Rovers 3, East Meadow 0
The Rovers first team extended their unbeaten run to eight games, winning comfortably with a very good all around performance. Coach Mark Hopper, still looking to add to his squad, brought in Stuart Duffin for his debut and the winger responded with a stunning volley to open the scoring. Tony O’Donnell added the second with an exquisite lob, and the big Scot put through Damian Dunleevy to finish the scoring. Pat Brosnahan and Kevin Daly kept the defense tight and Paul McGlynn played well in midfield. Rovers travel to arch rivals Glen Cove on Sunday in confident mood.
Rovers Reserves 2, East Meadow 1
When the defender on the line punches the ball over the bar and you don’t get a penalty, you know you’re up against it. But the Rovers showed character and grit to win a tough game. Rovers were two up after a spectacular right-foot volley from Paul Kehoe, and Eddie Beji added a second after a good run from Dean Gibson. Johnny Keane was excellent in midfield, but Rovers conceded a late goal and were relieved to hear the final whistle. The boys in green are now four points clear at the top of the table.
Rovers over 30s, East Meadow 1
The old timers continue to score goals. Nigel Cunniffe opened the scoring after good work from Joe Behan, and when George Crooks finished Marc Hoctor’s run with a fine finish, the points seemed secure. However, Matthew Chell conceded a penalty and it took Marshall McAdoo’s sixth goal in four games to give Rovers the points. Joe McGreevy’s men are now in fourth place, with a trip to league leaders Glen Cove coming up on Sunday.