For the first time since 2014 Shamrock Rovers are set to field a second team in the League of Ireland. Shamrock Rovers ll will face Longford Town at City Calling Stadium on Saturday night (although the home side will take to the field ‘under protest’).
It’s been almost six whole years since Cobh Ramblers hosted Shamrock Rovers B in St Colman’s Park where the sides played out a 1-1 draw. Rovers B would go on to finish 6th in the then 8 team division while Ramblers would end up finishing in last place.
The focus for Rovers in having a second team is to give their younger players an avenue to develop while playing senior football and therefore as their second string side of 2020 prepare to take to the floor later tonight we thought it might be worth looking to see where that first starting 11 from that game in March 2014 have fared since.
The goalkeeper made the move from Mervue United to play for Rovers B team for the 2014 season.
He is one of the success stories from this side with the Mayo native going on to play for St Patrick’s Athletic for three seasons before joining League One side Peterborough United in 2017 where he remains to this day.
Tracy had actually played for Rovers first team in 2008 and 2009 making 24 appearances for the Hoops.
He had spells with Drogheda United, Limerick and Longford Town before he returned to play for Rovers B.
The defender last played in the League of Ireland in July 2014 In a 2-0 loss to Wexford in Ferrycarraig Park.
Kehoe had already played for Rovers Under 19 side before the 2014 season and he went on to make 16 appearances during the 2014 season.
He left Tallaght Stadium at the end of the season and went on to play for Shelbourne, Bray Wanderers and Longford Town.
His last appearance in the League of Ireland came at the end of the 2017 season for De Town when the side beat Wexford 1-0 at City Calling Stadium.
Heaney played in the League of Ireland until last year. He was on the books at Tallaght Stadium from 2013 until 2017 and had loan spells with Shelbourne and Waterford during that period.
The defender spent 2018 and 2019 with Bray Wanderers but last appeared in the First Division last August and now plays for Ballymun United.
Brown’s only season in the League of Ireland was that 2014 season with his last appearance coming against Wexford that September.
He departed the club at the end of that season but did make an appearance in the FAI Cup for St Mochta’s in 2015.
Purdy was the goal scorer on that first night for Rovers B Team in 2014. The forward left Rovers at the end of that season and joined Athlone Town.
He last appeared in the League of Ireland for the Midlands club in May 2016 against UCD but popped up during the summer of 2017 with a trial period for Drogheda United and played in a mid-season friendly against Ipswich Town.
As of last year the striker was lining out for Newtown Rangers in the Leinster Senior League.
Knight only spent the first half of 2014 with Rovers before making the move to Athlone Town, then managed by Keith Long.
He spent 4 seasons with Cabinteely before joining Longford Town at the start of the 2019 season.
The midfielder left De Town halfway through last season, returned to Cabinteely and played in the playoff semi-finals for the South Dublin club when they lost to Drogheda United.
Doolin spent the 2014 season with Rovers but left at the end of the season and joined Athlone Town.
He made just one appearance for the Midlands side in April of 2015 before the midfielder left in May of that year.
Coombes had already spent time with St Patrick’s Athletic, Athlone Town and Bray Wanderers before the 2014 season.
The midfielder made 7 appearances for the Hoops that season before returning to Bray Wanderers mid-way through the season.
His last appearance in the League of Ireland came from the bench against Limerick for the Seagulls that season and he has since gone on to play for the likes of Bluebell United, Firhouse Clover and Cherry Orchard.
Onwubiko had played in the League of Ireland between 2007 and 2009 for Bray Wanderers and Athlone Town.
He returned to play for Rovers B almost 5 years later but left at the end of the 2014 season and returned to Bray Wanderers.
The Nigerian striker then moved on to Athlone Town but made his last appearance in the League of Ireland alongside Daniel Purdy against UCD during that 2016 season.
Lyons went on to make 20 appearances for the B Team during the 2014 season and finished as their top scorer with 6 goals.
The striker had already made his League of Ireland debut for UCD and had played for Bohemians before moving to Tallaght to sign for Rovers.
Since leaving Rovers at the end of 2014 he has played for Bray Wanderers, Sligo Rovers and Shelbourne.
He signed for Drogheda United for the 2018 season and he has now spent 2 years with the Boynesiders— last year he scored 15 goals and the striker re-signed for the Louth club for the 2020 season.