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Date: 7:45 p.m. April 9, 2010
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
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Billy Dennehy 38' -
Scored: 38'




Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Bohemians

Sat, Apr 10 2010
Shamrock Rovers continue to hold the Indian sign over Bohemians in their new Tallaght Stadium, as the league champions were left empty-handed on this their third visit to the Dublin foothills. Indeed the hosts who hadn’t even scored a goal or won a game at home thus far this season, will be more than happy to have opened their account, in this derby match against their big Dublin rivals. Kerryman, Billy Dennhey netting the only goal on 38 minutes.

Both sides started the game in a typical cagey manner. With Rovers playing just one striker up front, midfield was a fairly crowded affair. Neither keeper was called into action with Ken Oman perhaps having the best chance when he headed over on 17 minutes from a Keegan cross from the right.

The game sparked into life after the half hour mark with the home side beginning to string some decent passes together. Killian Brennan was shown the yellow card for bringing down Chris Turner in midfield on 36 minutes, but the home team did nothing with the resultant free kick. Bohs then surged forward down the left and a Jason Byrne cross was headed just wide by Brennan. Rovers then countered and won a throw-in on the left near the corner flag, centre half Aidan Price headed on Stephen Rice’s long throw to Dennehy on the back post who headed across the keeper into the far side of goal.

Having broken their duck, Shamrock Rovers were suddenly all over their visitors. Dennehy, Dan Murray and Thomas Stewart all had chances as they looked to increase their lead, before the half time whistle provided some relief for Bohemians.

Pat Fenlon brought Mark Quigley for Brennan at the restart but it made little difference as the champions never got into stride. Turner and James Chambers worked their socks off in midfield for the home side to subdue the visitors.

The second biggest cheer of the night came when talismanic striker Gary Twigg made a surprise return from injury coming on as a 72nd minute substitute. However, manager Michael O’Neill’s injury woes continue as he had to sub three players, Rice, Cahill and Flynn, all limping off the pitch.

Paul Keegan should have done better on 75 minutes when he broke through but shot weakly at the advancing Alan Mannus. Raffaele Cretaro had one last chance to level it in the third of five added minutes at the end, but he blasted it high and wide, summing up an off-night that Fenlon’s men will wish to forget about.

Shamrock Rovers: Mannus, Flynn (O'Connor 75), Price, Murray, Murphy; Dennehy, Chambers, Rice (Bayly 60), Turner, Cahill (Twigg 72); Stewart. – Unused: Duggan, Barrett

Bohemians: O'Connor, Shelley, Heary (Madden 81), Oman, Powell; McGlynn, Keegan, Cronin (Higgins 85), Brennan (Quigley 45); Cretaro, Byrne. – Unused: Murphy, Gray



Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
Pat Flynn
Defender
Danny Murphy
Defender
Dan Murray
Defender
Aidan Price
Defender
Ollie Cahill
Midfielder
James Chambers
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy
38Scored: 38'
Midfielder
Stephen Rice
Midfielder
Chris Turner
Midfielder
Thomas Stewart
Forward

Substitutes
Graham Barrett
Forward
Robert Bayly
Midfield
Robert Duggan
Goalkeeper
Sean O'Connor
Midfield
Gary Twigg
Forward
Bohemians
Chris O'Connor
Goalkeeper
Owen Heary
Defender
Ken Oman
Defender
Conor Powell
Defender
Brian Shelley
Defender
Killian Brennan
Midfielder
36Booked: 36'
Raffaele Cretaro
Midfielder
Glenn Cronin
Midfielder
Paul Keegan
Midfielder
Gareth McGlynn
Midfielder
Jason Byrne
Forward

Substitutes
Steven Gray
Defender
Ruaidhri Higgins
Midfield
Paddy Madden
Forward
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Mark Quigley
Forward


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