Rovers travelled to Balllyjamesduff to take on the home side in the first round of the Cup. On a cold damp Sunday morning the large crowd were entertained by two ball playing football teams. From the off both sides had only one thing in mind, too get the ball down on the deck and play ball. In the early exchanges, BJD pressed Rovers with their high intensity game plan, pressing high up the pitch and winning ball back in dangerous areas.
Rovers 14 Premier side travelled to Monaghan Astro to play their hosts Drumkill Rovers. On a cold, foggy morning both sides set out to play open attractive football. From the off Rovers tried to move the ball on the floor, using the full width of the pitch when possible. The home team also playing with two tricky wingers had the same idea. After five minutes Rovers gave away possession outside their own box wide on right, possession was picked up by Drumkill’s left winger and he made his way to the end line. His cross went across the Rovers goal where three defenders could not get a vital touch to the ball and it found its way to the right winger who cut inside and placed an unstoppable shot past the exposed Thomas in goal.
An understrength side minus five players went to the new all-weather facility in Ard Na Grainne and came away with a hard fought well-earned victory. This much changed side, started well with the midfield combination winning plenty ball and pressing back the Cavan rear guard. Rovers pressed early on, finding loads of room down their right with Conor Grimes, playing at right full for the first time and Liam Og Murray combining well and getting space in behind the Cavan left full.
On a sunny warm autumn afternoon Rovers U14 side entertained Monaghan United in the SFAI cup. In a pulsating tie that went all the way to penalties Rovers found themselves out of the cup in the cruelest of ways. But this young entertaining side will have done nothing but gain more admirers, as without a number of regulars, they owned the ball for large parts of the game and pushed their visitors on the back foot performance for long periods.
On a mixed Sunday afternoon Carrick Rovers welcomed a well organised Ballyjamesduff side to the convent lands pitch. From the off Rovers pressed early and threatened to get behind the rear guard of BJD. But after soaking up the early pressure BJD started to get on top in the middle and pressed Rovers on the back foot. After conceding a number of corners which Rovers defended well BJD took the lead after 20 minutes. A mix up in the middle of the park and the BJD number 6 stole the ball and laid a delightful ball into his number 10. The Rovers back four were caught square and the big centre forward found himself in on Thomas in a one on one situation, Thomas got a good hand to the blistering drive but could only push it onto the post from which the ball found its way to the back of the net.