Rowe setting season alight
Published 07/01/2014 | 05:42
MIKIE ROWE has set the soccer season alight with his goalscoring exploits.
The 18-year-old Campile United striker has tormented defences since the opening day of the season, having struck for 45 goals in 26 games played.
It's hardly a weekend goes by that the promising young striker fails to figure on the scoresheet, regularly playing two games, one for the club's youths side on Saturday, while lining out for the Junior team 24 hours later.
On Saturday last he struck for six goals in his side's 8-0 victory over Forth Celtic in their Youth Cup game, while on Sunday he was once again on the scoresheet with a goal as his side took all three points in their Premier Division 4-3 away victory over Courtown Hibs, keeping up the chase close to the top of the table.
Given his technique, excellent individual skills and eye for goal, Rowe must soon become a target for an Irish Senior club side as there are few players with such a goalscoring instinct.
Given his sparkling form he has emerged as one of the leading young talents in local soccer and, though opposing defenders are well aware of what he is capable of, they are still struggling to prevent him from making a huge impact in practically every game he plays.
His goal scoring tally to date reads like this -
Youths (27 goals): 4 v. St. Leonards; 1 v. Rosslare Strand; 1 v. Bridge Rovers; 2 v. Wexford Celtic; 3 v. Adamstown; 1 v. Duncannon; 3 v. Rosslare Strand; 2 v. St. Leonards; 2 v. Wexford Celtic; 2 v. Bridge Rovers; 6 v. Forth Celtic.
Premier Division (15): 2 v. Wexford Bohs; 1 v. North End United; 3 v. Curracloe United; 2 v. Curracloe United; 1 v. Wexford Bohs; 1 v. North End United; 2 v. Ferns United; 1 v. Moyne Rangers; 1 v. Ajax Athletic; 1 v. Courtown Hibs.
County Youths (3): 2 v. Carlow; 1 v. D.D.S.L.
It is not a coincidence that Campile United are lying in second place in the Premier Division table given the quality that Rowe has shown in the final third of the field since the season began.