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.