Comp: Leinster Junior Cup Semi Final
Kick Off: 2.00
Wicklow Rovers 0 St Kevins Boys 1 After Extra Time
Both sides made a cautious start to this game with both defences on top. The first sign of a chance came in the eighth minute but John McElwee was alert to the danger when he put in a great challenge to prevent the away side getting in on goal. Five minutes later St Kevins had half a chance but but the effort was well wide. Twenty seven minutes were gone on the clock when an effort from Stephen Earls was cleared for a corner which came to nothing. Five minutes before the break Davy O’Sullivan picked the ball up wide out on the left, his cross field pass found Paul O’Neill whose shot was easily saved by the keeper. After fifty five minutes Arthur Delahunt saved well to keep the match at 0-0. Two minutes later Rovers won a corner, from the resulting corner the impressive Shane Cassidy climbed well to head the ball back across the area to Paul O’Neill whose overhead kick was cleared. The game was a very tense affair and always threatened to boil over and that’s exactly what happened on the sixty first minute, opinions were divided when Peter Finnegan was shown a straight red card, he won the ball but the referee deemed it dangerous play and the situation wasn’t helped by the over reaction of the St Kevins players. Straight after that Luke Byrne was taken out of it deliberately with no effort been made to get the ball right in front of the technical area which led to a melee. The away player was shown a yellow card when in truth it could have been red. Arthur Delahunt pulled off a great save on seventy one minutes to keep the match scoreless. The Rovers defence of Stephen Earls, John McElwee, Paul Alexander and Shane Cassidy were in excellent form and were very solid at the back. With ten minutes remaining the defence was breached but Arthur Delahunt made a fantastic double save. In the last minute Shane Cassidy made a great tackle in a one on one situation to send the match into extra time. In the first period of extra time there was very little chances with the only chance of note falling to Davy O’Sullivan who saw his shot blocked. It was much of the same in the second half of extra time with chances at a premium, if anything the ten men of Rovers had the better of extra time. With the game looking like it was heading for a penalty shoot out they were dealt a cruel blow forty seconds into injury time, St Kevins were awarded what looked a soft free wide on the edge of the area and from the resulting cross St Kevins scored to win the match. Arthur Delahunt was outstanding in goal,the central partnership of Shane Cassidy and Paul Alexander were in excellent form ably assisted by Stephen Earls and John McElwee. In the middle of the park Greg Dunne covered every blade of grass while up front Davy O’Sullivan was a handful for the away defence. This was a great battling performance from Rovers taking into account they played most of the second half and the whole of extra time with ten men.
TEAM: Arthur Delahunt, Stephen Earls, John McElwee, Shane Cassidy, Paul Alexander, Paul O’Neill, Greg Dunne, Thomas Smullen, Luke Byrne, Peter Finnegan, David O’Sullivan. SUBS. Andy Jameson, Andy Broe, Jim Foley, Ian Brannigan, Lee Fitzpatrick, Liam Bacon, Darragh O’Donnell, Chris Ffrench.
Under 10 Premier League
Wicklow Rovers A 0 Arklow Town A 0
The home side went into this game knowing a point would give them the league title while Arklow knew a win would see them lift the title. In a first half that seen very little chances created with both defences on top Arklow probably had the better chances, after twelve minutes the first chance of note saw Rossa Marron save well. Jack Dunne who impressed through out set Patrick O’Keane away who in turn found Luca Rampersaud who fired just wide. Both defences were on top in the first period with Ciaran Coffey and Adam Waldron in the Rovers defence very solid. When the away side did find away through just before the break Rossa Marron pulled off a magnificent save to keep his team on level terms at the interval. Rovers came out the stronger in the second half and after two minutes Luca Rampersaud turned the Arklow defence only for his shot to be parried away with Jack Dunne’s effort from the follow up cleared off the line. In the space of two minutes midway through the half Arklow went close on two occasions,first they fired narrowly wide and then Rossa Marron made his third terrific save of the match. Jack Dunne worked tirelessly in the centre of the park and was involved in Rovers best move of the match when he picked the ball up from Luke Robinson and set Eli Graham away only to be denied by a brave save from the Arklow keeper. Five minutes from time Rovers had what proved to be the last chance of the game when Luca Rampersaud saw his shot well saved. Arklow pushed forward but found Luke Robinson,Ciaran Coffey and Mark Nicholson in no mood to be passed. In a tight encounter Rovers got the point that earned them the title. Jack Dunne, Rossa Marron and Ciaran Coffey were outstanding in a good all round team performance.
SQUAD: Rossa Marron, Ciaran Coffey, Adam Waldron, Luke Robinson, Jack Evans, Eli Graham, Jack Dunne, Adam Cullen, Luca Rampersaud, Adam Byrne, Jade Duffy, Mark Nicholson, Cormac Murray, Patrick O’Keane.
Under 11 Menton Serry Cup 2 nd Round
Wicklow Rovers A 5 Wolfe Tone B 1
Rovers were fast out of the traps in this game and could have been one up in the first minute only for JJ Power to be denied a goal when the Wolfe Tone keeper pulled off a great save.Two minutes later they were in front when a solo run from Jack Geraghty ended with him tucking the ball away for the lead.The away side were level after eight minutes when they scored direct from a free.This seem to spur Rovers on and two minutes later they were back in front,Eddie Geraghty and Kieren Kelly combined to set up Jack Geraghty for his second goal to put Rovers 2-1 up.Wicklow were in total control of the match at this stage and it was no surprise when they increased their lead midway through the half.JJ Power beat the offside trap to slot the ball past the advancing keeper to make it 3-1. JJ Power nearly had a second a minute later only for his goal bound effort to be cleared off the line.When Wolfe Tone did attack they found the Rovers rear guard of Shane Devlin,Geoff Laverty,Rian Dwyer,Joe Haskins and Richard Sheane in no mood to be past.Just before the break Jack Geraghty completed a fantastic hat-trick when he got on the end of a Rian Dwyer corner to make it 4-1.The second half saw Rovers pushing forward in search of number five and were rewarded in the thirty nineth minute when the impressive Jack Crowley thundered a cracking effort home from the edge of the area.Midway through the half Daniel Boyce put Jack Geraghty away down the left who clipped the outside of the post with a curling shot.Michael Anthony Doyle was unlucky not to score twice in a two minute spell,first he was denied by the away keeper after some good work down the right wing from Sean Algera and then he got on the end of a Rian Dwyer cross only to head just over.Michael Anthony then turned provider when he took the ball down and laid it back to Matthew Traynor whose shot was saved.This win means they now travel away to either Kilcullen or Clane Utd B in the third round.
SQUAD:Shane Devlin,Geoff Laverty,Rian Dwyer,Joe Haskins,Richard Sheane,Jack Crowley,Eddie Geraghty,Sean Algera,Kieren Kelly,JJ Power,Jack Geraghty,Daniel Boyce,Matthew Traynor,Michael Anthony Doyle.
Under 12 Premier Division
Wicklow Rovers A 3 Greystones Utd A 0
The home team went into this game looking for all three points to maintain their push for the title and duly delivered. It was the away side who threatened first when their number eleven found himself through on goal but the ever dependable Brian O’Sullivan got back to challenge and clear. After nine minutes Rovers took the lead when Adam Copeland’s inswinging corner found the back of the net. A minute later Greystones should have been level, they fired over with only the keeper to beat. Twelve minutes were gone on the clock when Hugh Humby put Rian Daunt Smyth in on goal only for him to be fouled inside the area. Rian dusted himself down and coolly dispatched the resulting penalty to make it 2-0. Rovers controlled the remaining minutes of the half without creating any clear cut chances to go in at the break two nil up. In the space of the first thirteen minutes in the second half Eoin McAulay tormented the Greystones defence on numerous occasions, first he fired just wide after seven minutes, then three minutes later he seen his effort from the edge of the area well saved by the keeper. Eoin finally got the better of the keeper when he hit a stunning half volley from twenty yards out which gave the keeper no chance and secured all three points for the home side. Midway through the half Max Clarke made a fine run down the right wing and his superb cross just evaded Eoin McAulay at the back post. Three minutes from the end Eoin McAulay headed just over from a Hugh Humby cross.Rovers ran out well deserved winners on a 3-0 scoreline.
TEAM:Liam O’Brien,Luke Murphy,Stephen Cullen,Oisin Daunt Smyth,Brian O’Sullivan,Adam Copeland,Adam Browne,Rian Daunt Smyth,Andrew Earls,Hugh Humby,Darren Lyons.SUBS:Eoin McAulay,Kevin O’Halloran,Max Clarke,Cory Tyrell Mitchell.
Under 14 Premier Division
Wicklow Rovers A 5 Ardmore Rovers A 0
This was a game that saw the home team control from the first whistle,they got off to the perfect start with three minutes gone on the clock,a through ball from Sean McGuinness picked out Paul Anthony Kelly who duly dispatched the ball to the net for the lead.After eight minutes the impressive Conor Cunningham set Jake Butterworth away on the left who in turn went around the Ardmore full back only for the away keeper to deny him.A couple minutes later Cillian O’Reilly forced the keeper into a good save.The home team were in total control and on the odd occasion when Ardmore got forward they found a solid Wicklow defence of Aidan Dunne,Sean McGuinness,John Porter and Cory McLaughlin in no mood to be passed.On twenty minutes Mark O’Reilly saw his effort tipped around the post by the Ardmore keeper,the resulting corner was cleared to the edge of the area where the ever busy Conor Cunningham met the ball to fire home for number two.Five minutes into the second half Conor Cunningham was denied his second by the width of the post.Three minutes later he did get his second when he got on the end of a Cormac Marnane cross to guide the ball in at the back post to make it 3-0.In the space of five second half minutes midway through the half Cormac Marnane was denied three times by the over worked Ardmore keeper.On twenty eight minutes Aidan Dunne went close when he chipped just over.With six minutes remaining Cormac Marnane cut in from the right,beat two defenders and from just inside the area hit a cracking shot to the roof of the net for the fourth goal.In the 66 th minute Cillian O’Reilly was denied by yet another good save by the away keeper but with a minute left on the clock Cillian O’Reilly made no mistake this time when John Porter crossed and Cillian finished off to make it 5-0.
SQUAD:Matt Doyle,Aidan Dunne,Sean McGuinness,John Porter,Cory McLaughlin,Mark O’Reilly,Conor Cunningham,Jonathan Hopkins,Cillian O’Reilly,Jake Butterworth,Paul Anthony Kelly,Cormac Marnane,Alex Bazigos.
Under 13 Premier Division
Wicklow Rovers A 7 Greystones Utd A 1
Rovers were on the front foot from the kick off,Liam Kavanagh put Aaron Meade through on the left but the wingers effort was pushed out for a corner.Kieran Bloomfield swung in the corner but Aaron Meade’s effort was well saved.A minute later James Nolan laid the ball into Kieran Bloomfield who cooly slotted the ball home to take the lead.After eleven minutes Greystones levelled with a great shot from the edge of the area.Two minutes later the away side had a great chance to take the lead but the effort was wasted.Straight after that a combination of Conor Moore and Alan Power prevented the away side getting through. Rovers regained the lead in the eighteenth minute when Lee Boylan stabbed home a Kieran Bloomfield corner.Just on the stroke of half time Rovers increased their lead,a move involving Craig Waldron and Kieran Bloomfield put James Nolan in and he calmly finished to make it 3-1 at the break.In the first minute of the second half Luke Finlayson was unlucky to see his shot come back off the post.A minute later Kieran Bloomfield lobbed the keeper with Darragh O’Connor following in to make sure the ball crossed the line for a 4-1 lead.In the 12 th minute a long clearance from the home keeper Daragh Hosey found Kieran Bloomfield wide on the right,he in turn played the ball across the face of goal for Darragh O’Connor to make it 5-1.When Greystones attacked they found the rear guard of Ronan Manley,Mark Egan,Rory O’Kelly and Craig Waldron hard to crack and the odd time they did Daragh Hosey was always alert.Ten minutes from the end the impressive Liam Kavanagh was denied a goal he deserved when he hit a cracking shot which came back of the post.With four minutes left on the clock Darragh O’Connor completed his hat-trick when he riftled home from just inside the box after good work from Peter Thornton and Ronan Manley.On the stroke of full time Liam Kavanagh slipped the ball in for Lee Boylan who curled the ball around the advancing keeper to make it 7-1. This was a good start for a team new to premier football.
SQUAD:Daragh Hosey,Conor Moore,Craig Waldron,Ronan Manley,Mark Egan,Alan Power,Liam Kavanagh,Lee Boylan,Aaron Meade,James Nolan,Kieran Bloomfield,Darragh O’Connor,Rory O’Kelly,Peter Thornton,Luke Finlayson.
Under 13 Premier Division
Ashford Rovers A 1 Wicklow Rovers A 4
The first five minutes of the game were scrappy with neither team putting their stamp on the game.After seven minutes Liam Kavanagh put Luke Finlayson through on the left,the Ashford keeper saved well but Luke was quickest to the breaking ball to tuck it away for the lead.Five minutes later it was 2-0 when a combination of Liam Kavanagh and Kieran Bloomfield set up Darragh O’Connor to score.Midway through the half Liam Kavanagh shot narrowly wide from 30 yards.Ashford got themselves back in the game when they scored from a free kick on the edge of the area.The home side put Wicklow under pressure but it was Wicklow who had the best chance before the break when Darragh O’Connor beat the offside trap only to fire over.In the first minute of the second half Lee Boylan went close to increasing Wicklows lead.In the 44th minute Alan Power played a long ball through for Kieran Bloomfield to finish to make it 3-1.Fifty minutes were gone when Liam Kavanagh put Kieran Bloomfield in on the left,Kieran crossed to James Nolan who saw his effort saved but Alan Power was on hand to slot home the breaking ball for a 4-1 lead.Ashford were denied when Ronan Manley made a great tackle to prevent the home team getting in.Six minutes from the end Kieran Bloomfield went on a solo run beating three defenders only to be denied by the keeper.In the last minute James Nolan found himself in the clear only for the impressive Ashford keeper to pull off another great save with Kieran Bloomfield blasting the rebound over.This was a good sporting game between two teams new to premier football.
SQUAD:Daragh Hosey,Ronan Manley,Craig Waldron,Rory O’Kelly,Mark Egan,Peter Thornton,Liam Kavanagh,Lee Boylan,Luke Finlayson,Darragh O’Connor,Kieran Bloomfield,James Nolan,Aaron Meade,Alan Power,Conor Moore,Timmy Doherty.
Under 13 Premier Division
Wicklow Rovers A 2 Newtown A 6
Both teams went into this game with 100% records having taken maximum points from their first four games.Newtown went into the game as favourites but were rocked when Kieran Bloomfield put the home side in front,midway through the half Kieran picked the ball up on the left wing,cut in field and unleashed a low shot into the far corner to go one up.Newtown should have been level when they had two chances within a minute,first Daragh Hosey pulled off a great save and then the Newtown number ten blazed over.The away side drew level two minutes before the break and then went ahead with a goal five minutes into injury time.In the first minute of the second half Newtown increased their lead when Nathan Hamilton lobbed the ball into the far corner to go 3-1 up.After 39 minutes Newtown scored number four.Eight minutes from time Rovers earned a penalty and it was duly dispatched by Kieran Bloomfield to give them a glimmer of hope.Shortly after Luke Finlayson rattled the upright and Liam Kavanagh headed a Kieran Bloomfield corner just over.Alan Power went past two defenders on the right and his cross just evaded Kieran Bloomfield and James Nolan.Newtown added two more in another five minutes of injury time.Newtown deserved their victory but the lads put in a battling performance against their more experienced opponents.
SQUAD:Daragh Hosey,Conor Moore,Craig Waldron,Rory O’Kelly,Mark Egan,Alan Power,Liam Kavanagh,Luke Finlayson,Ronan Manley,Lee Boylan,Kieran Bloomfield,Aaron Meade,James Nolan,Timmy Doherty.
Under 13 Premier Division
St Anthonys A 2 Wicklow Rovers A 5
Rovers got off to the worst possible start when they found themselves a goal down after five minutes,Rovers had a couple of chances to clear their lines but St Anthonys took advantage to go one up.Wicklow’s response was immediate,a good run down the left wing by Aaron Meade took him past two defenders,he then delivered an inch perfect cross into the box for the incoming Alan Power to strike a sweet shot into the bottom left hand corner to equalise.In the 17 th minute Kieran Bloomfield’s corner was headed over by Luke Finlayson.Five minutes before the break Kieran Bloomfield sent in a free kick which Lee Boylan finished off to put Rovers in front.Two minutes later things got even better for the away side,Kieran Bloomfield latched onto a long ball over the top and fired home from the edge of the area to make it 3-1.The second half started with Rovers going close,a Kieran Bloomfield shot was well saved by the Anthonys keeper.In the 35 th minute Aaron Meade was denied when his well struck shot was turned away by the keeper.Anthonys were always dangerous going forward and Rory O’Kelly had to be alert when a long ball beat the Rovers defence,a certain goal looked on the cards but a great clean challenge from Rory inside the box cleared the danger.A couple of minutes later Wicklow were 4-1 up when Kieran Bloomfield lobbed the advancing keeper.The home side battled their way back into the game and in the 40 th minute they scored to make it 4-2.In the 46 th minute Rovers killed off the game with the move of the match,Ronan Manley,Conor Moore and Alan Power were all involved in a sweeping move which set up Kieran Bloomfield who duly dispatched the ball to the net for his hat-trick and Rovers fifth.Five minutes from time Daragh Hosey came to Rovers rescue when in a one to one situation he pulled off a great save.
SQUAD:Daragh Hosey,Ronan Manley,Craig Waldron,Rory O’Kelly,Mark Egan,Alan Power,Luke Finlayson,Lee Boylan,Aaron Meade,James Nolan,Kieran Bloomfield,Darragh O’Connor,Conor Moore,Timmy Doherty.
Under 13 Premier Division
Wicklow Rovers A 4 St Anthonys A 3
This match was the only game in the club to escape the bad weather and we were rewarded with a seven goal thriller. The home team got off to a flyer with two goals in the first ten minutes, on eight minutes Kieran Bloomfield finished off a move involving Alan Power and Liam Kavanagh and two minutes later they made it 2-0 when Kieran Bloomfield’s shot was parried by the keeper but Luke Finlayson was on hand to slot home. By the midway point of the half Rovers could have been out of sight but two good saves from the Anthonys keeper kept the home team at bay. The away side pulled one back from a free on the edge of the area with twenty minute gone. The home team conceded a soft goal three minute later to make the score 2-2. Five minutes before the break Rovers restored their lead when Aaron Meade half volleyed home to send them in at the break 3-2 up. Rovers stepped up the pressure after the break but got caught napping with sloppy defending to allow St Anthonys draw level with fifteen minutes left on the clock. Rovers continued to press forward with St Anthonys dangerous on the break, in the 50 th minute Darragh O’Connor forced the keeper into a save and from the resulting corner the impressive Liam Kavanagh went close but was denied by the keeper. Two minutes later Timmy Doherty found Kieran Bloomfield down the left, he cut in and weaved his way past three defenders before slotting the ball past the advancing keeper to make it 4-3. Rovers could have added to their tally in the closing stages but were prevented by two excellent saves from the Anthonys keeper.
TEAM:Brendan Hawes, Ronan Manley, Conor Moore, Daragh Hosey, Mark Egan, Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh, Rory O’Kelly, Aaron Meade, Luke Finlayson, Kieran Bloomfield, Darragh O’Connor, Timmy Doherty, Lee Boylan.
Kick Off: 11.30
Under 13 Premier Division
Greystones Utd A 2 Wicklow Rovers A 2
This was Rovers first game in two months and it showed, after a minute Kieran Bloomfield cut in from the left only to fire wide.Eight minutes were gone on the clock when the home side took advantage of hesitancy in the Rovers defence to take the lead. The Greystones keeper pulled off two good saves from Darragh O’Connor and Kieran Bloomfield to preserve their lead at the interval. Four minutes after the break Rovers were level when Darragh O’Connor lobbed the home keeper to level the game.With a lot of play around the middle third of the park neither team could create a clear opening, with the game drawn to what looked liked a 1-1 draw Rovers were awarded a penalty with seven minutes remaining when Kieran Bloomfield was fouled in the area, Kieran dusted himself down and slotted the spot kick home for the lead. Three minutes were left on the clock when the home earned a penalty which was duly dispatched to make it 2-2, Kieran Bloomfield and Lee Boylan worked hard for Rovers, a draw was probably a fair result as neither team done enough to take all three points.
SQUAD:Brendan Hawes,Conor Moore,Craig Waldron,Daragh Hosey,Ronan Manley,Alan Power,Lee Boylan,Rory O’Kelly,Darragh O’Connor,James Nolan,Kieran Bloomfield,Mark Egan,Peter Thornton,Timmy Doherty.
Kick Off: 10.00
Under 13 Premier Division
Wicklow Rovers A 2 Arklow Town B 1
This was a close encounter,Rovers were first to go close when after five minutes Kieran Bloomfield was put through by Rory O’Kelly only to fire his effort wide of the target. Two minutes later the same player was denied by the Arklow keeper. Midway through the half Arklow had their first chance but Brendan Hawes was equal to it. Rovers stepped up the pressure and went close on three occasions, first Liam Kavanagh set up Lee Boylan but the away keeper saved well then Alan Power fired narrowly wide. In the 25 th minute Darragh O’Connor was denied by a combination of the keeper and defender. A minute later Rovers took the lead, Liam Kavanagh and Lee Boylan combined to set Kieran Bloomfield away down the right who swung the ball across to the left to Alan Power, Alan controlled the ball and sweetly curled it around the keeper in to the far corner to go one up. The lead didn’t last long, just before the break Arklow piled forward and when the home team failed to clear their lines Arklow drew level. At the start of the second half Luke Finlayson set up Kieran Bloomfield who saw his shot go just over. Ten minutes into the second half Rovers regained the lead, the impressive Rory O’Kelly won the ball in his own half, he then made a surging run and found Liam Kavanagh who put the ball over to Kieran Bloomfield who slotted home for the lead. Shortly after that Arklow were denied by Brendan Hawes who smothered the ball at the feet of the striker. The last ten minutes saw Arklow on the front foot in search of the equaliser but Rovers were always dangerous on the break. With five minutes left on the clock Kieran Bloomfield put James Nolan in but yet again the Arklow Keeper saved well. Arklow had two good chances near the end, first Rory O’Kelly made a well timed challenge to prevent what could have being a goal scoring chance and then Brendan Hawes saved down low at his near post. At the end of a very close game Rovers ran out winners on a 2-1 scoreline. In a good solid team performance Rory O’Kelly was magnificent on the day, he put in an excellent shift going forward and was always on hand to help out his defence.
SQUAD: Brendan Hawes, Ronan Manley, Craig Waldron, Daragh Hosey, Mark Egan, Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh, Rory O’Kelly, Lee Boylan, Darragh O’Connor, Kieran Bloomfield, James Nolan, Aaron Meade, Luke Finlayson, Peter Thornton, Timmy Doherty.
Venue: Bridgewater Centre
Kick Off: 1.00
Under 13 Premier Division
Arklow Town A 1 Wicklow Rovers A 2
Rovers travelled to Arklow requiring three points to claim runners up spot in their first season in the premier division. On their last visit they were slow out of the traps but on this ocassion it was Rovers who made the better start. Twelve minutes were gone on the clock when an inch perfect pass from Luke Finlayson set Kieran Bloomfield away who in turn lobbed the keeper to put Rovers one up. Two minutes later Liam Kavanagh combined with Alan Power to put in Kieran Bloomfield whose effort went just wide. The home side created two chances on twenty one and twenty two minutes, the first effort was well saved by Daragh Hosey in the Rovers goal and the second effort went narrowly wide. Liam Kavanagh was at the centre of all Rovers attacking play and on twenty seven minutes he sent Lee Boylan away down the left whose cross just evaded Kieran Bloomfield at the back post. A minute later James Nolan slipped the ball through to Alan Power who was denied by the Arklow keeper. Just on the stroke of half time Arklow could have levelled but fired over. The second half saw the game swing from end to end and on forty minutes the home side equalised. Arklow put Rovers under pressure and on two occasions Rory O’Kelly came to the rescue with a couple of timely interceptions. On fifty minutes Darragh O’Connor saw an effort drop the wrong side of the post. Rovers were now throwing caution to the wind in search of the all important goal, Alan Power beat two players out wide but his cross was cleared. In fairness the two teams were evenly matched but both teams were going all out for the win. Conor Moore who impressed foiled Arklow on the right when they threatened while on the other flank Ronan Manley came to Rovers aide with a great last ditch challenge. Rovers had their chances as well with Liam Kavanagh and Alan Power going close. With time running out and the game moving into the last minute super sub Peter Thornton made a great run up the left, his through ball bounced on the edge of the area where Kieran Bloomfield was quick to react to head the ball over the advancing keeper for a late winner which guaranteed Rovers runners up spot. It was a great achievement for the lads as they have worked their way up the leagues winning divisions one, two and three, congratulations to the whole squad.
Squad: Daragh Hosey, Ronan Manley, Craig Waldron, Rory O’Kelly, Mark Egan, Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh, Luke Finlayson, Lee Boylan, James Nolan, Kieran Bloomfield, Darragh O’Connor, Conor Moore, Peter Thornton.
Wicklow Rovers A 5 Wicklow Town A 0
Rovers were quick out of the blocks and could have been two up in the first minute.Liam Kavanagh forced Conor Lincoln in the Town goal to make two good saves in quick succession.After four minutes a good move involving James Nolan,Liam Kavanagh and Alan Power ended with Darragh O’Connor firing just wide.Four minutes later Alan Power his effort shave the crossbar.At this stage it was all Rovers,in the 11 th minute Darragh O’Connor found himself one on one with the keeper only to shoot just over.Midway through the half Rovers broke the deadlock when a free kick from Mark Egan found Alan Power who controlled the ball instantly and fired home for the lead.Three minutes later Alan Power cut in from the right and hit a powerful shot only for Conor Lincoln to block but James Nolan was quick to react to volley the ball to the roof of the net to make it 2-0.The second half started with the home side on the front foot and they increased their lead in the 36 th minute,Liam Kavanagh picked out Aaron Meade on the left who calmly slotted the ball home past the advancing keeper.After forthy two minutes Rovers were denied their fourth when Conor Lincoln saved well from Darragh O’Connor.Daragh Hosey came to Rovers rescue when he tipped over a long range effort after forthy five minutes.In the 51 st minute Kieran Bloomfield who had only been on the pitch for a minute got on the end of a Liam Kavanagh pass to make it 4-0.Six minutes from time Luke Finlayson saw his shot after a good solo run just fly over and a minute later Craig Waldron won the race to a through ball only to fire wide.In the 56 th minute Alan Power played a quick corner to Kieran Bloomfield who chipped the ball to the back post for the incoming Ronan Manley to head home to make it 5-0.
SQUAD:Daragh Hosey,Conor Moore,Ronan Manley,Rory O’Kelly,Mark Egan,Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh,Lee Boylan,Aaron Meade,Darragh O’Connor,James Nolan,Luke Finlayson,Craig Waldron,Peter Thornton,Timmy Doherty,Kieran Bloomfield.
Comp:National Cup 3 rd Rd
Troy Cup 3 rd Round
Wicklow Rovers A 2 Firhouse Carmel 6 AET
Rovers went into this game as underdogs,after two minutes they were unlucky not to be in front when Kieran Bloomfield crashed a shot against the post.In the 9 th minute Luke Finlayson fired narrowly wide after some good work from Liam Kavanagh and Lee Boylan.The Dublin side had a couple of chances of their own in an open game but couldn’t find the target mainly due to some great defending by Rory O’Kelly.Kieran Bloomfield went close just before the break but was denied by the Firhouse keeper.In the 39 th minute Luke Finlayson went down the left and sent over an inch perfect cross for Alan Power to slide home for the lead.Five minutes later Firhouse were level,they were awarded a dubious free kick on the edge of the area which was duly dispatched to the net.With eight minutes remaining the away side took the lead but Rovers hit back with four minutes left on the clock,a move down the left involving Aaron Meade and Liam Kavanagh set up Kieran Bloomfield on the edge of the area who blasted home for the equaliser to take the match to extra time.Firhouse were faster out of the blocks in extra time and they caught the home side napping with two goals in the first five minutes to lead 4-2.Firhouse added two more in the second period of extra time to win 6-2, a scoreline which flattered them.Rovers matched their opponents until extra time where they were caught on the hop.Best for Rovers on the day were Rory O’Kelly,Liam Kavanagh,Alan Power,Luke Finlayson and Kieran Bloomfield.
SQUAD:Brendan Hawes,Peter Thornton,Craig Waldron,Rory O’Kelly,Mark Egan,Alan Power,Liam Kavanagh,Luke Finlayson,Lee Boylan,Darragh O’Connor,Kieran Bloomfield,James Nolan,Ronan Manley,Aaron Meade,Conor Moore,Timmy Doherty.
Kick Off: 11.30
Under 13 Premier Shield
Greystones Utd A 2 Wicklow Rovers A 8
What a start Rovers got in this game, they won the toss and decided to take the kick off. From the tip the ball was knocked back to right full Ronan Manley who passed to Alan Power who in turn found Liam Kavanagh in the middle, he swung the ball out wide to Kieran Bloomfield on the right who went around the full back and crossed for Peter Thornton to fire home at the back post to give Rovers the lead after only 30 seconds and without a home player getting a touch of the ball. In the eighth minute Rory O’Kelly cleared from deep in his own half, the ball was picked up by Liam Kavanagh who set Kieran Bloomfield away to lob the keeper to make it 2-0. After sixteen minutes it was 3-0, a move involving Mark Egan, Liam Kavanagh and Kieran Bloomfield set up Darragh O’Connor on the edge of the area who fired into the roof of the net. Five minutes before the break Rovers were awarded a free thirty yards out and up stepped Kieran Bloomfield to hammer home to go in at the break leading 4-0.The second half was more of the same, on the forty second minute Conor Moore hit a long pass which Kieran Bloomfield latched onto to head over the advancing keeper to 5-0 up. Midway through the half James Nolan split the defence to set up Liam Kavanagh up but he dragged his effort wide as he looked certain to score his first goal of the season. Two minutes later the home pulled one back from the spot but Rovers reply was instant, Liam Kavanagh combined with Lee Boylan to put Kieran Bloomfield in whose effort was parried by the Greystones keeper but Aaron Meade was quickest to react to slot the ball home to restore their five goal cushion. Kieran Bloomfield made it 7-1 after Liam Kavanagh who weaved past three defenders squared for him to finish. A minute from time Greystones scored a second goal. In injury time Craig Waldron found Kieran Bloomfield and his flick on found Liam Kavanagh who coolly finished to score a well earned first goal of the season. Rovers ran out convincing winners on a score line of 8-2.
SQUAD: Brendan Hawes, Ronan Manley, Conor Moore, Rory O’Kelly, Mark Egan, Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh, Lee Boylan, Peter Thornton, Darragh O’Connor, Kieran Bloomfield, James Nolan, Craig Waldron, Aaron Meade, Timmy Doherty.
Venue:Matt Kelly Grounds
Under 13 Premier Shield
Newtown A 4 Wicklow Rovers A 0
This was a game which saw the home team dominate for most of the match with Rovers only playing in snatches. The home side went in front on the seventh minute with a well taken goal. Midway through the half Lee Boylan put Kieran Bloomfield I but he fired wide. Just on the stroke of half time Newtown extended their lead after a mix up in the away defence. Early in the second half Like Finlayson tested the home keeper but he was equal to it and saved well. In what was a very disappointing performance from Rovers Newtown added two more goals to run out comfortable 4-0 winners. On the day Rory O’Kelly was outstanding for Rovers and gave his all.
SQUAD:Brendan Hawes, Ronan Manley, Conor Moore, Rory O’Kelly, Mark Egan, Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh, Lee Boylan, James Nolan, Kieran Bloomfield, Darragh O’Connor, Craig Waldron, Peter Thornton, Aaron Meade, Timmy Doherty.
Under 9 Premier Division
Wicklow Rovers A 2 Ardmore Rovers A 5
This was a very entertaining game between two evenly matched teams with the visitors only pulling away in the last minute.Ardmore went close in the first minute but Tom Farrell was on hand to clear off the line.A couple of minutes later Sean Coffey pulled off a great save.The away teams early pressure was rewarded in the 8 th minute when they took the lead.This seem to spur the home team on as they took the game to Ardmore after that.Tom Farrell and Wayne Costello both went close while Eoin Screenan saw his effort deflected out for a corner.Cian O’Brien and Cillian Kelly were getting through some good work in the middle of the park as Wicklow pushed for an equaliser.Just before the break a combination of Ryan Corrigan and Jack O’Gorman prevented Ardmore from scoring on the break.Three minutes into the second half the away side increased their lead with a well taken goal.Two minutes later the home were back in it,a corner from Keith Carty was fired home by Eoin Screenan.Keith Carty went close with a rocket of a shot from 20 yards but was well saved by the Ardmore keeper.The move of the match involving Keith Carty,Shane Lincoln,Dylan Frazer and Sean Farrell deserved a goal but the Ardmore defence cleared.Midway through the half the impressive Sean Coffey was called on to save.Ten minutes from time Ardmore went 3-1 up but Wicklow responded immediately when Dylan Frazer was on hand to finish off another Keith Carty corner to make it 3-2.Ardmore added two goals in the last minute to make it 5-2.The home team put in a good display and probably should have got a draw out of the game.
TEAM:Sean Coffey,Ryan Corrigan,Tom Farrell,Cian O’Brien,Jack O’Gorman,Eoin Screenan,Sean Farrell,Cillian Kelly,Wayne Costello.Subs:Keith Carty,Shane Lincoln,Dylan Frazer.
Under 10 Division 4 Shield
Wicklow Rovers C 0 Ardmore Rovers 1
Wicklow took on Ardmore Rovers who dropped down a grade in their first shield game on Sunday morning. Four minutes were gone when a through ball from Rys Doyle was fired narrowly wide by Stuart Cox. Midway through the half home keeper Paul Rice came to his teams rescue with two magnificent saves to keep the score level. Wicklow had their own chances as well, first Stuart Cox weaved his way past the Ardmore defence only to be denied by the keeper and then Conor Hawes went close shooting just wide. The Wicklow defence of Ben Griffin, Johnny Hodgins and Zara Browne were rock solid and when Ardmore did get past they found Paul Rice in the home goal in excellent form.Three minutes into the second half Geoff Butler set up Rys Doyle who was denied by the keeper. On the 39 th minute Paul Rice pulled off another great save. He was called on again when he had to tip the ball around the post from a low driven shot with seven minutes remaining. After thirty seven minutes Sean Redmond combined with Geoff Butler to set Stuart Cox away down the right who saw his well struck effort saved. With the game looking like drifting to a scoreless draw the home side were denied a well deserved share of the spoils when Ardmore popped up with a goal to claim all three points with twenty seconds left on the clock. The lads gave a good all round team performance and deserved at the very least a draw from the game.
SQUAD: Paul Rice,Ben Griffin,Johnny Hoggins,Zara Browne,Ronan Murray,Geoff Butler,Rys Doyle,Conor Hawes,Stuart Cox,Cian O’Reilly,Tony Mooney,Kirsty Roache,Sean Redmond.
Under 10 Division 4
Wicklow Rovs C 3 Glencormac 1
The home side got off to a flyer in this game,there was barely a minute gone on the clock when a move involving Tony Mooney and Stuart Cox set up Ronan Murray to score to go one up.A couple of minutes later it could have been two,Conor Hawes jinked past two players only to see his shot go narrowly wide.In the 10 th minute Glencormac drew level with a neat finish.Midway through the half Tony Mooney and Stuart Cox combined again to set up Ronan Murray whose effort was well saved.When Glencormac did attack they found it hard to get past Cian O’Reilly,Scott Burleigh,Johnny Hodgins and Ben Griffin in a solid Rovers rear guard.Glencormac had a good five minute spell just before the break,first Paul Rice pulled off a great save to keep the score level and right on the half time whistle Johnny Hodgins made a great challenge to prevent what looked a certain goal.Straight from the kick off Rovers won a penalty when Conor Hawes was taken down.Ronan Murray hit the penalty well but it just clipped the wrong side of the post.Six minutes later Ronan Murray tucked the ball away in the bottom corner with a well taken goal.At this stage Rovers were well in control and creating plenty of chances.Conor Hawes fired over,Ronan Murray and Stuart Cox both forced the away keeper into good saves while Rhys Doyle and Sean Redmond combined to put Conor Hawes in but his effort was saved.Zara Browne came to Rovers rescue with a well timed tackle when the away team had the Rovers defence out numbered. Three minutes from time the points were secured when Stuart Cox found Conor Hawes who coolly slotted the ball home.
SQUAD:Paul Rice,Cian O’Reilly,Johnny Hodgins,Ben Griffin,Scott Burleigh,Ronan Murray,Tony Mooney,Conor Hawes,Stuart Cox,Rhys Doyle,Sean Redmond,Zara Browne.
Under 12 Division 2 Shield
Wicklow Rovers C 0 Enniskerry A 9
The home team started this game very well by putting their visitors under pressure in the first ten minutes, in the fifth minute Scott Griffin was put through only to be denied by a last ditch block from an Enniskerry defender. Dillon Cahill went close three minutes later when he fired over. The away side were gradually finding their way into the game and went ahead on thirteen minutes, Lee Cleere pulled off a great save but had no chance with the follow up. Lee Cleere made another good save down low at the near post a couple of minutes later. Rovers broke up field and Scott Griffin was unlucky to see his shot go narrowly wide. Lee Cleere was in inspired form in the goal with another three top class saves to keep the score at 1-0. In the space of five minutes before the break Enniskerry added three goals to go in at the break 4 up. The second half saw the away side totally dominate, Grainne McGuinness and Conor Clack made timely interventions to deny the away side but the pressure finally told with three goals in the space of eight minutes, with ten minutes remaining man of the match Lee Cleere pulled off another marvellous save and Conor Clack was on hand to head the follow up off the line. Enniskerry added two more goals before the final whistle. Lee Cleere was fantastic in the goal and was ably assisted by Grainne McGuinness, Conor Clack, Dillon Cahill and Scott Griffin.
SQUAD: Lee Cleere, Grainne McGuinness, Calum Rae, Conor Clack, James Lewins,Dillon Cahill, Scott Griffin, Jack Doran, Jack Brohan, Corey O’Neill, Harry Curley, Sean Whelan.
Under 12 Premier Division
Wicklow Rovers A 6 Ardmore Rovers A 0
This was a match that the home team controlled from start to finish.After a scrappy first five minutes Wicklow took control of the game and put themselves in front when Max Clarke played in Brian O’Sullivan to score to go one up.Three minutes later it was nearly two,Adam Copeland played a delightful twenty yard pass to send Eoin McAulay away who in turn chipped the keeper only to see his effort drop the wrong side of the post.Midway through the half the home side increased their lead,yet again Max Clarke was the provider as he put Eoin McAulay through who this time made no mistake when he coolly chipped the advancing keeper.In a five minute spell before the break Eoin McAulay was denied on two occasions,first another well excuted chip was cleared off the line and then his stinging shot was well saved by the Ardmore keeper.Four minutes into the second half Hugh Humby went close when he thundered a shot just wide.In the 38 th minute Eoin McAulay cut in from the right weaving his way past three defenders and then curling his effort just past the far post in what would have been a contender for goal of the season.Shortly afterwards Darren Lyons squared the ball to Eoin McAulay who fired home from 30 yards to make it 3-0.In the 47 th minute Max Clarke was unlucky not to score as his well struck shot was brilliantly turned away by the keeper.Adam Copeland swung over the resulting corner for Kevin O’Halloran to head home.With fifty one minutes gone on the clock Stephen Cullen and Max Clarke combined to set Eoin McAulay up who duly tucked the ball away for a splendid hat-trick to make it 5-0.Seven minutes from time Max Clarke was denied yet again by the Ardmore keeper but the ever busy striker got his reward four minutes from time when he coolly finished off Eoin McAulay’s cross to make it 6-0.This was a good all round team performance from the home side in a game they were always in control of from the first whistle.
SQUAD:Liam O’Brien,Luke Murphy,Stephen Cullen,Corrie Tyrell Mitchell,Brian O’Sullivan,Hugh Humby,Kevin O’Halloran,Adam Copeland,Andrew Earls,Max Clarke,Eoin McAulay,Adam Browne,Darren Lyons.
Under 12 Premier Division
Wicklow Rovers A 3 Arklow Town A 3
The game started with the home team attacking straight from the kick off but they got caught out with a long clearance which seen Arklow cut through the Rovers defence to score to go one up.Rovers had a great chance to level but Eoin McAulay was denied by the Arklow keeper.The home team were on top but were caught napping at the back as the away side increased their lead.Rovers always looked liked they could get back into the game and were unlucky when Eoin McAulay and Kevin O’Halloran both went close.The home sides efforts were rewarded in the space of three minutes just before the break,first Kevin O’Halloran fired home from the edge of the box and then they equalised with a neat finish from Rian Daunt Smyth.Rovers got off to a flying start after the break when Eoin McAulay hit a thunderous shot from twenty yards to the roof of the net for the goal of the match to lead 3-2.A couple of minutes later Rian Daunt Smyth rattled the crossbar.With ten minutes left Arklow drew level with a well taken goal.Shortly after Liam O’Brien saved well and from the resulting corner Luke Murphy headed off the line.In the last minute an Adam Browne effort from thirty yards sailed just over to leave the final result at 3-3.
TEAM:Liam O’Brien,Luke Murphy,Stephen Cullen,Oisin Daunt Smyth,Brian O’Sullivan,Adam Copeland,Hugh Humby,Kevin O’Halloran,Eoin McAulay,Rian Daunt Smyth,Andrew Earls.SUBS:Adam Browne,Darren Lyons,Max Clarke.
Kick Off:1.30 pm
Under 13 Friendly
Roundwood 2 Wicklow Rovers 8
Rovers got off to a flyer when after six minutes Alan Power played Kieran Bloomfield down the right flank,he crossed to James Nolan at the back post who knocked it back into Alan Power who in turn slotted the ball in the bottom left hand corner to make it 1-0.On thirteen minutes Liam Kavanagh put a lovely through ball to Kieran Bloomfield who curled the ball around the advancing keeper to make it 2-0.Kieran Bloomfield made it 3-0 after twenty minutes finishing off a four man move.Roundwood had their chances going close with an effort just wide and Rovers keeper Daragh Hosey pulling off a good save.The home team pulled one back when a mix up in the Rovers defence let in the Roundwood striker to score on the stroke of half time.In the thirty seventh minute Rovers right full back Ronan Manley headed just over from a corner.Forthy minutes were gone on the clock when Liam Kavanagh was awake to a pass back to the home keeper,Liam went around the keeper only to be taken down,Kieran Bloomfield duly dispatched the resulting penalty for his hat-trick and a 4-1 lead.A minute later Darragh O’Connor placed the ball in the top right hand corner to make it 5-1.Shortly afterwards James Nolan laid the ball off to Liam Kavanagh whose effort was well saved by the home keeper.In the twenty sixth minute Aaron Meade beat two men down the left and sent over a beautiful cross for Alan Power to score his second to make it 6-1.In the next two minutes Daragh O’Connor hit two crackers to complete his hat-trick,the first been a thunderous effort to the roof of the net and the second curled passed the keeper to make it 8-1.Roundwood finished off the scoring in injury time with a well taken goal their efforts deserved.
SQUAD:Daragh Hosey,Conor Moore,Craig Waldron,Aaron Meade,Mark Egan,Alan Power,Liam Kavanagh,Lee Boylan,Peter Thornton,James Nolan,Kieran Bloomfield,Ronan Manley,Darragh O’Connor,Luke Finlayson.
St Anthonys A 2 Wicklow Rovers A 0
Rovers took on St Anthonys in a pre-season friendly,it was a very entertaining game between two evenly matched teams.This game would give Rovers an idea of the standard they will be up against in the premier this season.Rovers who won division one last season started the better with good efforts from Alan Power and Rory O’Kelly.In the 13 th minute some good work between Aaron Meade and Alan Power ended with Alan forcing the home keeper into a good save.Midway through the half Rory O’Kelly struck the crossbar and a minute later Rory made a great run down the left,then put in a great cross but the ball evaded everyone in the six yard box.St Anthonys were always dangerous on the break and had a couple of good chances but couldn’t find a way past Daragh Hosey in the Rovers goal.Liam Kavanagh combined with Aaron Meade to put Rory O’Kelly in but his shot was well saved.Rovers should have gone in at the break in the lead and were made to pay for the missed chances when 10 minutes after the restart the home team took the lead.The second half was a much more even contest with both sides having chances,Aaron Meade and Darragh O’Connor both had chances but it was St Anthonys who took their chance when it came along to make it 2-0.This was a good work out for the lads and shows the standard for the season ahead.
SQUAD:Daragh Hosey,Peter Thornton,Craig Waldron,Ronan Manley,Mark Egan,Alan Power,Liam Kavanagh,Rory O’Kelly,Aaron Meade,Darragh O’Connor,Lee Boylan,James Nolan,Conor Moore.
Under 13 Premier Division
Wicklow Rovers A 2 Arklow Town A 1
Both these sides went into this game with two wins from two games so somrthing had to give.The home team went close to taking the lead in the first minute when Kieran Bloomfield cut in from the right only to fire just wide.A couple of minutes later it was Arklow’s turn to shoot wide.The game was from end to end but the home side were creating the clearer openings,in the 11 th minute Alan Power took the ball down just inside the area and cracked a fierce shot against the post.A cross from Alan Power just evaded Lee Boylan at the back post a couple of minutes later.Midway through the half Peter Thornton played the ball into Liam Kavanagh who in turn placed his pass to Kieran Bloomfield who rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home for the lead.In the 23 rd minute the same pair combined again which ended with Kieran firing wide.Just before the break Alan Power swung the ball over only for the ball to evade Lee Boylan.The first minute of the second half saw Aaron Meade cut in from the left and lay the ball off to Kieran Bloomfield who forced the away keeper into a good save.Rovers created chances but Arklow looked dangerous on the break.At the half way point of the second half Arklow drew level and it was all to play for.This only seem to spur on the home team and they piled the pressure on.James Nolan put in Alan Power whose effort was well saved.Liam Kavanagh and Luke Finlayson were getting through a lot of hard work in the centre of the park and it was the same two players who combined to put Kieran Bloomfield through on goal only for the striker to fire narrowly over.Five minutes from the end Kieran Bloomfield received the ball from Conor Moore,he in turn split open the home defence and curled the ball around the advancing keeper to give Rovers the lead.The last few minutes saw Arklow go in search of an equaliser but they couldn’t find a way past the Rovers back line.
SQUAD:Daragh Hosey,Peter Thornton,Craig Waldron,Rory O’Kelly,Ronan Manley,Alan Power,Liam Kavanagh,Luke Finlayson,Lee Boylan,Darragh O’Connor,Kieran Bloomfield,James Nolan,Conor Moore,Mark Egan,Aaron Meade,Timmy Doherty.
Under 13 Premier Division
Enniskerry 1 Wicklow Rovers A 13
Rovers were quick into their stride and as early as the third minute they were in front,Aaron Meade put a super through ball into Kieran Bloomfield who squared to Lee Boylan who slotted home for the lead.In the fifth minute James Nolan set up Liam Kavanagh whose effort was well saved by the home keeper.A minute later James Nolan lobbed the keeper only to see the ball drop the wrong side of the post.Nine minutes were gone when Liam Kavanagh’s inch perfect pass found Kieran Bloomfield who fired home to make it 2-0.Two minutes later it was 3-0,the same two players combined with Kieran scoring to make it 3-0.A fine move involving Craig Waldron and Mark Egan put in Aaron Meade in down the left wing,Aaron’s pin point cross was thundered home by Kieran Bloomfield in the eighteenth minute to complete his hat-trick in a nine minute spell.A couple of minutes later Kieran got his fourth and Rovers fifth when he got on the end of Alan Power’s cross to send a looping header over the advancing keeper.In the twenty third minute Rory O’Kelly fired just over from twenty yards.Five minutes before the break Alan Power beat two players on the right wing and crossed for Kieran Bloomfield to coolly finish to make it 6-0.Just on the stroke of half time Kieran Bloomfield’s produced a solo effort when he beat three players and curled the ball past the keeper to complete his double hat-trick to give Rovers a 7-0 half time lead.Kieran achieved his double hat-trick in a twenty minute spell.Enniskerry went close in the first minute of the second half but Rovers were soon on the attack again with Kieran Bloomfield and Timmy Doherty both going close.In the thirty eighth minute a short corner from Lee Boylan to Timmy Doherty who in turn found Darragh O’Connor at the back post to slide home to make it 8-0.Midway through the half Conor Moore played the ball down the right to Darragh O’Connor who squared to Lee Boylan to make it 9-0.Kieran Bloomfield got his seventh and Wicklow’s tenth after thirty nine minutes.From the tip off Enniskerry scored with a well taken effort and could have had a second goal two minutes later only for Daragh Hosey in the Rovers goal to pull off a magnificent save.In the last five minutes Rovers added another three goals,first Luke Finlayson rifled home from the edge of the area and the same player was unlucky a minute later when he skimmed the top of the crossbar.Three minutes from time Aaron Meade set up Kieran Bloomfield for his eighth goal and on the stroke of full time Darragh O’Connor blasted home to make it 13-1.This was a ruthless team performance with Kieran Bloomfield scoring an amazing eight goals and was only denied his triple hat-trick by the width of the post which he hit twice.
SQUAD:Daragh Hosey,Timmy Doherty,Craig Waldron,Rory O’Kelly,Mark Egan,Alan Power,Liam Kavanagh,Lee Boylan,Aaron Meade,James Nolan,Kieran Bloomfield,Darragh O’Connor,Conor Moore,Luke Finlayson.
Under 13 Premier Division
Wicklow Rovers A 11 Ashford Rovers A 0
With only a minute gone on the clock the home side went close,a Kieran Bloomfield through ball saw Darragh O’Connor fire over.Two minutes later Wicklow were in front,a Craig Waldron throw was headed on by Aaron Meade to Kieran Bloomfield who in turn squared the ball to Luke Finlayson who tucked the ball neatly away in the bottom corner.In the 8 th minute a Kieran Bloomfield corner was finished off by Darragh O’Connor to make it 2-0.On the 13 th minute Conor Moore was unlucky to see his effort fly just wide.A minute later Luke Finlayson laid the ball into Kieran Bloomfield’s path who hit a powerful drive from the edge of the area to make it 3-0.Two minutes later Kieran Bloomfield scored his second and Wicklow’s fourth after some great work from Liam Kavanagh to set him up.In the 20 th minute a good move between Alan Power and Luke Finlayson put Kieran Bloomfield in to complete a six minute hat-trick and make it 5-0.After twenty two minutes Aaron Meade and Kieran Bloomfield combined to set Darragh O’Connor away to coolly finish to make it 6-0.Six minutes before the break Craig Waldron passed in field to Liam Kavanagh who found Kieran Bloomfield out on the right,Kieran’s cross was met and finished off by Like Finlayson to send the home side in 7-0 up at the break.It was more of the same after the break,after eight minutes a fine solo effort saw Luke Finlayson complete his hat-trick and number eight.In the 40 th minute Kieran Bloomfield’s corner found Lee Boylan on the edge of the area,he turned the Ashford defender and blasted home.A minute later Kieran Bloomfield rattled the post.Five minutes from time Kieran Bloomfield crossed for James Nolan to hit a first time shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net for number ten.Just on the stroke of full time Kieran Bloomfield beat the offside trap,rounded the keeper and tapped home to make it 11-0.This was an excellent all round team performance from the home side.
SQUAD:Daragh Hosey,Conor Moore,Craig Waldron,Rory O’Kelly,Ronan Manley,Alan Power,Liam Kavanagh,Luke Finlayson,Aaron Meade,Darragh O’Connor,Kieran Bloomfield,James Nolan,Mark Egan,Lee Boylan,Peter Thornton,Timmy Doherty,Brendan Hawes.
Venue:Matt Kelly Grounds
Under 13 Premier Division
Newtown A 2 Wicklow Rovers A 5
Rovers travelled to the Matt Kelly Grounds to take on champions elect Newtown and what a performance they turned in. The first ten minutes saw both teams go close with efforts, first Kieran Bloomfield fired just wide and then Luke Finlayson shot over. Newtown’s response was instant, an effort from Newtown saw Brendan Hawes tip the ball onto the bar with Daragh Hosey clearing the rebound. With thirteen minutes gone on the clock the home side won a free on the edge of the area which was slotted home in the top right hand corner to give Newtown the lead. They could have increased their lead but were prevented from doing so by good defending from Ronan Manley and Mark Egan. Twenty minutes were gone when Craig Waldron passed to Liam Kavanagh who in turn found Luke Finlayson whose effort was turned out for a corner. The impressive Alan Power sent over the resulting corner for Kieran Bloomfield to head Rovers level. Four minutes later Kieran Bloomfield raced onto a Luke Finlayson through ball to coolly slide the ball past the advancing keeper for the lead. Newtown pressed looking for the equaliser before the break but couldn’t find away past Ronan Manley, Craig Waldron, Mark Egan and Daragh Hosey in the Rovers defence. Just on the stroke of half time Peter Thornton came to Rovers rescue with a well timed challenge on the edge of the penalty box to prevent the home side getting in. The second half started with Newtown on the front foot pressing for the equaliser. After forthy minutes Newtown were level with a well taken goal. This only seem to spur on Wicklow and a couple of minutes later they were back in front, Luke Finlayson ran at the Newtown defence and as they backed off he let fly from 25 yards to restore the lead for the away side. Shortly after they could have increased their lead when Kieran Bloomfield put Luke Finlayson in only for his effort to sneak past the post.The Rovers midfield of Liam Kavanagh, Rory O’Kelly, Alan Power and Aaron Meade battled for every ball and they were rewarded in a five minute spell midway through the half, first Alan Power broke away down the right flank and pulled the ball back for Kieran Bloomfield to complete his hat-trick and give them a two goal cushion. Three minutes later things got even better,Daragh Hosey put a long clearance into Rory O’Kelly who found Liam Kavanagh who in turn set up Kieran Bloomfield to score his fourth and Rovers fifth. Newtown attacked in search of a way back but just when a certain goal
looked on the cards Conor Moore intervened to clear. With a couple of minutes left on the clock Newtown got in behind the Rovers defence but good defending from Conor Moore and Daragh Hosey helped clear the ball out to Timmy Doherty who ran the ball to safety.
TEAM: Brendan Hawes,Ronan Manley,Craig Waldron,Daragh Hosey,Mark Egan,Alan Power,Liam Kavanagh,Rory O’Kelly,Peter Thornton,Luke Finlayson,Kieran Bloomfield,Conor Moore,Timmy Doherty,Aaron Meade.
Venue: Ballinalea Park
Kick Off: 2.00
Under 13 Premier Cup 1 st Round
Ashford Rovers A 1 Wicklow Rovers A 2
The away side were out of the blocks the quickest when in the first minute Kieran Bloomfield beat the offside trap only to fire narrowly wide. Seven minutes were gone on the clock when Wicklow were awarded a free kick 35 yards out, up stepped Kieran Bloomfield to fire home for the lead. A minute later a Craig Waldron throw found Kieran Bloomfield down the left who swung the ball to the back post where Alan Power was unlucky with an overhead kick which just cleared the crossbar. Midway through the half Ashford levelled with a well taken goal. From this point Ashford made life very difficult for Wicklow and they could have went in at the break in front but were denied by good defending from Ronan Manley. Ten minutes into the second half Wicklow were back in front when Kieran Bloomfield received the ball from Liam Kavanagh, beat two defenders and fired past the advancing keeper.Twenty minutes were gone when Kieran Bloomfield headed against the crossbar from an Alan Power corner. Two minutes later Lee Boylan went close. A lot of the half was scrappy with Ashford dangerous on the break. The game fizzled out for Wicklow to gain their passage to the quarter finals.
SQUAD: Brendan Hawes, Timmy Doherty, Craig Waldron, Daragh Hosey, Ronan Manley, Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh, Rory O’Kelly, Lee Boylan, Darragh O’Connor, Kieran Bloomfield, Aaron Meade,Conor Moore, Mark Egan, Peter Thornton.
Comp: Premier Cup Q/F
Venue: Bridgewater All Weather
Kick Off: 2.30
Premier Cup Quarter Final
Arklow Town A 3 Wicklow Rovers A 2
Arklow got off to a flyer in this game while Rovers will want to forget the first fifteen minutes of this game. Only two minutes were gone when a mix up in the Rovers defence let Arklow into score to go one up. Things got worse for Rovers two minutes later when the home side doubled their lead and on twelve minutes they scored from long range to lead by three goals to nil. Arklow were in total control in the first half and Rovers were delighted to hear the half time whistle. After the break Rovers looked a different team as they battled their way back into the game, they got off to the perfect start in the second half, a minute into the half they reduced the deficit when Alan Power sent Kieran Bloomfield away down the right who in turn squared for Lee Boylan to finish off. Ten minutes later Rovers pulled another one back when Mark Egan climbed highest to head home a corner to make it 3-2. Rovers had the momentum and went close to completing the comeback on a couple of occasions but were unlucky not to sneak an equaliser. Ronan Manley and Liam Kavanagh stood out for Rovers but Ronan’s match ended early when he picked up a bad injury which led to the game been held up for ten minutes and this seem to knock the momentum out of Rovers attacking play as the game petered out.
SQUAD: Brendan Hawes, Ronan Manley, Timmy Doherty, Daragh Hosey, Mark Egan, Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh, Luke Finlayson, Lee Boylan, Darragh O’Connor, Kieran Bloomfield, James Nolan, Craig Waldron, Conor Moore, Rory O’Kelly, Aaron Meade, Peter Thornton.
Venue: Leisure Centre
Kick Off: 11.30
Under 13 Premier Shield
Arklow Town A 1 Wicklow Rovers A 2
Rovers got off to a flyer in this game and should have been in front in the first minute when Kieran Bloomfield fired just over. Two minutes later Kieran Bloomfield did score when he latched onto a Liam Kavanagh through ball to fire past the advancing keeper to give Rovers the lead. On fifteen minutes Darragh O’Connor set up Kieran Bloomfield but his shot was well saved by the Arklow Keeper. After nineteen minutes a Peter Thornton throw was headed on by Kieran Bloomfield to Rory O’Kelly who saw his effort sail just over. In the space of five minutes just before the break the home were denied an equaliser on two occasions by two good saves by Brendan Hawes. Eight minutes into the second half Arklow drew level. Midway through the half Wicklow were back in front, Ronan Manley won the ball in the Rovers defence, his pass down the right wing set Liam Kavanagh away who in turn found the incoming Kieran Bloomfield at the back post who coolly slotted home to regain the lead. Arklow pushed forward looking for an equaliser but found the Rovers defence of Ronan Manley, Daragh Hosey, Mark Egan and Craig Waldron in determined form. With ten minutes left on the clock Aaron Meade put Lee Boylan in only to be foiled by the home keeper, two minutes later Alan Power combined with Liam Kavanagh to set up James Nolan who fired just wide. In the last minute some good defensive work from Ronan Manley and Conor Moore prevented the home side getting in. This was an excellent three points against a very good Arklow side in a tight match between two evenly matched teams.
SQUAD: Brendan Hawes, Ronan Manley, Peter Thornton, Daragh Hosey, Mark Egan, Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh, Rory O’Kelly, Lee Boylan, Darragh O’Connor, Kieran Bloomfield, Aaron Meade, Craig Waldron, Conor Moore, James Nolan, Timmy Doherty.
Under 13 Premier Shield
Wicklow Rovers A 3 Greystones Utd A 2
Rovers made it two wins from two in the shield but made life difficult for themselves. The away side should have taken the lead in the first minute when they cut through the home defence only to fire wide. This seem to spur the home side into life and two minutes later James Nolan put Kieran Bloomfield through who saw his lobbed effort clip the bar. Midway through the half the home side took the lead, Kieran Bloomfield received the ball from Liam Kavanagh in the middle of the park, he went on a solo run beating off three challenges and firing past the advancing keeper. In the 20 th minute Liam Kavanagh sent Kieran Bloomfield away down the left, his cross found Alan Power who squared to James Nolan who slotted home to make it 2-0. At this stage it was all Rovers, Liam Kavanagh knocked the ball into Luke Finlayson who saw his shot go narrowly wide. On the stroke of half time James Nolan took the ball down on the penalty spot and fired just past the far post. The first fifteen minutes of the second half was all Greystones, they pulled one back on ten minutes and then equalised on fifteen minutes. In the 50 th minute Kieran Bloomfield combined with Lee Boylan who’s effort was saved. Rovers were not at their best but were battling away when things seem to be going against them. They were rewarded with four minutes left on the clock when Alan Power latched onto a pass from Liam Kavanagh to sweetly strike the ball past the advancing keeper to earn his side all three points and make it two wins from two games in the shield.
SQUAD: Brendan Hawes, Ronan Manley, Peter Thornton, Daragh Hosey, Mark Egan, Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh, Rory O’Kelly, Luke Finlayson, James Nolan, Kieran Bloomfield, Darragh O’Connor, Aaron Meade, Craig Waldron, Lee Boylan, Timmy Doherty, Conor Moore.
Under 13 Premier Shield
Wicklow Rovers A 1 Newtown A 1
What a difference a game makes, in their last game Rovers were very disappointing against league champions Newtown as they were beaten comfortably by the champions. In this game they were more than a match for the champions and in fact they should have won the match. After eight minutes a fine run up the right by Alan Power who crossed to Kieran Bloomfield who fired over. A minute later Kieran Bloomfield saw his effort go narrowly wide. In the tenth minute a long free kick over the top of the Newtown defence put Kieran Bloomfield in but was denied by the keeper. Midway through the half the same player beat the Newtown keeper but this time his effort rattled the crossbar. Rovers were piling on the pressure and their efforts were rewarded in the twenty second minute when Rory O’Kelly and Liam Kavanagh combined to set Kieran Bloomfield away and on this occasion he coolly slotted a right footed effort past the advancing keeper. The second half was a more even affair with both sides having chances. Kieran Bloomfield and Alan Power both went close for Rovers and Keith Dalton went close twice for Newtown. After forthy five minutes a move started by Conor Moore and involving Alan Power and Lee Boylan set up Kieran Bloomfield who was yet again denied by the away keeper. Three minutes into injury time Newtown were awarded a penalty which was converted to earn them a point.
SQUAD:Brendan Hawes, Conor Moore, Craig Waldron, Daragh Hosey, Ronan Manley, Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh, Rory O’Kelly, Peter Thornton, Darragh O’Connor, Kieran Bloomfield, James Nolan, Luke Finlayson, Lee Boylan, Mark Egan, Aaron Meade, Timmy Doherty.