Rovers 14 Premier side had the chance to claim a unique Premier League and Cup double on Sunday last. Rovers were facing BJD in the final, a good ball playing determined outfit. Rovers started like a rocket. Within one minute Rovers had forced a corner and when Jerome swung the ball to the back post, Eddie rose highest and directed it goal ward. With a number of BJD defenders blocking, Lorcan stole in and directed the ball to the net. This put BJD on the back foot and Rovers pushed for a second. On 5 minutes Rovers gained possession in the middle of the park and fed Seanie who immediately found his strike partner Jerome, Eddie had made a great run down the right and Jerome slid a beautiful ball into his path. Eddie strode into the box and with composure fired past a bewildered BJD keeper.
Rovers travelled to Ballyjamesduff to take on the local side in a must win game for Rovers. The home side that have pushed this Rovers side hard all year started off the brighter, threatening Rovers back four and keeper. Rovers quickly got their rhythm. When this young side find this form they play with real panache and stroke the ball about with ease. They quickly added number one with Seanie tapping in at the back post from a cross from Edward. Rovers didn’t ease off and played some fantastic football, going in at half time in a comfortable position. To the credit of BJD, they pressed hard and did not give up.
The second half continued much the same as the first with Rovers playing some neat attractive football. For periods of the game Rovers played as well as they have done all year. The final result saw Rovers run out winners in the end, with the final score not really reflecting the overall pattern off the game. The scorers on the day for Rovers were Edward Walsh, Seanie Burns, Jerome Abekyamwale, Dylan McCahey and Peter McElroy all finding the net. The final result did not do BJD real justice and when we take to the field next Sunday in the Cup we will expect a much sterner test. This was a good game of football played by two footballing sides. Well done to both teams on an entertaining game and we will meet again next weekend in the Cup.
Rovers side on the day Thomas Duane, Breffini Henry, Ryan Nelson, Aaron Kearney, Fionn O’Callaghan, Cathal McEneaney, Lee Butler, Peter McElroy, Tommy Byrne, Lorcan Murnaghan, Edward Walsh, Liam OgMurray, Dylan McCahey, Sean Burns, Jerome Abekyamwale and Daniel (One Arm) Leegan who travelled with his team mates even with a broken collarbone.
Well done to this young side, which set out at the start off the year with one goal, to win the 14 Premier League. They have achieved this goal, by sticking to their principal of playing an attractive brand of passing football. The league was not won on Sunday last, but on windy and wet October bank holiday weekends with a depleted side in Cavan, or scrapping a 2-2 draw against Ballyjamesduff at home. This was a real team effort and congratulations to the panel of 22 players that have performed so well for this side all year. We now look forward to one last push, the premier cup final versus Ballyjamesduff on Sunday.
Rovers entertained Monaghan United on Sunday morning last in the semi-final of the 14 Premier Cup. Fresh from a big win over one of our closest rivals we knew that this encounter was going to be a tighter affair. Utd opened the brighter and controlled the early possession without really threatening the Rovers goal. Once Rovers got settled they started to win possession in the middle of the pitch where Fionn O’Callaghan and Lorcan Murnaghan put in an immense afternoon shift. The first real chance fell to Monaghan Utd, a ball swung in from the left caught out both Edward and Peter and found its way to the Utd player at the back post. Luckily for Rovers both Edward and Peter reacted quickly to snuff out the danger.
Rovers 14 side came into the Cup Final on a good run of form but came up against a hungrier and more determined Shamrocks side. From the off, Shamrocks hunted in packs, closed down the space and moved the ball forward quickly. They controlled the game and on 10 minutes Rovers lost the ball on their own left wing, Shamrocks swung over a delightful ball and the wee number 10 got between two Rovers defenders to guide a beautiful header past Thomas in goal.
Rovers 14 Premier side entertained Monaghan United in a top of the table clash. Both teams were aware a lot was at stake, but still put on a highly entertaining game.
The away side opened the much brighter, with Eli prompting from the middle and Connor Doyle making good runs up front. After 5 minutes Utd created the first chance with Doyle turning his marker and cracking an effort of the outside of the post. This seemed to be the wake-up call Rovers required.