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Date: 8 p.m. Feb. 7, 2011
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
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Scored: 55'
- Daryl Murphy 55'

Scored: 58'
- Graham Carey 58'



Shamrock Rovers 0 – 2 Celtic XI

Tue, Feb 08 2011
Premier Division champions Shamrock Rovers continued their pre-season preparation with a battling 2-0 defeat at the hands of Celtic in front of a large crowd at Tallaght Stadium on Monday night.

In a very open game, Rovers created many chances but were made to rue their misses as two goals in three minutes from ex-Waterford United striker Daryl Murphy and ex-Bohemians loanee Graham Carey sealed a 2-0 win for the visitors.

Dublin-born Carey had the first chance of the game but his strike, from a Freddie Ljungberg pass, was easily saved by Alan Mannus in the Rovers goal. A quick counter from Rovers saw Twigg find Dennehy wide on the left, he crossed for Kilduff for Dom Cervi saved.

Minutes later Kilduff fed McCabe down the right but his strike on his weaker left foot was easily saved. Celtic trialist Julian Baudet, impressive thoughout, lost possession on the edge of his penalty box but Billy Dennehy fired narrowly over Cerni’s crossbar.

The deadlock should have been broken soon after with Ciaran Kilduff failing to score after a Dennehy left wing cross. Alan Mannus ensured a scoreless first half with smart saves from Murphy and a defleted piledriver from Carey.

McCabe fed Pat Sullivan minuted after the restart but his low strike was saved at the front post. The opening goal of the game arrived after 55 minutes. Full back Steven O’Donnell played a superb cross field ball to Philip Twardsick wide on the left, his cross was flicked on by Kieran Brennan allowing Murphy to control smartly before firing past Mannus.

The lead was doubled just three minutes later as goalscorer Murphy found Ljungberg on the edge of the penalty area. He controlled before sliding the ball through to Graham Carey to finish first time low past Mannus.

The substitutions began to come think and fast and Rovers had the better of the remaining time. Chris Turner had a good chance to reduce the deficit but his powerful strike from the edge of the penalty area was saved by Cerni.

Rovers trialist Akeem Pristley impressed after his introduction and looked set to grab a goal as he races in on goal before being sent tumbling by a rash challenge from keeper Cerni outside the penalty. Referee Damien Hancock produced just a yellow card.

Paddy Kavanagh had Rovers last chance as he cut in from the right but fired his left foot strike wide of Cerni’s goal.

Shamrock Rovers: Mannus; Sullivan, Flynn, Murray (Murphy 61’), McCormack; McCabe (Pristley 61’), Rice (Turner HT), O'Donnell, Dennehy (Kavanagh 61’); Kilduff (Sheppard HT), Twigg (Kelly 61’).

Celtic: Cervi; O'Donnell, Loovens (Hughes 66’), Baudet, P. Twardzick (Church 66’); Carey, Crosas (Gormley 80’), Juarez (P. Twardzick 66’),Brennan; Murphy, Ljungberg (McGregor 80’).

Referee: Damien Hancock
Man of the Match: Graham Carey – Worked tirelessly all night and grabbed a goal.



Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
Dan Murray
Defender
Conor McCormack
Defender
Pat Flynn
Defender
Pat Sullivan
Defender
Stephen Rice
Midfielder
Stephen O'Donnell
Midfielder
Gary McCabe
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy
Midfielder
Ciaran Kilduff
Forward
Gary Twigg
Forward

Substitutes
Karl Sheppard
Forward
Akeem Priestley
Midfield
Anto Murphy
Defender
Jack Memery
Defender
Dean Kelly
Forward
Paddy Kavanagh
Midfield
Robert Hughes
Goalkeeper
Donal Branagan
Defender
Chris Turner
Midfield
Celtic XI
Dom Cervi
Goalkeeper
76Booked: 76'
Filip Twardzik
Defender
Stephen O'Donnell
Defender
Glenn Loovens
Defender
Julian Baudet
Defender
Efrain Juarez
Midfielder
Marc Crosas
Midfielder
Graham Carey
Midfielder
58Scored: 58'
Keiran Brennan
Midfielder
Daryl Murphy
Forward
55Scored: 55'
Freddie Ljunberg
Forward

Substitutes
Patrik Twardzik
Forward
Callum McGregor
Midfield
Matty Hughes
Defender
Liam Gormley
Forward
Callum Bagshaw
Forward


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