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This Week's Aletto

Valley Lodge,  25th March

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Winner: Alison Deery Ward, 18 ONeill St, Carrickmacross 

Jackpot: Euro 2,300

Next week: Deery's

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Rovers edge tense tight affair

Cavan Town 0-3 Carrick Rovers
CMUL 15 League

Rovers travelled to Cavan astro on Sunday in a clash of two unbeaten teams. The early exchanges all went the way of the home side, forcing three early corners. On 8 minutes Cavan sliced opened the Rovers rear-guard, the Cavan striker bore down on goal and let fly with a cracker, somehow Thomas got both hands on the ball and pushed the effort over. With Rovers playing with the wind they started getting on the ball more and soon they were working the ball out from the back with Conor and Cathal providing good width. It was now Cavan's turn tom defend and Rovers created a number of half chances, with Michal, Jerome and Daniel seeing efforts blocked.

At this stage Rovers were now on top and forcing Cavan to defend a number of corners. From one of these Cavan cleared their lines well. The midfield pairing of Lorcan and Tommy won back possession and fed Daniel on the left. His cross into the box was cleared to the edge of the area where Aaron latched onto the ball and squeezed his effort into the bottom corner. Rovers then seen a number of good chances spurned, with Jerome, Daniel and Michal finding themselves in great positions. Just before halftime, Sean picked up the ball on the half way line. He beat one player and moved into space and released a great ball to Jerome. In behind the back four and only the keeper to beat Jerome shot just past the far post. At this stage Rovers introduced Dylan for the injured Sean. Half-time came with the score still 1 nil to Rovers.

With the wind at their backs, Cavan now pressed Rovers for an equaliser. The midfield and back four for Rovers were now working overtime to repel a resurgent Cavan team. On more than one occasion Thomas was called to save long range efforts and held onto two thunderous free kicks. Rovers introduced Jack for Michal and this seemed to give Rovers some impetus and they started getting on the ball more and more with Conor and Cathal now linking up with Dylan and Daniel more effectively. With Cavan committing players to get an equaliser, Rovers were hitting on the break and utilising the pace of their wide men. On 68 minutes Rovers broke quick down their right, Lorcan squeezed a ball out to Daniel who beat the fullback and quickly went into space. As he bore down on goal the Cavan defender tripped Daniel and the referee did not hesitate in pointing to the spot. Up stepped Jerome and he sent the keeper the wrong way. This seemed to deflate Cavan and Rovers were now pressing for a third, but for some resolute defending and good keeping Rovers would have added another straight away. With Liam Og introduced for Conor Rovers were soaking up the relentless Cavan pressure. In the final minute of the game Rovers broke quickly again. The ball found its way to Daniel and his cross come shot was blocked by the keeper but somehow the ball wriggled free and Dylan following up was able to poke home. This was a good all-round display with some resolute defending in the second half.
Team: Thomas Duane, Conor Grimes, Fionn O'Callaghan, Aaron Kearney, Cathal McEneaney, Michal Stepenwoski, Lorcan Murnaghan, Tommy Byrne, Daniel Leegan, Sean Burns, Jerome Abekyamwale, Dylan Ward , Jack Gillick & Liam OgMurray.

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