McEneff reveals Panenka thinking

Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS

McEneff was a marquee signing for the Hoops this winter.

McEneff was a marquee signing for the Hoops this winter.

A former player coming back to score against his old club is nothing new in the era of modern football, particularly in the League of Ireland, however, there can’t be too many cases of a new star signing putting his local club to the sword, in front of a packed out stadium, through the genius improvisation of a Penenka penalty kick! That is exactly what Shamrock Rovers star, Aaron McEneff achieved last Friday, as his cheeky chip from twelve-yards captured the imagination, as well as drawing fire his way with followers of the “Candystripes” labeling McEneff’s lob and subsequent penalty as the ultimate disrespect.

However, speaking on last night’s Between the Stripes LOI podcast, McEneff revealed a simple explanation for the exuberant finish, that sent Rovers on their way to a well earned three points against Declan Devine’s charges.

“I seen a few of the lads that I knew from playing at Derry and they went and spoke to Peter Cherrie before I hit the penalty. I think they were telling him which way I’d go, and he actually went the way I’d normally hit my penalties, so I kind of had it in my head he was going to dive either way so I just said I’d give it a go and thankfully it came off” said the Shamrock Rovers midfielder.

McEneff’s strike was made all the more special by the fact it came in front of the brand new third stand at the Tallaght Stadium, as the Shamrock Rovers “ultras” got their first night out in the new structure. Commenting on the atmosphere generated, Derry native McEneff claimed there was a European feeling to the atmosphere, thanks to the new vantage point for Rovers most vocal support.

“Even when we came out of the tunnel for the start of the game they had flags and stuff in the new stand and the home stand was packed too so it was a good atmosphere and the new stand, it almost felt like a European game, it was great to play in such a good atmosphere, it can only benefit us.”

With last seasons double winners, Dundalk coming to town this weekend, we could be set for the highest attend game in the League of Ireland for many a year and with both sides suffering slight setbacks inside the opening fortnight of the new campaign, this is already a tie of mega importance for both sets of players, fans and management.

The visitors will have to do without the services of midfield trio, Sean Murray, Robbie Benson and another Derry man, Patrick McEleney while the hosts will be without suspended front man, Aaron Greene, who saw red in Monday nights derby defeat away to Bohemians.


To hear Aaron McEneeff’s exclusive interview on last nights Series 3-Episiode 3 of Between the Stripes LOI podcast simply use the Audioboom player below, or search for the show on your favorite podcast outlets, including Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Radio Public and Podcast Addict, among many others. Aaron’s interview starts at roughly the one hour mark of the show.