On a separate note good luck to any of the 15's squad who are currently preparing for or are involved in their Junior Cert mocks."
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.
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.
Carrick Rovers 15’s met OMP on the Aces ground to play their first match there. On past results, both teams should be evenly matched and this was shown as the game progressed.
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.
Carrick Rovers 17's Division 1 team were hosts to Skryne Tara on Saturday afternoon. The match was played on the perfect playing surface of the pitch on the Convent Lands. Both sides played out an even first 15 minutes with no clear cut chances of mention. Then the midfield partnership of Donnacha Kindlon and " Minto " started to get on top in the battle in the middle of the field.