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Monday 18 November 2019

Red cards make big derby game a 'farce' for Mick

DERBY FOCUS: (l-r) Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane and manager Mick McCarthy are pictured at Tuesday night’s clash between Rovers and Bohs
DERBY FOCUS: (l-r) Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane and manager Mick McCarthy are pictured at Tuesday night’s clash between Rovers and Bohs

Mick McCarthy admits that his scouting mission to Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday night was a waste of time due to what he called the “farce” of Shamrock Rovers playing for most of the game against Bohemians with nine men.

There was a show of strength from FAI coaching staff at Tuesday night’s game, a 1-0 win for Bohs, as senior team boss McCarthy, assistant Robbie Keane and U21 manager Stephen Kenny were among the crowd of 6,414, a record attendance for a league game at Tallaght Stadium.

A previous spying missing for McCarthy yielded fruit instantly, as the display by Rovers man Jack Byrne, as McCarthy looked on, against Sligo Rovers last month earned Byrne a call-up to the senior squad.

Bohs players Darragh Leahy and Daniel Mandroiu have already been capped at U21 level this year, and McCarthy was impressed by the touches of Bohs midfielder Mandroiu, a Dubliner with Romanian heritage.

But the imbalance from Rovers having only nine men for an hour gave him no value. “The two sendings off killed the game, players don’t play anything like they can play in that environment,” said McCarthy who did namecheck Dubliner Mandroiu.

“None of them would have caught my eye just because of the game. The No. 10 for Rovers (Aaron McEneff) started really well, I like him, he has always done alright.

“And the lad who got sent off (Lee Grace), he defended really well, he looked quick and he was unlucky to be sent off, but the game became a bit of a farce, and Jack (Byrne) never had a kick, it never suited him at all,” added McCarthy.

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