Tuesday 12 December 2017

Rovers' Cup history

1924/25 1931/32 1963/64 1984/85 1985/86 1986/87

Shamrock Rovers had won the league title without even conceding a single goal, with 13 wins and five draws from 18 starts. They scored 67 goals in the process. It was a miserable year for the Pioneers, who finished bottom and shipped 65 goals in their 18 outings. The final was a relatively low scoring affair by those standards, though, with the Hoops 2-1 victors over Shelbourne.

With 12 teams now in the Premier Division, Rovers faced a battle for the crown, but enjoyed victory in 13 of their 22 games on their way to glory. That was enough to open a three-point gap between themselves and closest pursuers, Cork. The cup final was another low-scoring affair, with Shamrock Rovers scoring a 1-0 win over fellow Dubliners Dolphin FC.

In the 60s, the cup belonged to Shamrock Rovers. It was the title that really proved elusive. They got it right in this season, though, with Sean Thomas' side losing just once in the league to finish five points ahead of Dundalk. They needed two shots at the cup final, beating Cork Celtic 2-1 in a replay after the first meeting finished in a 1-1 draw.

The Jim McLaughlin era brought multiple trophies, and the second of four titles in a row coincided with the first of three doubles on the trot. A six- point league win was followed by FAI Cup joy with a solitary goal from Noel Larkin enough to see off Galway United.

Rovers were pushed to the wire in the league race, with just two points separating them from the chasing pack. Two goals delivered the goods in the cup in front of 12,000 at Dalymount Park, with Waterford United on the losing side this time around. Kevin Brady got the first before ex-Hoop Noel Synnott scored an own goal.

An emotional year for the club, with their dominance in the league -- they took the crown by nine points -- marred by their shock departure from Milltown. Dundalk were thrashed in the cup final but, in truth, it was the end of an era.

Irish Independent

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