Monday 19 February 2018

Select few witness Bit O'Red history

Joe Molloy (centre), with Sean Crossan (left) celebrate after Sligo Rovers victory over Rosenborg in Norway last Thursday
Joe Molloy (centre), with Sean Crossan (left) celebrate after Sligo Rovers victory over Rosenborg in Norway last Thursday

Michael Moran

THEY were small in number.

A select few fortunate enough to witness first hand Sligo Rovers' famous win over Rosenborg on Thursday last.

The Bit O'Red's' shock 2-1 win in Norway was Rovers first ever away victory in European competition.

Gary Morahan was one of those in the Lerkendal Stadium,Trondheim.

He said: "It was fantastic, just incredible.

""We were all hoping for perhaps a narrow defeat to bring back to the Showgrounds.

"I have to say this is probably up there with the top one or two Sligo Rovers matches I have ever been at.

"It was that good."

Gary added: "We had an early chance and that certainly lifted us.

"With each passing minute it just got better and better and we felt there was something special happening.

"Hopefully, we will be celebrating again on Thursday-but it's only half-time.

"The entire trip was something we will never forget, no matter what happens next."

A group of about 30 Rovers fans were in the well-appointed ground.

Joe Molloy said: "It was unbelievable.

"I turned around to another supporter when we went 1-0 and asked if I was dreaming.

"He told me, no, this was real.

"Going to Norway, we felt we would be happy with a one or two goal defeat, or maybe snatching an away goal.

"To score twice was great.

"Now, let's see what happens on Thursday.

"It would be fantastic to get through to another round of the Europa League."

Rovers Vice-Chairman Marcel Gordan was also there.

He said: "It was the trip of a lifetime.

"It was one of those 'I was there' moments. When the first goal went in, it was great.

"When the second one went in there was a pregnant pause.

"We wondered was this actually happening.

"We were very, very comfortable.

"The team grew in confidence as the match went on.

"There were tears from grown men at the end.

"The flight home was excellent.

"I think we would have stayed up there for another three hours such as the atmosphere."

Robert Fitzpatrick said: "I was lucky enough to see us win the LEague in 1977.

"I was lucky enough to see us win many trophies in recent years.

"The trip to Norway was equally as exciting.

"It was just incredible to be there.

"The fans did the club and the town credit."

The countdown has now begun to Thursday's Second Leg at the Showgrounds.

The game is likely to be a 'sell out.'

Remaining tickets are on sale today, Tuesday, and tomorrow at the ground from 10am to 2pm.

They are adult tickets for the Jink's Avenue stand and VW Bank end.

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