Under 19s Fail In North-West Battle
Rovers’ under-19s suffered a 3-2 loss against Finn Harps, putting a dent in their playoff push.
The Rovers side had three changes from the side that played in their last league game, a 4-2 loss to Shelbourne. Fintan Borotto came in for Callum Frempong, Mikey Place made way for Paul Doyle and Shane McCallion started ahead of John Mahon.
The match started a very cagey affair with both sides going close inside the first ten minutes, before in the 28th minute following a defensive mix-up from Rovers, Harps found themselves with a one on one which was slotted past the keeper giving them the lead.
Despite Rovers going close from the tip off, Harps countered. Rovers held off the initial wave of Harps’ attackers. They were awarded a penalty when Paul Doyle brought a Harps player down just inside the area, which was slotted home around the forty minute mark giving Finn Harps a two goal lead heading into the second half.
Rovers came out fired up in the second half and found their first goal just 6 minutes into the second period, following a great through ball from Martin Walsh and an equally strong finish from Brian Morley.
As Rovers continued to push for their equaliser, they were caught napping when a counter attack resulted in a corner being nodded down to the edge of the six yard box which was then smashed into the roof of the net restoring Harps’ two goal lead with just 30 minutes left.
Even being two goals down Rovers continued to push forward and were rewarded for this almost instantly when Jason Hunt’s free kick curved round the wall, and despite the Harps keeper getting a hand to it he was unable to keep it from hitting the back of the net, Bringing the deficit back to just one goal, with ten minutes still left to play.
Unfortunately, Rovers where unable to break through the Finn Harps defence, meaning they suffered a 3-2 loss to their rivals, which puts a serious dent in their playoff dreams and with just four games left for the Bit O’Red, this loss ensures a nail-biting end to the season.
Rovers: Burke, Kennoy (O’Brien 57), Borotto (C) (Mahon 57), McCallion, Doherty, Doyle (Carney 57), Morley (Connor 57), Hannon, Walsh (Place 57), Birrane, Hunt.