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Twigg the hero as Rovers recover

GARY Twigg was the hero for Shamrock Rovers as they battled from behind against Drogheda United to get their three-in-a-row Premier Division title quest off to the best possible start. The 27-year-old Scot (pictured) who has been the most prolific goalscorer in the league scored a brace of goals as the Hoops survived a scare at Hunky Dory Park. "That's the difference a goalscorer can make," said Kenny, afterwards.

"We could have gone in 1-0 down at the break, but instead, within five minutes of the second half, we're 2-1 up. Gary can get sharper again, his pre-season has been interrupted and that was his first 90 minutes, so we're happy.

"It's the first game and we're just glad to get out of here with a win. I don't think many teams will win here this season." Rovers started brightly but were hit with a suckerpunch in the 36th minute when Dan Marshall's curling free-kick eluded everyone and ended up in the corner of the Rovers net.

The Hoops showed good character to reorganise and respond with Rice shrugging off the attention of two claret and blue shirts and then benefitting from a deflection on his pass into the direction of Twigg, who rounded Sava and maintained his composure to convert. Twigg has scored on all seven of his visits to Drogheda and he doubled his tally and won the game with Twigg benefiting from confusion in the Drogheda area to prod home the winner from two yards.