A Rovers side minus a number of players travelled to Drumkill on Saturday afternoon. The game played on a heavy pitch, but after all the rain was still in great knick – well done to our hosts. The game opened brightly, with a much changed Rovers side exerting early pressure. The back four being marshalled by Rovers man of the match Tommy Byrne, took any early put on them and set up many a counter attack. For the first time this year the Rovers midfield and forward two lacked a wee bit of spark and found it hard to break down a resolute and non compromising defence.
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.
Carrick Rovers 15’s met Oldcastle on the Aces ground on Saturday morning, conditions were good. Oldcastle are midtable like Carrick and so we expected a tough but even game. Carrick opened well with good lively attacking moves with some nice one touch football. Cormac Boylan laid a long ball to Jack Kiernan who held it up for Stephen Finnegan who set up Kevin Lambe for a shot on goal, the Oldcastle goalie made a fine save.
Last week the weather was fine, a good job, and it was great to get out and about and watch a bit of real ball. The Reserves were in action on Wednesday night in Blackrock and won 3-1. Shane McDaniel has a fine report already allied to a fine game where he bagged 2 and he was one of the young brigade who ran the Rock ragged.
Carrick Rovers made the trip to Sandy Lane in Blackrock on Friday night last to take on old rivals, a resurgent Rock Celtic and a cracking game under the Blackrock lights saw the visitors pick up a well earned point which keeps them in touch at the top of the MDL Premier Division as the season enters a crucial phase.
U12 Astro League
Celtic hosted north Monaghan team Killylough last Saturday morning and both teams served up a game of delights for all to see. This was a new look Celtic because of players missing due to entrance exams in Carrick secondary schools and this in turn gave next years players from the Rovers Academy in Aclint a taste of what to expect next season in the astro leagues.
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.
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Carrick Rovers welcomed Kingscourt to Carrick last Saturday in the league and left with another draw. This had to be one of the worst matches of the season, as the only football that was played, was played in the last 20 minutes.