League Cup QF defeat for Rovers

Carrick Rovers 0-4 Killylough
On Sunday last Rovers took on Killyloughs first team in the quarter final of the League Cup.
Carrick played very well and matched Killylough man for man for the first half, something this inexperienced side have bee unable to do so far this season.  Rovers called on the experience of Shane Birdy, Warren Kerley and Rory Mc Eneaney to try and steady the ship and guide some of the younger lads in their first season of senior football and it was Kerley and Mc Eneaney that came close midway through the first half when Kerley fired a ball in after good work down the right but Mc Eneaney's overstretched leg couldn't reach to tap in.

Killylough went ahead when a lack of concentration at the back let them in to take the lead.  Rovers could have equalised when Birdy put young Shane Malone through who tricked his way past two defenders only to take a heavy touch and the keeper smothered.
Rovers pressed well with the trio of young guns, Paddy O' Rourke, Shane Malone and Paul Martin playing out of their skins and showed no fear to the experience and size of Killylough.
Rovers found themselves two behind when a quick break from a Carrick corner, Killylough broke down the middle and caught the Carrick defence off guard.
Two down at the break but still a glimmer of hope.
Rovers started well in the second half well, with O' Rourke, Malone and Martin being a real thorn in the visitors side but time and again the final ball letting Rovers down.
When Rovers got a penalty 15 minutes in they could've put real pressure on the visitors but, Darren Mc Glone failed to convert sending a tame effort to tthe keepers right. With heads down, Rovers let in a third and from the tip off let in number 4 to finish off the game.
The result was not a true reflection on the performance plus the fact that this is Rovers third team playing a first team whowould give our own first team a real run for its money. The youngsters that came in Sunday deserved a trio of man of the match rewards.  Paddy O'Rourke, Paul Martin and Shane Malone all showed that size doesn't matter and as a wise man once told me, "we're all the same size from the knee down"!!
If these young lads can keep up the kind of determination showed Sunday along with the older experienced element now in the team, this Rovers side should find themselves in a more positive league positionthan where they ended up last season.
Rovers: J Farrell, P O'Rourke, J Mc Cabe, S Ward, JP Mc Nally, S Malone, P Martin, S Birdy, D Mc Glone, W Kerley, R Mc Eneaney.
Subs used: J Hunt, S Rooney