Carrick Rovers 2 – 0 Albion Rovers
Carrick Rovers welcomed Albion back into senior football in the NEFL after a small break, for all involved it was great to see the Monasterboice men back in the senior grade. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in perfect playing conditions both sides went about their business in a busy frantic opening few minutes. Both sides huffed and puffed, closed down all the space and made sure the man on the ball had little time or room. The game was largely played in the middle third with both keepers only being asked to carry out routine duties. The first real chance came Rovers way when Spud, being his usual busy self, forced his way along the Albion box, eluding a number of tackles and squeezed out an effort which had the keeper beaten all ends up only to see his effort crash off the post. This sparked the game into life and Rovers now found themselves under pressure. The keeper Marron was called into action to push one effort over the bar and smoother another at the inrushing forwards feet. The next piece of action seen Rovers concede a corner, this was delivered into the perfect area, with an Albion player applying the finishing touch only for the goal to be ruled out for an infringement on the Rovers keeper. The back four of Hughes, Ward, Crawley and Cunningham took heed of the warning and got tighter to the Albion front men, denying them any real space for the reminder of the half. In the middle the returning Scotson on the left showed glimpses of the football we know he possess and Tut and McGivern were solid anchoring the middle of the pitch, with Sark Murnaghan starting his first game wide right in a Rovers Jersey. The ever young Junior was immense up front, holding up the ball and bringing Spud into play throughout the whole game. As half time drew near, Scotson switched play from left to right with one superb ball and found Sark who drove goalwards only to be denied by a good tackle. The game ended 0-0 at half-time.
Last weekend was a mixed bag for Rovers Senior Teams as the First Team went down by 3-0 away to Rathkenny in the NEFL Div 2 on Sunday morning in their 3rd league game of the season with the Reserves picking up their first points of the campaign in their second outing of the season with a very good 2-0 win over visitors Albion Rovers.
Carrick Rovers AFC will hold it's Juvenile Registration Night for players born in or prior to 2004 in the Workhouse, Shercock Road, Carrickmacross from 8pm -9.30pm.
Registration remains the same as last season at €50/child. It is important to register on the night to ensure that your child is guaranteed football in the coming season.
Carrick Rovers weekly Aletto took place on Sunday 30th August.
Letters drawn were B;O;V;N.
There was no winner of the Jackpot of €3,100.
Lucky Dip Winners were
Patrick Matthews, Hackballscross.
Paddy Nelson, Legimore.
Doreen McCourt, Carrickmacross.
Michael Finnegan, Broomfield.
Next weeks Aletto will be held in The Dug Out on Sun 6th Sept - Jackpot will be €3,200.
Rovers Aletto is back in action with the draw being held in Markeys on Sunday night last.
The Jackpot of €3,000 was not won - letters drawn were U;Y;W;I.
The lucky dip winners were:
Luke McSharry, CMX
Barry Connolly, CMX
Hugh P Clerkin, Roslea
Aaron Kerley, Rockdaniel
Kitty McEntee, Ardee Rd.
Next weeks Jackpot will be €3,100.
Both Senior teams are up and running with the Firsts having lost to Premier outfit Bellurgan Utd in the Kilmessan Shield, but kicking off their NEFL Div 2 campaign with a 2-0 win over Oldcastle and a 2-2 draw at home to Kells Blackwater on Sunday last.
The Reserves (pictured above) had their first outing last Saturday when they lost out by the odd goal in 7 in a thriller away to Navan Town Reserves with Ciaran Flanagan, John Doyle and Paul Byrne finding the net for Rovers.
As Club P.R.O for the coming season I would like to wish all involved with the club at both Senior and Juvenile Level every success for the season ahead.
I would appeal to all managers to ensure that results and match reports are sent to me as promptly as possible after each game to ensure that the public are kept up to date on all aspects of club activity via this website, our Facebook and Twitter pages and of course the print media.
Our website will only be as good as the information that is being made available and I ask that every effort is made to ensure that reports are sent in every week, win, lose or draw!
Best wishes to all Club Members for Season 2015/2016!
Rovers First Team kick off their 2015/2016 season on Weds evening 12th August when they travel to the Cooley Peninsula to take on Premier Division outfit Bellurgan Utd in the Kilmessan Shield.
Fintan Swinburns charges will be hoping to build on the promise shown last season when they managed to stop a dramatic slide and consolidate their position in the NEFL Div 2.
This is no doubt a very tough fixture for Rovers as they will be coming up against a Bellurgan side who came very close to Premier League honours last season in addition to winning the Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup. Bellurgan won their first Kilmessan Shield Group Fixture on Sunday last when they beat the other team in the group, Drogheda based Black Bull FC on a 3-1 scoreline in Drogheda but the much strengthened Rovers Squad will be travelling with the hope of putting in a good performance to lay down a marker for the season ahead ! Kick off is at 7.00pm at Tom Flynn Park and all support would be much appreciated.
ROYAL BREFFNI TOURS WIN STEDFAST CUP AFTER PENALTY SHOOT-OUT
BOX VALLEY CELTIC 1-1 ROYAL BREFFNI TOURS (AET)
Royal Breffni Tours win 3-2 on penalties
The 2015 Stedfast Cup came to an exciting conclusion on Saturday last when last years beaten finalists Royal Breffni Tours went one better this time round and lifted the cup for the second time, but they were pushed to the limit when doing so by a resilient Box Valley Celtic.
Royal Breffni Tours were strong favourites going into the game after their strong performances earlier in the tournament which saw them top Group C scoring 21 goals and conceding none before overcoming local Kingscourt rivals and winners for the previous 2 years The Well in the semi-final on a 5-3 scoreline.
This was Box Valley Celtics first appearance in a Stedfast Cup final and they took the more scenic route to get there as they had to go through the semi-final play offs after finishing as Runner Up to The Well in Group B. They then saw off a strong Dug Out side by 3-0 in the semi-final play- off before defeating Group A winners, Jayz , in the semi-final where things looked bad for them with 70 mins on the clock as they trailed by two goals to nil before staging a fantastic comeback in the final 20 minutes, going through on a 3-2 scoreline with the winner coming just as the game entered added on time.
With the pitch in brilliant condition and a large crowd in attendance both teams took to the field hoping to lift the silverware on a perfect evening for football and the early stages seemed to make a mockery of the pre-match predictions as the underdogs Box Valley Celtic attacked from the off and had the favourites in all sorts of trouble. With the lions share of possession in the opening half Box Valley created all the good chances and really should have taken the lead in the 20th minute when Paul Byrne blazed over the crossbar from 6 yards with the goal at his mercy. For all their possession and chances they were unable to break down a hard working Royal Breffni defence and the half time whistle sounded with the teams still deadlocked.
Royal Breffni Tours emerged as a different force in the second 45 as they began to work their way more into the game and they served notice of their intent in the 55th minute with a shot which came crashing off the post with Box Valley Celtic keeper Johnathon Tavey beaten. With man of the match Ruairi O Rourke causing all sorts of problems down the left wing it seemed as if Box Valley Celtic would be made pay for their first half profligacy and Royal Breffni pressure finally told with 20 minutes to go when a lovely through ball saw Cian Farrelly in the clear and he calmly rounded keeper Tavey before coolly slotting home from an acute angle.
If anyone thought that this was to be the signal for Royal Breffni to see out the rest of the game comfortably they were to be mistaken as Box Valley Celtic showed the fighting qualities which got them through their semi final as they attempted to get back on level terms.3 times Royal Breffni were forced to clear off their own line and keeper Finian Farrelly was busy as he ensured that his side would still hold their slender lead as the game entered added-on time. It was all eyes on referee Denis Dullaghan, who had an excellent game, ably assisted by referees assistants Paul McGeown and Paul Oliphant, as the 90 minutes passed and with one final attack it was to be all or nothing for Box Valley Celtic. In almost a carbon copy of their late semi-final winner Box Valley once again found the net in added-on time courtesy of striker Eamonn Lynch and with the final whistle sounding moments later an exciting game was heading for extra time. Both sides seemed out on their feet and an extra 10 minutes failed to separate them and so it was on to the dreaded penalty shoot-out. With the scoreline at 3-2 to Royal Breffni after 4 penalties each, Box Valley needed to score to stay in contention but net-minder Finian Farrelly produced a fine save to win the cup for Royal Breffni Tours before being mobbed by his team-mates!
It was tough on a very good Box Valley Celtic team who gave it their all but the cup returned to stalwarts Royal Breffni Tours for the first time since 2009 and based on their overall performances throughout the competition it was no more than they deserved.
Carrick Rovers chairperson David McSharry presented the Joe McConnon/Tony Carville sponsored cup to jubilant joint captains David and Damien Russell with the presentation of trophies taking place in the Dug Out.
And so a very entertaining 2015 Stedfast Cup came to an end – 17 games, 90 goals and only 1 red card in what was a very sporting and enjoyable competition!
Carrick Rovers would like to thank all teams who took part, those who came out to watch the games, the Pitch Committee for having the pitch in excellent condition throughout, the Cavan/Monaghan Branch of the ISRS who provided officials for the games, Joe McConnon and Tony Carville for sponsoring the cup, David Whyte (Howells Jewellers) for sponsoring the Man of the Match trophy, The Dug Out for hosting the presentation and all who helped out in any way in this the 48th hosting of the Stedfast Cup.