Photos from yesterdays Reilly Cup Semi Final V Longwood in which Rovers won 8-2.
Carrick Rovers Reserves travelled to Athboy on Saturday last, to take on the home side Athboy Celtic in Round 3 of the Reilly Cup. Manager Ian Smith made no less than five changes to the side which drew 1-1 at Bellurgan the previous week. Joey Farrell made his long-awaited return in goal for the Reserves, to replace David Kirk, with Pauric Shannon, Barry Martin, Graham Scotson and Shane McDaniel also returning to the team. Rovers were looking to extend their unbeaten run to 7 games with a win here and also a tie against Trim Celtic who were awaiting the winners.
Rovers went into this game as overwhelming favourites, with Athboy playing their football 2 divisions below their opponents. Rovers started the brightest when a good interchange between Craig Fannin, in an unfamiliar role on the right wing, and Ryan McEneaney who pulled the ball back to Shane McDaniel whose shot was tipped around the post. It wasn’t long however until “The Dangler” got his name on the scoresheet. After only 5 minutes, Daryl Traynor won possession out on the right side. He played a delightful ball back to Barry Martin, whose sliced volley was turned into the net by the quick reactions of McDaniel.
Carrick Rovers Reserves travelled to Sandy Lane in Blackrock on Wednesday night to play reigning league champions Rock Celtic. With the First team in action on Friday night against the same opposition, a win for the Reserves would complete the first half of a potential double. Manager Ian Smith made 3 changes to the side which started the previous game against Dynamo Drogheda, David Kirk returning in goals, Craig Fannin replacing Pauric Shannon and John Doyle replacing Graham Scotson.
On Sunday last, Carrick Rovers Reserves travelled to Moneymore in Drogheda to take on Dynamo Drogheda in Round 2 of the Reilly Cup. Rovers went into the game on the back of 2 impressive results in Cup competitions beating Ballyjamesduff Reserves 5-0 in the Reilly Cup and Kentstown 4-1 in the Reserve Cup. Ian Smith’s men would hope to go one better in this year’s competition having been beaten in last year’s final.
Rovers built on an impressive home win the week before with a convincing 4 nil drubbing of the Drogs. Rovers made their intent known from the start when in the 7th min, Joe Hunt, opened the scoring. Not to be outdone hat-trick hero of last week Shane McDaniel got a second and Rovers had a comfortable half time cushion.
Rovers graced a lovely sunny Saturday afternoon with a clear win over Navan visitors, Parkvilla. The game was a personal triumph for young striker, Shane McDaniel, who shook the onion bag three times but he would be the first to acknowledge the contribution of his fellow front man, Joe Hunt, in laying on the service. Together they gave the Meath men a fair going over.
Wednesday August 31st
MDL Premier Reserve
Rovers reserves made the trip up to Navan to play newly promoted team Parkvilla, in what was Rovers' third away game of the season in three outings. They knew that they would be up against a well organised Parkvilla side who were only having their first outing of the season due to their previous game being called off. Indeed for 44 mins of the first half Carrick dominated the play but only seen themselves 1 goal to the good, somehow though when referee Dave Murphy blew the half time whistle the sides were level at 1 a piece.
Rovers Reserves made the short trip to Ardee on Saturday last to open their season with a new look Reserve side. Fielding only two of last years team, stand in manager Rory Mc Eneaney was a little sceptical as to whether a result could be achieved. But the lads proved that getting your head down and working hard will reap you rewards.