Rovers late flurry retains title

Glen Rovers 2-05, St Dympna’s 1-07

By Diarmuid Walsh.

A blustery afternoon, at what may be the last championship final at Oxhey Park for 50 plus years, saw Glen Rovers retain the Hertfordshire crown.

In this, Glen Rovers 60th year, this win will no doubt be remembered into the distant years ahead and those players and mentors will be able to recall that they were part of this anniversary victory.

It was not a display of footballing excellence and the Glen’s management team though delighted with the win will need to return to the drawing board if they are to progress further in the club championships. They still have not got the balance right and the missed scoring chances could be their downfall further the down the line.

Dympna’s scored first and led the game throughout until the dying minutes. Rovers were slow to settle and allowed Dympna’s to creep ahead by two points without reply. Rover’s midfield Paring of Ian O’Leary and Ronan McTigue took control for a period and the ball was worked to the forwards whose accuracy was woeful as they shot six wides in the first half and ten in total for the game.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World

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