Dor­rian lauds ef­forts of youth play­ers

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SLIGO Rovers in­term-man­ager Brian Dor­rian ended his reign on a pos­i­tive note as Sligo Rovers saw off Sham­rock Rovers 2-0 at The Show­grounds on Fri­day night.

Dor­rian had hoped his play­ers would give the fans some­thing to smile about on the last day of the sea­son, and they cer­tainly did that.

“Yeah it was fan­tas­tic. There was a big ef­fort from the lads since Mon­day night. It was all built to­wards this game tonight against Shams. A tough game.

“We went in 1-0 at half-time, sec­ond-half we scored early with John from a set-piece. I felt we were un­der the cosh a wee bit for parts of the sec­ond-half. There was a bit of naivety from the young lads, there was a lot of Un­der 19s who done them­selves proud and the fans.

“I’m de­lighted tonight for all the play­ers, and for the in­com­ing man­ager to see that. It’s good that we got that.”

Mikey Dren­nan’s first-half goal left ev­ery­one gush­ing, and it came as no sur­prise to Dor­rian who has watched the Kilkenny na­tive’s hard work in train­ing since he ar­rived dur­ing the sum­mer.

“Mikey has that in the locker. We’ve seen that since he came in in June. He does spe­cial goals. He was feed­ing off scraps for a long time be­fore that. His fin­ish showed what he can do. The qual­ity of the cross that came in from David Caw­ley helped too.”

The vic­tory over the Hoops saw Rovers leapfrog Derry to fin­ish in 7th place in the league, some­thing that felt im­pos­si­ble just a week ago when Rovers were ham­mered by Dun­dalk.

“That was the one we were look­ing for, if Derry did get de­feated against Pats and we beat Shams we could fin­ish in 7th. It’s good, the boys showed a bit of fight.”

Dor­rian took charge for a week and a half, and he says he en­joyed his time in charge.

“I’m go­ing to go sleep for a week! It’s been great, I didn’t want the club to have to strug­gle and I didn’t want to let the play­ers down ei­ther. I re­ally en­joyed it. I’d like to thank all the boys for com­ing in and giv­ing me a hand. It was great to fin­ish on a high.”

Rovers play­ers cel­e­brate Dren­nan’s won­der­goal. Pic: Carl Bren­nan.

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