Division BRADYS SEAT DIV 2
Team P W D L F A Pts
Kells-Blackwater 11 7 3 1 27 12 24
Rangers FC 9 7 0 2 35 16 21
Carrick Rovers 11 6 2 3 23 13 20
Bailieboro Celtic 10 5 2 3 21 22 17
Hazel Lane Utd 11 4 2 5 23 24 14
Rathkenny Rovers 9 4 2 3 15 17 14
Parkvilla 9 3 3 3 19 20 12
Rossin Rovers 8 3 0 5 12 20 9
Oldcastle Utd 9 3 1 5 19 21 7*
Harmon Rangers 9 1 2 6 12 25 5
Slane Wdrs 10 1 1 8 11 27 4
Div. 2: Bailieboro Celtic 1-2 Carrick Rovers
A Reserve: Square Utd 1-0 Carrick Rovers
U12 Prem: Carrick Rovers A 4-0 Cavan Celtic
U12 Cham:BJD 0-0 Carrick Rovers B
U13 Prem: Carrick Rovers 5-0 BJD
U14 A: Cavan Celtic 0-4 Carrick Rovers A
U14 B: Carrick Rovers B 2-3 BJD
U16: Monaghan Utd 3-0 Carrick Rovers
Carrick Rovers come out on Top in Local NEFL Division 2 Clash.
A game of football on a Friday evening, played under lights, in perfect conditions for the time of year, against a local rival, with vital points at stake, what more could you ask for? That was the scene on Friday night in Bailieborough as the local side played host to Carrick Rovers in an important clash in the NEFL Division promotion race. Bailieboro Celtic came into the tie 3 points ahead of Carrick with a game more played, so it was vital for the Monaghan clubs promotion prospects that they came away with the maximum result.
The Cavan side had been on an impressive run of results having won all their matches since the two sides had met earlier in the campaign and they must have fancied their chances of coming out victorious in this encounter. Having a good mix of experience and youth, they play a very progressive style of football but this Carrick Rovers outfit are starting to come together as a unit and are get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and are becoming very hard to beat as recent results can prove. The home side won the toss and opted to play with the strong breeze in the first half. They used the advantage of the elements to get the ball forward as quickly as possible into their potent frontline and this meant that Rovers defence of Craig Fanning, Benny McSkane, Martin Carroll and Cian Matthews, were heavily involved in the opening period of the game. Behind them 17 years old Thomas Marron was making his debut in goals for the senior team and didn’t look out of place. Bailieboro’s forwards were very lively and thought they’d taken the lead after 9 minutes when they put an impressive attack together only for the striker to be blown up for offside just as he finished to the net. This was to be an early warning for the visitors as the hosts looked to drive home their advantage. They managed to open the scoring 7 minutes later when McSkane’s clearance dropped 10 yards outside the Rovers area and Paul Noone was on hand to flash a terrific rising shot high into the top corner giving Marron absolutely no chance of saving it.
The goal seemed to spark Carrick into action as they began to ask questions of the Bailieboro defence. Matthews and Ciaran Flanagan began to link up well down the Rovers left flank and on numerous occasions Flanagan was able to get to the end line and deliver dangerous crosses into the heart of the Bailieboro area but Rovers failed to take any of the opportunities with Wayne Kerley, Brenadan Kerley and Gerard McKeown frustrated by the Bailieboro defence and their Keeper on several occasions. The work-rate of McGeown and in particular Rob Berg in the Rovers midfield began to pay dividends as they began to gain more and more possession and thus drive Rovers forward but again they failed to make it count on the scoresheet through a combination of tremendous defending and wasteful finishing. Bailieboro were dangerous on the counter-attack and Rovers lived dangerously at the back at times in their efforts to regain parity. The half finished with no further score.
Half-Time Bailieboro Celtic 1 Carrick Rovers 0.
Rovers came out with the elements in their favour in the second period and started on the front foot. Kevin Lambe, who’d had a quiet opening half by his standards, was involved from the whistle and almost scored within a minute of the restart after driving passed 2 Bailiboro defenders before seeing his thunderous shot tipped around the upright by the home keeper. From the resulting corner Carroll’s goal-bound header was cleared of the line by a home defender. Lambe again tested the Keeper 3 minutes later with a dipping drive from 40 yards that the Keeper finger-tipped over his crossbar. McSkane, who had pushed into midfield with the half-time introduction of David Wilson for Berg, gave Rovers a bit more of a treat going forward and it was him that was the next to ask the Keeper questions with a 25 yard effort. The two Kerley’s upfront were a constant threat with Brendan’s experienced hold-up play and the adventurous movement of Wayne, giving the home side lots of problems to deal with. McGeown was getting further and further up the pitch to link up with the forward line and it was from one of his raids that Rovers thought they had equalised but again the ball was hacked of the goal-line by a Bailieboro defender. The home-side began to come into the game again after the initial onslaught by Rovers in the second period and they threatened to increase their lead with the dangerous Luke Gilsenan firing just over Marron’s bar from the edge of the box. Rovers were beginning to get the feeling that it wasn’t going to be their night when they were awarded a free-kick some 45 yards from goal on their left. Matthews’s delivery to the near post was superbly flicked to the far corner by Brendan Kerley leaving the home Keeper flat footed.
The game became end-to-end from that on with Rovers looking for a winner and Bailieboro trying to catch them on the counter-attack. It was from one of these attacks that the most important moment of the game came. After a Rovers attack had broken down, Bailieboro quickly drove forward putting a neat and precise attack together that tore the Rovers defence open and resulted in Noone being 1-v-1 with Marron. Noone seemed to have picked his spot but the tall, youthful keeper spread his frame and somehow divert the ball around his upright with his foot, for a corner. The decisive goal came in the 76th minute when Rovers broke down the left wing and Flanagan’s delivery was flicked on by Brendan Kerley for his younger sibling to smash a first-time left foot volley into the bottom corner giving the Keeper no chance. A goal to win any match. Shortly after the pair withdrew exhausted from the efforts and were replaced by Eamon Lynch and Shane McDaniel respectively. Rovers still had a lot of work to down defensively as the hosts went looking for an equaliser and Carroll and Wilson had to be alert on a number of occasions to clear the danger. Rovers held out for what could be a vital 3 points towards their quest for promotion from this very competitive division. A tremendous advertisement for Senior soccer in the Cavan / Monaghan area with the future of both Clubs looking very promising.
Final Score Bailieboro Celtic 1 Carrick Rovers AFC 2.
Team: Thomas Marron, Craig Fanning, Benny McSkane, Martin “Titch” Carroll, Cian Matthews, Kevin Lambe, Gerard McKeown, Rob Berg, Wayne Kerley, Brendan Kerley and Ciaran Flanagn.
Substitutes Used: David Wilson for Berg (45 mins), Eamon Lynch for B. Kerley (79 mins) Shane McDaniel for W. Kerley (82 mins). Unused Subs: Padraig Marron and Barry McNally.
Friday: Division 2: Bailieboro v. Carrick Rovers KO: 8.00pm
Saturday: A Reserve: Square Utd v. Carrick Rovers
U12 Prem: Carrick Rovers v. Cavan Celtic
U12 Cham: BJD v. Carrick Rovers
U14 A: Cavan Celtic v. Carrick Rovers
U14 B: Carrick Rovers v. BJD
U16: Monaghan Utd. v. Carrick Rovers
U13 A: Carrick Rovers v. BJD
U15: Cavan Shamrocks v. Carrick Rovers
U18 MCL: Monaghan Town v. Carrick Rovers
A Reserve: Kingscourt Harps 2-1 Carrick Rovers
Tully Challenge Cup: Carrick Rovers 5-1 Rock Celtic
Girls U12: Carrick Rovers 0-0 Walshestown
U12 Prem: Cavan Shamrock 4-1 Carrick Rovers
U12 Cham: Carrick Rovers 1-6 Clones
U14 B: Carrick Rovers 1-4 Cootehill
U16: Carrick Rovers 6-1 Cootehill
U18 John Sherlock Cup: Carrick Rovers 8-2 Cavan Celtic
Rampant Rovers knock Premier League side Rock Celtic out of the Cup.
There was a feeling of nostalgia on the Ballybay Road on Sunday morning when Carrick Rovers NEFL Division 2 side welcomed old foes in the shape of Premier League outfit Rock Celtic, for a Tully Bookmakers Cup clash.
Saturday: A Reserve: Kingscourt 3rds v. Carrick Rovers KO: 4.00pm
Sunday: Tully Cup: Carrick Rovers v. Rock Celtic KO: 11.45am
U12 Prem: Cavan Shamrocks v. Carrick Rovers
U12 Cham Carrick Rovers v. Clones Town
U14 A: BJD v. Carrick Rovers
U14 B: Carrick Rovers v. Cootehill, to be confirmed
U16 : Carrick Rovers v. Cootehill, to be confirmed
U13 A: BJD v. Carrick Rovers
U13 B: Bailieboro v. Carrick Rovers
U15: Carrick Rovers v. BJD ? postponed.
U18: MCL, Carrick Rovers v. Cavan Celtic ? postponed.
A Reserve: Carrick Rovers 2-2 Boyne Harps
U12 Prem: Carrick Rovers 5-2 BJD
U13 A: Drumlin Youths 0-2 Carrick Rovers
U13 B: Clones 5-1 Carrick Rovers
U14 SFAI Cup: Carrick Rovers 1-1 Letterkenny; Letterkenny won 13-12 on pens. AET.
U14 B: Carrick Rovers 1-6 Cavan Shamrocks
U15 : Carrick Rovers 7-1 Clones Town
U18 : Carrick Rovers 11-0 Ballyhaise
PENALTY HEARTBREAK FOR CARRICK ROVERS U14'S IN EPIC ULSTER REGION SFAI CUP FINAL
Ulster Region SFAI cup final U14 : Full time: Carrick Rovers 0-0 Letterkenny Rovers
After extra time: Carrick Rovers 1-1 Letterkenny Rovers
Penalties: Carrick Rovers 11-12 Letterkenny Rovers
Carrick Rovers welcomed red hot favourites Letterkenny Rovers to the Ballybay road on Saturday 26th November for the U14 Ulster Region SFAI Cup Final. It was a dull November day but there was certainly nothing dull about what was to unfold. Letterkenny who are one of the best young sides in the country have taken some big scalps in this competition in recent years including St Josephs in Dublin last year and they finally bowed out to St Kevins Boys.
They have added handsomely to their squad with 3 key players from the Donegal squad who went all the way to the National Inter League Final where they lost to the DDSL.
Carrick were in no doubt as to the task ahead, but have shown some great improvement in this seasons cup with good wins against Ballyhaise Celtic, Quigleys Point Swifts and away to Bonagee United with the squad strength being the key.
The game kicked off at 12 noon and right from the first whistle you could see that every ball was going to be contested aggressively by both teams. This made for a very cagey opening 15 minutes with a lot of the game being played in the middle third of the pitch. Both teams were trying to get the ball wide and play, but there was minimal time on the ball and it was no place for the faint hearted.
There wasn't a chance of note for either team early on but Jack Dwyer won a free kick on the edge of the Carrick box after 20 minutes which he clipped the top of the crossbar with. Zach Donnely and Stephen O'Rourke weren't getting much change out of the Letterkenny rearguard but their workrate was admirable and Letterkenny were finding it hard to work the ball out from the back. There was a real ding dong battle in the middle of the pitch but Flynn Holland, Nathan Mc Nally and Daniel Mc Cahey were putting in the shift of their lives and Carrick were breaking even in there.
Nathan Plumb and Jack Dwyer came into the game with big reputations but they were finding it very hard and were allowed no space by a courageous, well organised back 3 of Cormac Alfred, Keith Farnan and Cathal Maher and frustration was starting to creep into their game as the half ticked away.
Luke Mc Sharry and Dylan Byrne were working their socks off on the wings but were being denied any space by Rory Pyper and David Boyle. Daire O'Shea was having a quiet day in the nets and dealt comfortably with anything Letterkenny threw at him and contolled his box all day.
As the half wore on Leon Doherty was having more of an influence on the game and he was starting to cause a few problems on the right for the home side but there was to be no breakthrough as the half time whistle sounded.
Half time 0-0
Letterkenny started the second half on the front foot with their back four now starting to control the game and push
the Carrick lads deeper and deeper. Ben Mc Connon almost hit them on the break but he was adjudged to be offside. With 15 minutes left Joel Gorman found space on the edge of the Carrick box and he hit a beauty which came back off the post and was cleared from danger.
Daniel Mc Cahey and Ben Mc Connon both had half chances but neither could find the target. Carrick were looking more dangerous at this stage and Marcus Obajuluwa found himself in space on the edge of the Letterkenny box but he failed to get his shot away. That was the last chance of note and the game went to extra time.
Full time 0-0
Extra time kicked off and Carrick were looking the better side and were now getting more time on the ball, they worked a nice triangle out on the edge of the Letterkenny area and Daniel mc Cahey put Nathan Mc Nally in but he rushed his shot and it went outside the post.
Carrick were now creating more and Conor Cassidy was preparing to go in, but they gave the ball away in the middle of the pitch and Letterkenny broke and Leon Doherty rounded Conor Martin and rolled the ball past the onrushing Daire O'Shea to put Letterkenny 1-0 up.
Letterkenny were now looking for a second as Carrick were on the ropes but they had to go for it. There was to be yet another twist as Keith Farnan made an excellent challenge on the edge of the box and Nathan Plumb gave the referee no choice but to give the young lad a straight red for a late challenge on the defender who took a nasty blow to the head. That was the last action of the half.
Half time in extra time 0-1
Carrick were now pushing Letterkenny back further and further and Oran Mc Mahon came in at centre forward. Letterkenny were now on the ropes but Carrick were running out of time. With time running out Carrick won a corner and this would surely be their last chance. Nathan Mc Nally attempted to attack the corner and got goal side of Rory Pyper who pushed him to the ground and the referee had no choice but to award the penalty, Rory Pyper had been playing on the edge all day and he received his second yellow card and was sent to the line. Nathan Mc Nally put away the penalty but Carrick had no time to take make use of their numerical advantage as the referee blew for full time.
Full time extra time 1-1
That wasn't the end of this pulsating encounter which now had to be decided on the lottery of penalties.
Carrick missed first but Letterkenny couldn't take advantage and it finished 4-4 meaning it would go to sudden death. With the score at 11-11 Carrick missed and James Gallagher finished coolly to end this pulsating encounter.
It was heartbreak for Carrick and you could see how much it meant to the players. They worked so hard for this and should feel very proud of this performance as they raised the bar yet again with their never say die attitude.
They say you have to love something to do it really well and Carrick Rovers showed their passion for the game of soccer in abundance on November 26th against one of the top sides in the country. Well done to Ulster Champions, Letterkenny Rovers but Carrick Rovers gained a lot of respect in this heroic defeat and showed that CMUL teams are capable of competing with the best in the country. Well done to referee Paul Rooney who had an excellent game and kept control on a fiercly competitive contest. TO DARE IS TO DO.
Carrick Rovers: Daire O'Shea, Cormac Alfred, Keith Farnan, Cathal Maher, Luke Mc Sharry, Nathan Mc Nally, Daniel Mc Cahey, Flynn Holland, Dylan Byrne, Zach Donnelly, Stevie O'Rourke, Oran Mc Mahon, Ben Mc Connon, Conor Martin Marcus Obajuluwa, Conor Cassidy.
Letterkenny Rovers: Killian Gribben, Leon Doherty, James Barlow Gallagher, James Lenty Gallagher, Sean Mc Veigh Conor Mc Daid, Dermot Slevin, Rory Pyper, Joel Gorman, Nathan Plumb, Jack Dwyer, David Boyle, Johnny Pearson, Liam Hannigan, Sean Mc Ginley.