No shortage of net rattling for Rovers this last couple of outings but unfortunately we were the wrong side of the verdict on Thursday night under lights in Dundalk. Well done to Woodview who hit a never to be forgotten finish but let’s not forget our own men.
That morning Barry Woods had taken off for Oz – recession victim – and rather than accepting that we had only an outside chance of the title the boys went for it and hattrick hero, Wayne Kerley, led the way. He stunned Woodview with a cheeky lob. Game on! The Dundalk men are not odds on to win the pennant for nothing and big ex Dundalk man Anto Reilly headed them level. Brian Marron put Rovers ahead again but January window signing Billy Smith put Woodview level before halftime. Order was restored and Rovers would know their place. Not in Wayne’s World! He had Rovers ahead minutes after the restart and this heralded as good a second half as you ever saw. He combined with Eamonn Lynch for Lynchy to extend Rovers’ lead after a wonderful clearance by Clint Marron. A shocked Woodview reacted and Reilly got one back but Wayne got his hattrick when he ran through them like a dose of salts. Now Woodview are not champions for nothing and with 10 minutes to go they Tsunami’ed Rovers With Rogers ex Dundalk and Shelbourne centre back steadying their defence they scored three, two from Smith and a wonder strike from Mickey O’Kane. O.K. you can say that we should have shut up shop etc etc but as the fella said “were you there”?. But there were several from other clubs in the league who couldn’t believe the intensity that slim chance Rovers put into this encounter. In years to come lads this game will be talked about. Hold your heads high. Woodview have to go to Trim on Sunday morning and they must beat the Dundalk men to force a playoff. Don’t be relying on the box for excitement, there’s plenty of it live!!
Rovers’ Reserves are in the Reilly Cup Final after giving an 8 to 2 going over to Longwood. Great stuff and two goals each from Joe Hunt and Daryl Treanor and one each to Graham Scotson, Ryan McEneaney, Gavin McMahon and an OG did it. Would it not be a great present to manager Ian Smith to win the Cup who is likely to be doing a Guardiola at season’s end. We will keep you informed and lets hope you can make it.