Rovers tame the Bulls
By Stephen Findlater
A third win of the season has lifted the men's thirds to the top three in division four as they saw off Clontarf 2-1
This match began somewhat promisingly, with TRR retaining the ball for several passes at a time, and even creating a couple of real scoring chances. Most of the passing sequences, however, were cut short, and they tended to culminate in a loose (or generous) pass to a Clontarf player. The best of our chances in the opposition circle fell, unfortunately, to a TRR foot. Clontarf sometimes looked dangerous on their occasional counter-attacks, and they scored the first goal.
The later stages of the first half brought some TRR improvement in converting possession to opportunities and, following an effective move up the left hand side of the pitch, Peter Hinds came close when his shot from the top of the circle went wide.
Half-time brought some wise suggestions; the voluntary conversion of John Findlater from spectator to umpire; and the consequent introduction of Arjen Van As as a player. TRR seemed much more effective in the second half. Mike Egan’s goal brought the sides level, and a little later Roland Budd collected a Clontarf clearance near the edge of the circle and his shot went goalwards through a gap between the goalkeeper’s feet. There were no further goals, but TRR held possession and controlled most of the remainder of the game, which finished TRR 3rd XI 2, Clontarf 2nd XI 1.