Carrick Rovers progressed to the semi final of the blue riband competition of the MDL, the Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup, for just the second time in their history when they safely negotiated a tricky quarter final tie away to Division 2 leaders Drogheda outfit Boyne Harps at Hazel Lane, Drogheda on Sunday morning last. The Premier Division side knew that their opponents would provide a stern test of their cup credentials but on a decent pitch a 16th minute penalty from ace striker Wayne Kerley was enough to see the South Monaghan side deservedly book their passage into the last 4.
Carrick Rovers 15's made the short journey on Saturday morning to top of the table Kells Blackwater. The lads were up for the game and wanted to cause an upset. The game started and thanks to Ronan's 5 second rule we pressed hard and won the ball back in no time.The game was very tight at the start and both teams tried very hard to create chances.
Rovers 13's premier side entertained Ballyhaise on Saturday last. The game opened up slowly with both sides testing each other. The Ballyhaise midfield quartet worked hard and put in a good display all afternoon. The first twenty minutes of the game saw Rovers huff and puff without creating any real clear opportunities.
With Killylough going nap against them last week Rovers Cavan Monaghan League side were wary of their trip to Kingscourt to play Ballyhaise on the astro last Sunday. Well, they needn’t because though the Cavan men won by a lone goal this performance deserved better .We started off well enough and Scouser went close while other half chances might have been in but we were hit with a sucker blow, playing a flat back 4 on a fairly high line left David McEnaney exposed in goal and we were punished severely in the 15th minute.
Carrick Rovers entertained Fordrew on Saturday at home in the league. Carrick were hoping to get there own back after a heavy defeat to Fordrew early in the season. Rovers started well with Declan Finnegan causing a lot of trouble down the wings with some great runs. Fordrew were causing problems of there own with some good counter attacking play. One of these moves paid off in the 25 minute when a Fordrew player shot from 20 yards, with the help of a deflecting found the back of the net.
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 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.
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.
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Glaslough Villa and Rovers went head to head last Saturday morning in a very entertaining match in Gortakeegan. Like Celtic, the Rovers team had some new faces to replace absent players but by the way Rovers went about this game they looked like a team who played together all season. Oisin O’Hanlon opened the scoring for Rovers and along with Ethan O’Gorman and Bendera dominated midfield for long periods. Rovers keeper Killian McNulty produced some top class saves to keep Villa at bay and alongside James McCullins shared the Man of the Match award between them. Helping J McCullins in the back line were Cian Maher and Peter Kelly and together built a sound defensive wall against Villa.
In the second half rovers increased their lead with goals from Ethan O’Gorman and Bendera scoring goal of the season so far. However, Villa upped their game with two goals in quick succession and lifted the tempo of the match for the final quarter. Jack Jones captained the side this week and with help from his brother Robert and striker Luke Hand were a constant threat up front. With minutes remaining O’Hanlon grabbed his second of the day and sealed the victory for Rovers.
Well Done Lads!