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Shamrock Rovers 3 – 0 St. Patrick’s Athletic Match Report

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Shamrock Rovers 3 – 0 St. Patrick’s Athletic

While many eyes on Monday afternoon were on Giovanni Trapattoni’s Euro 2012 Squad announcement that contained six former League of Ireland players, in Tallaght Stadium Shamrock Rovers and St. Patrick’s Athletic packed their Leinster Senior Cup teams with potential future stars of the domestic game. In this quarter final clash, it was a youthful Rovers team that prevailed 3-0 against Pats with goals from Sean Gannon, Dean Ebbe and Aaron Greene.

Both managers brought in players from their under 19’s squad with Rovers’ Conor McCormack being the only player to start in this cup game for either side who had also played in the League last Friday night. For Stephen Kenny he was able to bring the experienced Colin Hawkins, Kerrea Gilbert, Stephen O’Donnell and Aaron Greene into his Rovers team alongside the younger players.

Pats, who were captained by Pat Flynn on the day, created some good chances in the opening period of the game. The first chance saw the visitors force a corner just three minutes into the game. Ryan Coombes delivery was controlled by Ian Daly at the edge of the six yard box but Gilbert closed the midfielder down to concede another corner. Next Kevin Dempsey got free on the left and cutting inside, his low shot was held by Rovers South African goalkeeper Reyadd Pieterse low to his left on six minutes.

18-year-old Lorcan Shannon was a constant treat down the left for Shamrock Rovers throughout the game and put in a man-of-the-match performance. His side strung a series of first half corners together. Dean Ebbe laid off Shannon’s first corner on the left to Conor McCormack whose shot went behind for another corner on 11 minutes.

Half way through the opening period, Shannon cut nicely inside Eoin Hyland but his shot couldn’t trouble Lee Brandon in the Pats goal. Shannon then played a fine ball in to Rovers captain Stephen O’Donnell. Aidan Price was in a good position to get a block on O’Donnell’s shot to concede another corner.

Rovers couldn’t take advantage from Shannon’s good deliveries from the next set of corners as first Ebbe and then Hawkins had chances in the box. On the half hour mark Pieterse had to be on his toes to save from Coombes. McCormack had another opportunity for Rovers from a Shannon pass but his shot went well over the bar.

Rovers should have opened the scoring on 33 minutes as three players were queuing up to convert Shannon’s cross on the left. Hyland at right back was given a torrid time by Shannon and his ball fizzed across the six-yard box. Greene, Ebbe and Kerrea Gilbert, getting forward from right back, all dived to get a decisive touch on the ball but they couldn’t force it home.

Just on half time Rovers made it 1-0. The move came after Greene had got a shot away. Rovers were able to pick up the ball again through Shannon who played the ball across the box and eventually the unmarked Sean Gannon got on the ball. The 20 year old had time and space to slot the ball home low into the bottom left corner of the goal to give the Hoops a half time lead.

There was a great opportunity for Rovers to double that lead on 53 minutes as Greene ran onto a weak back pass by Hyland. Brandon did well to force Greene wide and Ebbe couldn’t finish the square ball back from Greene when he really should have. However, the home side did get their second goal on the hour mark with Ebbe getting on the score sheet this time. McCormack was fouled just outside the box but referee Darren Coombes played on as the ball ran to Ebbe inside the box. He managed to steer the ball into the goal off the left hand post to make it 2-0.

Liam Buckley switched his side to three at the back after this as they chased the game. They were unlucky not to score when Dean Kelly’s crisp shot hit the bar from a Kevin Farragher pass. Minutes later Kelly got another shot away from a free kick wide on the left. The Pats players and fans called for a goal but Pieterse diving on top of the ball on his line just about kept the ball out. Next Pats were calling for a penalty as Conor Pepper diving for a header with Gilbert in the box felt he was pulled back but the ref indicated it wasn’t a penalty.

It was Rovers’ turn to hit the bar on 76 minutes as Greene picked up an O’Donnell pass and got by Price to shoot. Brandon looked to get a touch as the ball bounced down off the cross bar and away to safety for Pats. Shortly after this let off for Rovers, there was a long delay as referee Coombes went down with a leg injury. The game was stopped for over eight minutes and the fourth official had to come on to officiate for the remainder of the game.

Ian Daly had a chance to score for Pats during the 13 minutes of injury time when Kelly’s touch came to him outside the box. Pieterse made a great double save following Daly’s chance to prevent a Pats goal. It was Rovers who got the final goal of this entertaining game as Aaron Greene got an opportunity in the Pats box to fire home and make it 3-0 just before the final whistle.

Shamrock Rovers: Reyadd Pieterse; Kerrea Gilbert, Colin Hawkins, Donal Branagan, Jack Memery; Sean Gannon, Conor McCormack, Stephen O’Donnell, Lorcan Shannon (Tom O’Rourke 98); Dean Ebbe (Sean Dixon 96), Aaron Greene.
Subs not used: Oscar Jansson, Lee Steacy, Karl McGrath, Dean Power, Paul Moffat.
Bookings: Donal Branagan 38.

St Patrick’s Athletic: Lee Brandon; Eoin Hyland, Aidan Price, Kevin Farragher, Jake Carroll; Dean Kelly, Pat Flynn, Ryan Coombes, Kevin Dempsey (Adam O’Connor 63), Conor Pepper; Ian Daly.
Subs not used: Brendan Clarke, Rob Cornwall, Jamie McGlynn, Aaron Behan, Mario Chindea, Niall Conran.
Bookings: Jake Carroll 51.

Referee: Darren Coombes.
Attendance: 750 (estimate).
extratime.ie Man of the Match: Lorcan Shannon

The LUAS Derby

Article published in Hoops Scene 4 September 2009 Issue (Shamrock Rovers v Saint Patrick’s Athletic)

There is the Old Firm, Merseyside, Superclassico, Flu/Fla derbies to name but a few. Well tonight it seems the new phrase being used for our game with Saint Patrick’s Athletic is the LUAS derby. It is the LUAS Red Line that runs out to Tallaght and so Saint Pat’s fans wearing their red jerseys and scarves matched the colour of the LUAS line on their way here this evening. As Rovers fans we don’t mind as most people tend to call it the Tallaght Line rather than Red Line anyway. It is a great facility for both the Hoops faithful and any away fans being deposited at the terminus of the line for a game being just 500 m away from the stadium. For games at Saint Pat’s it is a 10 minute walk from either the Drimnagh or Goldenbridge stops so it means that Pats and Rovers are separated by just nine LUAS stops.

With the newly christened LUAS derby, what other derbies are around for Rovers? We overcame UCD in the FAI Cup last month but you could hardly have called it a charged derby win. Even though it is probably the closest other club to Milltown it was not a derby game to ever excite the passion of the Rovers and small number of UCD fans. For the past couple of seasons Rovers have had two clubs to play derbies against with Saint Pat’s and Bohs providing the opposition. In our formative years our closest rivals were Shelbourne, who were also founded in Ringsend, until Rovers’ move to Milltown in the 1920’s. 2005 is the last time the Rovers/Shels derby was played. Subsequently Rovers spent 2006 in the First Division winning it at the first time of asking just as Shelbourne could only just about get a First Division licence with their club’s finances imploding and Shels have spent the last three years down in the First Division.

The big rivalry for Rovers in the past though came from Drumcondra. It was the first northside/southside rivalry for Rovers with the very successful Drums side playing out of Tolka Park. In the 1950’s massive attendances would be regular when the two sides went head to head. In the early 70’s with Drums deep in debt and with an unsuccessful team they were subsumed into Home Farm who continued the unsuccessful theme and so the big derby for Rovers became the one against another northside club, Bohemian FC.

The demise of Drums coincided with the emergence of a new Bohs who left their amateur status behind, in 1969, to embrace the world of (semi) professionalism. Their league championship drought which started in 1936 was ended in 1975 and Bohs went on to collect another league title, an FAI Cup and a couple of League Cups in the 70s. This was during a real barren period for the Hoops who’s only honour in the 70s was a single solitary FAI Cup picked up in 1978. So the Bohs faithful were able to lord it over their hooped rivals during this time. Like football in the UK in the 1970s, the off field action was sometimes more cut and thrust than on the pitch and the rivalry off the pitch sadly stepped over the mark of acceptable behaviour which has no doubt fuelled the rivalry then and even now. The ascendancy in the rivalry switched back to Rovers in the 80s with our four in a row but the last decade has seen a very successful Bohs side as Rovers wandered in the wilderness in between Milltown and Tallaght. This season both sides are going head to head to pick up another title (Rovers’ 17th) and Bohs’ (11th).

The rivalry with Saint Pat’s has not been as intense. Pats played home games in Phoenix Park, Richmond Park, Chapleizod, Dalymount Park and even Milltown and on joining the league picked up their first league title in 1952, going on to claim three that decade. In 1960, they returned to Richmond Park and claimed their second and last FAI Cup win the following year. A long unsuccessful period meant that the derby was never going to be a charged affair but all that changed in the 1990s when Saint Pat’s under manager Brian Kerr won three league titles.

When Rovers were playing in the First Division in 2006, we thought that there would be no derby games to play (with Kildare County being our nearest ‘rivals’) but the FAI Cup was to present two such games. The third round was a very eventful FAI Cup tie. Rovers were drawn at home with Bohs and the first game ended in a draw so Bohs were overwhelming favourites to beat a very young Rovers team in the replay in Dalymount. However, the Hoops side were not to be overawed scoring on half time and then Barry Murphy carried out the game defining moment with a penalty save against Bohs player manager Gareth Farrelly (who resigned after the defeat). Rovers’ manager at the time Pat Scully was sent to the stands by the referee and gleefully celebrated in the Main Stand when David Cassidy got his and Rovers’ second.

The semi-final will be remembered more fondly by our visitors tonight. Rovers’ best moment was after a mere 4 minutes when Padraig Amond hit the Pats post but Pats got the first goal and then former Hoop Trevor Molley put things out of Rovers’ grasp late in the game to qualify for the final (which they lost).

This season we’ve played three derbies with Saint Pat’s to date and have claimed a win in each derby. Ignoring a very poor recent record at Richmond Park where we hadn’t won against Pats since 2004, Rovers picked up a 1-0 League Cup win and then a 2-1 League win in Inchicore. In the first league derby here in Tallaght Stadium, Rovers claimed a 2-0 win with Gary Twigg getting two second half goals. Tonight the capacity has nearly doubled from that first derby. It should mean a more sizeable away support from Pat’s who will look out on the new stand which has the newly located singing section and the SRFC Ultras. We will have to wait the 90 minutes to see which set of supporters will be the happiest on their journey home this evening on the LUAS.