Friday 15 December 2017



Well another weekend of twiddling the thumbs regards playing football, with the weather more suited to water polo we yet again saw cancellations being the order of the day with all our WDSL fixtures falling foul of the weather for the second week running.

The only teams to beat the weather were the first team and the U-16 girls.

The first team travelled to Skerries to take on the local team in the first round of the Noel Ryan Cup. They were disappointed to lose out on a 2-1 score line especially after controlling the game for long periods.

With the sides locked at 1-1 going into the final minute, the home side struck the decisive goal which sent them into round two against the run of play.

Ian Brannigan hit his second goal of the season when he converted from the penalty spot for Rovers.

The U-16 girls travelled to Oriel Park to take on Dundalk and after putting in a good shift they were unlucky to lose out 3-1. They led 1-0 at the break through a Chloe Brennan goal but the home team came storming back in the second period with the help of a strong wind to score three unanswered goals.

Everyone at the club would like to wish our U16A team the best of luck in their last 32 game in the National Cup this Sunday, they make the long journey to Sligo Town to take on Ballisodare United and we would like to wish them well.

It has been noted that some managers are still not texting full information to our club secretaries. The text should contain both team names, whether A, B or C, age group, competition and goal scorers. Also text should be sent as soon as possible after the end of the match and should be sent whether you win or lose.

Please think of the people who are giving up their time to send results and goal scorers to the league and newspaper, everything has a knock on effect by the delay to send your result in. This applies to the senior teams as well as the junior sides.

Also could all club members please use the bins provided in The Whitegates, recently it's been noticed that rubbish has been left on the touchlines after games and it's been left to committee members to go around after games to clear up plastic bottles and paper wrappings, please use the bins provided and keep our grounds tidy.

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 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.

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

Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ena Doyle recently, we would like to express our sincere sympathy to her family and friends at this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may she rest in peace.

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

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This week Sean O'Tuathaill was one of a three man Irish team who travelled to Brittany to take part in an international cyclocross race in Lanarvily France, on Sunday.

A large field turned out for the race, with many of France's top professional riders turning up on the start line on the day. O'Tuathaill gave a very good account of himself and finished best of the Irish trio. He finished just one place behind Thomas Voeckler the French Tour de France yellow jersey star.

So well done to Sean doing so well, competing in such an elite field.

The younger members of the club had a road spin on Sunday starting and finishing in Greystones.

There was a good turnout for this event. There was also a large attendance at all spins this week with the marginal improvement in the weather and the fact that the race season will be starting in less than a month.

Many of the A2 and A3 racers are training for the Gorey 3 day stage race which is run over the Easter weekend. This year Bray Wheelers will have a record entry of 15 or more for this event.

The coaching talks concluded last Thursday night with a very informative talk about race preparation, race tactics and criterium racing.

This was presented by Mark Murphy and Colin Short. Beginners spins should be resuming shortly and a list of dates will be published on the website soon. For further information visit the website or keep up to date on the facebook page.


The ladies had no fixture last Sunday as all the Wexford League ladies matches yet again fell foul of the bad weather conditions.

Hopefully this will result in the girls being well rested and ready for action this Sunday when we face Curracloe in our last home league fixture of the season.

Best of luck to Erika Dagge and Mayghan Doyle who are also involved in the county U-16 Gaynor Cup trials at the weekend.

Training continues this Friday at 7pm. All new players welcome.

Congratulations to Robert Cogley, Carnew, this weeks €100 winner in our 210 club draw ; Winning numbers 20 and 21.


Seagulls lotto - There was no jackpot winner on Sunday January 27 for a jackpot of €750, numbers drawn were 5, 8, 13, and 21. The five €30 lucky winners were Sophie and Ava c/o Glenview FC, L Dunne c/o F Slevin, G Slevin c/o F Slevin, G Whelan c/o Veronica, C Carey c/o Online. The next draw will be on Sunday Feburary 3 in the Hibernia Inn with a jackpot of €825. 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 on line souvenir shop can be accessed from the Supporters club web site home page

2013 Season tickets - Bray Wanderers 2013 Season Tickets are now on sale - adult: €99; child: (U-16): €49; OAP: €49.

Special pre-Christmas family ticket offer: two adults and two children for €249.

Contact the club at 2828214.


The weather was the only real winner again this weekend when the heavy rain on Friday left us and most clubs with no choice but to close our pitches for the weekend hopefully the weather will pick up and we may get some games played next weekend.

Our indoor pitch is a blessing at this time of year as even with the very heavy rain all our teams are able to continue training and be prepared for when the league resumes.

The Ladies Mini World Cup began on Monday at 8pm and will continue for the next couple of weeks on our indoor.

Best of luck to all the ladies who are taken part and if you are interested in ladies football please come along and support.

Our academy is on every Saturday at 11am, if you have a child between the ages of four and seven please come along it is a great way for you and your child to meet new friends all welcome.

Great news for the club and the Doyle family this week when Eoin Doyle was picked to represent the county at U-11.

Eoin was picked in Mick Nolan's squad to represent the Wicklow Schoolboy/girls league for the coming season. Eoin joins an elite list of club player who have represented their county over the years and done the club and county proud.

Eoin has the added honour of captaining the county team this year and this is quite an achievement for Eoin as he is a member of our U-10 team but we at the club have no doubt that Eoin will be well able to hold his own at this level as he has proved when playing for our U-12's this season.

Everyone at the club would like to wish Mick Nolan and his staff all the best for the coming year and to Eoin we know you will do club, county and your family proud, now the hard work starts best of luck from all at Rathnew FC


The club would like to congratulate five of its U11s team on making the U-11 county squad. Well done Mark Whelan, Callum Kelly, Matthew Ryan, Dylan Doyle and Luke Kelly all your hard work has paid off.

Saturdays only fixture was the U-17s but had to be cancelled as the pitch was unplayable.

Sunday's fixtures began with the U11s at home to Ardmore with town winning 4-1, with goals from Dylan Doyle 2, jack Fox and Matthew Ryan.

The U-12s were due to play Greystones away but that was cancelled. The U-10s travelled to Arklow Town but were on the wrong side of a 5-0 score line.

In the meantime the U-14s were playing a friendly against Rovers which ended 2-2 with Town's goals from Paddy and John Moorehouse.

The day's fixtures finished with the first team away to Celtic Stars in the League Cup, the game finished 3-3 with town's scorers Shane Dunne, Richard Murphy and Eddie Kelly.

The lads were unfortunate to loose on the penalty shootout. We wish Celtic Stars the best as they go through to the next round.

There will be a committee meeting on Monday February 4 in the upstairs lounge of Whistlers Bar at 8pm. Can all managers please attend also?

There is a number of junior shorts/socks at €4 each and also senior shorts/socks at €5 each available in the shop on match days.

For updates please log on to our Wicklow Town AFC Facebook page.


The crossing of fingers and toes last week didn't really work but at least two games were played resulting in one win and one defeat.

The U- 9s travelled to Bridgewater Centre Park to play Arklow Town and despite a 3-0 defeat the whole team played very well.

Better news for the girl's U-18s as they travelled to Finglas to take on WFTA in the MGL Carlie Fitzgerald Memorial cup semi-final.

The game was moved from Kildonan Park to McKelvey Celtic's superb all weather facility.

Conditions proved difficult for both sides as strong blustery winds and rain made it hard for the two teams to play good football.

In a scoreless first half goal scoring chances were at a premium but the Newtown defence of Jane and Rose Fagan, Becky Cassin, Katie Murphy and keeper Lucie Ashmore were dominant as they remained solid throughout the half.

The opening goal came two minutes into the second half when from a corner on the right Amy Murphy floated her kick perfectly to back post and into the net.

In fact the ball crossed the line on three occasions first through Murphy, then from Becky Cassin and finally from Orlaith Whelan but thankfully the lineswoman adjudged that Murphy's effort had crossed the line and the goal was awarded.

We were now the dominant team and the likes of Murphy, Una Grogan and Erin Horan were now causing all sorts of problems for the WFTA defence.

We had to wait until the 81st minute for our second goal and it came when Grogan latched onto a Katie Murphy through ball and from the half way line she advanced before driving the ball low to the keeper's right from 16 yards to make it 2-0.

WFTA were still dangerous and Lucie Ashmore had to pull off a smart save to deny the home side.

The home side did pull a goal back in injury time to keep the tension at its peak but our girls were not to be denied and at the final whistle it was Newtown who advanced to the final which is a few months away.

Well done to all the team who gave their all and though some of the players were below par today they never stopped trying. As we said our defensive unit played very well but if I was picking a player of the match I would probably pick Erin Horan who covered every inch of the pitch.

Thank you also to all the parents who came along to support and a big thanks to the home club who put on tea and sandwiches after the game for all our team.

On the day we were short a couple of players from the squad and we send our best wishes to Jodie Ryan who is out of action through illness and Sinead Horgan who sustained an ankle injury on Friday night.

Megan Davis also suffered a badly cut lip during the game but we are happy to report that Megan is fine and raring to go in the next game. We now await the winners of the other semi final which is between Kells and Peamount but we believe we are a match for anyone and providing the current weather conditions improve we'll get the games and performances will improve in parallel with that. Well done girls.

Only one player from the club celebrates a birthday in the coming week and he is Kasper Razniak from the U-12s. Happy birthday Kasper from everyone at the 'Juniors'.

Well done to another couple of U-12s i.e. Cian Walsh and James Crean who were part of the Wicklow county squad that defeated Wexford 2-0 in Arklow last Saturday. Well done lads.

Also well done to Dylan Fitzsimons who has made the Wicklow Development squad at the U11s age group.

For all other queries/matters relating to the club contact Hughie at 087-6987653 or visit our website and you can also find us on Facebook.


Afraid yet again it was the weather that won out as both our teams had their scheduled games postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

There was one winner in our Members' Draw this week and that was Teresa O'Toole c/o Jamie McDonald. Teresa wins €300 and well done. Back to €100 next week.

Thank you for your continued support.


The Arklow Town FC Leinster Senior League team took centre stage last Saturday night when they travelled to take on a fourth-placed Mount Merrion FC at Irishtown Stadium and secured their first win of the season with a 4-2 victory.

Luke Fitzgibbon set the ball rolling before Ryan Murray scored his first goal in the LSL. Recent signing, Lee Quaye, added a third before Tom Smullen sealed the victory with a screamer into the top of the net. A great team performance and a super win.

Sunday proved to be a hectic day at Lamberton with six games being played on the all-weather pitch. First up were the U-9A team who, despite Ben Somers being on target, were unfortunate to suffer a 3-1 defeat to a very strong Greystones United team.

The U-10B team were also in action early on Sunday and with a fantastic performance defeated the visiting Wicklow Town AFC through goals from Callum Rawl, Paul O'Connor, Mikey Murray, Aaron Fox and Reilly Hogan.

The U-9B boys secured a good victory over Newtown Juniors at Lamberton in what was a great game between two talented teams. Ferike Pap and Adam Vanderheijden were on target for The Town.

The first of two derby games featured the U-11B team who made the most of their home advantage to come away with a win over Arklow United.

The Town goals were scored by Dylan Smith, Aaron Bermingham, Gavin O'Brien and Shane Parle. The U-13B team were not as fortunate however and it was the visitors who took the points in an entertaining game.

The U-8 boys travelled to take on Ashford Rovers AFC and with the home side struggling to live with the boys power and pace it was The Town who left Ballinalea Park with the victory following goals from Paidi Kavanagh, Conn Keaney, Aaron O'Brien and Patrick Boyd.

With no competitive fixture last weekend the U12B team hosted Gorey Celtic in a friendly fixture to complete the weekend programme.

With so many grounds closed as a result of the weather, Lamberton was the focus of attention on Saturday when Wicklow took on Wexford in the SFAI U-12 Jim Cashin Cup and the U-13 Euro Tab Cup.

With seven Arklow Town FC boys in the U-12 squad it was great to see Wicklow chalk up a 2-0 victory over the Wexford side and the day got even better when the U-13 boys repeated the performance with a 1-0 win to become joint leaders at the top of the Leinster Group A table.

Again, Arklow Town FC had a very strong representation on this squad with eleven Town players involved.

The club is extremely proud of our players who represented their county so well.

Arklow Town FC is looking forward to next weekend when three of our teams will feature in the Round of 32 of their respective SFAI National Cup competitions. You can keep up to date with these fixtures on the Club website - - or via the Arklow Town FC Facebook Page.

The Town lotto had two match three winners this week and the numbers drawn were 13, 21, 24 and 28. The bonus ball was 21.


The season is now in full swing with local events and open tournaments.

Just recently a team competition was held in Arklow sports centre and 16 players entered the format was four teams of four on each team

It was run on a league and after some great matches there was only one point between the winner and runner-up 184 points to 185 points.

The following are the team places: Team 3: Pa O'Donnell, Graham Young, Reece Young, Laura Gannon on 185 points; Team 1: Joe Farrell, Vincent Fitzgerald, Scott Young, Fiona Bradshaw on 184 points; Team 4: Paddy Dodd, Brian Byrne, Chris Corrigan, Maureen Gannon on 155 points; Team 2: Jimmy Gannon, Geraldine Byrne, Billy O'Keeffe, Mary Hickey on149 points.

The club championships will be held next month starting on February 11. A notice is now up on the board so members should enter as soon as possible it will run over three or four nights.

On the open tournament stage Arklow had two players playing in the Kingscourt Open and they were Jimmy Gannon and Pa O'Donnell.

Jimmy was successful in bringing home the 40+ Singles title when he defeated Belfast's Garry Lynch.

Pa gave a good account of himself put just could not handle the power of the winner Daniel Gill from Galway.

Next weekend all roads lead to the Wexford Sports Centre where the Overage Singles and Doubles National Championships will take place and representing Arklow will be Jimmy Gannon, Pa O'Donnell, Michael Barnes (jnr), John Fitzgerald and Vincent Fitzgerald.

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