For those of you who have no association to or interest in domestic Irish football, this will simply be a very good goal from a player you’re never heard of. Which is fair enough. However, it could actually turn out to be one of the most significant goals scored by an Irish league player, well, ever. It may not be the winner but the impact on both sets of players shouldn’t be ignored and is undoubtedly the most significant moment of the game.
Financially this win will be massive for a club whose stadium is built on ground where I once played football and GAA for my school. Don’t worry they were crappy pitches that somehow managed to be still waterlogged in the summer. The exposure for Rovers will help raise the profile of the league as a whole. The belief which it will instill could prove be the springboard to greater success for Shamrock Rovers and other Irish teams. This single win alone could be said to justify the decision to change to a summer league, meaning the players would be fitter for the earlier European rounds, giving them a greater chance of progression. Over previous seasons, Eircom League teams have performed well and consistently so, coming close to making it to the group stages of European competitions but this result was the breakthrough the league was looking for. Even if Rovers completely tank in the group stages this is still a massive step forward but after beaten Partizan Belgrade away from home, having gone a goal down, who knows what might happen next?