River Valley rollercoaster continues as they hit six

by Stephen Findlater
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LSL Sunday Major 1
River Valley Rangers 6
FC Transylvania 0

RIVER VALLEY Rangers bounced back from last week’s 5-4 defeat in Enniskerry with a thumping 6-0 win over FC Transylvania at Sportslink.

A brace from Cole Enocks plus goals from Paul Currivan, Conor Fowler, James Rock and Lee Murray saw the Swords side to their fourth victory of the season.

Remarkably, it’s the second time the LSL Sunday Major 1 side have won 6-0 since new manager Declan Eivers took over in January.

Eivers was assistant to Patsy O’Neill, who left to take over Malahide United’s Saturday side, but has been frustrated by his team’s lack of consistency.

He was without a recognised keeper for the defeat to Enniskerry and was missing others due to work and travel against Transylvania, but the young side eventually won in style.

The home side took until ten minutes before the break to open the scoring as Currivan got on the end of Fowler’s corner and headed home.

Enocks got his first on the stroke of half time as he eased past a defender and slotted the ball into the corner, and turned home Ruairi Deasy’s cross shortly after the restart.

Fowler scored the fourth direct from a free kick as he left the visiting keeper with no chance, before Enocks won the penalty that Rock converted to make it five.

Darren Doyle made his long-awaited return from the bench following a spell with Malahide United but it was another sub, Lee Murray, who finished the rout late on.

“You can just tell with our team, sometimes, in the warm-up whether they’re going to start good or not,” Eivers tells the Dublin Gazette.

“The warm-up was rubbish. They started slow, and we were playing FC Transylvania, who are renowned as a futsal team. They’re all technically very good footballers.

“We just couldn’t get the ball off them for half an hour. But we knew that we would have chances because we have a young, fast, fit side and eventually it would pay off.

“I noticed they let in an average of three goals a game, so once we got one we’d probably break their will, and that’s what happened. It could have ended up around ten.”

River Valley sit ten points off the promotion spots with just nine games to play, which Eivers admits is most likely beyond them, but a run at the Polikoff Cup remains a possibility.

“We’ve played three games on an astro and we’ve won 6-0, 6-0 and 3-0. On grass, we just haven’t got the consistency.

“We’re a good footballing team and on an astro I’d fancy us against anyone. We’ll maybe had to work on adapting our game to pitches that aren’t as good.

“If I could get a consistent team on the pitch, that might help as well.

“On our day, we should be up in the top three, if we had our full team, but it is what it is.”

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