BRADYS SEAT DIV 2
Team P W D L F A Pts
Rangers FC 12 10 0 2 45 21 30
Kells-Blackwater 14 9 3 2 35 18 30
Carrick Rovers 12 7 2 3 25 14 23
Bailieboro Celtic 13 7 2 4 31 29 23
Rathkenny Rovers 11 6 2 3 26 19 20
Hazel Lane Utd 12 5 2 5 26 24 17
Parkvilla 12 3 3 6 24 32 12
Rossin Rovers 10 4 0 6 18 27 12
Oldcastle Utd 11 3 1 7 21 28 7*
Harmon Rangers 10 1 2 7 15 29 5
Slane Wdrs 13 1 1 11 14 39 4
JUSTIN'S BARBER SHOP A RESERVE
Team P W D L F A Pts
Kingscourt Harps 3rd 10 10 0 0 29 8 30
Navan Town 9 6 3 0 16 2 21
Omp Utd 11 5 3 3 17 19 18
Kentstown Rovers 9 5 1 3 21 14 16
Carrick Rovers 12 4 4 4 26 20 16
Trim Town 12 5 0 7 24 23 15
Square Utd 11 4 3 4 21 25 15
Bohermeen Celtic 9 4 1 4 13 24 13
Rathmullen Celtic 9 3 3 3 16 18 12
Boyne Harps 12 3 2 7 24 29 11
Enfield Celtic 10 3 0 7 15 15 9
Rossin Rovers 10 0 0 10 4 29 0
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.