It might be way too early to try to predict the ultimate destination of the 2020 title, but Shamrock Rovers certainly made a convincing statement of their intent in that direction with this best-of-five win in what was a thrilling game against reigning champions Dundalk.
Hillary Netsiyanwa’s deep, Dublin brogue sweeps confidently over the backing guitar, the naked love for his home town stitched into every line of the poem he has spent months perfecting before releasing it out into the unending warren that is Spotify.
The brutal death of Frankie Dunne, whose dismembered body was found dumped behind a derelict house in Cork just over a week ago, is incomprehensible, wrong, pointless and without justification, mourners at his funeral Mass were told.
Substitute Adrian Sardinero ended valiant Shamrock Rovers’ Europa League adventure with an extra-time winner in Nicosia. Both sides finished with ten men on an energy-sapping night, the Cypriots edging through to meet Austria Vienna in next week’s third round.