Academy Weekend Review: July 8th-9th

The Bit O’ Red Academy had a full fixture list over the past weekend with all six teams in action between Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

First up on Saturday, Darren Kelly’s Under 17 Womens team had a comprehensive win away to Longford Town.

Anna McDaniel was the hero on the day, scoring three goals, added to by firt goals of the season for Lauren Devaney and Lesley Anne Sweeney.

Anthony Elding’s Under 17 Men’s side had a famous win away to St. Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday afternoon, winning 1-0 thanks to Niall Kelly’s goal in the first half. This is a traditionally difficult away tie and it was a great result for the team, who have now won their opening three games in Phase Two of the League.

Colm Jinks’ Under 14 side hosted Bohs at The Sean Fallon Centre on Saturday and both sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Rovers’ goals were scored by Ryan Cunningham and Matthew Gillen in the Under 14 Cup. This now completes the group stages with Rovers finishing with ten points from a possible fifteen on offer, and qualification to the next round confirmed.

Sunday saw three games take place, with two games at The Showgrounds and one game away from home.

At Noon, our Under 15 side drew 1-1 with Athlone Town with the only Rovers goal scored by Oran Murphy who cancelled out the visitors’ opener.

Our Under 19 Men’s team came from behind to defeat the same opposition 4-2 at The Showgrounds with a Bridel Bosakani hattrick added to a late goal from second half substitute Ultan O’ Grady who sealed the points with a header. Bosakani’s impressive second half display was the highlight of the afternoon.

Our Under 19 Women won on the road with a 2-1 win away to Treaty United at University Limerick.

Attacking duo Katie McGuire and Rebecca Doddy continued their fine scoring form with a goal each which leaves them on six and eight goals respectively.