Rovers boss has some tough calls to make


Rovers boss has some tough calls to make

Eamonn McConigley said he won’t make his mind up on his starting eleven for Saturday night’s FAI Intermediate Cup final until the morning of the match.

The Rovers manager said there are still a few positions which he’s undecided about and the players won’t be told the team until the hours before kick-off.

“Believe it or not, I have four teams marked out in my head,” he said.

“I never pick my team until the morning of a game. We’ll have a team talk in the hotel in Dublin maybe around 4 o’clock. That’s where I’ll announce the team and I will decide on who will be playing and who won’t be playing.

“There are places there that I have to juggle and have a think about. But on Saturday morning I’ll decide.”

Rovers play Crumlin United in Saturday night's decider in Dublin.

Whatever side he does go with, McConigley is confident that the players are good enough to beat Crumlin United, although he’s expecting a close game.

“I have no fear of Crumlin,” he said.

“I don’t think they can throw anything at us that we haven’t already experienced in this cup run. We have had to stick at it to the very end, we have scored goals in the last minute, we have defended well and we’ve played good football.”

One thing Crumlin can count on is the experience of having played at the Aviva before. They won last year’s cup final, beating Tolka Rovers 4-0 and are most people’s favourites to retain their crown.

But McConigley and his team are doing all they can to prepare in the right fashion - and that include’s training on a pitch that’s laid out to the same measurements as the pitch at the Aviva.

“I’d like to thank Mickey Gibbons for giving us the use of the Colaiste Aileach grounds,” McConigley said.

“The pitch is lined out to the exact measurements of the Aviva. We are training there at the moment. We have two nights left, Tuesday and Thursday, so we are preparing well.”