Post by Roy of the Rovers on Aug 19, 2019 21:07:28 GMT
Rovers lost this 2-1 tonight. Our team line-up was as below:
Aiordrie went 1 up and the equaliser was by Scally (blame Mossie for any mistake in the identification). Jordan Duncan was ordered off after receiving a 2nd yellow card. After some 1st team players were subbed to save them for Saturday I'd imagine, Rovers lost a 2nd goal.
A much improved performance in particular in the second half against full time and generally older opponents. Solid Back 4 display in particular from the centre backs, with Daniel Moran outstanding. Midfield was also very good – especially after going to 4-4-2, with Paul Fee and Jack Gordon highly committed defensively and very effective on the ball. When we went to two up, Declan McDonald – who finished well from Jack Gordon’s through ball to open the scoring – and Kyle Doherty – who looked to have won the game late on from a similar pass from Paul Fee only to be given offside – were a real threat. The introduction of Lewis Guy and Nathan Fell gave us a lift and secured a well deserved draw. 13 penalties each followed with great finishes from Martin Smith (twice), Paul Fee, Declan McDonald, Kyle Doherty, Lewis Guy, Mark Doran, Keirin Coleman, Daniel Moran and, outrageously, Nathan Fell.
Disappointing that it took Paul Fee’s penalty after Kieran Dolan had been brought down in the box to secure the three points considering the amount of possession we had throughout the game. 1-0 behind at the break after a poor performance in the attacking third, an outstanding start to the second half saw us 2-1 ahead after five minutes with Fee’s through ball setting up a chance for Declan McDonald to equalise then Kyle Doherty’s fine cross allowing Nathan Fell to head home clinically at the back post. When Fee’s well struck spot kick took the score line to 3-1, the game should have been over but the visitors scored late on to give a false impression of how the ninety minutes had gone. Lee McLelland was outstanding in the heart of the defence, well supported by Daniel Moran, Lewis Guy got forward effectively, Paul Fee and Keirin Coleman dominated central midfield in what was virtually a 4-2-4 formation, Kyle Doherty was outstanding in the first half in particular while trialist Kieran Dolan fitted in well and set up the winning penalty.