Rovers first Home League game….. March 15, 2013Posted by irishelectionliterature in League of Ireland.
So tonight Shamrock Rovers play their first home league game of the season as they take on St Pats at 7.35 in Tallaght.
Its been a strange start to the season with a poor soreless draw in Dundalk last Friday and the various Setanta cup games before and after that. We’ve looked good in the last three Setanta games but neither Linfield or Coleraine were any great shakes.
The fact that its four League of Ireland teams in the semi finals of the Setanta and the fact that they are withdrawing as sponsors means its likely to be the last of the trophy in its current guise. I suspect too that the behaviour of a number of “Rovers Fans” in Windsor Park last Monday did the competitions search for a new sponsor any favours.
There have over the years been incidents at various games from someone in Sligo shitting in the Glentoran bus to clashes between Bohs and Glentoran .
During the week, former manager, Michael O’Neill was interviewed and gave all sorts of quotes about Rovers and then we had the response of Rovers Chairman Jonathan Roche in the following days paper (he should have left well enough alone….).
I’m sure the truth is somewhere in the middle but it served as an unwelcome reminder of where we were this time last season…. ready to dominate the League for years… Progress in Europe and become Irelands Rosenberg… or at least that was what we were hoping for.
..and then along came Stephen Kenny……
It was an unbelievably bad season, you really couldn’t have made it up! No decent goalkeeper, a shambles of a defence, big losses to Bohs, Pats and Sligo …losing to Bohs in Tallaght. Being knocked out in Europe by the dreadful FC Ekranas from Lithuania … and the final icing on the cake of a disappointing season was Gary Twiggs departure to Portadown.
For new manager Trevor Croly , its early days yet but tonights game and Mondays game away in Dalymount are big tests that Rovers would want to get at least four points from. Of the new signings (of which 8 are former Hoops) all have looked good so far with Derek Foran, Sean O’Connor and Barry Murphy all showing well to date.
One of the big questions with Gary Twigg now departed is where the goals will come from. Mark Quigley has been brought in and Ciaran Kilduff is now a regular starter. Karl Sheppard is back on loan from Reading and Tommy Stewart scored a few goals in the Setanta. None though are goal poachers in the way Twigg was.
I hope to bring a Spaniard and a Portugese colleague along to the game tonight, so hopefully it wont be too cold and we’ll get a decent crowd, decent match and of course the right result!