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.
Carrick Rovers 16’s met
Carrick Rovers 16’s met Park Celtic Summerhill for our second league encounter. The last meeting was a closely fought match with Park Celtic Summerhill coming away as 2-1 winners. These two teams are similar in style and ability so a tough battle loomed.
Carrick have improved over the season and opened well with strong passing moves up to the forwards, a long through ball found Kevin Lambe free and he bore down on the Park Celtic Summerhill goals on a one on one with the goalie – surely a goal but conditions under foot were not kind to Kevin and it was saved, but this was a good opening rally and got the Carrick lads spirits up.
Carrick Rovers 16’s met Kentstown on the Shercock Road. Carrick Rovers 16’s lads are keen to keep their new found winning form intact.
A lot of training has been done to get us back on track and determination is high in the Carrick camp but Kentstown who are above us in the table would be a formidable opponent.
Carrick started with some nice clever passing moves and this was the solid type of start that has evaded us so far this season, Carrick pushed the ball around and got a few early attacks on the Kentstown goal.
Andrew McMahon had his debut in goals and saved many strong Kentstown assaults on his goals.
Carrick Rovers 16’s met Bohermeen in the Cup First Round in Navan. We are having a difficult season and were keen to get back on track. Carrick opened well and attacked Bohermeen with some nice one touch passes to make a few good advances towards goal.
Bohermeen were quick on the counterattack and liked to send in long balls over our defence to their pacy forwards, one attack had their forward bearing down on the Carrick goals only for Conor Duffy to catch up with him and stop him with a sound sliding tackle.
Rovers 16's squad headed to Navan last Saturday morning to take on Parkvilla who are in a strong position in the League. From past experience against this opposition the Rovers knew they had to start strongly but unfortunately they did the exact opposite.
Carrick Rovers 16’s met
Johnstown opened strongly with some robust dealings in front of the Carrick goals, Conor Duffy took off an acrobatic save to prevent them getting an early lead, Johnstown were at full throttle and gave the Carrick defenders some testing drives towards Carrick’s goals. Andrew Culleton had a busy time marshalling his area. Peter Boylan made some brave aerial duels with the
Carrick Rovers 16’s met Trim Celtic in the league on Saturday 06 October. Trim Celtic are one of the stronger teams in our division and we knew we were going to have to hit fifth gear from the start.
Carrick didn’t disappoint in this respect with Richie Sheridan having a strong shot on the Trim Celtic goals saved in the third minute. Carrick were attacking with some nice passing moves up the wings. Cormac Boylan was sending some nice through balls to Kevin Lambe who had another good shot saved. Trim Celtic hit back with some fast moves through midfield and only for some good tackling by Liam McGeough would have broke through to the Carrick goals.
Rovers 14 Premier side had the chance to claim a unique Premier League and Cup double on Sunday last. Rovers were facing BJD in the final, a good ball playing determined outfit. Rovers started like a rocket. Within one minute Rovers had forced a corner and when Jerome swung the ball to the back post, Eddie rose highest and directed it goal ward. With a number of BJD defenders blocking, Lorcan stole in and directed the ball to the net. This put BJD on the back foot and Rovers pushed for a second. On 5 minutes Rovers gained possession in the middle of the park and fed Seanie who immediately found his strike partner Jerome, Eddie had made a great run down the right and Jerome slid a beautiful ball into his path. Eddie strode into the box and with composure fired past a bewildered BJD keeper.
Rovers travelled to Ballyjamesduff to take on the local side in a must win game for Rovers. The home side that have pushed this Rovers side hard all year started off the brighter, threatening Rovers back four and keeper. Rovers quickly got their rhythm. When this young side find this form they play with real panache and stroke the ball about with ease. They quickly added number one with Seanie tapping in at the back post from a cross from Edward. Rovers didn’t ease off and played some fantastic football, going in at half time in a comfortable position. To the credit of BJD, they pressed hard and did not give up.
The second half continued much the same as the first with Rovers playing some neat attractive football. For periods of the game Rovers played as well as they have done all year. The final result saw Rovers run out winners in the end, with the final score not really reflecting the overall pattern off the game. The scorers on the day for Rovers were Edward Walsh, Seanie Burns, Jerome Abekyamwale, Dylan McCahey and Peter McElroy all finding the net. The final result did not do BJD real justice and when we take to the field next Sunday in the Cup we will expect a much sterner test. This was a good game of football played by two footballing sides. Well done to both teams on an entertaining game and we will meet again next weekend in the Cup.
Rovers side on the day Thomas Duane, Breffini Henry, Ryan Nelson, Aaron Kearney, Fionn O’Callaghan, Cathal McEneaney, Lee Butler, Peter McElroy, Tommy Byrne, Lorcan Murnaghan, Edward Walsh, Liam OgMurray, Dylan McCahey, Sean Burns, Jerome Abekyamwale and Daniel (One Arm) Leegan who travelled with his team mates even with a broken collarbone.
Well done to this young side, which set out at the start off the year with one goal, to win the 14 Premier League. They have achieved this goal, by sticking to their principal of playing an attractive brand of passing football. The league was not won on Sunday last, but on windy and wet October bank holiday weekends with a depleted side in Cavan, or scrapping a 2-2 draw against Ballyjamesduff at home. This was a real team effort and congratulations to the panel of 22 players that have performed so well for this side all year. We now look forward to one last push, the premier cup final versus Ballyjamesduff on Sunday.
Rovers entertained Monaghan United on Sunday morning last in the semi-final of the 14 Premier Cup. Fresh from a big win over one of our closest rivals we knew that this encounter was going to be a tighter affair. Utd opened the brighter and controlled the early possession without really threatening the Rovers goal. Once Rovers got settled they started to win possession in the middle of the pitch where Fionn O’Callaghan and Lorcan Murnaghan put in an immense afternoon shift. The first real chance fell to Monaghan Utd, a ball swung in from the left caught out both Edward and Peter and found its way to the Utd player at the back post. Luckily for Rovers both Edward and Peter reacted quickly to snuff out the danger.
Rovers 14 side came into the Cup Final on a good run of form but came up against a hungrier and more determined Shamrocks side. From the off, Shamrocks hunted in packs, closed down the space and moved the ball forward quickly. They controlled the game and on 10 minutes Rovers lost the ball on their own left wing, Shamrocks swung over a delightful ball and the wee number 10 got between two Rovers defenders to guide a beautiful header past Thomas in goal.