Carrick Rovers players Cian Matthews, David Wilson and Patrick Larney - members of the 2013 CMUL 17's Foyle Plate winning squad.
Last Sunday saw Carrick Rovers honored with another Prestigous award when the Committee of the Cavan / Monaghan Underage League announced that Carrick Rovers were the CMUL Club of the Year 2012/13.
This was a great accolade for the Club to receive, as we have only been involved in this League since 2010.
In his address to a large audience at the Annual CMUL Awards Presentations, which were held in the Kilmore Hotel, Cavan, Chairman. Mr. Pat McEnroe commented that although relatively new to the League, the Committee had recognised the huge contribution that the Club had made to all aspects of the League and they were delighted to announce Carrick Rovers CMUL Club of the Year 2012/13.
Carrick Rovers Juvenile Secretary, Francis Matthews, along with Under 14 Championship Manager Niall Busby and Under 14 Player Euan Matthews, accepted the Award on behalf of the Club and thanked the Committee and League on bestowing the honour on Carrick Rovers.
Carrick Rovers AFC held their Annual Juvenile Presentation last Thursday evening 27th June in Vanity Niteclub, Carrickmacross. A large crowd was in attendance with both Juvenile Players and their Parents as well as a number of special guests, there to receive numerous awards and medals. This Presentation was organized to mark what was another outstanding year on the pitch for the Juvenile section of the club. Special Guests on the night were Tom Mohan, current Republic of Ireland U/17’s Manager and Regional Development Officer for Cavan, John Crudden RDO for Monaghan, Martin Kieran, Emerging Talent Co-ordinator for the Cavan / Monaghan Underage League, as well as 2 former Carrick Rovers Players from the past, Tom Coyle and John McLoughlin, there to receive Special Merit Awards. After a superb meal, supplied by the Fiddlers Elbow staff the awards part of the night got under way.
Carrick Rovers AFC Juvenile Presentation will take place next Thursday 27th June in Vanity Nite Club at 8 o'clock. Medals and Trophies as well as Player of the Year + Top Goalscorers Awards will be presented on the night. Special Guests will attend and food will be served. Your attendance would be appreciated.
On 25th may Keith Farnan, a member of our Carrick Rovers academy got to do what we all dream about doing, he walked down the tunnel at white hart and out onto the hallowed turf to the sound of the tottenham anthem. He was soaking up the atmosphere with his hands above his head applauding the crowd looking very calm and relaxed at the famous stadium. The pitch looked great and Keith said it was easy to play on such a great surface.
He was there on a "CHANCE OF A LIFETIME" day, organised by the Spurs in appreciation of their young fans support for the season. The pitch was divided into eight mini pitches where the sixteen team's (6 a side) would all play 6 matches. At 1:30 the action finally got under way for the under 10s. Wearing his beloved Spurs kit, Keith certainly was not overawed by the occasion, and despite the high standard of play he gave a great account of himself. All the work been done at the academy certainly showed and he represented Carrick Rovers very well. Its a credit to the academy that he fitted in so well with some very good young talent. His team played some nice passing football winning 2 of their 6 games. The highlight of Keith's day came in the 3rd game when he scored with a right footed shot into the top corner of the net to send his team on their way to victory. All this was happening under the watchful eye of Ledley King and some Spurs scout's. There was sad faces as the whistle sounded for the final time, and after the presentations it was back to the airport and back to reality.
Well done Keith and keep up the good work.
Club AGM will be held on Friday June 14th @ 8pm in the Workhouse. All club members are asked to make every effort to attend.
The conclusion of the 2012/13 Schoolboys season is fast approaching and it will be an exciting time for Carrick Rovers AFC, with not one but four of our Underage squads involved in Cup Finals in their respective Leagues and age groups.
First up this Saturday 4th May, our 13’s CMUL Premier side will play BallyJamesDuff in the Premier Shield Final at 12 o’clock in Clara Lane, Cootehill. This side have grown as a Sqaud over the course of the year and have a chance to finish on a high note.
Next up on Sunday 5th May is the CMUL 14’s Championship Squad, one of our most improved sides, who will play fellow Monaghan outfit Killylough, which should be a closely contested affair. Kick-off is 12 o’clock again in Clara Lane, Cootehill.
This is followed up at 1.30pm by our 14’s CMUL Premier side. After being crowned Champions last weekend, these lads are looking to make it a double, but their opponents Ballyjamesduff might have something to say about that.
This is a great showcase for our Club as a whole and we are encouraging as many Players, Parents, Committee Members and Senior Players, to come out and cheer on our Stars of the Future.
Also our NECSL are still fighting on 2 fronts, with still games in hand they have a chance to finish up Runners-up in the NECSL 17’s Premier Division and have reached the NECSL HSE Cup Final, where they will face our neighbours and newly crowned Champions Newtown in what should be a close contest.
So all is looking good for our Juvenile Section and we hope to be reporting on Silverware coming back to Carrickmacross in the near future.
What a week it has been for Carrick Rovers and the town of Carrickmacross as we played host to 4 Academy Coaches from Glasgow Celtic FC, Leigh Kelly, Catherine McGivern, Tom McKay and Daniel Tobin, for our inaugural Easter Soccer Development Academy.
The 4 coaches from the world renowned Glasgow side arrived in the town on Sunday 24th March and remained with us until Sunday 31st for an action packed programme which saw almost 70 children from the whole North East Region benefit from a fantastic coaching programme from Monday to Friday.
As the only club in the region to be involved in the Club Partnership Programme with the Glasgow giants, applications for the camp came from far and wide, even from as far as Dublin and in spite of the cold weather, the camp, which ran from 10-3 every day, surpassed all expectations as the children involved were treated to a week of fun filled football and top class coaching from the extremely professional coaching team from Celtic. This is a week that will live long in the memory of all those involved, from the children to the Carrick Rovers club and indeed the wider community, both sporting and otherwise, as we were privileged to have such excellent coaches from such a famous club in our midst.
Monday saw the camp begin with children from Carrick, Monaghan, Castleblayney, Shercock, Cavan, Dundalk and Dublin eagerly anticipating the week ahead. The Ballybay Road grounds were a hive of activity as the children were dropped off and the camp was off and running at ten o clock with the children divided into 4 groups and off working with each of their coaches. What followed turned out to be an experience of a lifetime for the football mad children as they enjoyed a week under the expert tutelage of the coaches whose passion and enthusiasm for the game was a joy to behold. Each day was packed with skills development, small sided games and coaching of the highest order from the extremely courteous, friendly and professional coaches and all involved can only have benefitted from working with Leigh, Tom, Catherine and Daniel.
Whilst the camp itself was the focus for the week the coaches could not have been any more accommodating and helpful as they did everything they could to ensure that Carrick Rovers benefitted from their presence in the town. The day did not end at 3 for the coaches as they also did evening sessions for the Carrick Rovers underage teams with the U12’s and U13’s on Monday, the U16’s and U17’s on the Wednesday with Tom McKay also travelling to Castleblayney to take a session with Our Ladys Secondary School Team and the U14’s and U15’s on the Thursday, as well as a session for goalkeepers. These sessions were part of the benefits of being the partner club with Celtic FC for Carrick Rovers and yet again all involved enjoyed them. In addition to the clubs evening sessions one of the coaches, Catherine McGivern, gave her time to get involved with the Soccer Sisters programme which took place from Monday to Thursday in the Phoenix Centre with 28 girls in attendance.
During their stay the coaches also managed to take in 2 international games as Monday night saw them travel to Oriel Park in Dundalk for the U21 International friendly between Ireland and Portugal before going to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Tuesday for the World Cup Qualifier between Ireland and Austria.
Thursday night saw a meet and greet session with the coaches for the parents of the children on the camp as well as local business and community representatives and a most enjoyable night was had by all in attendance as the Coaches were presented with Carrickmacross Lace as a memento of their visit to the town.
Their week of coaching finished on Friday night in Cootehill when the 4 coaches delivered an excellent Coach Education session for all coaches in the area and the large turn out of coaches was a great testament to the Celtic coaches and the interest that their visit had generated in the whole region and Carrick Rovers were delighted to ensure that with the coaches in the town that football in general in the region could benefit from their presence.
Although Saturday was their day off the interest that the coaches have in the game saw them travel to Athboy in Co Meath to take in a game between the home side and the Rovers U17’s which saw the Rovers earn a 5-2 victory before enjoying the remainder of their rest day in Carrickmacross.
Sunday saw the coaches leave us and move on to their next destination but there is no doubt that their week spent with us in Carrickmacross will never be forgotten. As the first step in the Club Partnership Programme between Celtic FC and Carrick Rovers it was an undoubted success, as was indicated by the response from the feedback forms which parents returned back to the club, and we can now look forward to building on this fantastic link between our club and the world renowned Celtic FC.
The Club would like to thank Willie McNab, Celtic FC International Academy who was instrumental in organising the week, Inver College for the use of their excellent facilities, John and Geraldine McMenamin for their superb hospitality in looking after the coaches during their stay, the parents of the children who attended the camp and indeed the children themselves whose behaviour was exemplary from start to finish. We would also like to thank all those who were involved in the organising of the camp and finally a huge thank you to Leigh, Catherine, Daniel and Tom, real football people whose professionalism, friendliness, enthusiasm and passion was phenomenal. They are welcome back to our club and town anytime and we look forward to advancing the Club Partnership with Celtic FC.
Saturday March 2nd
MDL Premier Reserve
Rock Celtic 8-1 Carrick Rovers
NECSL 17 Premier
Trim Celtic 2-7 Carrick Rovers
Sunday March 3rd
MDL Nivea for Men Premier
Kentstown Rovers 2-1 Carrick Rovers
CMUL 14 Premier
Ballyjamesduff 3-5 Carrick Rovers
CMUL 14 Championship
Carrick Rovers 5-0 Cavan Shamrocks
Carrick Rovers saw months of behind the scenes planning come to fruition last weekend with the visit of renowned Celtic FC Football Development Officer Willie McNab to the town to officially launch a Club Partnership Programme between the South Monaghan side and the Glasgow giants.
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This coming weekend will mark a huge occasion in the history of Carrick Rovers AFC and indeed of the town itself with the arrival of renowned Glasgow Celtic FC Football Development Officer Willie McNab to our town to officially launch a Club Partnership Scheme between Carrick Rovers and the Glasgow giants.
Mr McNab will arrive in Carrickmacross on Friday 8th February and will remain with us until Sunday 10th during which time he will engage with Carrick Rovers members and people of the town before officially launching the Glasgow Celtic FC Club Partnership Scheme.
Golden Goal Winners for Week 1.
1st Goal - 6 min - Katie McCahey - €50
Last Goal - 58 min - Sean Farrell - €30
Carrick Rovers AFC were only too happy to take up the invitation from the local Lion's Club of Ireland, to enter a team into the Lion's Club U/15's National Soccer Competition. We were drawn against our neighbours from County Cavan, Cavan Town, which was an amalagmated team made up of Cavan Celtic and Cavan Shamrock players. The game was played last Thursday evening on the new Astropark pitch in Cavan Town. The local side got out of the blocks straight away and were 3-0 up after 10 minutes, with some brillant attacking play that Rovers had no answer to. Rovers to their credit got stuck in and came more into the game after the initial shocking start. They managed to press the ball more and forced the Cavan side to play deeper in their own half. The score remained the same until just before half-time when Cavan increased their lead with a well worked goal. The Cavan team were now rampant and ran 4 more goals in the 2nd half , while Rovers got a goal back through Ryan O'Connor. These Cavan lads played some brillant, flowing football at times and it will take a decent side to knock them out of this competition. We wish them the best of luck in the next round and will be monitoring their progress carefully. To the Lion's Cub of Carrickmacross, we are very disappointed not to progress further, but hope to do better next year and we express our happiness to continue the links between themselves and Cariick Rovers AFC.