“Graham Burke would easily have got us 25 goals last year but would we have won the league? No. It’s a lot more than one man scoring goals. It’s about being consistent over the course of a season. I think it’s a very lazy sort of bandwagon to jump on“Graham Burke would easily have got us 25 goals last year but would we have won the league? No. It’s a lot more than one man scoring goals. It’s about being consistent over the course of a season. I think it’s a very lazy sort of bandwagon to jump on.” So said Shamrock Rovers Head Coach Stephen Bradley in advance of the Hoops encounter with Derry City at the Tallaght Stadium, which he watched from the Main Stand as assistant Glenn Cronin manned the touchline. The goals in Rovers’ two league wins to date have been spread through the side with right-back Ethan Boyle and striker Aaron Greene sealing Bradley’s charges’ comeback win in Waterford last week. Midfielders Dylan Watts and newcomer Aaron McEneff were on the mark against Derry – ex Derry man McAneff chipping a very cheeky 79th minute penalty conversion after substitute Orhan Vijic’s shot was handled in the area. “I’ve seen him practice a lot of ‘penos," said Bradley after the match. "And he hasn’t hit one like that. I’m just happy he scored it. If he hadn’t, he’d have been heading back up the motorway with Derry on the bus! But no, I’m delighted with him. I thought his overall game was very good.” 4,522 fans saw the christening of Rovers' new South Stand as Rovers made light of a capricious breeze to earn their second win of the league campaign. They restricted Derry to long range wind-assisted Barry McNamee and Eoghan Stokes efforts as the Candystripes failed to build on last week’s victory over Division newcomers UCD. Bradley will be back in the dugout (after suspension) for Monday’s Dublin derby away at Bohemians, who, like Rovers, also boast the maximum six points out of six after the opening two series of games. Cue a Dalymount Park humdinger in front of a a sell-out crowd.
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