It was the type of performance we had been hoping for since the start of the season, clinical, ruthless and professional, the perfect response to the shocking performance against Pats last week! The first half an hour was cagey and Dundalk defended well but as soon as Chris Turner headed home there was no doubting the result.
Twigg added a second before the break and the floodgates open 2nd half when Dennehy hammered home the free kick only a minute in. 3-0 up and cruising the fans demanded more goals and wanted the team to push on and show our dominance. To our delighted we did exactly that and after a period of possession with no end product the final 10 minutes brought 3 more goals.
Twiggy bagged a brace to complete his hat-trick and despite all Twiggys goals he had amazingly only scored one previous hat-trick for Rovers (away to Galway in 2009) so this was his first hat-trick in Tallaght. I suppose it was probably down to the amount of times Mick O’Neill used to take him off to rest him when we were winning games well but it was great to see him being left on to bag the hat-trick. Strikers thrive on goals and as long as he feels fresh leave him on and let him keep racking up the goals. He could conceivable reach 100 Rovers goals by the end of the season or next season at the latest which will etch the great man even further into Rovers folklore.
With the game already won Daryl Kavanagh rounded of the scoring with a deft header, his first league goal for the club and he enjoyed it. Hopefully the start of a good run for Daryl because we haven’t seen much out of him yet.
In truth Dundalk were awful and with a very young and inexperienced team they will really struggle this season and seem destined to be involved in a relegation battle. I hope they stay up because with a strong fan base they certainly add to the league and they are making great strides at Youth level with their U-18’s and U-19’s having great season. Clubs who put resources into their Youth set-up deserve to reap rewards but for now it looks like a lean period ahead for Sean McCaffreys men.
Keep on Hooping!