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Enniskerry supporters Caroline and Derek Maguire, Peter and Mary Morrissey and Georgina McKenna sheltering from the rain during the under-16 Jako Cup semi-final against Wicklow Rovers in Newtown.

Enniskerry supporters Caroline and Derek Maguire, Peter and Mary Morrissey and Georgina McKenna sheltering from the rain during the under-16 Jako Cup semi-final against Wicklow Rovers in Newtown.

Enniskerry supporters Caroline and Derek Maguire, Peter and Mary Morrissey and Georgina McKenna sheltering from the rain during the under-16 Jako Cup semi-final against Wicklow Rovers in Newtown.

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BRAY BOWLS

The nights are lengthening and the amount of bowls getting played is staggering. Last Monday saw both Division 4 and 5 take five points each from their matches at home to CYM and away to Railway Union respectively.

The result in leafy Sandymount against Railway was particularly impressive as it was the first time some of our new members had played on grass. This team is motoring nicely under the stewardship of Owen Byrne.

On Wednesday last our ladies made the short trip to Dun Laoghaire and came home with six points. Thursday saw all four Vets teams playing with Vets 1 picking up 3.5 points away to Greenhills and Vets 3 picking up all points away to Sportslink to maintain their upward momentum.

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Vets 2 and 4 were in home action against Ierne and Skerries and got four points and one point each. Saturday saw both Division 1 and 2 experience tough days at the office.

Division 1 were at home to Dun Laoghaire and the visitors from the Borough left with six points in a comprehensive win. The home team got one point courtesy of Walter Doyle’s rink.

Our Division 2 team travelled to Crumlin and had a day to forget as they were outplayed and returned empty handed. Our ladies are idle this week and on Thursday all the Vets team take to the rink with Vets 1 and 3 at home to Herbert Park and North Kildare.

Vets 2 and 4 travel to Terenure for a double fixture against CYM. Saturday sees no fixture for Division 1 due to the inter association competition. The team is next in action on Tuesday 31st at home to CYM ‘B’. The Division 2 travel this Saturday to play Clontarf in what is hoped will be a good and friendly battle!

Finally, congrats to Eoghain Brady on his victory in the Marper Cup against the wily old bowler that is Paul Smyth. Eoghain is now into the last 16.

WICKLOW ROVERS

On the senior front the WDFL Division 1 team travelled to Rooster Park on Wednesday night to take on Avoca. The home side ran out convincing 7-2 winners. Gary O’Connor fired home two consolation goals for Rovers but on the night, they met a team that were clinical in front of goal.

The senior ladies made their home debut in the Eastern Women’s Football League last Monday night when they entertained Glencormac United. It was the away side who started the best and by half time they were 3-0 up.

The second half was a different story as Rovers piled forward in search of a way back into the game. Eventually they did find a way past a strong Glencormac defence when Jade Manley fired home from close range with ten minutes left.

Rovers played well and there’s no doubt if they keep up the same level of performances their first win is only around the corner. In a good team display, there were strong performances in the midfield from Sophie Byrne and Deirbhle Geraghty with Niamh O’Brien a constant threat up front.

The under-19s welcomed local neighbours Rathnew to Whitegates on Thursday night. After a tight evenly contested encounter it was Rovers who emerged with all three points in a 2-1 win. With time running out on the clock and the teams tied at one a piece it was Ewan Culbert who popped up with the all-important goal ten minutes from time to secure a good win.

Lorcan Sinnott nabbed the first goal for Rovers in what was a good team effort. On Friday night the under 18’s beat Arklow United 4-0 at Whitegates. Mikey Merrigan set Rovers on their way with two first half goals to see them 2-0 up at the break.

They didn’t let up in the second half and Zach Harris and Ben Patterson added a goal apiece to complete the 4-0 win in a very good display from the team. On Sunday the WDFL premier team progressed to the semi-final of the Bishop Cup when they travelled to the Coolboy Sports Grounds and recorded a very impressive win against the local side. The lads turned in a superb all round team performance, the highlight of the afternoon was a fantastic hat-trick from midfielder Alan Power.

Midweek junior action saw the under-14s come up against a very good Ashford Rovers side on Tuesday night at Ballinalea Park.

The home side stunned the Wicklow lads with three goals in the first ten minutes and from that point onwards there was only one winner. Ashford tagged on two more goals to run out convincing 5-0 winners. The lads gave it their all but, on the night, they never recovered from Ashford’s whirl wind start.

On Saturday, the under-11 Green team were unlucky to lose 3-2 after extra time against Roundwood in the semi-final of the under 12 Division 2 Jako Cup. Twice they fell behind but battled back with a brace of goals from Mikey O’Neill.

Roundwood had their keeper to thank as he pulled off a couple of good saves to deny Rovers. A great performance from this young Rovers team playing against older opposition.

The 12As booked their cup final spot with a fine 3-1 win over St Patricks. Milo Malcolmson netted for the sixth successive game; Kale Conyard found the net for the third time this season with Richard Carton moving onto six in the scoring charts when he fired home. This was a fantastic display from the team.

The under-16s were another team who turned in an impressive display to book their place in the cup final when they saw off Enniskerry winning 4-1. Lorcan Sinnott nabbed a brace, Alex Earls headed home a single with captain Brandon Battams also finding the back of the net in a fine team performance.

On Sunday the 13As suffered heartbreak in their cup semi-final when they lost narrowly 2-1 to St Anthonys. Anthonys took the lead in the first half, but Rovers were level within a minute when NJ Sinnott fired home a thunderbolt of a free kick from 30 yards.

In a tight second half, Rovers had a golden chance to hit the front but were denied by the keeper. It proved a turning point as St Anthonys went down the other end to score what proved to be the winner with five minutes left. Try that they did Rovers couldn’t find an equaliser.

The 13Bs recorded an excellent 5-2 home win over St Anthonys B, Rovers took the lead through Alex Zevatski but Anthonys hit back with two quick goals to nose in front. Rovers came out all guns blazing in the second half and Alex Zevatski nabbed two to complete his hat-trick to put Rovers 3-2 up. David Quinn and Abdul Alhamad from the spot made it 5-2 to claim three valuable points.

Our under-15s took on Aughrim Rangers in the Jako Premier Cup semi-final in Kilcashel and after a tight tense tussle it was Aughrim who edged it, winning 2-1 after extra-time. It was tight throughout and no surprise it took extra-time to separate the sides. Jack Neville scored the Rovers goal in a good team performance.

The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning (weather permitting) under the watchful eye of senior club coaches Johnny Dunne, Jimmy Nolan and John Kelly. The academy takes place on the club grounds at Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of three years to eight years.

The academy starts at 11am 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.

BRAY WANDERERS

Numbers drawn in the club lotto draw on Sunday, May 22, were 1, 4, 6 and 20.

There was no jackpot winner. €30 lucky dip winners were Stephen McDonnell c/o Stephen McDonnell, Tommy Reid c/o Declan Crinion, Mary McDonnell c/o Stephen McDonnell. Next week’s jackpot is €7,100.

If any club or society is interested in selling Bray Wanderers lotto tickets on a commission basis, please contact admin@braywanderersfc.ie.

Lotto tickets are available from the club shop on match nights or can be purchased on the club website. The draw takes place every Sunday night at 10pm in the Hibernia Inn.

Bray Wanderers are at home to Athlone Town on Friday, May 27, in the First Division. Kick off at the Carlisle Grounds is 7.45pm.

Bray Wanderers Academy men’s under-19s drew 2-2 away to St. Patrick’s Athletic on Sunday afternoon. Goal scorers were Josh McGlone and Gavin Doyle.

The boys under-17s defeated Carlow/Kilkenny 5-0 in Ballycorus on Saturday. Goalscorers were Eoghan O’Hanlon, Jake Murray, Daniel Chukwu, Conor O’Gorman, Zack Nolan and Lewis Jacobs.

The boys under-15s defeated Drogheda United 8-2 in Ballycorus on Sunday. Goalscorers were Roddy Cotter, Darragh Emmett (2), Max Colbert (2), Philip Cooney, Janek Sarwinski, Dylan Bourke.

The girls under-19s were defeated 4-0 away by Sligo Rovers on Sunday afternoon. The girls under-17s were defeated away to Cork City on Saturday.

For all the latest club news check out our website www.braywanderersfc.ie.

NEWTOWN JUNIORS

Last weekend we had games moved to midweek as various clubs facilitated First Holy Communion’s etc.

Our under-8 Black team (kindly sponsored by Windsor Deansgrange/Bray Bowl) played St Anthonys Red at home and as is always the case with these two teams there was very little between these two teams after some excellent games. Best for Newtown were Amelia Lacey, Kian McGrath, Ella McGuinness and Ali Islam Sheehy.

Our under-10 Red team had two games this week away to Ashford Rovers and Rathnew respectively and both games resulted in heavy defeats against two sides who clearly should be playing a couple of divisions higher.

Nevertheless, our team gave it their all and among the players who starred were Donnacha Thornton, Max Guilford, Jensen McMahon and Harry Clayton.

Good news to report this week as both our under-13 and 15 teams qualified for the Jako Cup finals after excellent wins last weekend.

The 13s travelled to Aughrim to take on Coolboy Rangers and came away with a 4-2 win thanks to goals from Kaydin McMahon (pen), Lucas Dowdall, Felix Geoghegan and Colin Healy. On the day, among those players who starred were Oisin Duffy, John Turley and Gerry Hoban.

The 15s had a more comprehensive win in Ryders Field against Greystones winning 7-0, thanks to goals from Jake Robertson (3), Brooklyn Doyle (2), Aidan Heffernan and Matthew Doyle in an excellent team display.

All our teams continue to train every week at various times. Regards the age groups and training times please contact our secretary at 087 6987653 for further details. We are currently looking for coaches to get involved with our Development Squad on Saturday mornings and our under-9s.

So, if you have a couple of hours to spare per week and you would like to get involved with coaching in the club, please contact the Secretary at the above number.

Speaking of coaches, last weekend was the last time Development Squad coach Grace Kelly coached in the club. Due to work commitments Grace is unable to commit to coaching at present.

Thanks for all your time and dedication to the club Grace over the past few years and there is always a spot in the club for you if you would like to come back in the future.

The following are the fixtures for the week Wednesday 25th-Sunday 29Th May 2022:

Under-8 Black away to Greystones Orange ko to be confirmed.

Under-8 Red at home to Arklow United Black ko Wednesday at 6.30pm.

Under-10 Black at home to Wicklow Rovers Blue ko Saturday at 11am.

Under-10 Red at home to Shillelagh Utd ko Saturday at 12pm.

Under-11 Black away to St Anthonys Yellow ko Saturday at 11.15am.

Under-11 Red away to Ashford Rovers ko Sunday at 11am.

Under-12s match to be confirmed.

Under-13s away to Coolboy Rangers ko Sunday at 10am.

Under-14s vs Enniskerry ko Thursday at 7pm (Jako Cup S.F.) in Ryders Field.

Under-15s home to Wicklow Town ko Sunday at 11.30am.

Women’s team at home to Wicklow Rovers ko Friday at 7.30pm.

The women’s team are back training outdoors on Tuesdays 8.30pm until 9.30pm. We are still on the lookout for new players and previous playing experience is not essential. If you are interested in playing, please contact Hughie at 087 6987653 for further information.

The winners from last week’s match between Manchester City and Aston Villa were as follows:

Pink Set - €60 - 37th min: Hollie Murphy c/o Lisa Coughlan; €20 - 36th min: Ross McCormack c/o Domo; €20 - 38th min: Pauline Martin c/o Self.

Green Set - €60 - 37th min: John Paul Dunleavy c/o Geraldine Keogh; €20 - 36th min: Brian Malone c/o Tommy Ryan; €20 - 38th min: Brian Malone c/o Tommy Ryan.

This coming weekend our chosen game is the Champions League final on Saturday evening between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Tickets can be purchased from any of our coaches or any committee member. Thank you for your continued support.

The club are holding a quiz night on Friday, July 15, in the Mount Kennedy Inn starting at 8pm. We have also organised for a DJ to play after the quiz. Cost will be €40 per team of (4) or €10 per person. Posters advertising this event will be up and about the town very soon.

There will also be a raffle on the night, and we are currently collecting prizes for this.

Proceeds from this event will be split between Newtown Juniors F.C. and St. Catherine’s School, who have kindly agreed to come on board with us. Further details regard this event will be posted in the coming weeks.

We have six players from the club celebrating a birthday around this time and they are Eoghan Perks from the Development Squad, Leighton O’Brien-McKenna from the under-8s, Tommie Ryan from the under-11 Black team, Conor Shevlin from the under-12s and under-14s duo William Valentine and Max Roche. Happy birthday guys from everyone at Newtown Juniors F.C.

For further information on all matters Newtown Juniors F.C. please contact the secretary at 087 6987653 or by email to hughienolan@gmail.com and you can also follow the club on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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