Shamrock Rovers where not the only side to rest players in the Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday night.
AUL Premier A outfit Collinstown applied a similar ‘give the kids a chance’ as their professional counterparts going into the Leinster Senior Cup clash- yet still managed to pull of what some are calling ‘their greatest ever result’.
That lauding of the an achievement that boosted bank balances around Clondalkin had quickly been qualified by suggestions Collinstown had beaten Shamrock Rovers youth side and not their first team.
However, post game Collinstown manager Carroll revealed he adopted a similar approach for the two-nil win.
Like Pat Fenlon, Carroll and his coaching team elected to rest some of their older players to keep them fresh for a massive Leinster Junior Cup clash with Evergreen this coming Sunday.
“For the team we put out, I thought it was an excellent performance. We had a lot of young lads out there, rested a few of the older fellas because I think it’s a bigger game on Sunday,” Carroll said after the tie.
“To soak up the pressure we did against such a good, young, fit side speaks volumes for the team. Fellas limped off that pitch tonight after giving 105% tonight, but we got the rewards at the end of it and onto the next round.
“We came thinking we’ll enjoy the game, it’s a big game but we’ve bigger games to come. We’ll enjoy it and if we’ll have a chance we’ll take it and thankfully we done that. Last night we trained on set-pieces and got a goal out of a set-piece tonight.”
Carroll admits he was surprised to see their hosts had named such a young team against them. Indeed he admits the Rovers select comprised of players he never heard of, but claims the surprise was pleasant as it gave his side a little boost pre kick off.
“I was very surprised. I had a feeling they would play a lot of youngfellas or fellas that were on the fringe but when I seen the teamsheet, I didn’t know anyone on it! I went into the dressing room before kick-off and said ‘boys look, these are here for the taking tonight’. When you don’t seen anyone on it that you know, you say to yourself ‘hey, lets have a go’.”
The Tallaght Stadium has proved somewhat of a happy hunting ground for ‘Town. They beat Sheriff YC, another team that play in green hoops at the ground to claim the Leinster Junior Cup last Summer and the sense of De Ja Vu wasn’t wasted on Carroll.
“It’s funny, someone text me yesterday saying you’s have a habit of going to Tallaght and playing very well against teams in green and white hoops, talking about Sheriff last year,” he added.
“To come out on top again tonight is the very same thing, it’s about attitude really. If you go out against a League of Ireland side and you don’t want to play against them you’ll get murdered. If you go out and have belief, and the belief we had was that we didn’t know any of them, so that was our little ‘yeah, let’s go for it’.”