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This Week's Aletto

Valley Lodge,  25th March

Letters: A S I L

Winner: Alison Deery Ward, 18 ONeill St, Carrickmacross 

Jackpot: Euro 2,300

Next week: Deery's

Jackpot: Euro 1,000


Golden GoalBack by popular demand.

This weeks game is Chelsea V Arsenal.

€2 per ticket.

50 First goal scored

30 Last goal scored

80 If only one goal scored

45th min includes added time in 1st half

90th min includes added time at end of game

91st min ticket wins if 0-0 Draw

Goal Times: Sky Sports Website.

On Saturday morning last the big move was on - Sean Hand was temporarily signed in the January transfer window to get us over the line (or more accurately to get us out the gate). Having landed temporary housing on site in 1995 in 3 single pieces the question was – “how many pieces would they leave in?” Thankfully they left as they arrived albeit slightly more weathered.

Many Thanks to Sean Hand for his assistance – the right man with the right machinery made it easy.

Carrick Rovers 17's travelled to St. Patrick's in Navan, on Saturday morning to take part in a NECSL 16/17's Blitz. Although beaten in the 1st game by Park Celtic Summerhill, they recovered to draw the next game with a NECSL ETP Squad and beat OMP and Ardee Celtic. This was a well worth exercise after the Christmas break and good preparation for the resumption of the League campaign.

On behalf of all the 17's NECSL Squad and myself, I'd like to thank Gary McCarthy for all the help he gave with this squad of lads. Gary, along with Peter Maxwell, was part of the group who travelled to Carhaix last year, to play our French counter-parts DC de Carhaix. Gary was a great example of somebody putting an effort back into the club to help encourage the next generation to come through the ranks, like he did himself and to possibly play Senior football with Carrick Rovers. The management and squad made a small presentation to Gary at a recent challenge match in Cootehill, of a plaque to mark the teams success in this years Coupe de Jumelage tournanment. The best of luck to Gary in his new adventure in Australia.

Christmas 2012 @ AclintSanta arrived at Aclint just around noon on Saturday last when Rovers’ young footballers were finishing up for Christmas. He said it was a practice run and as footballers they understood. He told them that he had a team himself – The Lapland Snowmen – and they played a good deal on the Faroe Islands all weather pitch – a bit like Aclint. One clever young Rover suggested they should play against Queens Park Reindeers! Santa explained that he had a full squad for Christmas Eve and that like modern managers he had to give players sleightime and rests.

Thanks to David (A), David (McS), Mark, Karl, Noel, Seán, Mary, Caroline, Carlos, Niall, Gordon and Diarmaid – none of these reindeer will have noses put out if new faces arrive in the January window.

Happy Christmas to Gerry Rahill and his family also.


Pictures from todays Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup - Carrick Rovers vs Skryne Tara game. Rovers 3-2 Skryne

Great value FAI Christmas bundle announced,

Poland and Austria two match package plus Ireland jersey from €45 for kids and €75 for adults.

FAI Christmas Bundle

Congratulations to Adam Lynagh, one of our 14's CMUL players, on winning the Junior North East Got Talent Competition.

The Club wishes Adam the best of luck in the future.

Fixtures Sat/Sun Dec 8th & 9th

Saturday Dec 8th

MDL Premier Reserve

Duleek V Carrick Rovers - 2.30pm

NECSL 17 Premier

Park Celtic Summerhill V Carrick Rovers - 12.30pm

NECSL 16 Premier

Carrick Rovers V Kingscourt - 11am


NECSL 15 Div 1


Parkvilla V Carrick Rovers - 12.30pm



Sunday Dec 9th

Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup

Carrick Rovers V Skryne Tara - 2pm

Fixtures Sat/Sun Nov 24th & 25th

Saturday Nov 24th

MDL Premier Reserve

Carrick Rovers V Navan Cosmos - 2.30pm

NECSL 17 Premier

Torro V Carrick Rovers - 11am

NECSL 16 John Harte Rd 1

Bohermeen Celtic V Carrick Rovers - 11am

15 NECSL Cup Rd 1

Carrick Rovers V Kingscourt - 10am

CMUL 13 Premier

Carrick Rovers V Ballyjamesduff - 2pm


Sunday Nov 25th

Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup

Carrick Rovers V Skryne/Tara - 2pm

CMUL 14 Premier

Drumkill Rovers V Carrick Rovers - 10.30am

CMUL 14 Championship

Cavan Celtic V Carrick Rovers - 4pm


As a mark of repect for the late Angela Guinan. All Carrick Rovers matches and activities are suspended for this weekend. Carrick Rovers AFC Committee.

Fixtures Sat/Sun Nov 10th & 11th

Saturday Nov 10th

MDL Premier Reserve

Quay Celtic v Carrick Rovers - 2.30pm

MDL C Reserve Group B

Carrick Rovers V Ardee Celtic - 2.30pm

NECSL 17 Premier

Torro V Carrick Rovers - 11am

NECSL 16 Premier

Trim Celtic V Carrick Rovers - 1pm


Sunday Nov 11th

MDL Nivea for Men Premier

Carrick Rovers V OMP - 2.30pm

SFAI 15's Evans Cup Rd 3

Raheny V Carrick Rovers - 12.30pm


OMP Utd 2-0 Carrick Rovers

Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup

A much changed Carrick Rovers side exited the Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup on Sunday afternoon last when they lost out in a tight game against Navan outfit OMP Utd at MDL headquarters in Navan. 

Whilst it is never good to lose a game, Rovers can take heart from a much improved and committed performance against a good home side. 

This was a case of back to the future for the South Monaghan side as a number of players such as the evergreen Pip Shannon and Keith Gilsenan were making their debuts second time round, as they have opted to come back from having hung up their boots to come to Rovers aid and their determination and competitiveness certainly permeated throughout the side as this new look, more experienced outfit showed that they are willing to battle for the rest of the season ahead and, result aside, a lot of positives can be taken from this display. 

Rovers settled reasonably quickly and the opening quarter proved to be an even enough affair with Rovers coming close in the 17th minute with striker Eamonn Lynch's shot from the edge of the area scraping the crossbar.Omp looked dangerous as they used the width of the immaculate MDL pitch to good effect and Rovers were dealt an early blow when centre half Pip Shannon had to leave the action after an accidental clash of heads. Rovers then fell behind in the 32nd minute when they conceded what was a poor goal from their point of view. A free kick from just inside their own half was knocked into the space between keeper and defence and the alert OMP forward was quickest to react as he beat keeper Clint Marron to the ball and his header sailed into the unguarded net from the edge of the penalty area. 

Rovers would have felt unfortunate to be behind but unlike the previous encounters between the sides this season there was to be no capitulation on Rovers behalf this time around. 

The visitors started the second half in a very positive fashion and should have been on level terms 8 minutes in when some good work saw striker Eamonn Lynch played through but in a one on one with the home keeper he saw his powerfully struck shot well saved by the net-minder. This was a sign of things to come in the second half as Rovers were well on top in terms of possession and territory and they continued to be in the ascendency as the half progressed, creating a number of decent chances but unfortunately not being able to avail of them. OMP's forays down the flanks were nowhere near as frequent but they still looked dangerous on the break, particularly when Rovers went for broke with 15 minutes to go when they pushed 3 up top with the hard working Shane McDaniel joining Eamonn Lynch and the tricky Darius Drewniak.Rovers were forced into their final substitution just before this when they lost their other centre half, the impressive Gavin Flanagan,to a tight hamstring. 

Rovers however continued to press with Brian Marron pulling the strings in midfield but all their efforts were in vain with just 4 minutes to go when they were caught on the counter attack and although Marron in goal produced an excellent save to deny the excellent OMP striker the rebound fell straight to the forward who drilled it to the net to end Rovers resistance and knock them out of the cup. 

Whilst Rovers were disappointed with the result, they can take alot of heart from a much improved performance and with this panel together for the rest of the season Rovers will be doing their utmost to turn things around and who would bet against this particular group of lads doing just that!

Carrick Rovers: Clint Marron, Craig Fannin, Martin McDermott, Pip Shannon (Oisin McDonnell 8 - John Doyle 43), Gavin Flanagan (Warren Kerley 72), Keith Gilsenan, Shane McDaniel, Brian Marron, Eamonn Lynch, Darius Drewniak, Paudie Kirk. Sub not used Fergal Winters.


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