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Dunne gets the goals flowing on new season

The honour of the first goal in the 2010/11 season went to Wicklow Town's Maurice Dunne.

But the defending Jim McLaughlin Premier Trophy champions had to settle for an opening day point last Friday against Rathnew AFC.

After a score-less first 45 minutes at Shamrock Park, the visitors took the lead in the Andy McEvoy Premier Division encounter after the restart through former Bray Wanderers man Dunne.

However, the Villagers rescued a point under the floodlights in the local derby when Keith Doyle headed in a late equaliser.

Youths divisions set to kick-off this weekend

THE JOINT WICKLOW LEAGUE/SOUTH DUBLIN Youth and U-17 sections kick-off this coming weekend (Saturday/Sunday September 4 and 5).

Only three teams from the Garden County will make-up the 13 competing side's at Under-17 level.

But it's the opposite in the Under-18 category with nine of the 11 teams from Wicklow.

The full lists for the two Division's are as follows:

Under-17 Div: Ballyouster Utd, Blessington FC, Broadford Rov, Dalkey Utd, Granada FC A, Granada FC B, Lakelands Boys, Liffey Valley Rgs, Park Cel, Railway Union, Enniskerry YC, Greystones Utd, Arklow Town.

U-18 Youth Div: Ardmore Rov, Dalkey Utd, Granada FC, Arklow Town A, Arklow Town B, Enniskerry YC, Glencormac Utd, Newtown Utd, St. Anthonys, Wicklow Rov, Wicklow Town.

SUCCESS IN THE WICKLOW LEAGUE last season has reaped it's rewards further afield for both Arklow Town and Rathnew AFC's Youth squad.

Having captured the U-18 League and Cup double last term, Arklow's team has seen half a dozen of their panel move to pasture's new.

Full-back Aaron Barry have switched to England to link up with Shane Murray at Sheffield United while versatile Domhnall Minogue has started College life with Catawba College, over in North Carolina, USA.

Meanwhile, another quartet of Brian Byrne and Daragh Murray's charges have opted for the League of Ireland.

Despite the attentions of Bray Wanderers and Sporting Fingal, Irish futsal internationals James Scallan and Danny Ledwith have been joined by (2010 Wicklow League U-18 Player of the Year) Dara Verney and

Jonathan Kelty in linking up with UCD U-20's outfit.

Scallan and (2010 Wicklow League Young Player of the Year) Ledwith have already made their mark with the 'College and have featured in the 'A' Championship.

In terms of Arklow conquerors in the Under-17 category after a title play-off, Rathnew duo Shane Doyle (last season's U-17 player of the year) and Jamie Snell have switched to Bray Wanderers Under-20's side.

They have also experienced being involved in the Seasiders 'A' Championship side.

Elsewhere, their team mate Philip Murphy has also been training with the Seagulls while Eric Dunne has been linked with both Bray and Shamrock Rovers.

The only down side to the players progressing up the ladder is that it might have an adverse effect on the Wicklow League's County Youths squad who will be aiming to go one better in 2011 having reached the FAI Youths Inter-League Cup final last April. And Arklow's own attempt to retain the Leinster Football Association (LFA) Under-18 Youth Cup may also suffer as a result of the departures.

If any club would like anything included in the Short Passes, or have any Wicklow League stories, contact Paul Dowling on 086-8554856 or e-mail ptuckerdowling@gmail.com

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