THE FACT we didn’t succeed in our “must win” Airtricity Premier League clash with Shamrock Rovers certainly wasn’t down to a lack of effort!
The players gave everything they had but it was always going to be a game that would favour the team to score first and that happened to be Shamrock Rovers.
Had Eamon Zayed’s first half header crossed the line instead of striking the post, then there was every chance that I would be writing a completely different article today.
Unfortunately it was a mistake made by Stewart Greacen, who has been rock solid all season, that allowed Rovers to take the lead. But to the big defender’s credit, he didn’t allow it to affect him for the rest of the game.
I know neither Stephen Kenny nor his players are looking for excuses, but the loss due to injury of Gareth McGlynn, who has been one of our most influential players this season, was another big blow to our plans on the night. Listening to Rovers manager, Michael O’Neill’s interview after the game, it was clear that the home side would have settled for a point but were more than delighted with all three.
After all the build-up and excitement surrounding the Shamrock Rovers game, the match against Galway was always going to be an anti-climax and that’s how it turned out.
Derry were never in difficulty against a side that has shipped goals all season but nevertheless, the victory brought three valuable points.
However, the highlight of the night for me was watching Mark Farren back amongst the goals. The strike will no doubt give the Greencastle man much needed confidence as he attempts to close in on Liam Coyle’s goalscoring record for the club.
Our next game is away to St Pat’s who themselves have European ambitions and, no doubt will be going all out for the win, as will Derry City.