Rovers’ under-17s held on despite late pressure to get a deserved win against Drogheda.
The game started very back and forth with neither team able to craft any clear cut chances. Rovers did get the first good opportunity of the game when Baba got on the end of a well swung corner but he headed straight at the keeper.
Rovers did eventually take the lead five minutes before the half ended when the ball fell to Centre midfielder Kearney who smashed the ball right in the top corner from just outside the box.
Two minutes later while Drogheda where still recovering from Keaney’s wonder goal Rovers got their second, As the Drogheda keeper got kneed in the head by his own player Rovers capitalized and Higgins hit home from an almost impossible angle, giving The Bit o’Red the two goal lead at the half.
Throughout the second half Drogheda struggled to make anything happen as Rovers’ defence seemed too hard for them to break down but with just five minutes left Drogheda got their opening when Keaneys back pass fell short of the keeper allowing Drogheda to get one back and making it a very tense last five minutes.
With just one minute left Rovers counter attacked and found themselves through on goal only for a Drogheda defender to clear the ball off the line with his hands giving Rovers a one man advantage and a penalty, unfortunately Higgins’ penalty was well saved. Luckily Rovers were able to hold on and get the hard fought three points.
Despite not keeping a clean sheet, Rovers defended wonderfully for large portions of the game and ran away with a deserved 2-1 win in the Showgrounds.
Rovers: Callaghan, Smith (Burke 67), McDermott, McGrath, Baba, Keaney, Byrne (Feeney 80), McAllister (Morahan 67), Collins (McGarry 60), Kerrigan, Higgins.