Carrick Rovers Lions travelled to Monaghan United's Astro Park to take on Killylough on Saturday afternoon. The Lions started brightly and competed well, with Jack Marron dominating at centre back with several key headers and Cathal O'Rourke sweeping up and making a number of important interceptions. Dylan McEneaney and Cormac O'Hanlon at full back were solid, breaking down attacks and pushing forward at every opportunity.
On Saturday morning last the Lions had their second league game of the campaign, and after being narrowly defeated the week before by the slimmest of margins against league leaders Clones spirits in the camp were high for this game against Dromore Youths. Before the game a minutes silence was held for young Dromore Youths player Jack Conlon who tragically passed away during the week. Jack was a relative of Stephen and Thomas Cunningham, 2 lads involved with the Rovers 15's and 16's teams and our deepest sympathy is with the two boys and their families.
On Saturday morning last Carrick Rovers Lions as they are going to be known played their first game in the Championship away to high flying Clones. Due to the numbers of U13s registered and playing in the club it was decided to enter another team into the championship so that all players would get a good deal of game time.
Clones who had already played 8 games in the league and were sitting comfortably at the summit with an impressive 22 points after 7 wins and 1 draw. So the job on hand was not to be underestimated for these young bunch of players playing together for the first time. In order to have a full squad, four of the under 12s are making the step up for the season and after today's performance they looked right at home.
The management team of Peter Maxwell and Niall Busby headed off this morning with a panel of fifteen players which is a credit as the premier side played in the afternoon with a panel of 14 players.