Bailieboro 2-1 Carrick Rovers
Rovers U14's travelled the short distance to Bailieboro on Saturday morning. It was a cold, frosty morning and this reflected the way Rovers started, as they were 1 down almost from the kick-off. A simple ball over the top, caught the Carrick defence too square and the Bailieboro forward ran from deep to slot the ball home as the Rovers lads seemed to stand and watch.
Carrick Rovers 1-4 Navan Town
Carrick Rovers U15 team took on league leaders at home on Saturday last. It was a big test for the lads and it was a measure of how far this young team have improved this season.
Sporting Youth 5-3 Carrick Rovers
Some defeats are hard to take. Carrick owned the ball for most of this game - borderline offside’s, disallowed goals, lack of goal line technology and of course the inevitable woodwork bashing were all a feature of the first half.
Knightsbrook 0-3 Carrick Rovers
It’s nearly eight weeks since Carrick played their last league match. Carrick came through a tough away fixture against Trim outfit Knightsbrook on Saturday last in the MDL grounds, Navan, with all three points. It was a well earned win with the whole team battling to overcome the slippy conditions and coping with the Knightsbrook set piece plays so calmly.
Parkvilla 4-1 Carrick Rovers
Carrick Rovers U13’s were back into the fray with a tough Q/F draw against Parkvilla’s Premier team at Navan. We knew Parkvilla was going to be a tough game so we tried a 4:3:3:1 formation to start off as opposed to our normal 4:4:2 as we wanted to see how the game developed and wanted to start with a defensive approach.
Carrick Rovers 7-0 Bailieboro
Rovers U16 side welcomed Baileboro to the Shercock road pitch on Saturday morning last, a game that looked as if it would not go ahead after all the rain but it did and the football that followed was impressive in the conditions, Rovers are sitting on top of the table with 30 points from there ten games played, it’s looking like the league is theirs to lose now at this stage and another win or two should see them across the winning line with games in hand.
The first 10 to 15 mins of the game were very even with both sides playing some nice football but it all changed in the 17th min when Owen Duffy received the ball wide on the left and after beating a number of players he was taken down in the box and Adam Waller coolly slotted home the resulting penalty. The Bailieboro heads seemed to drop and it only got worse when after 25 mins Ian Aherne won the ball wide on the right his cross come shot was spilled into the net after being challenged by young Paddy O’Rourke who was playing his first game for the U16 team as his U15 side had no game. It was a day for firsts as that was Ian’s first goal of the season and then on 28 mins some good play by Johnny Coleman seen him taken down on the left wing and Owen Duffys superbly struck free seen Ryan Duffys glancing header end up in the back of the net. 3-0 at half time without playing their best, the second half was fairly similar to the first with Bailieboro starting it well and then on 55mins Rovers keeper David Kirks long punt downfield seen Ryan Thorntons run split the defence and he finished superbly down to the keepers right. On 64 mins Johnny Coleman showed off some of his skill and after beating a number of players he was taken out of it about 25 yards out and from the free which he took himself he gave the keeper no chance when it flew into the top corner, that made it 5-0 and they didn’t stop there. On 72 mins some neat play down the Rovers right seen Adam Waller square a ball for Owen Duffy to run onto and finish with a low strike for his first of the season, then with 4 mins left Coleman got his second and Rovers 7th of the game when his low drive from 25 yards after beating several players gave the keeper no chance. It was a good performance with Rovers keeper David Kirk dealing with everything thrown at him and with his kicking being superb he launched a number of attacks, the back four of Aherne, Ogle, McEneaney and Thornton dealing with anything that was thrown at them, the two wingers Duffy and O’Donoghue proved a constant thorn to the Baileboro defence and with Coleman and Ryan Duffy pulling the strings in the middle of the field and Waller and Paddy O’Rourke running the channels well up front rovers were on top for most of the game. Colm Keyes and Oisin Conroy when introduced didn’t weaken things at all. Next up its Trim Celtic away next Saturday morning at 10 which could bring Rovers even closer to the league title.
Team: David Kirk, Ian Aherne, David McEneaney, Dylan Ogle, Ryan Thornton, Callum O’Donoghue, Owen Duffy, Johnny Coleman, Ryan Duffy, Adam Waller, Paddy O’Rourke, Colm Keyes, Oisin Conroy
Carrick welcomed local side Blayney to Birdy Development Park on Sunday and got a well deserved point after disappointing results against Cootehill and Cavan Celtic where, despite all their efforts didn't get the results they deserved. Rovers started the sharpest and made sure Blayney, who top the table, were not going to get it all their way.
Carrick Rovers 3-1 Rock Celtic
Carrick Rovers came up against newly crowned league champions Rock Celtic last Saturday in a game in which the three points were vital to for Rovers to secure a place in the top flight. Manager Ian Smith decided on an attacking formation and employed all his striking options in his starting line up.
Ardmore Rovers 1-8 Carrick Rovers
Carrick Rovers kept up their recent good form when they travelled to Bray in Co Wicklow on Saturday last to take on local outfit Ardmore Rovers 2nds from the UCFL in the Leinster Junior Cup and they came away with a resounding 8-1 victory to book their place in the next round. Gerard McGeown was the man of the moment for Rovers, hitting a personal tally of 4 goals in what turned out to be a stroll by the seaside for the South Monaghan side.