Wednesday 21 February 2018

Attitude of players 'smelt of watching Ireland' rages Laws

CARETAKER boss Brian Laws was fuming after Shamrock Rovers' hopes of qualifying for Europe next season were left hanging by a thread after they slumped to defeat at Tallaght Stadium.

"I didn't like the way some of the players approached the game," said Laws. "After that performance, some of those players won't be here next year. It smelt of watching Ireland."

"I saw a performance (against Germany) that was unacceptable for Ireland. They would hope to get a reaction and I hope to get a reaction when we get on that training ground and in our next game."

The Hoops found themselves 3-0 down a minute into the second half when Barry McNamee added to the first-half goals from Stephen McLaughlin and the impressive Rory Patterson.

All Rovers could manage in the second half was an injury-time consolation goal from Thomas Stewart. A Derry City win in the FAI Cup final over St Patrick's Athletic will almost certainly mean there will be no European football in Tallaght next season as Rovers are five points behind third place with two games remaining.

"It is very pleasing to get a good win and a good performance," said Derry boss Declan Devine.

"But the reality is when we get on the bus tonight that performance is gone and anything can happen next week. Once we get back to training on Monday, we will make sure we focus on Pat's."

Shamrock Rovers --O Jansson; P Sullivan, C Sives, K Oman, C Powell; B Dennehy (A Greene 55), R Finn (S O'Connor 27), S Rice, S Gannon; C Kilduff, G Twigg (T Stewart 76).

Derry City -- G Doherty; S Madden, S McEleney, S Greacen, D McCaffrey; B Molloy (R McBride 80), R Patterson (C Murphy 73), M Brolly (D McDaid 58), B McNamee, R Higgins, S McLaughlin.

Ref -- P McLaughlin (Monaghan).

Irish Independent

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