Sunday 20 October 2019

Aaron's banging them in with Rovers!

The prolific Aaron Dobbs
The prolific Aaron Dobbs

Aaron Dobbs has been making quite the name for himself in his first season with Shamrock Rovers - the Tallaght version rather than the club of the same name in his native Enniscorthy.

Aaron only turned 16 on January 6 last, but his scoring record in the current Under-17 National League is nothing short of phenomenal. He rattled the net at least once in all bar one of his first ten games, reaching a high point on November 1 when a superb five-goal haul powered Rovers to a 6-2 away win over Dublin rivals St. Patrick's Athletic.

Prior to that, Aaron scored in all of his first seven outings, with his team unbeaten since the sole blip in round one when his eighth-minute strike wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss away to Mervue United.

Since then Aaron scored two in a 4-0 win over Sligo Rovers, one apiece in three victories on the trot versus Salthill Devon (4-1), St. Patrick's Athletic (3-1) and Longford Town (6-1), plus a 1-1 draw with Athlone Town.

He made it nine goals in seven games with a brace in the 4-2 win at home to Mervue United, and his only blank came when Sligo Rovers were beaten again 4-1.

Aaron scored in the 31st minute of their 2-2 home draw with Salthill Devon, and his five goals against Pat's came in the 30th, 37th, 46th, 51st and 63rd minutes.

A strong and powerful centre-forward, Aaron came to Rovers via Moyne Rangers and St. Joseph's Boys and is destined for a great future in the game.

His performances at Under-17 level have already caught the attention of Premier team manager Pat Fenlon who threw him in at the deep end for the Leinster Senior Cup final against Dundalk last month.

And although Rovers lost 3-1, Aaron scored a second-half goal after coming off the bench in a 3-1 loss, availing of hesitancy in the Dundalk defence to rattle the net in the 81st minute. Remember the name, because you're going to hear it a lot more in 2016 and beyond.

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