This weekend saw Rovers take on one of the leagues best sides in Dromore Youths and despite losing 4-3 showed true grit and determination to the final whistle. Jamie King captained the side this week and played a strong role as centreback.
Carrick Celtic played close neighbours Blaney Youths ’01 on a day that had all four seasons of weather during their match. Within five minutes both teams had scored, Donnach Swinburne grabbing his first of the season and baptising his new boots.
Rovers 15's welcomed EMU Fianna to the Convent Lands pitch on Saturday morning. Despite the wet and windy conditions both teams deserve great credit for providing a very entertaining encounter. After defeats in their previous two games it was important to try to get back on a winning streak again.
Carrick Rovers bounced back from their disappointing league result the previous week when they ensured their place in the quarter finals of the Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup with a resounding victory over Division 3 outfit, the previously unbeaten this season Bailieboro Celtic in Bailieboro on Sunday last. Rovers needed to get their season back on track and they did so in emphatic style as Bailieboro were to feel a Carrick backlash and how.
Rovers were delighted this week with 15's keeper, Ronan McDonald, being selected and playing for the Regional team which beat Galway 2-1 during the week. Ronan is an excellent keeper who through hard work and coaching has achieved success. Added to a natural talent Ronan has the indespensible gift of being a good communicator and as anybody who knows anything about football will tell you a positive voice is a third foot. Well done Ronan!
Carrick Rovers saw their chance to overtake Trim Celtic at the top of the MDL Premier Division come to nothing when they suffered a surprise reversal at the hands of a very physical Bellurgan Utd at Birdy Development Park on Sunday when they lost out by the odd goal in 7. This does not tell the story of a game however in which Rovers were by far the better outfit but their inability to defend corner kicks and the concession of 2 penalties in addition to being reduced to 9 men by a referee who did nothing to endear himself to the home contingent meant that Rovers were to fall short in their quest to go top.
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.