Rovers 16's travelled to Torro on Saturday afternoon to play the local team in the NECSL Premier Shield. On a bobbly, hard pitch with a strong breeze blowing, it was never going to be a day to play nice football. Rovers never got going and the midfield of Patrick Larney and Padraig Marron had their hands full against a strong Torro pair. Torro were playing football to suit the conditions, putting the ball in the air as often as possible and asking questions of Carrick's centre-half pairing of Thomas Finnegan and Ian Martin.
Newtown made the short trip to the Convent Lands on Saturday morning looking for the 3 points that could possibly win the NECSL 16's Premier League for them. They got of to a flyer racing into a 2-0 lead within the opening 12 minutes after some very poor defending by the home team.
Carrick Rovers 16's travelled to The Grange on Saturday morning to play home side Kells Blackwater. The hosts got out of the blocks the quicker and dominated the early possession without really threatening Mark Kierans in the Carrick goal. For the opening 15 minutes Kells had most of the play but the Rovers defence of Daniel McDonald, Ian Martin, Thomas Finnegan and Cian Matthews were coping well with any attacks coming their way. The 1st really good opportunity fell to Rovers when McDonald linked up with Patrick Larney whose clever ball in behind the Kells defence allowed Aaron Jones to race to the byline and float a delightful cross into the heart of area where the ball arrived to Gary McElroy but he couldn't get enough contact on the ball to force it past the home goalkeeper.
On a fine Saturday morning, Carrick Rovers 16's welcomed league leaders Parkvilla to the Convent lands. These 2 sides know each other very well this being the 4th meeting of the season in all competitions.
Bailieborough made the short journey on Saturday morning, to take on our 16's on the Convent Lands. The opening exchanges were very cagey with both sides struggling to get into any fluent rhythm. After 12 minutes Rovers put their 1st really threatening move together. Centre half Ian Martin broke up an attack by B'boro and found Mikey Murnaghan halfway inside their own half, he fed a ball down the line to Stephen Cunningham and his first time flick set Aaron Jones away on the right wing.
South Cavan Academy from the CMUL, made the trip from Ballyjamesduff to Carrick on Sunday to play Rovers 16's in a challenge match. The game was played on the Convent Lands pitch on a beautiful afternoon for a game of football. Rovers started the brighter with Patrick Larney and David Wilson in central midfield for Carrick linking up well and really using the ball intelligently and putting Rovers on the front foot.
Rovers 16's travelled to the MDL Grounds in Navan to take on local side Johnstown. Carrick got out of the blocks straight away and settled into their game plan against a strong, willing Johnstown team. The first 15 minutes were even with both sides creating half chances, Aaron Jones shooting over from a good position and Rovers goalkeeper Mark Kierans turning around a shot from a home striker. Then after 18 minutes Carrick attacked down their right flank, full back Ryan Carolan played a ball along the line to Jones who found midfielder Patrick Larney and his cross was pinpoint for Stephen Cunningham. Cunningham missed his attempted header but reacted quickly to smash the ball under the home keeper and into the net to open the scoring.
A depleted Rovers 16's side faced current Premier table-toppers Parkvilla in the last 8 of the NECSL Cup. The home side were missing a few regulars including goalkeeper Mark Kieran's. Both teams were started well with a great tussle in the middle of the field between Carrick's pairing of Patrick Larney and David Wilson and their opposite numbers.
Carrick Rovers 16's were first up on the Convent Lands pitch on Saturday morning when they entertained Meath side Torro. The visitors were the quicker to start and had the home defence under pressure early on. Ronan O'Callaghan, Ian Martin, Thomas Finnegan and Cian Matthews in the home defence had to make some timely tackles to break up attacks by the visitors. Mark Kierans in the home goals made a good save to turn around a shot at his near post. David Wilson came on for the injured Martin after 10 minutes and slotted straight into the back 4. The home side began to settle into the game more and the midfield of Aaron Jones, Patrick Larney, Mikey Murnaghan and Padraig Marron were starting to ask questions of their opponents.