Academy weekend review

Our under 13 team were first up this weekend when they welcomed Finn Harps to The Sean Fallon Centre on Friday night.

The team competed well for large stages of the game, creating some good chances in either half. With twenty minutes remaining, the teams were level at 0-0. Harps took the lead with fifteen minutes left, and added two more goals before the end to make it 3-0 at full time.

On Saturday, both our under 15 and 17 boys took on the same opposition.

In Drumoghill, Donegal, Rovers ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Adam Nugent and Conor Devaney. This result sees Rovers lead the group on a maximum 12 points from the opening four games.

The Bit O’ Red were without a couple of players for this fixture due to their involvement with the under 17 squad, so this result shows the strength in depth of Conor O’ Grady’s squad.

At 1pm, our under 17 team hosted Harps at The Sean Fallon Centre. These two sides met a fortnight ago and it was the same scoreline this time around with Rovers winning 5-0 thanks to a Johnny Kenny hattrick, taking his tally to 9 league goals for the season, and a goal a piece from Kailin Barlow and Oran Groarke. Ryan Casey’s side have now won their last three games and remain unbeaten in the league so far.

Our under 17 ladies team travelled to Letterkenny to take on Donegal at 5:30pm, also on Saturday.

A lively start to the game saw Rovers take the lead, and be pegged back straight away inside the opening minutes. Two Sarah Kiernan goals as well as a Muireann Devaney strike eventually saw The Bit O’ Red run out winners on a 3-2 scoreline. This result continues a solid start to the campaign with four points from the opening two games.

On Sunday, our under 19 squad also played Finn Harps at The Sean Fallon Centre.

A tight first half saw both sides create chances and either goalkeeper making a couple of good saves. The game opened up after the break and Harps took the lead from the penalty spot before Johnny Kenny, having scored three the previous day for the under 17 team, equalised for Rovers.

The game could have gone either way at this point but the away team took all three points thanks to a fine header late on.

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