STEPHEN RICE admits he was as surprised as anyone else to see his name end up on the scoresheet for Shamrock Rovers against Spurs last night.
The Crumlin man is a key figure for the Hoops but is not renowned for his goalscoring ability – just one goal in 24 league games this season and only two goals in all competitions this season – but he was proud of his finish last night.
Gary McCabe’s free kick rebounded to Pat Sullivan and the shot from the full back, who was Rovers’ goal-scoring hero |in Belgrade, got a slight touch from Rice to beat Carlo Cudicini between the Tottenham sticks.
“I normally get a nosebleed when I’m up in the box like that, I don’t score all that many goals,” Rice joked.
“It wasn’t a toe-poke.
“I knew the ball was coming at me so I had to get just a |touch to help it into the net.
“I knew the keeper was behind me and that if I got any sort of touch on it, it would upset the keeper as he wouldn’t see it, so I tried to get a little touch and thankfully it worked.
“The second Sully hit it, I knew I had to try and get |a touch.”