You get those nights sometimes, when everything goes right.
By nine o’clock last night, ‘Shamrock Rovers’ ‘Pats’ and ‘Forrester’ were all trending on Twitter in Ireland. If that sentence doesn’t make sense to you, it basically translates into ‘a lot of people were talking about last nights Dublin derby’.
A televised encounter, I had a sinking feeling going in to it that it could resemble our last televised clash, a dreadfully boring nil all draw in Dalymount Park a fortnight ago that could be used to torture prisoners.
It’s a bit surreal heading down Emmet Road to the stadium on Good Friday. It’s a big revenue loss no doubt for the pubs which thrive on the custom of football fans, both home and away supporters, and I’m sure the publicans wished luck had thrown them a Pats away match on Good Friday at least.Having to keep the shutters down, on a derby day, must make the pub owners weep.
Shamrock Rovers sold out their allocation for this one, and you could see it. Not only the shed, but parts of the mainstand and the camac were green and white. The Rovers away contingents, right from their first game of the season at Drogheda, have been very healthy this year and unlike anything seen in the league in a few years. When Rovers enter the field of play, flares and smoke greet them.
Yet unusually enough for recent times, this isn’t to be their night, but rather ours. I can remember being in the shed the night of the 5-0 demolition job that we done on Rovers and being blown away by the sound of their travelling support continuing to belt out ‘We’ll Never Die’, but last night was different in some way.
Was it a good advertisement for the league? Of course I’m biased, but young Christopher Forrester’s goals really were the kind of goals that can only encourage people to make the leap from television viewers to football attendees. He was an absolute joy to watch, and well worth his time trending on Twitter.
If there was ever a night McDowell’s cursed outdated Irish laws and Good Friday closing, it was last night. Much like the ‘Great Friday’ pun, I suppose I’ll avoid stating that Rovers were crucified.