Shamrock Rovers were 2-1 victors over Dundalk last night at Tallaght Stadium, and the Hoops were full value for it.
Two goals in the first-half from captain Ronan Finn and Dave McAllister had Rovers in full control at the break. Former Dundalk player Darren Meenan got sent-off in added time before Niclas Vemmelund pulled one back for the champions, but it only proved to be a consolation. That’s two defeats in a row nod for Stephen Kenny’s men.
We spoke to Shamrock Rovers striker Gary Shaw, who was unlucky not to score himself, after the game.
Shaw was delighted with the win saying, “To a man we were excellent. The lads will tell you the game started at 100mph and it didn’t let up right through to half time.”
“It was great to get the two goals when we did, as Dundalk just had no response to the constant pressure put on them all over the pitch.”
“Second half wasn’t as intense but we had to be disciplined in our shape and not drop off as we have done in previous games that we led.”
“We could’ve got one or two more in the second half (Gary Rogers broke my heart with that save on the bicycle kick), but we held on strongly for the win even with a minor scare in the last minute.”
However he was quick to say the result’s parked, and it’s time to look ahead, “That game is done now and it’ll be forgotten about when we turn up for training on Monday. We will look to Friday and that’s a huge game for us as players, the club and the fans. We’ve set the bar now in terms of energy, workrate and desire against Dundalk and I think with that intensity no team in this league would live with us.”
We asked him about the season in general. He said, “The season has been too inconsistent, sloppy mistakes have cost us in games that we have dominated, but I think tonight showed what this team is capable of. Every single person in Tallaght walked away realising that.”
“There is a lot of football to be played and if we can keep performing to this level we’ll definitely hit our targets. You can’t get carried away with one win in this league, you can see all over that everyone is beating everyone and each week brings surprises and that will continue too. We’ll focus on ourselves and take it week by week and game by game.”
“Like I said, it’s a long season and we still have the FAI Cup, Europe and the Ea Sports Cup to play for. We’ve 5/6 games now before the break so we need to keep this momentum going and really push on to the level we know we’re capable of.”
George Kelly (Shamrock Rovers)