate chip from Tom Smullen over the away rearguard put Aidan Small through who slotted past the advancing keeper and the sides were all square going in at the break.
The second half started in the same manner as the first with Rovers producing all the attacking play, a minute after the resumption Small slid the ball through to Murphy who put his effort into the side netting. A minute later a Theo Smyth header from a corner was saved by the away keeper. On the hour mark the home side went close again, Murphy twisted and turned three defenders before his blistering drive was turned away by the keeper. With twenty minutes left on the clock Mark Johnson won a free kick in the centre circle, Johnson's quick free kick set Aidan Small in on goal but the keeper done well to race of his line to deny the Rovers attacker. In the seventy seventh minute Theo Smyth got on the end of a Daniel Tarcevskis cross only to see his effort sail over. Rovers were clearly dominating proceedings but there was always the danger of been hit on the break. In fairness the Rovers defence of Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan and Theo Smyth tightened up in the second period and limited the visitors to a couple of half chances and gave their keeper Rossa Marron a relatively quiet afternoon. With ten minutes remaining Rovers got the all important third goal and it was no more than they deserved after their dominance for most of the game. The ever dangerous and hard working Aidan Small saw his shot saved by the keeper, Tarcevskis then pounced on the rebound but his effort was blocked but Luke Byrne made no mistake as he fired home what proved to be the winner. Rovers had one final chance before the end and that was an Adam Cox drive from the edge of the area that the keeper got down well to save.
Rovers deserved this victory and probably with the chances created they should have made the final result a lot more comfortable. That said a win is a win, on the day the chances were created and that in it's self is a good thing. Rovers controlled the majority of the game with Mark Johnson, Tom Smullen and Adam Cox pulling the strings in the centre of the park. This was a good all round team performance from Rovers but Aidan Small gets the nomination for man of the match, his two goals dragged Rovers back into the game after falling 2-0 behind. His constant probing and running at the away defence gave the Dublin team's defence a torrid time while he was very unlucky not to claim a hat-trick that his overall performance deserved.
TEAM: Rossa Marron, Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan, Theo Smyth, Tom Smullen, Gareth Murphy, Mark Johnson, Daniel Tarcevskis, Aidan Small, Adam Cox. SUBS: Luke Byrne for (Tom Smullen 65 minutes), Paul Newsome for (Adam Cox 89 minutes), David O'Connor, Paul Sweeney and Peter Finnegan.

Date: Saturday 26th October
Comp: Leinster Junior Cup
Venue: Fairview
Kick Off: 2.30pm
Leinster Junior Cup 2nd Round
Sheriff YC 3 Wicklow Rovers 1
Our Leinster Senior side were in Leinster Junior cup action today and what a mammoth task they had as they travelled to take on Leinster Kingpins and holders Sheriff YC in their own backyard. The lads got off to the worse possible start when they were reduced to ten men and the home side were harshly awarded a penalty after nine minutes which they converted. If the lads faced a mammoth task before the game they now had an impossible task. But to the lads credit they knuckled down and produced some of their best football of the season. They took the game to their opponents and even though down to ten men they really had a go. Just before the interval they leveled matters and it was their just rewards after a spirited display in the first half. Rovers were awarded a free just outside the area and up stepped Dylan Orr to duly dispatch the ball to the net. The second half saw the holders understandably put Rovers under a bit of pressure but Rovers were coping well. Twenty minutes in Sheriff won a corner, the resulting corner in was blocked but the ball fell invitingly for the Sheriff striker inside the six yard box and he made no mistake. The lads battled on in an effort of getting a second equaliser and they had the chances, they were playing some nice neat football and definitely gave the holders something to think about. Unfortunately for Rovers as they pushed forward in search of the goal that would take it to extra time Sheriff hit them on the break with two minutes remaining to kill the game off at 3-1. Rovers can come out of this game with their heads held high and plenty of confidence going forward in the season ahead. They produced some of their best football of the season, even playing eighty one minutes with ten men they took the game to the holders. It was a good all round team performance and should stand to them going forward.
TEAM: Cathal Moody, Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan, Rikki Quinn, Daniel Tarcevskis, Paul Newsome, Aidan Small, Gareth Murphy, Luke Byrne, David O'Connor. SUBS: Peter Finnegan, Paul Sweeney.

Date: Friday 15th November 2019
Comp: Noel Ryan Cup
Venue: SDFL Complex
Kick Off: 8pm
Noel Ryan Cup Second Round
Booth Road Celtic 1 Wicklow Rovers 2 aet
Our Leinster Senior team took on Major Saturday side Booth Road Celtic last night in the second round of the Noel Ryan cup. A tough game was on the cards as Rovers opponents ply their trade four divisions above the lads. Rovers were up for the game as they showed in the first half with no quarter given. Cathal Moody in the Rovers goal pulled off a couple of outstanding saves. All in all the first half proved to be a tight affair with the Rovers defence of Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, Rikki Quinn and David Rowan in excellent form and in no mood to be breached. The sides went in at the break all square at 0-0, a fair scoreline on the balance of play. The second half started with the home side attacking in search of the first goal and they were rewarded in the fifty fifth minute when they hit the front from free kick. One nil to the home but this only seemed to spur Rovers on and they took the game to their higher ranked opponents. The midfield four of Luke Byrne, Peter Finnegan, Paul Newsome and Gareth Murphy were getting through some industrious work in the middle of the park while up front Daniel Tarcevskis and Adam Cox were proving a handful. Rovers got a deserved equaliser in the seventy fifth minute with Luke Byrne firing home. Both sides had their chances for a winner but the final whistle went with no more goals and it was onto extra time. As it was throughout the game, both sides gave it their all with nothing separating the teams. With the dreaded penalty shootout looming Rovers snatched the winner with seconds left on the clock when Luke Byrne popped up with his second goal of the game to send Rovers into the hat for the third round. This was an excellent all round team performance from the Rovers men. Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, Rikki Quinn and David Rowan were solid throughout, the midfield quartet of Paul Newsome, Luke Byrne, Gareth Murphy and Peter Finnegan covered every inch of the pitch while upfront Daniel Tarcevskis and Adam Cox worked their socks off. But the man of the match definitely had to be Cathal Moody in the Rovers goal. At crucial stages of the game he pulled off some fantastic saves, even though the sides were even it was Moody's saves that proved vital at the end of the game. TEAM: Cathal Moody, Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan, Rikki Quinn, Gareth Murphy, Peter Finnegan, Paul Newsome, Luke Byrne, Daniel Tarcevskis, Adam Cox. SUBS: Tom Smullen, David O'Connor, Ciaran McGettigan.

Date: 21st January 2020
Comp: Saturday Major 1D
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.30pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 4 Ballyfermot United 1
Our Leinster Senior side were in action at Whitegates tonight when they entertained Ballyfermot United. With the lads playing catch up having only played six league games to date they went in search of three points hoping to lift themselves off the bottom of the table. Things didn't look good early in play as they fell behind after six minutes, a long ball over the top of the Rovers defence saw the Ballyfermot striker win the race to slot the ball past Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal. Rovers picked themselves up after the disastrous start and took the game to the Dublin side. Ciaran McGettigan and Daniel Tarcevskis both went close before McGettigan levelled matters on twelve minutes when he cut in from the right before firing into the left hand corner of the net. Rovers were controlling the game and creating chances but the away side were still dangerous on the break. On twenty five minutes Rossa Marron had to be alert to get down low to save well. A minute later Ciaran McGettigan went close again but his powerful effort went past the right post. The partnership of McGettigan and Tarcevskis were causing the Ballyfermot defence untold problems with their pace and power and it was Tarcevskis who put Rovers in front. On twenty eight minutes he raced onto a through ball leaving the defender in his wake before slotting past the keeper to make it 2-1. Two minutes later things got even better for the home side, an Ian Brannigan delivery from the left found Ciaran McGettigan at the back post and he made no mistake to score his second and Rovers third. With thirty five minutes gone on the clock Rovers killed off the game when a neat defence splitting pass from Peter Finnegan set Tarcevskis on his way and he made no mistake to fire home his second of the game. Rovers were scintillating in the first half and looked like scoring with every attack. Ciaran McGettigan and Daniel Tarcevskis were absolutely lethal causing the away defence problems throughout. If the first half was a high scoring entertaining encounter the second half was the complete opposite, the second half was a stop start affair with very little in the way of clear cut chances. After fifty one minutes Dylan Orr and McGettigan played a one two with Orr's weak effort been easily saved. With fourteen minutes left on the clock Orr forced the keeper into a good save but that's as good as it got with both keepers mainly redundant in the second period. This was an excellent three points for Rovers which sees them move up three places in the table and they will be hoping to further progress up the standings as they have games in hand on all the teams around them. As man of the match goes it was between two players, the combination of Ciaran McGettigan and Daniel Tarcevskis upfront saw two young men give a hundred percent, their pace and power gave the Ballyfermot rearguard no respite throughout and l think the away side breathed a sigh of relief when both players were withdrawn in the second half. Both players netted a brace and contributed so much to the game. On this occasion Daniel just edged it from this point of view but in all honesty l don't think there could be any argument no matter which player got the nomination.

Date: 25th January 2020
Comp: Saturday Major 1D
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 2pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 3 Newlands/Castle Park 1
Our Leinster Senior side were hoping to make it two wins from two after their excellent 4-1 midweek victory over Ballyfermot United when they took on Newlands/Castle Park at Whitegates this afternoon. It was a subdued start to the game with very little in the way of clear cut chances. Adam Cox pounced on a breaking ball in the area after eight minutes but his effort was straight at the keeper. A lot of the play from both sides was scrappy with neither side putting their stamp on the game. The first chance of note for the away team came at the midway point of the half and led to them taking the lead, the Newlands/Castle Park player cut in from the right to fire into the bottom right hand corner of the Rovers net. Two minutes later Daniel Tarcevskis had a great chance to draw Rovers level but his attempted lob was plucked out of the air by the away keeper. Rovers huffed and puffed but couldn't get decent service to their strikers as the away side proved to be a stubborn nut to crack. The sides went in at the break with the Dublin side 1-0 up and with it all to do for the home side. The second period started with Rovers on the front foot in search of the goal that would get them back in the game. They were now playing to their strengths by getting their two men up top into the game and it bore fruit on fifty seven minutes when Ciaran McGettigan cut in from the left to surge into the area only to be fouled as he had the target in his sights. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and to be fair there could be no complaints. This was a crucial time of the game with Ian Brannigan taking on the responsibility of trying to drag his team level from the resulting penalty and he made no mistake as he showed his experience as he coolly dispatched the spot kick to make it all square. It was to get even better for Rovers, straight from the restart Tommy Smullen was tenacious to win the ball back to send Ciaran McGettigan through on goal and he was clinical to fire the ball past the keeper to give Rovers the lead. What a turnaround it was, on fifty seven minutes they were 1-0 down, by the time the clock struck the fifty eighth minute they were 2-1 ahead. At this stage the home side were dictating the play and were the ones who were creating the chances. On seventy minutes McGettigan ventured on a solo run but was denied by the keeper. With fifteen minutes left a long diagonal ball from Dylan Orr set Daniel Tarcevskis in on goal but his shot screamed wide of the right post. A minute later the away keeper got down low to save well from a Tommy Smullen strike. Even though Rovers were well on top in the second period they had to be careful they didn't get caught with a suckerpunch but to their credit the Rovers defence of Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan and Rikki Quinn were rock solid for most of the afternoon. In the eighty fifth minute the away side were awarded a free on the edge of the Wicklow box and it was from this that Rovers sealed the points. The home defence cleared the danger from the resulting free and McGettigan was alert to latch onto the clearance and he raced clear leaving the away defenders in his wake before blasting past the keeper to seal the deal and give Rovers all three points. At the start of the week Rovers were rooted to the bottom of the table but with six points from two games they now sit mid table and into the bargain leapfrogged their opponents. With games in hand Rovers will be hoping to further progress up the league standings and put themselves in the promotion hunt. After a dreary first half Rovers played more like the standards we have come to expect from them. This result was built on a solid display from the back four of Dylan Orr, Ian Brannigan, David Rowan and Rikki Quinn who ensured the Rovers keeper had a relatively quiet afternoon. Next up for Rovers is an away tussle with Portlaoise where they will be hoping to keep their good run going.

Date: 1st February 2020
Comp: Saturday Major 1D
Venue: Portlaoise
Kick Off: 2pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Portlaoise 1 Wicklow Rovers 4
Our Leinster Senior side continued their recent good form with their third win on the bounce with an excellent 4-1 away success over Portlaoise. The lads made the long journey to the county Laois town and came home with all three points to continue their climb up the table. The game itself proved to be a scrappy affair but to Rovers credit they battled through the tough conditions to claim victory. Rovers made the early running creating one or two half chances. Rovers went in at the break 1-0 up courtesy of a Dylan Orr goal, Orr was quickest to react to a rebound to fire the ball home. The second half proved to be similar to the first with both teams trying to get into some sort of rhythm. It was Rovers who proved to be the more clinical in front of goal though and on sixty minutes Tom Smullen scored to double the Rovers lead. Three minutes later Rovers finally killed off their opponents with a third goal, this time it came from a wicked deflection from a Portlaoise player. At this stage Rovers were in total control and pressing for a fourth. The home side pulled a goal back with a screamer with eight minutes left on the clock. Whatever hope the home side had of making a dramatic comeback was put to bed immediately from the restart when Tom Smullen added his second of the game and Rovers fourth. The lads saw out the remaining minutes to gain another welcomed three points which sees them move to within two points of their opponents in the safe area of mid table but more importantly they have four games in hand on Portlaoise. With games in hand on all the teams above and around them they know if they can maintain their winning run they can gatecrash the promotion party. This proved to be a solid team performance from Rovers on what was a terrible day for football with the gale force wind and bad underfoot conditions making good football very difficult.

Date: 22nd February 2020
Comp: Tom Carroll Cup
Venue: Sandymount
Kick Off: 12pm
Tom Carroll Cup Third Round
Railway Union 2 Wicklow Rovers 4
Our Leinster Senior side were in cup action today when they travelled to take on Railway Union in the third round of the Tom Carroll cup. Railway Union ply their trade two divisions higher than Rovers and are ticking along nicely in third place. Rovers themselves are in a rich vein of form having won four league games on the bounce. The home side with the advantage of the strong wind in their backs were first to draw blood when they went one up. It almost got worse for Rovers shortly after but they had Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal to thank for keeping them in the game with a magnificent save. The save proved to be crucial as Rovers battled the elements and deservingly drew level on thirty five minutes when Ciaran McGettigan finished off a good move. Just on the stroke of half-time Rovers were presented with a golden opportunity to go in front. Tommy Kelly set McGettigan away but his route to goal was abruptly brought to an end resulting in a penalty kick been awarded. David O'Connor deputised as the penalty taker in the injury enforced absence of normal spot taker Ian Brannigan. O'Connor made no mistake as he coolly dispatched the ball to the net to put Rovers in the driving seat leading 2-1 at the break and with the advantage of the strong wind in their backs for the second half The Rovers men were brimming with confidence. Five minutes into the second period Rovers extended their lead when a long throw from O'Connor found McGettigan whose effort struck the crossbar with the ball falling into the path of the incoming Tommy Kelly who finished to the net to make it 3-1. Rovers booked their place in the quarter final of the competition with a fourth in the sixty fifth minute when the ball took a deflection off a home defender. Rovers were in total control at this stage in what was a good game of football played in a sporting manner. Deep into injury time the home side added a second but Rovers had done the hard work by this stage. It was a good all round team performance from Rovers which maintains their unbeaten run and a quarter final spot in the cup to look forward to. A special mention goes to Rossa Marron for that magnificent save when Rovers were 1-0 down to keep his side in the game. Other players who stood out were David Rowan, Ciaran McGettigan, David O'Connor and Paul Newsome.

Date: 18th July 2020
Comp: League
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 2.30pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 2 Ratoath Harps 0
Senior football returned to Whitegates today when our Leinster senior side entertained Ratoath Harps. The away side sat in fifth place in the league standings with Rovers one place behind and four points adrift of their opponents in sixth place but with six games in hand. The first ten minutes produced nothing of note with both sides feeling their way into the game. The first opening fell to the away side after thirteen minutes but their effort was screwed wide from six yards. A minute later Rovers had a strong appeal for a penalty turned away by the referee, Aidan Small went to round the keeper and seemed to be fouled but their appeals were waved away. Rovers took the lead after twenty one minutes when Adam Cox got on the end of an Aidan Small cross to sweep home. Just before the break Paul Newsome put in an excellent well timed challenge when a certain goal looked on the cards. The resulting corner was met by a Ratoath striker but Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal was equal to it with a superb save to send Rovers in at the break one to the good. On fifty one minutes the impressive Dylan Orr made a darting run down the right, his powerful cross come shot was turned away by the keeper. The game then went into a bit of a lull with neither keeper been called on. It was on sixty seven minutes when Marron was called into action again,  it was a great move from the away side but Marron produced an excellent save to deny them a leveller. With eighteen minutes left Adam Cox fired from just inside the area. In the seventy fifth minute Aidan Small and substitute Ciaran Mcgettigan combined with McGettigan's low powerful shot turned away by the keeper's foot. The resulting corner was met by David Rowan but his goal bound first time effort was pushed behind by the keeper. Dylan Orr's second corner in succession was met by the head of McGettigan but he was denied by the away number three's goal line clearance. With ten minutes remaining Dylan Orr made a surging run down the right, his cross picked out the in rushing Aidan Small who fired home in off the post. Rovers saw out the remaining minutes to earn three good points on the return to competitive football and puts them firmly in the title and promotion hunt. Rovers put in a solid all round team performance to earn a massive three points on their return. The man of the match on the day goes to Dylan Orr for his marauding runs down the right to support his forward players. He was also tenacious in the tackles carrying out his defensive duties while also producing the assist for the second goal.

Date: 20th July 2020
 
Comp: League
 
Venye: Ballywaltrim Recreational Park
 
Kick Off: 7pm
 
Leinster Senior League
 
Saturday Major 1D
 
Ardmore Rovers 0 Wicklow Rovers 2
 
 
Monday night saw an all Wicklow affair when the battle of the Rovers took place at the Ballywaltrim Recreational Park in a Saturday Major 1D Leinster Senior league game. Ardmore Rovers entertained Wicklow Rovers and when they met way back in November it was the Bray side who came out on top winning 4-1 at Whitegates. Since then bot sides fortunes have changed dramaticially, Wicklow went into this game riding high in the league just outside the promotion spots while Ardmore were struggling way down in the bottom two so it was an important game for both teams for complete different reasons.
 
 
Wicklow came out of the traps quickly and in the first minute Aidan Small was denied by an excellent save from Ross Hughes in the Ardmore goal. In truth that proved to be the best opening of the half as both defences were on top throughout the first period.
 
 
The away side hit the front early in the second half. Wicklow were awarded a free kick thirty five yards out, up stepped Peter Finnegan to fire past Hughes who got a hand to it but couldn't keep it out.
 
 
This was to signal a twenty minute onslaught with Ardmore on the front foot. But they came up against a solid and stubborn Wicklow rearguard who were in no mood to concede. On the couple of occasions they breached the Wicklow defence they found Rossa Marron between the Wicklow posts in inspired form with two fantastic saves.
 
 
If the twenty minute spell in the mid point of the half belonged to Ardmore the last fifteen definitely belonged to Wicklow as the Bray side appeared to run out of steam. Wicklow took a firm grip on proceedings to dominate the latter stages of the game and any chance of the home side getting anything from the game was killed off in injury when Aidan Small fired home Wicklow's second to ensure all three points were heading to Whitegates.
 
 
This win moves the Rovers of Wicklow into the top five and very much into the title mix in what was an excellent all round team performance from their team. Ardmore even though they played their part in a very entertaining match find themselves firmly rooted in a relegation dog fight.
 

 
Wicklow Rovers: Rossa Marron, Jim Foley, Dylan Orr, David Rowan, Paul Newsome, Peter Finnegan, Tom Smullen, Michael Delaney, David O'Connor, Aidan Small, Luke Byrne. SUBS: Ian Brannigan, Gareth Murphy, Cathal Moody, Rikki Quinn, Anthony Franey.

Date: 25th July 2020
Comp: League
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 2.330pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 4 Harstown/Huntstown 0
Our Leinster Senior team took on basement team Hartstown/Huntstown this afternoon at Whitegates. The lads are on an excellent winning run at the moment and they continued that vein of form with a good 4-0 victory. With the games coming thick and fast manager BA Franey was utilizing his squad with several changes. After two minutes the away side had a great chance but the striker was more intent on watching the advancing Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal taking his eye off the ball and not making good contact to screw his shot wide. Four minutes later Aidan Small showed his opposite number how to finish, Small latched onto a through ball to powerfully blast to the roof of the net and Rovers were in front. Rovers went on to create several chances but were denied by the away keeper who was in great form. At this stage Rovers were in control of the game but the away side were still making the odd flurry forward. It was with one of those attacks that the away side nearly levelled after thirty four minutes, firstly David Rowan came to Rovers rescue with a well timed challenge in the area but from the second phase of the attack the away number ten struck the crossbar with a powerful header. Right on the stroke of half-time Rovers doubled their lead, Adam Cox made no mistake to fire Rovers into a 2-0 half-time lead. Six minutes into the second period Rovers put the game beyond the Dublin side, David O'Connor surged into the area and when everyone in the ground expected O'Connor to shoot he intelligently squared to the incoming Cox who cheekily dinked the ball over the diving keeper to make it 3-0. It was definitely one way traffic and two minutes later Tommy Smullen produced some neat footwork to leave two players in his wake before setting Peter Finnegan away but Finnegan was denied by another good save from the away custodian. Rovers made it 4-0 twenty minutes from time and it was that man Cox again, from thirty five yards out he looked up, saw the keeper off his line and beautifully lobbed him to complete his hat-trick. With ten minutes left Mick Delaney just missed the target with a header and four minutes later Smullen shot narrowly wide. In the last minute Rossa Marron who had a quiet afternoon between the posts was called into action  and he was alert as he pulled off an excellent save. The lads ran out deserving 4-0 winners, a result that maintains their great run and keeps them well in the title shake up. This was a great all round team performance with every player playing his part, David Rowan was rock solid at the heart of the defence, David O'Connor worked tirelessly but as for a man of the match award you can look no further than hat-trick hero Adam Cox. His three goals were clinically finished with the third been worthy of the award alone. His link up play was excellent and was always making himself available to help his team mates.

Date: 6th August 2020
Comp: League
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.30pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 4 Larkview Boys 0
As big clashes go they don't come any bigger than first versus second. That was the case tonight as first placed Larkview Boys visited Whitegates to take on Rovers whose recent good form has catapulted them into second in the table. Rovers knew going into the game that the destiny of the title was in their own hands, they started this game eight points behind the leaders but with four games fewer played. Rovers couldn't have asked for a better start, on seven minutes Ciaran McGettigan cut in from the right but his low drive was turned out for corner by the keeper's outstretched leg. The resulting corner was finished to the net by Aidan Small to get Rovers off to a dream start. On the quarter hour mark Rossa Marron had to be alert from a Larkview free on the edge of the area to get down low to save well. Rovers had most of the possession but clear cut chances were at a premium. Larkview were limited to the odd flurry forward and from one of those ventures into the Rovers half the home side had the rock solid David O'Connor to thank for maintaining their lead, just when the away striker was about to strike on goal O'Connor put his body on the line to prevent what looked like a certain goal. Five minutes later Rovers doubled their lead, way out on the left a Peter Finnegan free kick picked out McGettigan who made no mistake to fire home number two. The remaining fifteen minutes of the half were scrappy with a lot of breaks in play. The Rovers lads went in at the break 2-0 up and very pleased with their first half performance. Three minutes after the restart it should have been three but Ciaran McGettigan was denied by the legs of the keeper. Fifty one minutes in everyone in the ground thought Aidan Small had made it three but he could only watch in agony as his cracking effort smashed off the inside of the post and away to safety. A minute later number three finally came along, Dylan Orr and Ciaran McGettigan combined to find the impressive Tommy Smullen who blasted to the back of the net to seal the deal. Rovers won a corner after fifty six minutes and from the corner David Rowan rose highest to powerfully head home number four. At this stage Rovers were totally dominant against the league leaders and were full value for their 4-0 lead. Ciaran McGettigan, Aidan Small and Rikki Quinn all had further chances to increase the lead but failed to add to the tally. This was a good team performance with everyone playing their part. On the night Tommy Smullen edged the man of the match accolade, just ahead of David O'Connor and Peter Finnegan. Tommy was influential in all Rovers attacking play while also available to help out his defence, he was busy throughout and topped off an excellent performance with a well taken goal. This makes it eleven wins on the bounce and strengthens Rovers title bid. It leaves them now five points behind their opponents with four games in hand. Next up is an away tussle with another title contender in the shape of Ayrfield United who sit three points behind the lads with a game more played.

Date: 9th August 2020
Comp: League
Venue: Ayrfield
Kick Off: 2.30pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Ayrfield United 3 Wicklow Rovers 2
Our Leinster Senior side saw their fantastic 11 game winning run come to an end today when they went down 3-2 away to fellow title contenders Ayrfield United. The lads didn't produce the performance that we have been accustomed to recently but they can be forgiven that after an excellent winning run of late. Ayrfield drew first blood when they went one up from the penalty spot. The lads battled hard to get on level terms but they found an experienced Ayrfield side well up for the game and a tough but to crack. However the lads squared up the game ten minutes before the break. Ciaran McGettigan was fouled in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped David O'Connor to duly dispatched the ball to the net. The lads were hoping to get to the break on level terms but disaster struck just before the break when the home team nabbed number two. Rovers came out in the second period looking for a second leveller but it wasn't to be as Ayrfield added a third twenty minutes from time to put them in the driving seat. Rovers kept battling away against a  good home side and they were rewarded four minutes from time when Mick Delaney popped up to score, unfortunately for the lads they couldn't find an equaliser in the closing minutes. This result closes it all up at the top with Rovers, Larkview, Fairview, Ayrfield and Kilbarrack all in contention. The good thing is it's still in their hands so they need to dust themselves down and get ready for their massive home game on Thursday night with one of those contenders Kilbarrack.

Date: 15th August 2020
Comp: League
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 2pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 6 FC Transylvania 1
Rovers Leinster Senior side welcomed FC Transylvania to Whitegates this afternoon hoping to get their assault on the title back on track after last week's defeat to Ayrfield United. The away side came to Wicklow sitting second from bottom in the league standings but as we've seen before you can never be complacent. Rovers made their intent known from an early stage in the game as they attacked at will. Seven minutes were gone when David O'Connor saw his toe poked effort saved by the keeper. Two minutes later Rovers were in front, Aidan Small broke down the left, his cross picked out Jim Foley on the edge of the six yard box who controlled and slotted home for the opening goal. After sixteen minutes David O'Connor showed his importance and versatility to the team, playing up top this week he rose high between a defender and the advancing keeper to cause havoc in the area, O'Connor was quickest to react to the breaking ball to flick the ball to the roof of the net to make it 2-0. Against the run of play the away side pulled one back on twenty minutes but this was only a minor setback for Rovers as they went on to totally control the game and give Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal one of his quietest games all season. In the thirty eighth minute Rovers restored their two goal lead and a better goal you wont see all season. David O'Connor collected the ball some thirty five yards out, he completely wrong footed three away defenders with his deft touch, surged into the area weaving past a couple of defenders before clinically firing a powerful effort to the top right hand corner of the net with the outside of his left foot, a goal that would grace any football ground. This saw the lads go in at the break 3-1 to the good. A minute after the restart the Transylvania penalty area resembled a pinball machine as the ball was bouncing everywhere crying out for a finish but it wasn't to be. We didn't have to wait too long for number four, five minutes into the second half Aidan Small latched on to a long clearance from the Rovers rearguard and made no mistake as he cut in from the left to coolly slot past the advancing keeper into the bottom right hand corner of the net. After fifty two minutes Ciaran McGettigan blasted over from the edge of the area. Five minutes later McGettigan made no mistake, he raced across the face of the  area before duly dispatching the ball to the bottom right hand corner to make it 5-1. With twenty minutes to go David O'Connor had a great chance to complete his hat-trick, Mikey Delaney let fly but the keeper was equal to it to push the effort away but unfortunately for O'Connor he got under the breaking ball to scoop his effort over the bar. Rovers added a sixth through a wicked deflection to complete their goals tally and run out easy 6-1 winners. Its very tight at the top with Rovers, Larkview Boys, Fairview and Ayrfield United all very much in contention. On the day it was hard to pick a man of the match with some solid performances all over the pitch but if any moment in a game could swing it for a player it would have to be that goal from David "Doc" O'Connor, what a finish, it had everything. His control to completely leave three players bewildered and then the mazy run which left defenders in his wake before powerfully firing home with the outside of his left foot to give the keeper no chance. He just might be changing his nickname to "Messi" O'Connor after this strike. His overall contribution to the team was excellent, normally played as a defender he lined out up front and gave it everything. His willingness to chase everything down and do the tough work was refreshing to see and that goal will be talked about for a long time to come.

Date: 27/8/20
Comp: LSL Saturday Major 1D
Venue: Newlands/Castle Park
Kick Off: 2.30pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Newlands/Castle Park 0 Wicklow Rovers 6
Our Leinster Senior team played their last away game of the season today and in it they recorded a comprehensive 6-0 win over Newlands/Castle Park. They got off to the perfect start when Ciaran McGettigan brought his tally to seventeen when he fired home after just four minutes. On the twenty minute mark Rovers went 2-0 up when Tom Smullen scored directly from a corner. Rovers were now in control of the game and pushing the home side back. On twenty eight minutes it was 3-0, Aidan Small nabbed his ninth of the campaign to see Rovers go into the break 3-0 up and in total control. The lads were against the elements in the second half but it didn't halt their forward momentum as they continued to press forward in the search of more goals and they didn't disappoint either. On fifty five minutes David O'Connor got on the score sheet when he notched his sixth of the season. On sixty five minutes David Rowan got on the end of a corner to power home to make it 5-0 and Dylan Orr completed the scoring when he added the sixth with ten minutes remaining to record a 6-0 victory and another three valuable points in their assault on the title. As it stands the lads have their destination in their own hands and with the last five games at home they have it all to play for. Next up is a tussle with league leaders Ayrfield United on Monday night at Whitegates. They follow that with another tough encounter against Kilbarrack United on Thursday night.

Date: 31/8/20
Comp: LSL Saturday Major 1D
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7pm
Leinster Senior
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 6 Ayrfield United 3
Our Leinster Senior side entertained Ayrfield United at Whitegates tonight in what was a crucial game on their assault for the title. Going into the game the lads lay in third place three points behind joint table toppers Ayrfield and Fairview but Rovers had two games in hand on both. The opening few minutes were cagey enough with both sides looking a bit nervy. Disaster struck for Rovers on seven minutes, a cross into the Rovers area saw the Ayrfield striker rise high above Rossa Marron to head the away side in front. The game was stop start with neither team getting into a rhythm but just as Rovers started to get a foothold a defensive error let Ayrfield in for number two after twenty minutes. Ayrfield couldn't have asked for a better start and 2-0 up after twenty was more than they could have hoped for. Five minutes later Rovers got a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty, up stepped David O'Connor and even though the keeper guessed the right way he could do nothing to stop O'Connor's powerful strike as it nestled in the right hand corner of the net. Rovers pushed forward in search of a leveller but the away side were up for it with some crunching challenges going in. In the forty second minute Dylan Orr embarked on a solo run up the right but his finish didn't match the great run as his effort sailed over. Just when it seemed like the away side were going into the break 2-1 to the good up stepped Ciaran McGettigan to restore parity. McGettigan cut in from the left and fired Rovers level with a cracking strike that would grace any football arena. Things got better for Rovers a minute after the restart, Adam Cox crossed from the left to pick out McGettigan who controlled and then fired a thunderous effort home to put the home side 3-2 up. On sixty five minutes McGettigan completed his hat-trick, he latched onto a Rovers clearance just inside the Ayrfield half, he then knocked the ball past the last defender, rounded the defender and raced clear before coolly slotting past the advancing keeper to put Rovers in control at 4-2. Rovers had Rossa Marron to thank for preserving their two goal cushion with a fantastic save on seventy seven minutes. Three minutes later Ian Brannigan tried his luck from the edge of the area but the keeper got down well to save. In the eighty third minute McGettigan again caused havoc in the Ayrfield rearguard twisting and turning the defenders before being denied by the keeper. With six minutes left the impressive David O'Connor got on the end of a cross to head powerfully past the the keeper for his second of the game to make it 5-2. That wasn't the end of the scoring and with a minute to go that man McGettigan was at it again, his trickery and close control bemused the away defence as he left them in his wake before firing home his fourth of the game and it was game sealed and delivered. There was still time for Ayrfield to score a third deep into injury time but Rovers will be delighted with their comeback and a great 6-3 victory. David O'Connor was immense on the night putting in a great shift and scoring two goals, enough to earn him man of the match on a normal night but then this night wasn't a normal night as everyone in the ground witnessed a special and spectacular performance from Ciaran McGettigan to earn him man of the match. His trickery, strength, pace, vision and intelligence on the ball was excellent. His willingness to go one hundred percent for every ball was brave on his behalf sometimes, it was refreshing to see even after some hard challenges his desire to dust himself down and get on with the game. A player definitely for the big occasion, keeping his head and remaining calm throughout the odd flurry of mayhem and we having even touched on his goals. A four goal haul with every goal having something special about it, any one of his four goals could be selected as a goal of the match, four superb finishes from on inform and clinical hitman. This win now sees the lads join Fairview and Ayrfield at the top with the lads having two games in hand on Ayrfield and one game in hand on Fairview who visit Whitegates on Thursday week. Next up for Rovers is a home game this Thursday night against fifth placed Kilbarrack United.

Date: 3/9/20
Comp: LSL Saturday Major 1D
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.15pm
Leinster Senior League
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 3 Kilbarrack United 0
Our Leinster Senior team took a major step in the title race tonight when they defeated an impressive Kilbarrack United side at Whitegates winning 3-0. The final result definitely flattered Rovers as the away side dominated for large periods but then you have to win these games and the lads dug in and battled throughout even though they never reached the standards they have set themselves. It was Rovers who had most of the possession in the early stages without creating a clear cut chance. The first chance of note fell to the away side after ten minutes when they rattled the post with a fierce shot from twenty five yards out. Five minutes later Rovers hit the front, a Peter Finnegan ball was glanced home by Adam Cox to the delight of the home players. The remainder of the half was mostly played around the middle third of the pitch with the away side having the majority of the possession, saying that neither keeper was overworked in the first period and chances were far and few between. From a Rovers point of view they had David Rowan and Rikki Quinn at the heart of the defence to thank for their commanding play making numerous interceptions and challenges to preserve a clean sheet in the first half. Rovers went in at the break 1-0 up. The second half was only two minutes old when Rovers created a great chance, Peter Finnegan found Adam Cox wide on the right who picked out Ciaran McGettigan but his effort flew over from six yards out. On fifty one minutes the away side had a man dismissed for a late challenge on Dylan Orr which resulted in the Rovers player been stretchered off. Even down to ten men it was the away side who dictated play pushing the home side back. David Rowan and Rikki Quinn were outstanding at the back for Rovers and they were a major influence on Rovers keeping a clean sheet. Kilbarrack did have chances though, on sixty minutes they blasted over when they should have scored and then in the sixty seventh minute they fired narrowly wide. At this stage of the game it was hard to know which team had the ten men as Kilbarrack were in total control. With twenty minutes remaining Rovers were awarded a penalty and up stepped Adam Cox to coolly fire home into the roof of the net to give Rovers a badly needed two goal cushion. With thirteen minutes left on the clock Rovers killed the game off with a third, Ciaran McGettigan got in behind the away defence, he pulled the ball back from the end line to find the incoming Cox who made no mistake to slot home neatly into the bottom right hand corner to complete his hat-trick. Rovers had one more chance in the last minute but Tom Smullen was denied by the keeper who got down well to save low at his right hand post. Rovers claimed all three points which now sees them top of the league on goal difference ahead of Fairview with the lads having a game in hand. Tonight wasn't a good performance but at this stage of the season the only thing that matters is the three points. Rikki Quinn impressed at the heart of the Rovers rearguard, Adam Cox hit three impressive strikes to claim a hat-trick but on the night man of the match goes to David Rowan just shading it from his centre back partner Rikki Quinn. David was strong in the tackle, won a lot of aerial duels with his opponent, encouraged his team mates but most of all his determination and will to win saw him drive his side to an important win when they found themselves under pressure. Next up for Rovers is a home game with Newbridge Town next Monday night and that's followed on Thursday night by the big one which could decide the destiny of the title when they entertain fellow title contenders Fairview at Whitegates. Best of luck lads in those games. Everyone at the club would like to wish Dylan Orr a speedy recovery from his leg injury he sustained in tonight's match, we hope to see you back on the playing field very soon. Get well soon Dylan.

Date: 10/9/20
Comp: LSL Saturday Major 1D
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 7.30pm
Leinster Senior League
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 0 Fairview YC 0
It was all to play for at Whitegates tonight, Rovers went into the game against Fairview CY knowing a win would guarantee them the league title. The visitors knew nothing less than a victory for them was the requirement. Going into the game Rovers stood three points clear with a superior goal difference and after tonight's match both teams would only have one remaining game left each. The game itself was a tight affair and with so much at stake clear cut chances were at a premium. Ten minutes in Rovers threatened but Dylan Orr's cross was cut out by the defender. At the midway point Ciaran McGettigan was denied by a last ditch challenge. Two minutes later Ciaran turned the last defender but was denied by the keeper. Just on the stroke of half time Aidan Small got on the end of a Ciaran McGettigan cross but his effort was straight at the keeper. The away side had a couple of half chances of their own in the first half but for the majority of the half it was defences on top. The second period was more of the same with both sides cancelling each other out. On sixty one minutes Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal plucked the ball out of the night air from a corner. Most of the half was stop start with no pattern to the game as the pressure of the title seemed to affect both sides. Rossa Marron pulled off an excellent save down low with eighteen minutes left on the clock. The away side in the knowledge that a win was a must started to put high balls into the Rovers penalty area but David Rowan and Rikki Quinn stood firm. On a couple of occasions Rossa Marron came out to take the ball out of the air to take the pressure off his team. The final whistle blew after five minutes of injury time had elapsed and now leaves Rovers with their hands firmly on the trophy. It was a night that saw defences come out on top so it will come as no surprise that the Rovers men of the match were Rikki Quinn and David Rowan who were immense at the heart of the home defence winning the majority of the aerial duels while also putting in some crucial challenges. As it stands the lads are three points clear of Fairview with one game left for both sides. Rovers have the superior goal difference so as it stands they would need to lose and Fairview win with a nineteen goal swing. The lads last game is at home to Corduff FC this coming Saturday at Whitegates with a 2 o'clock kick off.

Date: 12/9/20
Comp: LSL Saturday Major 1D
Venue: Whitegates
Kick Off: 2pm
Leinster Senior League
Saturday Major 1D
Wicklow Rovers 5 Corduff FC 3
Our Leinster Senior League team were crowned Saturday Major 1D champions this afternoon following a 5-3 victory over Corduff FC at Whitegates. The lads got off to a dream start when Ciaran McGettigan got on the end of a David O'Connor through ball to slot home. The away side to their credit didn't come just to make up the numbers as they were hell bent on spoiling the party. After eighteen minutes they went close firing narrowly wide. Three minutes later they were level, from a Corduff free Rossa Marron was called on to produce a good save pushing the ball away but it was the away striker who was quickest to react to fire home the breaking ball. Parity didn't last long though as Rovers went upfield and regained the lead straight from the resumption. David O'Connor made it 2-1 when he finished off an Aidan Small cross. On twenty four minutes Ciaran McGettigan made a great solo run but was sent tumbling as he bore down on goal, David O'Connor stepped up to powerfully drill the spotkick into the top left hand corner and it was 3-1. Just on the stroke of half time Corduff got one back when the ball found the net off a Rovers player. Corduff were still well in the game and on fifty three minutes they struck the woodwork for a second time. A minute later Rovers won a corner, from the clubhouse side Ian Brannigan delivered an inch perfect cross to pick out Ciaran McGettigan who neatly headed home to make it 4-2. On the hour mark Corduff reduced the deficit with their third goal. With twenty two minutes left on the clock Ciaran McGettigan completed the scoring with his third for an excellent hat-trick and Rovers fifth. Ciaran split the Corduff rearguard and even though fouled he stayed on his feet to round the keep and fire home from an acute angle. On the final whistle the celebrations began. Congratulations to BA, Dixie, Richie and the squad on a well deserved success. Every player played his part in a great success. Well done to one and all.
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