SSE Airtricity Under 19 League Southern Division
Tallaght Stadium - Saturday April 16th 2016
| Shamrock Rovers
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Dobbs (71') Boyd (85')
|Match photographs here|
What a fightback we witnessed at Tallaght Stadium this afternoon in the FAI Airtricity Under 19 League Southern Division. The Hoops were a goal down at half time but put in a stirring second half performance to score twice and keep their unbeaten record going.
The early stages of the game were even enough between the sides but an unnecessary free conceded by the Hoops led to the Students' goal in the 17th minute. Following some dramatics in the box between Mikey Quinn and UCD's Josh Collins which required the intervention of referee Darren Coombes the free was eventually taken. Quinn spilled the ball and Collins pounced to kick it over the line.
Not much happened after in the way of chances for either side for the next fifteen minutes or so. Rovers did have a free kick awarded to them in the 33rd minute but it proved to be of no advantage to them as Eoin Stokes overhit his effort. The Hoops upped up the ante as half time approached and UCD 'keeper Conor Kearns came to their rescue with two really good saves. At the other end Simon Power went on a good run and unleashed the ball at Quinn who brought off a decent save. Before the whistle went for the break Rovers' Darragh Gibbons met the ball at the far post from a Jamie Hamilton corner and seemed like he would head it over the line but he was denied when a defender managed to get a critical block on it.
Eoin Stokes had to retire from the game during the break and was replaced by Aaron Dobbs. Rovers seemed a different team after the break and didn't hold back in their efforts to get an equaliser. They had to wait a long time for it to come but before that they had a brilliant move from a Jamie Wilson throw in that was meant for Dobbs but the Wexford lad was marked tight in the box and couldn't get the turn on it. In the immediate play that followed Sean Boyd went extremely close with a shot that went out for a corner.
There was a lot of urgency in Rovers play but they had to remain vigilant at the back as the Students looked dangerous at all times. Quinn managed a super save in the 61st minute and four minutes later Shane Hanney made a brilliant intervention to thwart Power after UCD engaged in a swift counter attack. The equaliser came in the 71st minute after Hamilton won and took a free kick. Boyd got a touch on it in the box and Dobbs finished it off at close range.
The game remained on a knife edge as the clock ticked down. UCD's defence were caught out badly in the 85th minute when the tricky Hamilton managed to break through and slip to Dobbs. The Wexford lad shot at goal, Kearns saved but Dobbs had a second bite of the cherry, this time picking out Boyd on the far side and the big striker simply tapped the ball over the line for what proved to be the winning goal.
The Under 19's play at Tallaght Stadium for the first time this season on Saturday at 12pm.
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Joined Shamrock Rovers for the 2015 short season. Mikey previously played for Crumlin United at intermediate level. Represented the Leinster Senior League in the Oscar Traynor competition at age 16. Holder of League, Charlie Cahill Cup and Intermediate Cup winners medals.
Date of birth: 27.11.97
Height: 188cm. Weight: 76.2kg
Marcin joined Rovers in 2016. He previously played for Tolka Rovers, Bray Wanderers and Dundalk. Has had trials for Slask Wroclaw, Zaglebie and the Nike Academy.
Date of birth: 21.07.97
Height: 173cm. Weight: 71kg
Former Bushy Park Rangers and St. Joseph’s defender who joined Rovers last season. A pacey left full who likes to get forward at every opportunity. Conor had a very impressive season with the Under 17s last season and played a big part in the capturing of the inaugural FAI U17 League Championship.
Date of birth: 10.06.1999
Height: 173cm. Weight: 67kg
Signed for Rovers’ Under 19s for the 2015 season. Jamie previously played for St. Kevin’s, Shelbourne and Cherry Orchard. Won an All-Ireland Cup with the Orchard. Had a very satisfactory first season at the club during which he made two first team appearances in the Leinster Senior Cup competition.
Date of birth: 03.12.98
Height: 170cm. Weight: 68.5kg
A very successful former Templeogue United player who won 7 DDSL Premier League titles along with 3 All Irelands. Also won Kennedy Cup honours in 2012. Missed some of his first season in 2014 through injury but still managed to play enough to show his strengths as a central defender. Pushed on a step further last year and is one to watch out for in 2016.
Date of birth: 15.05.1998
Height: 193cm. Weight: 82kg
Versatile midfielder/defender and an Irish U17 international. Formerly with Templeogue United where he won three DDSL Premier and two All-Ireland winner's medals. Also a member of the DDSL Kennedy cup winning team in 2012. Shane represented Ireland at the 2015 UEFA Under 17 European Championship Finals in Bulgaria. Joined Rovers in 2015; has played since for the first team in the Leinster Senior Cup.
Date of birth: 19.02.1998
Height: 182cm. Weight: 74kg
Gavin captained the NDSL Kennedy Cup squad in 2011 and led them to victory. He was named in the Team of the Tournament. The following year he won the John Farrell Cup also with the NDSL. Captained Shelbourne’s Under 19s last season. A classy centre half who is a fine addition to the Hoops this year. Previously with Malahide United and Shelbourne.
Date of birth: 29.05.97
Height: 188cm. Weight: 81.3kg
Played for Belvedere and St. Kevin’s Boys before he joined Rovers last season. Jamie is an energetic left-footed midfielder with great set-piece deliveries. He impressed in the centre of the park for the Under 17s last year and was rewarded for his efforts with a league winners medal.
Date of birth: 10.01.99
Height: 168cm. Weight: 63kg
Formerly with Shamrock Rovers, Lucan United and Templeogue. Has six league winners’ medals from his time at Templeogue. Was on the Emerging Talent Programme in 2013 and played against Manchester United, Manchester City, Ajax and scored a hat-trick against the Arsenal Academy. In his second season with the Under 19s.
Date of birth: 11.05.98
Height: 170cm. Weight: 60kg
Date of birth: 16.06.97
Height: 178cm. Weight: 75.4kg
Previous clubs: Lourdes Celtic, Crumlin, Stella Maris and St. Pat’s. Won Jimmy Flood Cup honours and represented the Republic of Ireland at U16 and U17 and Leinster Youths (against the Hessian F.A.). Also won All-Ireland Inter-League honours with the DDSL. Runners-up honours in the PFAI Cup. Made his international debut for Ireland at U18 level in 2016 when he played against the Czech Republic. Made his debut for the Hoops’ first team also in 2015 playing in the Leinster Senior Cup.
Date of birth: 15.01.98
Height: 178cm. Weight: 64.8kg
Luke’s previous clubs are St. John Bosco, Cherry Orchard, Lourdes Celtic, St. Patrick’s Athletic and St. James’s Gate. An attacking central midfield player, he has represented the Ireland U18 Home Based team. Was recently studying at Queen’s University in Belfast but decided to return home and signed for Rovers this year.
Date of birth: 17.04.1998
Height: 175cm. Weight: 66kg
Date of birth: 26.03.98
Height: 175cm. Weight: 63.5kg
Captained Bohs from U8 to U15s before moving on to St. Kevin’s. Eoghan was on the Kennedy Cup squad that won the tournament in 2012. Represented Ireland at U15 level. Won the treble with St. Kevin’s in 2014. Won the league and LFA Youths Cup in 2015. Captained the Leinster squad against the Hessian League in Germany in 2015 and won All Ireland Inter League honours with the DDSL. Another of last season’s U19s to have played for the first team in the Leinster Senior Cup.
Date of birth: 29.01.98
Height: 175cm. Weight: 73kg
Former Templeogue United player who won league honours at U11, U14 and U15 age groups. Also won All-Ireland honours at U11 and 14 level. Eoin was in the Ireland squad that qualified for the UEFA Under 17 Championship Finals in Bulgaria in 2015. Currently in his second season with the SRFC U19s.
Date of birth: 25.05.98
Height: 178cm. Weight: 70kg
Enniscorthy-based Aaron previously played for Moyne Rangers and St. Joseph’s Boys. A strong and powerful centre forward who wants to score goals. He won many admirers at Rovers last year playing in the Under 17 team. Finished the season as top goalscorer and as SRFC Under 17 Player of the Year. Equally powerful in the air as he is on the ground.
Date of birth: 06.01.99
Height: 180cm. Weight: 80kg
Joined Shamrock Rovers U19s for the 2014/15 season and very quickly established himself as a regular goalscorer. Finished the season as Rovers’ U19s top goalscorer. During the summer Sean got the opportunity to become involved in the first team squad and was on the bench for the game away to Galway last June. Sean played for Rivervalley Rangers up to 11 years of age before moving to Malahide for whom he played for four years.
Date of birth: 20.06.1998
Height: 191cm. Weight: 74.8kg
Back row, from left to right: Aaron Dobbs, James Doona, Mikey Quinn, Marcin Kowalczyk, Gavin Kearney, Dean Kivlehan
Centre Row, from left to right: Graham Kane (Coach), Dave Kenny (Kit Man), Shane Hanney, Darragh Gibbons, Eoghan Morgan, David Bourke (Goalkeeper Coach), Keith Browne (Physio)
Front row. From left to right: Luke Rossiter, Conor Gleeson, Eoin Stokes, Marc Kenny (Manager), Jamie Wilson, Jamie Hamilton, Sean Boyd.
Absent: Richie Smith (Coach)