Rovers 17’s produced their best performance of the season so far in defeating highly placed Johnstown, on the running track pitch on Saturday morning. Short a few regulars, including a recognized Goal keeper, they went into the game with just the bare 12 players against a team with ambitions of winning the league. Rovers started sharply and within the 1st 3 minutes they should have taken the lead when Patrick Larney released Aaron Jones with a defense splitting pass that put Jones 1 on 1 with the keeper but the Johnstown man made himself big and smothered the danger. Within 3 minutes Johnstown had opened the scoring after a mistake at the back by Rovers let the away striker have a run at goal and then he smashed a rising shot over stand-in keeper Ryan Carolan.
Carrick Rovers 17's hosted near neighbours, Newtown, in a rescheduled fixture, on the Carrick Aces pitch on Saturday morning. Newtown are currently top of the NECSL 17's League and only last week beat a strong Cork side to qualify for the last 8 of the FAI Umbro Cup, so this was always going to be a hard game.
There was something of an International feel to proceedings on the Ballybay Road on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, as the visitors were DC de Carhaix, from Brittany, France. They had travelled to Carrickmacross to see if they could retain the Coupe de Jumelage (The Twinning Cup), which they had won 12 months previously in France against Carrick Rovers 17’s side. A large crowd had gathered to support these local lads and the visitors and both the day and the pitch, encouraged both sides to play good entertaining football.
Carrick Rovers 17's first home game of the season, saw last years League Champions Parkvilla travelling to the Convent Lands pitch. The game started brightly with the much changed Navan team having the bigger percentage of the possession without really troubling the Rovers back line of Ryan Carolan, Ian Martin, Thomas Finnegan and Cian Matthews.