Monday 25 September 2017

Club call

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC - On the Senior front this week it was a bad weekend all round, the firsts recent slump continued when they went down 2-1 away to Portmarnock FC.

The seconds lost out to Drumcondra on a 2-0 score line while the thirds were comprehensively defeated by Rathnew by 6-0.

We had three teams in action in the third round of the National Cup at the weekend, first up was the U-16s who recorded a comprehensive 10-0 win over Dublin side Granada FC, Liam Kavanagh, Glen McCarthy and James Nolan all helped themselves to a brace a piece, Lee Boylan, Kieran Bloomfield, Andrew O'Brien and Alan Power weighed in with singles.

The 12As followed that with a victory over Knocklyon B by 4-2, Keith Carty notched two with Dylan Frazer and Shane Cullinan scoring one each.

The U-13As travelled to Newbridge with an under-strength team and were unlucky to lose out to their hosts by 1-0.

On the local front last weekend, the U8As lost 5-0 away to a very strong St Anthony's side, the 9As defeated Rathnew in a local derby by 3-2, leading scorer Conor Hunter claimed his eighth and ninth of the season with a brace with Conor Luddy hitting the other goal. The 9Cs had a very good win away to Arklow United B, Ross McCrea, Alex Brown and Kai Fitzsimmons all hit the back of the net in a 3-2 win.

The 10As recorded a 2-1 home win against St Anthony's with Fionn Luddy and Harry Hodgkinson scoring the all important goals, the 10Bs won 2-1 away to Arklow United with Kieran Fitzpatrick getting his first of the season while Adam O'Reilly notched his fourth, our under 10C team lost 3-2 away to Greystones Utd C in a five goal thriller with Conor Leonard nabbing both goals.

The 12Bs lost out narrowly to Glencormac Utd by a score of 3-2, Fionn Matthews third of the season and Alex Porter's first accounted for the goals.

In the U-15 Premier Cup quarter-final the As defeated their club counterparts the Bs by 4-1, Ross Quinn scored two and Hugh Humby and Rian Daunt Smyth scored one each. Josh Browne hit the B team goal. In the girls section the U-12 girls lost 1-0 at home to Cabinteely. They bombarded the Cabinteely goal in this game but couldn't find a way past the inspired away keeper, a mixture of good goalkeeping and bad luck saw Rovers draw a blank in a game on another day they would have won comfortably, see match report and photos on club website. The U-14 girls drew 1-1 away to Enniskerry with Emily Carey scoring her first of the season. The U-16 girls game was off.

Also our U-14B team are currently seeking a couple of players, if you were born in 1999 and are interested in playing soccer please contact any committee member.

Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning (weather permitting) in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11am, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11am until noon under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.

Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at

The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks - Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest - Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit - Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts - Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket - Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie - Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players' initials free of charge if requested.

Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish Wally Manley a speedy recovery from his recent illness; we all hope to see you out and about soon.

Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at

For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at or the club facebook page.


Seagulls Lotto - There was no Jackpot winner on Sunday November 11 for a jackpot of €2775. Numbers drawn were 7, 12, 18, and 30. The five lucky pick winners for €30 were Simon c/o Bwsc, A kelly c/o Bwsc, C Brophy c/o F Slevin, L O Neill c/o Online, C and V c/o Veronica.

The next draw will be on Sunday, November 18 in the Hibernia Inn with a jackpot of €2850. If anyone wishes to sell lotto tickets, please contact the club at 2828214.

Online shop - Bray Wanderers merchandise is now available to purchase on line. The online souvenir shop can be accessed from the Supporters club web site home page


With the new season well under way away, we are all back into the swing of things, Membership is back up and running. Membership forms are available in the home of County Wicklow supporters club, The Strand Hotel, on Bray seafront. Membership is €10 per adult and kids are free.

Our next live match on TV is our home game against our friends, Spurs. Maybe just maybe we can get back to winning ways after we threw it away against Fulham. Match kicks off at 12.45pm, thank Sky for the early kick off.


Sunday November 11 was a great day for the club when we competed in another Trampoline qualifier competition to get more places in the national finals.

It was a great success for the club with seven gold, seven silver and four bronze medals over all the levels.

Beckii Connor, Jade Duggan, Ali Patterson and Charlotte Saville all got qualifying scores which brings the total eligible to compete in the national finals from 15 to 19.

There are three more qualifiers and the club hope to have the full competition group through to the finals after them.

There were some super first ever performances from Alison Fahey, Rebecca and Leah Heeran, Anna Cruise, Caoimhe Hendley, Tori and Cara Ryan, Hannah O'Shea and Karina Costelloe. Alison, Leah, Rebecca, Caoimhe and Anna all were very close to the qualifying score.

Wicklow town trampoline classes are still running in the Fatima hall in the Dominican College on Wednesdays 5-6 pm and 6-7 pm

New gymnastics classes are about to start in Rathdrum on Thursday evenings as almost all the other classes are either full or have waiting lists. These new classes will run from 4-5 pm, 5-6 pm and 6-7 pm and cover floor, vault, bars and beam (no trampoline) and can be booked online in the enrolment/waiting list section of our Website details of costs are all on the Website too. The club can be contacted by email of by text/call 086 3212213


Carnew AFC had two games in action over the weekend as the U-11 game was called off.

The U-8 team travelled to Avoca to take on the St Pat's A team.

Things didn't go the boy's way but they gave it their best. The lost 3-0 as they just couldn't get going on the day. Cian Lancaster was player of the week. Hard luck boys, heads up and move forward to the next game.

The U-9 team hosted Ashford Rovers on Saturday morning in the back alley.

The game started at a fast pace and there was numerous chances for both teams.

Ashford took the deserved lead just before half time with a well taken goal. After a good half time team talk Carnew went out and levelled within three minutes into the second half with a goal from Dan Redmond.

Carnew continued to keep pushing forward even though they were playing uphill and it wasn't long before all the hard work paid off. After some great team play Luke Wallace finished off an excellent goal.

All the team moved around into different positions throughout the game and the last five minutes saw Carnew having to defend well as a team to hold on for the win.

Player of the week went deservedly to Richard Green for an outstanding performance in defence and his positioning and reading of the game was the difference between winning and losing. The whole team should be very proud of themselves as they are currently playing at a very high level.

Carnew AFC is delighted that we currently have four players in the last 40 of the county team. They are Tom 'Tucker' Kinsella, Owen Young, John Young and Cormac Redmond. Well done boys and keep up the hard work.

Thanks to everyone that returned their South East Draw tickets as this is a great fundraiser for the club each year.

The first draw was last Friday night and we had two €50 prize winners. Remember add us on Facebook for all the teams news

and fixtures.


Plenty of National Cup action this weekend with the U-13 team having a good win over Kilcock Celtic FC on Sunday with Tom Somers and Jack Healy on target.

Clive Keenan, Keith Crosbie, Craig Fox and Rhys Lacey proved the downfall of Abbeyleix Athletic in the Goodison Cup while it was Wolfe Tone which lost out in the Evans Cup following goals from Cal Kelly, Peter Dosa, Morgan Harris, Stewart Mills, Jake Byrne and Darragh Fitzgerald.

On Saturday the U-9A team secured a 41 victory over Glencormac United with a brace for Louis Harris-Hingerty and Pauric Bermingham.

The U-9B team had a tremendous 5-1 win at Ardmore Rovers following goals from Daniel Byrne, Ferike Pap, Luca Ghiurcan and Adam Vanderheijden.

The U-10A boys visited Ashford and Sean O'Neill was the hero in a tough encounter which ended 1-1.

Not such a good result for the U-16 boys who played Athy Town FC and despite a good goal from Dean Kelly, lost out 2-1.

A good crowd at Lamberton on Saturday night witnessed the LSL team lose out to Cherry Orchard FC depite a good performance.

On Sunday the U-8 team had a great 3-0 victory over Rathnew with goals from Conn Keaney, Henry Fiedeldey and Kyle Kelly. Greystones United proved a tougher task for the U-10B team at Woodlands and it was the same story at Lamberton for the U12B team who narrowly lost out in a ninegoal thriller. Chris Furlong, Jay Zavatinni and Iarla O'Donnell were on target for The Town.

Arklow United took the spoils against the U-11B team despite a goal from P J O'Connor however the U-17 team secured a good win over Duleek FC in the FAI Cup with goals from Darren Dempsey, Jack Watson, Jake Byrne, Ciaran O'Reilly, Daryl Sullivan and Joe Ledwith.

A good win also for the Premier team against Arklow Celtic with Gearoid Redmond earning a hat-trick, Willy Kavanagh a brace and the Gavin Doyle with the goal of the game.

Well done to Liam Moore, Sean Crowley, Thomas Lynch, Andriy Kulachenko and Owen Moore who took part in the Arklow Boxing Club's Fight Night and we must also mention the Town 'Movember' Team who have been displaying their moustaches proudly on The Town Facebook page throughout the week.


On Saturday the club had only one home fixture and that was a home match with the U17s taking on Beechwood FC, unfortunately the lads were on the wrong end of a 3-0 score line.

The U-14s travelled to Mullingar in the National Cup but they were unfortunate to loose, we wish the best to Mullingar as they progress to the next round and thank them for their kind hospitality on the day.

Sunday was a very busy day with three home games and two teams away. The U12s had a early kick off in Aughrim despite been the better team they took their eye off the game and let the home side get the winner, match ended 4-5 to Aughrim, goals corers were Jack Calaluca 2, Daniel Fitzsimons and Brandon Aranou.

In the meantime the U-10s were away to Ardmore but were unlucky to lose 5-1, Jack O'Reilly with Town's goal.

The home games began with the U-11s taking on Coolboy and after a very close game the visitors won 3-2, Luke Kelly and Dylan Kavanagh scored towns goals. Our U-8s had a fantastic win against Ashford; they showed what talented little players they are. The weekend's games finished with 1st team at home to St Patrick's, both teams made their mark quickly by scoring two goals each, but Town kept going for the winner and finished the game with a 32 win, bagging another three points keeping them on top of the Division 1 league. Goalscorers were Eddie Kelly, Cathal Doyle and Doc O'Connor.

Senior shorts and socks are available in the club shop at €5 each, more Junior shorts and socks will be available in the next couple of weeks at €4 each. For club news and updates please log onto our Facebook page Wicklow Town AFC.