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.