I travelled up to Tallaght Stadium with about 300 fellow Cork City faithful fans and in good voice cheered on the team but with Daryl Horgan getting a point from six yards out and City hitting the post, missed chances would come back to bite us.
Two second-half goals put the reigning league champions and record winning FAI cup holders into the quarterfinals where they will face cross city rivals Shelbourne.
Despite the large Travelling crowd only about 1,100 home fans bothered to turn up. But a number of conditions did not help with the game being televised, a wet night, season ticket holders had to pay in and fans not happy with the manager.
But somehow this was the biggest attendance of the round as the two best-supported clubs faced off against each other.
Cork get a chance at revenge this Friday night in Turners Cross at 7.45pm in the league and could hinder Rovers’ chances of European football through a league placing.
City have little hope of reaching that far up the league and seem fairly safe relegation wise so it’s mainly pride to play and a time to build for next season.
A lot of practice in front of goal is what City seem to need as it’s the lack of goals which is causing a lot of trouble all year including last Friday night.
Although there is room for improvement at the back also, I will have a recorded interview with the managers Sunday on star sports at www.starfmwestcork.com.