Robertson pleased by first game
Dave Robertson was pleased to get many of the younger members of his squad time on the pitch in a comprehensive win to start pre-season.
His Rovers side beat Charlestown Athletic comprehensively in his first pre-season game in charge.
Robertson was pleased with how his team looked especially given that the team was almost entirely made up of players to come through Rovers own youth system: “It’s not about the result, it’s our first pre-season game. We’ve come over to Charlestown to help them celebrate their 25th anniversary. For us it got some minutes into the squad. In the first half the majority of the squad barring the three trialists were all home-grown that have come through the system and are Sligo lads a lot of them. That was really pleasing.
“We wanted to work on developing our style of play which I felt that we did in very difficult conditions. The pitch was extremely, extremely heavy today but we got out of it what we needed and the second half was all the under-19 squad and they got some minutes as well.”
Conditions were difficult following heavy rainfall but Robertson was happy that his side maintained the passing ethos he wants to see: “We still tried to pass the ball, that’s what we said to the lads to make sure that you play and pass. We re-enforced some of the picture of the tactical element we’d been working on in training. Technically I thought that the lads dealt with the ball really well in what were difficult conditions. That was really pleasing for us as well.”
Two goals each from Mikey Place and Liam Martin put Rovers into a big half-time lead: “That’s the level of energy that we are looking at in terms of the penetration that we need to threaten and go in behind defences. And we showed how clinical they can be in front of goal. For them it’s always good to get on the scoresheet but overall the team performances in the build-up play to those goals I was pleased with everything given the conditions.”
The second half saw many of the club’s under-19 team get time with Jason Hunt, Cathal Carney and Shane McCallion all scoring. Robertson says this will be beneficial for the youngsters: “It’s a pre-season game, it was an opportunity to see them and for them to see the way we play, if any of them do progress then it will be that seamless transfer from under-19 football to senior football. Mikey Place is a great example for those who work hard and progress and do well they will get their opportunity. Obviously they’ll be playing in the same way as the first team throughout the season so in that way it was great for them to be involved in today’s game.”
Listen to Robertson post-game below: