For the past two weekends Rovers 15’s side had home league games. On Sunday week ago they entertained Clones Town early Sunday morning. Playing an understrength Clones Town team, Rovers ran out convincing winners, with Jerome stealing the show with a hat-trick, other scorers on the day included Cathal, Daniel, Lorcan and Sean.
This was an all-round good display with the team also keeping a clean sheet and everyone getting loads of game time. The management were able to move players into different positions and give new signing Aidan his debut and he put a good shift in the middle of the park. The defence played as a unit the whole game and when the opportunity arose they played out from defence. The middle of the park was as solid as ever with Tommy covering every blade of grass and Lorcan conducting the play, Dylan Ward has stepped up from the second team and has slotted straight in with Daniel having a great start to the season, with a switching front pairing making no difference with who slots into which role.
On Sunday past Cavan Celtic where our visitors and again Rovers ran out winners, but the display was much less convincing than the previous week. Again one of the attacking players stole the show with Seanie getting his hat-trick this week. Also to score were Daniel, Jerome, Dylan, Michal, Lorcan and Tommy. The team went ahead after 15 minutes and were two up within 20. The team then took their foot of the gas and allowed Celtic back into the game with the concession of a sloppy penalty. Within 30 seconds Rovers restored their two goal advantage with Jerome playing the most delightful through ball to Seanie who finished without hesitation. For the next five minutes Rovers controlled the game and added two more and again they took their foot of the gas. At halftime Rovers were 5 – 1 up.
The second half was similar to the first half, with Rovers playing some delightful football at times and then taking their foot of the gas. With Rovers having introduced all their subs early in the second half they ran out convincing winners in the end. Again in the second half Rovers conceded twice, one an unfortunate O.G. and the second a piece of careless defending. But on occasions when they concentrated they played delightful passing football. Cavan Celtic to their credit played good football at times, never gave up, with Iffy impressing from the centre of defence and their midfield playing good football when they got on the ball. If this young Rovers side are to defend their league title, the level of performance will need to be upped substantially as at times they played without direction or cohesion. A defence, which up to today looked solid, played rather sloppy and gave away possession and space too easy. But two wins in two weeks is not so bad, with plenty of work to be done on the training ground.
Panel for both weekends: Thomas, Ryan, Conor, Fionn, Aaron, Cathal, Liam Og, Daniel, Dylan, Aidan, Michal, Tommy, Lorcan, Jack, Seanie & Jerome.