Bentley hails Roche as Morecambe goalkeeper makes 300th appearance

Barry Roche.
Barry Roche.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley hailed goalkeeper Barry Roche after the Irishman’s 300th League 2 appearance for The Shrimps.

Roche, who joined the club from Chesterfield back in 2008, was in fine form as he reached the landmark in a 2-0 win at high-flying Wycombe on Saturday.

Bentley said: “He was excellent.

“His kicking was good and his decision making was good and they hung up some balls to some big, strong players but he was commanding

“At one point I wondered where one was going to land and you just see the big, yellow jersey come through the pack and put two big fists on it and it went about four miles up the pitch.

“He’s great Barry. He’s experienced, loves the club, lives the area, I can’t put enough praise on him.

“I’ve played with him, I’ve managed him and he’s a fantastic pro.

“When you haven’t got much to do it’s important your concentration levels are high and they were.

“Everything that came into his box, he commanded. He organised the backline and it spread right throughout the team in what was a fantastic performance for us all.”