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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 27th SEPTEMBER 2020
 
Two of our junior teams availed of the opportunity to play under lights during the week, first up was our 13B’s as they took on Avonmore on Tuesday night. The Rathdrum side ran out 4-1 winners with Adam O’Brien nabbing his second goal of the season for Rovers. On Friday night our 12B’s came up against a strong Arklow Town A team with the away side claiming all three points in a 6-0 win. In fairness to Rovers they battled right up to the final whistle.

 
On Saturday our 12A’s retuned to winning ways with a good 5-1 victory away to a spirited Newtown Juniors team. A brace a piece from Sean Patrick Guerin and Ronan Phelan and a single from Aaron Fitzsimons paved the way for a good win. The under 14’s played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Arklow Town at Whitegates. Arklow raced into a 2-0 lead with Rovers rueing some missed chances in the first half. Rovers came roaring back and Lorcan Sinnott pulled one back and he followed that with an equaliser soon after. The second period was all Rovers with Daniel Kavanagh, Lorcan Sinnott, Ben Doyle, Cian Byrne and Georgie O’Neill all having chances to win it, with a Ben Doyle effort rattling the crossbar after good work from Evan Conyard and Cian Byrne. This was a great comeback from the lads but with the chances they created they could and possibly should have won it. Our under 16’s travelled to the Back Alley in Carnew to take on the local side, unfortunately for the lads they came up against a Carnew side at the top of their game with the home side running out 8-2 winners. James Fagan and Luke Dunne fired home the Rovers consolation goals.

 
Sunday’s action saw our under 13B’s narrowly edged out by St Anthonys A, losing 2-1 in a closely fought encounter. This was a game that could have went either way with only a kick of the ball between the sides, Adam O’Brien scored the Rovers goal for his third of the season. The under 15’s produced a five star performance to win 5-2 away to Glencormac United. A brace from Ruairi Jenkinson and a single from Alex Sinnott gave Rovers a 3-0 halftime lead. Ryan McConnell had a hand in all three goals with three superb assists. Alex Sinnott nabbed his second of the game to bring his tally to eleven for the campaign to make it 4-0 with Sam Culleton firing home to make it 5-0 before the home side added two late consolation goals. This was the lads fourth win from five shield games and an excellent all round team performance. The under 18 girls recorded a fantastic result when they won 1-0 away to Enniskerry, the girls lost 4-3 to the same opposition at Whitegates last Sunday so they will be very happy with this win. Every girl played their part in an excellent victory. Molly Sweeney scored the all important goal which sees her now netting in all three games to date.

 
The club are holding our AGM on Tuesday 13th of October in the Pastoral Centre in the old De La Salle. All members welcomed to attend. Please arrive early as the meeting will commence at 7.45pm sharp, thank you.
 
Membership fees have been halved due to the shortened season caused by Covid 19. Any member who paid their fees in full prior to the Covid 19 lockdown can utilise this overpayment towards their 2021 membership or request a reimbursement. Two registration nights have already been held and a further two are planned as follows: Friday 2nd October and Friday 9th October. Fees can also be paid by bank transfer. The final option is to pay via ClubZap our new club app. We request that all fees are paid by or on the 9th October 2020. Please email wicklowroverssecretary@gmail.com in confidence should you need to arrange an alternative payment plan.
 
 
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.

 
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Paul Davis and James Malone who sadly passed away recently. Paul’s grandson Cameron plays on our 13B team, James’s grandson Milo plays for our under 10 green team while his grandsons Louis and Oscar are past members of the club. 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, club website or our weekly online newsletter 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 20th SEPTEMBER 2020
 
Well with the senior end of things on a short break at the moment the action on the playing field was all down to the junior section and the under 18 girls end of the club. On Friday night our 12A’s went down to a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Ashford Rovers in a tightly contested encounter. Both teams produced some good football to entertain the watching crowd. This was a keenly contested game between two good sides with a kick of a ball between them.

 
On Saturday the under 12B team had an excellent 2-0 away win over Greystones United A, this was a fantastic result for this little team and well deserved. Oisin Conlon and a second of the season for Naoise O’Dubhslaine were the Rovers goalscorers on the day. The under 14’s produced a stunning performance away to Aughrim Rangers winning 6-2. That man Daniel Kavanagh was at it again, he followed up last week’s haul of four goals against Enniskerry with another four in this game to bring his tally to twelve for the season. Lorcan Sinnott and Cian Byrne fired home one a piece to complete the Rovers six goal haul. It was an excellent all round team performance with every player playing his part. The 14’s team, management and everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish Charlie Czwalina a speedy recovery from a fractured ankle he sustained last week. Also we would like to wish a speedy recovery to Aughrim player Jack Byrne who sustained a nasty knee injury during the game, we wish Charlie and Jack a speedy recovery and we hope to see you both back on the playing field very soon. Our under 15’s recorded a comprehensive 5-0 win over Arklow Town at Whitegates. Unfortunately, a head injury to the Arklow keeper saw him taken away to hospital by ambulance. Both sets of players have to take a lot of credit for continuing the game after watching one of their fellow players stretchered off. Rovers marksmen on the day were Ruairi Jenkinson, Charlie Phelan, Alex Sinnott and a superb brace from Cormac Waldron. The under 15 team, their management and everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish Arklow keeper Joel Kennedy a speedy recovery and we hope to see you back playing very soon. If it was goals you were looking for Whitegates at lunchtime Saturday was the place to be as our under 16’s took on local neighbours Rathnew. Both teams played their part in an eleven goal thriller as Rathnew ran out 7-4 winners. It was a great advert for schoolboy football with goals a plenty. The game saw first goals of the season for Ruadhrai Kelly, Alec Richardson, Tadhg Lord and a second of the campaign for Tomas Kennedy in a good all round team performance.
 
On Sunday the under 18 girls produced a thrilling game with Enniskerry at Whitegates. It was Rovers who made the early running creating several chances, but they found the Enniskerry keeper in inspired form. Twice against the run of play Rovers were undone with two clinical finishes for the away side to go in at the break 2-0 up. Shortly after the resumption Enniskerry went three up and left Rovers with an impossible task or so we thought. The Rovers girls came roaring back with a brace of goals from Sophie Fogarty and a single from Molly Sweeney for an amazing comeback. Rovers then rattled the woodwork from a free kick before been cruelly denied a share of the spoils their overall play deserved when the away side fired home what proved to be the winner five minutes from time. Rovers produced an amazing fightback and really deserved to get something from the game but there were lots of positives to take from the game. The 13A’s gained their first point of the season with a hard earned 1-1 draw away to Roundwood. In a game with plenty of chances the result could have went either way. Senan O’Donovan fired in the Rovers goal which gained them their first point and gives them something to build on.

 
The club are holding an EGM combined with a managers meeting on Tuesday 29th of September in the Pastoral Centre in the old De La Salle. The meeting is to discuss changes to the club constitution and ratify as required. It has also been decided to combine the EGM with our managers meeting. The meeting will start at 7.45pm sharp so please arrive early.

 
Membership fees have been halved due to the shortened season caused by Covid 19. Any member who paid their fees in full prior to the Covid 19 lockdown can utilise this overpayment towards their 2021 membership or request a reimbursement. One night has already been held and a further three are planned as follows: Friday 25th September, Friday 2nd October and Friday 9th October. Fees can also be paid by bank transfer. The final option is to pay via Club Zap our new club app. We request that all fees are paid by 9th October 2020. Please email wicklowroverssecretary@gmail.com in confidence should you need to arrange an alternative payment plan.
 
 
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Paul Davis and James Malone who sadly passed away recently. Paul’s grandson Cameron plays on our 13B team, James’s grandson Milo plays for our under 10 green team while his grandsons Louis and Oscar are past members of the club. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may they rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 13th SEPTEMBER 2020
 
Our Leinster Senior team went into the last week with games on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. They went into the three games with the destiny of the title in their own hands. Unfortunately, the Monday night game against Newbridge Town didn't go ahead as the Kildare side couldn't field a team which meant the three points were awarded to Rovers. Next up on Thursday night was title rivals Fairview CY, the Dublin side knew nothing less than a win would keep their title ambitions alive. In what was a nervy encounter with so much at stake the game finished scoreless. Both defences were on top throughout with neither keeper having to make anything rather than routine saves in the game. Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal was commanding under the high ball when called upon. The centre of defence partnership of David Rowan and Rikki Quinn were immense all night winning the majority of their heading duels while also putting in some important tackles. In truth a draw was probably a fair outcome. It was on to Saturday and the visit of Corduff FC, the lads got off to a dream start when Ciaran McGettigan got on the end of a David O’Connor cross to fire home. The away side to their credit came with the intentions of spoiling the party and they levelled matters after twenty one minutes. Parity didn’t last long as Rovers restored their lead straight from the resumption when David O’Connor netted from an Aidan Small through ball. Three minutes later it was 3-1, Ciaran McGettigan bore down on goal only to be sent tumbling. David O’Connor stepped up and powerfully drilled the spot kick high into the top left hand corner. Right on the stroke of half time Corduff reduced the deficit with an unlucky deflection off a Rovers defender. On fifty four minutes Rovers won a corner, Ian Brannigan’s pin point strike found Ciaran McGettigan who headed neatly past the keeper to make it 4-2. On the hour mark the Dublin side pulled it back to 4-3 and Rovers knew this side were up for it and were looking to dampen the celebrations. But in fairness to the lads they had only one intention and that was to win the game and it was that man again Ciaran McGettigan who sewed the points up with his third of the game to complete an excellent hat-trick, Ciaran split the away defence and even though fouled he stayed on his feet to round the keeper and fired home from an acute angle to complete the scoring. On the day no player can be singled out as over the course of the season every player played his part. A big congratulations to manager BA Franey, coach James Macklin, kit man Richie Fitzpatrick and the whole Leinster Senior squad on securing their second league title in succession. All your hard work has paid off.
 
 
On Wednesday our under 16's had an excellent 4-0 win over Arklow Town at Whitegates, Luke Dunne, Josh Kelly, Tom Farrelly and Tomas Kennedy found the net for Rovers in a very impressive performance.  On Saturday the under 12A’s went down to a 3-2 defeat to St Patricks at Whitegates, it was a closely fought encounter with the Avoca side just coming out on top. David Johnson and Aaron Fitzsimons nabbed their goals. The 14’s went goal crazy against Enniskerry at Whitegates winning 9-1. Daniel Kavanagh led the way with four goals followed closely by Lorcan Sinnott who hit three goals. Charlie Czwalina and Evan Conyard weighed in with one a piece in an excellent all round team performance. On Sunday the under 13B's drew 1-1 away to Arklow Town B in what was a an evenly contested game, Oscar Finn O'Brien fired home their goal. The under 15’s were defeated 3-2 away to Ashford Rovers, the lads led 2-0 deep into the second half thanks to an eighth goal of the season from Alex Sinnott and Adam Byrne’s second of the campaign but with five minutes to go the Rovers of Ashford had drawn level. Then the lads were cruelly denied a share of the spoils when the home side scored a spectacular winner deep into injury time. The lads put in an excellent display and deserved something from the game.
 
 
All managers please remember with the new junior season up and running we request that you send in your match result and goalscorers to your relevant fixtures secretary as soon as possible on completion of your match. Unfortunately, with some managers they think as soon as possible is three or four hours after their game is over. It doesn’t matter what the result is, the result still needs to be sent in. This needs to be done for several reasons, media deadlines in the shape of the Wicklow People, Herald Online, Club Facebook, Club Online App and Club Website need to be met as well as the league needing to keep records for the purposes of regrading. Please remember we are all volunteers and the sooner all information is in the sooner we can all relax and enjoy our day. It seems to be the same one or two managers every week that head home to enjoy the rest of their weekend while other people in the club have to sit around beside their phone and laptop waiting for them to send in their result and goalscorers. It ends up with the managers in question been chased seeking their match details, this is not an ideal situation. Please send your match details in straight after your game, thank you.
 
 
Anyone with anything for our club notes, Facebook page or our 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 6th SEPTEMBER 2020
 
Our Leinster Senior team had another two games in the last week in a hectic schedule. First up were fellow title contenders Ayrfield United and the lads turned in a stunning performance to come from 2-0 down to win 6-3. The lads found themselves 2-0 down after twenty minutes but came roaring back to capture three valuable points. David O'Connor pulled one back on twenty five minutes when he powerfully drilled home from the spot. Just on the stroke of half time Ciaran McGettigan spectacularly finished from the left to level matters. A minute into the second half Rovers went in front when Ciaran McGettigan nabbed his second when he blasted home. In the sixty fifth minute Ciaran completed his hat-trick to make it 4-2. Ciaran had two more efforts saved with Ian Brannigan trying his luck from the edge of the area only to denied by the keeper. With six minutes left David O'Connor scored his second with a powerful header and Ciaran brought his tally in the game to four to make it 6-2 with a minute remaining. Ayrfield notched their third in injury time. Man of the match went to four goal hero Ciaran McGettigan with David O'Connor also impressing. On Thursday night the lads defeated Kilbarrack Utd 3-0 to put them top of the table on goal difference with a game in hand over nearest challengers Fairview. It wasn’t the performance we’ve come to expect from the lads but at this stage the points are what matters. Adam Cox was on fire as he hit an excellent hat-trick, his first was a glancing header from a Peter Finnegan delivery on fifteen minutes. He then coolly netted from the spot to make it 2-0 after seventy minutes and completed his hat-trick on seventy seven minutes when he got on the end of a Ciaran McGettigan pull back to slot home into the bottom right hand corner. In truth the final result flattered the lads a little bit, but they won’t mind as the three points were the main objective. Adam Cox netted three excellent goals, Rikki Quinn was impressive in the centre of defence but on the night man of the match went to David Rowan who was excellent throughout. He was strong in the tackle, won the majority of his aerial duels and was impressive in encouraging his team mates to battle when things weren’t going their way. His determination and willingness to succeed were second to none.  

 
On Wednesday night our 13A's went down to a disappointing 3-0 away defeat to Ashford Rovers, the lads never got going in this game as Ashford ran out worthy winners. On Saturday in the junior section the under 12A’s recorded a very good 2-0 away success over Arklow United, the lads put in a superb shift to claim all three points. Josh McCall hit the first with Aaron Fitzsimons nabbing the second in a good all round team performance. The 12B’s were involved in a seven goal thriller at Whitegates, they were 3-1 down at one stage but came roaring back to level at 3-3. Unfortunately, a wicked deflection late in the game saw Aughrim take the honours winning 4-3. Eoin Mitchell, Naoise O’Dubhslaie and Kirsten Harte all hit the net for Rovers in a battling display. The under 14’s had a bad day at the office as they went down 3-1 away to Roundwood at Vartry Park. The lads never reached the high standards they have set themselves in this game. Lorcan Sinnott hit their only goal with Dylan Vickers coming in for a special mention as Rovers stand out performer on the day. The 16’s were victorious at Whitegates defeating Coolboy Rangers 3-1, a brace from Robert Cherry one from the penalty spot and a single from Luke Dunne accounted for the Rovers goals in a good solid display. On Sunday our 13A's went down to a bad 5-0 defeat away to Arklow Town, they were never at the races in this game so hopefully they can sort it out on the training pitch. The 13B’s recorded their second win in as many games with a comprehensive 9-2 home win over Greystones Utd B at Whitegates. Jack Lambe led the way with a personal tally of four goals, Cameron Hughes weighed in with a superb hat-trick with Aaron Kavanagh and James Dunne nabbing one a piece in what was a clinical display from the Rovers team. Our under 15’s were ruthless in their performance defeating a spirited Greystones Utd side 8-2 at Whitegates to make it two wins from two since the resumption. Ruairi Jenkinson fired home four fantastic finishes for his hat-trick, Alex Sinnott followed his four goal haul of last week with another three this week for his second hat-trick in successive games with Sam Culleton completing the tally with a single.

 
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.

 
Anyone with anything for our club notes, Facebook page or our 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.
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