Rovers 14 Premier side entertained Monaghan United in a top of the table clash. Both teams were aware a lot was at stake, but still put on a highly entertaining game.
The away side opened the much brighter, with Eli prompting from the middle and Connor Doyle making good runs up front. After 5 minutes Utd created the first chance with Doyle turning his marker and cracking an effort of the outside of the post. This seemed to be the wake-up call Rovers required.
Rovers 14's side travelled to face a tough BJD side. Rovers started very brightly and found themselves one up in the first minute. A delightful through ball from Sean found Jerome; he beat two defenders before shooting past the keeper from 15 yards. This set up the early tempo of the match with Rovers pressing well. The back four looked solid and the midfield were moving the ball around well. On 12 minutes Rovers found themselves two up. Again a delightful move with the ball being moved out from the back and through Eddie on the right whose cross-field pass was picked up by Daniel who crossed for Jerome to finish on the half volley.
Rovers 14's side faced an understrength Clones side at home on the Aces pitch. From the off Rovers pressed and after 5 minutes found the opening goal. A well worked move found Fionn O’Callaghan in space at the edge of the box and his pile-driver nestled into the bottom corner of the Clones net. The back four of Aaron Kearney, Tommy Byrne, Lee Butler and Cathal McEneany were well marshalled by Thomas Duane in goal, who seems to be taking on board the extra coaching received by Willie McNab from Glasgow Celtic F.C., encouraging the keeper to communicate with his back four.
Rovers 14 premier side travelled to Monaghan Astro to play their hosts Drumkill Rovers in the semi-final of the cup. In a tight tense affair both sides started slowly testing each other early on without ever really committing. Winning the toss Rovers elected to play with the breeze in the first half and where soon pressing Drumkill back. But a stubborn, tight defence were giving Rovers no clear opportunities, closing down the space and getting players behind the ball. On 12 minutes Rovers had the first half glimpse at goal with a neat move down there left getting the ball into Jerome whose shot was dealt with comfortably by the Drumkill keeper. This seemed to give Rovers the impetus and for the next 10 minutes they pressed their opponents, forcing a number of corners.
Rovers 14 side, minus three players due to illness and injury, travelled for an early kick off to a blustery Century Homes Park on Sunday morning. The home side opened the brighter off the two sides, putting Rovers on the back foot for the first five minutes. The back four of Ryan, Lee, Tommy and Cathal held strong and Rovers started to get a grip in the middle with Fionn and Lorcan starting to get to grips with the Utd midfield.
Rovers entertained a spirited Cavan Celtic team at the Carrick Aces pitch on Sunday afternoon. It was Rovers first competitive match in over 6 weeks. This young side started brightly, moving the ball wide and after 4 minutes created their first opportunity. The ball was won by the centre back pairing of Tommy Byrne and Liam Og Murray, they quickly moved the ball to the right full, Oran Martin who quickly strode forward, and he picked out Peter McElroy who fed the in rushing Jerome. His effort was pushed away for a corner. From the resulting corner Lorcan got a head to the ball only to see his effort blocked, the ball worked its way to the edge of the box where Fionn let fly only to bring a good save from the Cavan keeper.
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.
Carrick Rovers 14's Premier side travelled to Clones on Sunday afternoon and ran out winners against a resilient Clones team. The pitch left a lot to be desired, with the grass uncut, the surface uneven and with holes in places. Rovers found themselves on the back foot early on, with the Clones side pressing Rovers high up the pitch. After 3 minutes Rovers conceded a corner and from the resulting delivery Rovers found themselves one down.
The Ballybay Road was the place to be last Sunday morning, two very good sides, which play entertaining and stylish football clashed. The home team started well and for the first 8 minutes put a strong Monaghan side under pressure. A number of half chances were created for a lively front pairing of Sean Burns and Jerome Abekyamwale. These two gave the Monaghan rearguard a hard time for the full game, constantly probing and making great runs behind the Monaghan rearguard.
The bank holiday weekend brought Carrick Rovers and Killylough together again for their 5th encounter of the season on a sunny Sunday afternoon to contest the final of the 14s Championship Cup in Cootehill Harps Astro Pitch. Rovers faced a daunting task taking on the league winners who were abundant in confidence. But confidence in the Rovers camp was also high, having been justly rewarded for their seasons exploits with an end of season Final, cheered on by their families and friends.