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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 30th AUGUST 2020
Our Leinster Senior team had two away games in the last week, first up was a tussle with Corduff FC on Thursday night and the lads returned home with three excellent points in a 2-1 win. In truth the lads should have made it a more comfortable win with the amount of chances they created. Tom Smullen put them in front and Ciaran McGettigan made it 2-0 before the break. The lads created several other good chances but failed to capitalise on these chances and the home side pulled one back to make it a nervy end to the game. On the night Tom Smullen stood out putting in an excellent shift in the engine room covering every blade of grass and putting in some timely challenges. On Saturday the lads defeated Newlands/Castle Park winning 6-0 to keep the pressure on at the top of the table. The lads got off to the perfect start when Ciaran McGettigan made it seventeen for the season after four minutes. After twenty minutes Tom Smullen scored directly from a corner to make it 2-0 and eight minutes later Aidan Small brought his tally for the season to nine to send the lads in at the break 3-0 up and in total control. The lads had the elements against them in the second period but they didn’t let up, further goals from David O’Connor, David Rowan and Dylan Orr saw the lads claim another important win in their quest for the title.

Our WDFL side were very unlucky in defeat away to Newtown United in the quarter final of the Wicklow Cup. Newtown won the game 3-2 but the lads will feel they left it behind them. Rovers dictated the opening twenty five minutes but didn’t make it tell. Newtown went in front against the run of play and this seem to spur the home team on as they came more into the game. Rovers hit back to level when Jamie Power finished superbly after a flowing Rovers move but disaster struck when Newtown went back in front just before the break. The young Rovers team showed great character to level things again when Jack Crowley coolly slotted into the top right hand corner of the net. Rovers were on the front foot and had the chances to take the lead. At 2-2 Rovers were denied what looked a stone wall penalty after Alan Power was taken down but the ref waved play on. A defensive mistake cost Rovers dearly as it let Newtown in for what proved to be the winner. The lads put in another good performance against one of the power houses of Wicklow football, but they just need to be more clinical in front of goal. Brian Harrington and Jamie Power stood out for Rovers in a good all round team performance.

Our under 17’s went down 8-2 to a very impressive Wicklow Town team in the semi final of the youths cup. Town went into the game as strong favourites and they showed why. They raced into a first half 5-0 lead but in fairness to the young Rovers side they kept battling. They got their reward in the second period with goals from Adam O’Reilly and Sam Brown. The Town added three further goals to run out 8-2 winners, everyone at Wicklow Rovers would like to congratulate Wicklow Town on winning the league and we wish Anto and his team the best of luck in the youths cup final.

In the junior section on Saturday the 12B’s were unlucky to lose 2-1 away to local rivals Rathnew, it looked to be heading for a draw, but the villagers popped up with a winner in the dying seconds. Kirsten Harte scored the Rovers goal in what was an excellent all round team performance. Our under 14’s resumed with a good 4-2 win over Shillelagh, Daniel Kavanagh led the way with a well taken brace with Charlie Czwalina and Lorcan Sinnott adding one a piece in what was a good team performance. A special mention goes in for Daniel Kavanagh for two good finishes and an all round impressive performance as he worked his socks off for the team. The under 16’s went down 4-1 away to Ashford Rovers with Alex Higgins scoring their consolation goal. On Sunday the 13B’s recorded a good 2-1 home win over Glencormac, Adam O’Brien and Cameron Hughes scored the Rovers goals in a good team display. The under 15’s turned in a very impressive display winning 6-0 away to Coolboy Rangers. Alex Sinnott produced an impressive personal haul of four goals with Adam Byrne and Keelan D’Arcy adding singles in an excellent start back to their season.

Owing to recent revised protocols in the FAI safe return to training and playing protocols and procedures the club have been left with no option but to cancel the upcoming EGM scheduled for Monday 7th of September. In the revised protocols all meetings are limited to six people. The EGM was to discuss the proposed changes to the club constitution and ratify as required. A new date will be rescheduled and posted on all our social media outlets, thank you.

The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 23rd AUGUST 2020
 
The club’s appointed Covid-19 Compliance Officer is Boodhan Rampersaud and an excellent job he is doing with the co-operation of all coaches and managers in the club. This appointment is in line with Government and FAI recommendations. The club have also carried out and completed the requested risk assessment on all our grounds and facilities which gives the club the go ahead to resume training for teams. This will be the process and teams must be reminded that all training protocols must be adhered to for the safe continuation of training. The aim of the club is to ensure the safety of all our members and their families while enjoying their return to football so please appreciate the extra effort our committee members and managers/coaches are going to so as everyone can get back to some sort of normality. As it stands, we are guided by the Government and the FAI and if there’s any changes going forward you will be notified as it happens.  

 
The club will be holding an EGM on Monday the 7th of September, it will take place in the Wicklow Parish Hall in the old De La Salle school. The EGM is to discuss the amendments to the club constitution and ratify as required. This meeting is solely for the club constitution and no other topics will be up for discussion. Please arrive early as meeting will be starting at 8pm sharp.

 
Just a reminder to all managers, coaches and members that our club committee are volunteers as well. All the committee members are giving up their spare time to help with the running of the club to provide football and facilities for 23 teams, it is not acceptable to be contacting committee members at unsociable times. Also, committee members are entitled to their annual holidays with their families and where possible they should not be contacted at this time unless it’s an emergency which is not normally the case. Finally, when needing to contact a committee member please contact the committee member your query corresponds to.

 
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.

 
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and senior men in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club always need people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in any way at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in any way can contact any committee member. So if you are interested in doing some work around the club please contact any of the following committee members, Johnny Dunne, Paul Delaney, Jimmy Nolan, Trevor Conyard, Yvonne Conyard, Stephen Clarke and Ross Byrne, contact numbers can be found on the club website or alternatively you can private message our club facebook page. So why not come on board, all help is welcomed and very much appreciated.

 
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the families and friends of Thomas [Fin] Corkish [Wicklow Town], Elizabeth [Betty] Dunne [Wicklow Town], Michael [Turkey] Doyle [Rathnew] and Tommy Murphy [Ballywaltrim FC, Bray] who all sadly passed away recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may they rest in peace.
 
Anyone with anything for our club notes, Facebook page or club website can contact me by email at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com or by text to 087-9108706. For all news regarding the club, check out our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page   

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 16th AUGUST 2020
 
Rovers Leinster Senior side welcomed FC Transylvania to Whitegates on Saturday. Rovers made their intent known from an early stage as they attacked at will. Nine minutes in the lads 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 won’t 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. 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. Five minutes later McGettigan made it five, he raced across the face of the area before duly dispatching the ball to the bottom right hand corner. 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. 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.

 
On Wednesday night our Wicklow League side took on Avonmore B away in the last sixteen of the Wicklow Cup. In what was a potential giant killing opponent the young Rovers team couldn’t go out complacent and they didn’t as they attacked the home team from the start. Their early dominance was rewarded after eight minutes when Luca Rampersaud clinically netted to put Rovers one up. Even though the home side battled away Rovers always looked dangerous going forward. They rattled the woodwork on two occasions but eventually they found the target again as they went on to add a further three goals for a 4-0 victory. Luca Rampersaud was on fire and he completed his hat-trick when he added a further two goals to his eight minute strike. Matthew Traynor weighed in with a single in what was a good all round display from this young side playing some nice tidy football from start to finish. To Avonmore’s credit they battled right up to the final whistle playing some good football themselves. This win sets the lads up for a last eight tussle away to Newtown United. On Sunday the lads took on Newtown Utd in the Jim McLaughlin cup and what a great advert for Wicklow football this game was. Both teams were fully committed with a lot of excellent football throughout the whole game. This young Rovers team created the better chances in the first period and how they didn’t get a penalty just before the break was a mystery to everyone in the ground. Luca Rampersaud who was a handful all game was completely taken out of it after putting the ball around the keeper. It was Newtown who drew first blood in the second half when they headed home to go one up but the young Rovers heads didn’t drop and they levelled when Luca Rampersaud pulled the ball back from the end line for Jamie Power to smash home inside the six yard box. Adam Cuddihy also rattled the Newtown woodwork from a free kick but at the end of full time it was on to extra time and this failed to separate the two teams and now it was on to the dreaded penalty shootout which the home side went on to win 5-4. Adam Cuddihy, Simon Philips, James Lang and Brian Harrington were all successful from the spot. This is a game that this young Rovers side will take a lot from and both teams have to be complimented on producing an excellent game of football.

 
Our under 16’s had a great 6-0 away win over Arklow Utd, Ben Patterson laid the foundations for the win with an excellent hat-trick, he was ably assisted by Ryan McConnell, Ruairi Jenkinson and James Fagan who all added a goal a piece in what was an excellent all round team performance.

 
The club will be holding an EGM on Monday the 7th of September, it will take place in the Wicklow Parish Hall in the old De La Salle school. The EGM is to discuss the amendments to the club constitution and ratify as required. This meeting is solely for the club constitution. Please arrive early as meeting will be starting at 8pm sharp.   

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 9th AUGUST 2020
 
Last Thursday night saw our Leinster Senior side entertain league leaders Larkview Boys at Whitegates. Going into the game the lads sat in second place eight points behind the leaders with four games in hand. With the lads having won ten games on the bounce, nine in the league and one in the cup, confidence was high. And it showed as the lads romped to a 4-0 win, Aidan Small set them on their way after seven minutes when he got on the end of a corner to finish in a crowed area. The lads had Rossa Marron and David O’Connor to thank for preserving their lead, firstly Marron saved well down low from a free kick and then David O’Connor made a last ditch challenge to deny what looked a certain goal. This is as close as the away team came as Rovers totally dominated the half creating several half chances. On the half hour mark Ciaran McGettigan made it 2-0 when he got on the end of a Peter Finnegan free to coolly slot home. The second half was more of the same with Rovers on the front foot, an Aidan Small effort looked to be heading to the net but it came crashing off the inside of the post and away to safety. Tommy Smullen made it 3-0 when he smashed home after a good move involving Ciaran McGettigan and Dylan Orr. The lads wrapped up the points when David Rowan rose highest to thunder a header home from a corner for the fourth. Ciaran McGettigan, Rikki Quinn and Aidan Small all had further chances to add to the tally. This was a good all round team performance on the night with Tommy Smullen edging it for the man of the match accolade. Tommy was influential in all Rovers attacking play while always on hand to help out his defence, he was busy throughout and topped off an excellent performance with a well taken goal. The lads second game was away to another of their fellow title contenders Ayrfield United and unfortunately for the lads their long winning run came to an end with a 3-2 defeat against a tough Ayrfield side. The home side went in front from the penalty spot but the lads levelled ten minutes before the break when David O’Connor also netted from a spot kick. Just before the interval the home side regained the lead to go in at the break 2-1 up. The lads came out and battled all the way in search of an equaliser but found Ayrfield a tough nut to crack. The home side nabbed a third twenty minutes from time, but Rovers never gave up. Rovers did pull one back four minutes from time through Mick Delaney but unfortunately there wasn’t enough time on the clock to get a leveller. The lads are back in action on Thursday night with a home game against another title contender Kilbarrack United, lets hope we can get back to winning ways.

 
Our Wicklow League side had a good win against a very much understrength Rathnew side on Sunday. The lads played some neat and tidy football on the day and were clinical in front of goal with some excellent finishing. James Lang and Jamie Power both fired home a brace a piece, Hugh Humby, Jack Crowley and Alan Power all added singles in what was a good all round team performance. The lads are next out away to Avonmore B in the last sixteen of the Wicklow Cup on Wednesday night [tonight] with a 7pm kick off. Then they are away to Newtown United on Sunday morning in the Jim McLaughlin Cup with a 11.30am kick off.

 
Our under 17’s recorded a good 2-1 win away to second placed Coolboy Rangers in the youths league. Playing some good football from the start the lads went in front when Michael Cassidy got on the end of a Sean Murphy cross to fire to the net. Michael Cassidy made it 2-0 shortly after to put Rovers in the driving seat. The home side came more into it in the second half and scored what proved to be a consolation goal midway through the half, but the lads held out for a deserving win.

 
The under 16’s lost 3-1 at home to Carnew at Whitegates on Saturday, they were 1-0 down after twenty four seconds and things got worse at the midway point when the away side doubled their lead. The second half saw Rovers come more into the game and they created several openings. Both teams scored a goal a piece in the second period with Finn Dunne firing in the Rovers goal.

 
The club’s Saturday morning academy is back up and running, it runs every Saturday at Whitegates and caters for girls and boys from the age of 3 years old to 7 years old. It takes place from 11 to 12 every Saturday morning weather permitting. The academy is run by the club’s experienced coach Johnny Dunne and it prepares the kids for the introduction to organised football in the years to come while also having fun. No registration required, just come along to whatever Saturdays suit you.

 
The club will be holding an EGM on Monday the 7th of September, it will take place in the Wicklow Parish Hall in the old De La Salle school. The EGM is to discuss the amendments to the club constitution and ratify as required. This meeting is solely for the club constitution. Please arrive early as meeting will be starting at 8pm sharp.  

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 2nd AUGUST 2020
 
The Leinster Senior team had another two games in the last week in what is proving to be a gruelling schedule. First up was Ballyfermot United away and the lads turned in a five star performance to run out 5-0 winners. Adam Cox set the ball rolling when he won a penalty after thirty minutes, he dusted himself down to step up and coolly dispatch the spot kick. Just on the stroke of half time Ciaran McGettigan made a great run before crossing into the area where that man Cox continued his rich vein of form in front of goal to fire home to make it 2-0. McGettigan made another surging run leaving two players in his slipstream before setting up Tommy Smullen who duly slotted home the third. David Rowan rose highest from a corner to nod in the fourth and McGettigan capped off a fine individual performance to add the fifth. This was an excellent all round team performance from the lads. In their second game the lads saw off Portlaoise winning 5-1 at Whitegates on Thursday night. They got off to a flyer when Aidan Small set them on their way after four minutes beating the keeper at the second attempt. Aidan Small then turned provider when his cross found Ciaran McGettigan who netted number two on eleven minutes. Rovers were in total control of the game and were creating numerous chances, number three arrived on thirty one minutes when Adam Cox got an the end of a David O’Connor pass to rattle in the third. Rovers could even afford a missed penalty such was their dominance in the first period. The second half saw the game continue in the same vein with Rovers in control, Ciaran McGettigan, Dylan Orr and Mick Delaney all had chances to increase the lead. Number four came on seventy five minutes when David O’Connor blasted home from the penalty spot. Portlaoise pulled one back nine minutes from time but Rovers completed the scoring nine minutes from time when Dylan Orr stole in at the back post to fire home a Ciaran McGettigan cross. This was another good team performance from the lads. As man of the match goes it had to be David O’Connor for his excellent display at the heart of the Rovers defence, he was strong in the tackle and was excellent at reading the game. He had a part in three of the goals, assisting in two and scoring one from the spot. This win moves the lads into second place in the table eight points behind leaders Larkview Boys but the lads have four games in hand. Next up for the lads is a home game against leaders Larkview on Thursday night, kick off 7.30pm. All support welcomed.

 
Our Wicklow League side also had two matches in the last week, on Wednesday night they beat Newtown United winning 2-0. This was a highly entertaining game with both teams playing very well. Rovers controlled the first half with the first goal coming from Hugh Humby from the penalty spot. Jamie Power made it 2-0 when he stole in at the back post to fire home after a good move from the Rovers lads. The lads controlled the first half but in the second period Newtown edged it in the possession stakes but couldn’t breach a solid Rovers rear guard. It was a good tussle between two footballing sides. The lads were at home to a strong Avonmore side on Sunday morning, the lads were slowly to get into their stride and they gave themselves a mountain to climb when two defensive were punished to leave them two goals to nil down. Early in the second period Avonmore were reduced to ten men and this was to signal a sustained period of pressure from Rovers. Rovers piled the pressure on but found the Avonmore defence a tough nut to crack. Eventually they did breach the away rear guard but it was too late for the comeback, two minutes from time a well worked move ended with a tidy finish from Adam Cuddihy. It was a disappointing defeat for the lads after having a numerical advantage for the majority of the second half.

 
It was an all club affair at Whitegates on Saturday afternoon when our under 17's and under 18's came up against each other in the WDFL Youths League. It was the 17's who made the early running creating several chances. A combination of bad finishing and some excellent saves from Aaron Lynch in the 18's goal kept the game scoreless. It was somewhat against the run of play that the 18's edged in front, with their first chance of note Charlie Leonard put them in front. The 17's came roaring back to level with a neat finish from Sam Brown. Things got better for the 17's when Sean Murphy's fierce drive nestled in the net to go 2-1 up. Calum Rawl made it 3-1 with a looping header over the keeper into the roof of the net. Rawl completed the scoring when he added his second and the 17's fourth. The first half belonged to the 17's with the 18's having a lot more possession in the second half. Aaron Lynch in the 18's goal was their stand out performer. The 17's turned in an excellent all round team performance in what a very sporting encounter with some neat football from both sides.

 
The club will be holding an EGM on Monday the 7th of September, it will take place in the Wicklow Parish Hall in the old De La Salle school. The EGM is to discuss the amendments to the club constitution and ratify as required. This meeting is solely for the club constitution. Please arrive early as meeting will be starting at 8pm sharp.  
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