Academy Weekend Review – October 5th

There were just the three fixtures down for decision at the weekend with our Under 17 men and both Under 19 sides in action across Friday and Sunday.

Ryan Casey’s Under 17 men’s side welcomed north west neighbours Finn Harps on Friday night under the lights at The Sean Fallon Centre. The game was evenly contested with Daniel Kelly scoring for The Bit O’ Red to earn a draw. Kelly now joins up with the Ireland Under 17 squad in Cork this week for three European Qualifiers against Andorra, North Macedonia and Poland.

Our Under 19 sides kicked off together at 2pm on Sunday, with the men’s team playing Galway United at home. Seamas Keogh and Josh Mulrennan, who continues his fine scoring form were on target for Rovers who remain top of the group after the halfway point. Next up for Declan Boyle’s men is a tough trip to Bohemian FC on Sunday in Dublin.

Darragh Healy and Scott Lynch took their Women’s Under 19 side to Greystones and ran out convincing winners on a 6-2 scoreline. This result leaves Rovers 3 points clear on top of the group after five games. The final group game takes place at home against Carlow/Kilkenny in a couple of weeks.

It’s a big week for some of our Academy players who join up with their respective Republic of Ireland teams. Under 17 & 19 players Conor Walsh & Daniel Kelly join up with the Under 17’s in Cork while academy graduates Niall Morahan & Johnny Kenny will travel to Montenegro with The Under 21 squad. Best of luck lads.