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Date: 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 2012
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
Ref: Declan Heney
Att: 700 (est)

Gary Twigg 24' -
Scored: 24'


Aaron Greene 51' -
Scored: 51'


Aaron Greene 58' -
Scored: 58'


Paul Hunt 60' -
OG: 60'


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90'

FULL TIME!

Game is over. A 4-0 win for the home side!

88'
Morley does well to win a corner off Stephen Rice but the set piece comes to nothing. I think it's time for the ref to blow this one up.

86'
Daryl Kavanagh releases Brennan on the right. He cuts inside and takes a pot shot at goal, but Hyland was squarely behind it and gathered safely.

83'

Substitution

Longford Sub - the last of the night for Longford -Dean Cosgrave replaces Colm James.

82'
The ref intervenes as Stephen Rice and Austin Skelly have a little tete a tete. No need for that really, and the players are no doubt reminded that it's a friendly.

80'
Stephen O'Donnell creates an opening for Brendan King, playing up front and in the middle now, but King's crisp effort is straight at Craig Hyland.

78'
Ronan Finn slips a ball through for Billy Dennehy, but his shot on the run slews to the right and scuttles wide of the Longford goal.

78'

Substitution

Rovers Sub - Brenadan King replaces Aaron Greene.

76'
The game has really faded now. Nothing much happening.

74'
Rice has dropped to centre back for Rovers and Kavanagh and Greene are up front.

73'

Substitution

Double change for Rovers - Ronan Finn replaces Colin Hawkins and Billy Dennehy is on for Gary Twigg.

72'
A terrific save from Hyland, somehow managing to touch Killian Brennan's deflected shot around the outside of his post.

70'

Substitution

Longford Sub - Paul Hunt is replaced in goal by Craig Hyland.

70'
Three more corners follow before Morley sends a low ball into the box that arrives at Austin Skelly's feet not two yards out. He somehow sliced the ball over the bar and Rovers' clean sheet remains intact.

68'
Jacques Morley takes a corner for LOngford that skips across the Rovers box before being nodded out by Hawkins for another corner beyond the back post.

67'
Austin Skelly does well to turn away from Stephen Rice but his effort from the edge of the box screws well wide of the Rovers goal.

65'

Substitution

Longford Sub - James O'Brien replaces Keith Gillespie.

65'

Substitution

Rovers Sub - Daryl Kavanagh is on for Gary McCabe.

64'
A decent effort by Jacques Morley after he was played in by Mark Salmon, but Jannson gathered well in the Rovers goal.

62'

Substitution

Longford make a double change - Jamie Duffy replaces Alan Kirby and Sean Skelly is on for Daniel Purdy.

60'

OWN GOAL!

Rovers have a fourth as Greene's shot is parried up in the air by Paul Hunt. He followed it back as it dropped and the ball clipped back off the crossbar, off Hunt, and into the net.

58'

GOAL!

There wasn't a lot happening here when a tricky pass from Dowling spun wide of his 'keeper. Hunt had come rushing out to collect, found he had overshot, and Aaron Green had the simplest task to roll the ball into an empty net. Rovers lead 3-0.

53'

Substitution

Longford Sub - Jacques Morley comes on for Thomas Crawley.

53'

Substitution

Rovers Sub - Stephen Rice is on for Chris Turner.

51'

GOAL!

Aaron Greene skips around Paul Hunt and buries a shot in to the Longford net. Rovers lead 1-0 and Greene scores on his first outing for the Hoops.

48'
It's been a scrappy opening few minutes. A bit of indecisive defending almost gave Rovers an opportunity but they couldn't take advantage.

46'

Second Half

Rovers get us underway at the start of the second half.

46'

Substitution

Rovers make one change at the break - SEan Gannon replaces Conor Powell at left back.

46'
It's been quite a frustrating night for Shamrock Rovers. Apart from the goal, when Colm James was caught out of position to let McCabe in behind him, Rovers have constantly been forced to back track when in possession. Longford look competent, but apart from Gillespie, Salmon and Kirby in central midfield the don't look terribly ambitious.

45'

Half Time

Not a second of added time played... it's half time at Tallaght and Rovers lead 1-0.

44'
Rovers might have done better there with Chris Turner reluctant to shoot from the edge of the box. He got crowded out and it was left to Sives to try one from distance that never bothered Paul Hunt.

40'
Lovely play from Longford as Austin Skelly engineers a move down the right, releasing Purdy who's low curling cross was finely judged in behind the Rovers back line. Sives slid in to divert the ball just wide of the Rovers goal, conceding a corner that came to nothing.

35'
Have to say, Noel Haverty is playing a stormer at the back for Longford. He's the man who seems to breaking up the majority of Rovers attacking play.

32'
Gary Cronin knocks a Gary McCabe corner inches over his own crossbar! The next corner is defended at the back post, conceding another corner... and that one is comfortably claimed by Hunt.

31'

Substitution

Longford Sub - Austin Skelly replaces Karl Bermingham.

30'
Rovers break and Stephen O'Donnell knocks a delicate ball over the top for Greene to run on to. But his attempted lob drops right and wide of Paul Hunt's goal.

26'
Keith Gillespie whacks a shot wide from 20 yards for Longford but wins a free for the late challenge of a Rovers defender. Daniel Purdy takes it, but curls the ball into the arms of Oscar Jannson in the Rovers goal.

24'

GOAL!

Gary Twigg scores for Rovers. A long ball out to the left finds McCabe and his ball in to Twigg is controlled and then powered home from ten yards by the Scottish forward.

23'
Shamrock Rovers are controlling this and Longford are struggling to create any kind of opportunity for Bermingham up front.

22'
More good attacking play from the home side as a Sives ball forwards is flicked on by Twigg to McCabe. McCabe's shot was blocked but the ball spun back out to Twigg who's shot was gathered by Longford keeper, Paul Hunt.

19'
Aaron Greene is released on the right and skins the Longford defender with him, he pulls a lovely ball back for Twigg who tried to wriggle into some room eight yards out, but Noel Haverty cleared the danger with an excellent block.

18'
Kerea Gilbert looks very comfortable on the ball at right back for Rovers and bombs forward when he gets the chance. Gilbert, Greene and Brennan have impressed for the Hoops.

16'
A crunching tackle from Sives on, I think Crawley, sends the ball ricocheting forwards. It almost releases Greene, who is switching wings at a rate of knots, but Gary Cronin covered.

14'
Lovely play from Longford as Colm James pinged a ball over the head of Hawkins which Bermingham controlled and laid off to Purdy. He strode on into the Rovers box and blew his shot high over the bar. All good, up until the end.

11'
Good work from McCabe and Greene on the left for Rovers, but Greene's ball in to Twigg is booted clear by the Longford defence.

9'
Rovers' new boy Aaron Greene looks particularly lively in the early stages here. Both teams look keen to play it on the ground, which is a good job considering the swirling wind.

7'
Ooh - Killian Brennan tries a chip from outside the box that just drifts over the Longford bar.

5'
Apologies - that was Karl Bermingham playing up top for Longford, not Austin Skelly, who is on the bench.

4'
A long, looping cross-field ball finds Gary McCabe lurking at the back post but Colm James blocks it away for a corner, which Alan Kirby eventually clears.

1'
Keith Gillespie plays a lovely ball over the top towards Austin Skelly in the opening minute, but the LOngford hitman is slightly off-side.

1'

GAME ON!

Longford get us started as they play towards the mountains in the opening half.

0'
Here comes the teams to a very healthy round of applause. We'll be underway in just a few moments.

0'
No sign of the teams yet as the appointed hour looms but hopefully we won't be too late getting started here.

0'
Longford look like they will line out in a 4-5-1 as they did against St Pats last week. They name three full backs in defence - James, Cronin and Dowling, so we'll have to wait and see who partners Haverty in the centre. Karl Bermingham starts as a lone striker. Kirby, Gillespie, Salmon, Purdy and Crawly line out agross the middle.

0'
Rovers will start tonight with Gilbert and Powell at full back and Sives alongside Hawkins in central defence. It looks like new boy Aaron Greene will start up front along with Twigg. O'Donnell and Turner start in the middle with, I assume, Killian Brennan and McCabe out wide.

0'
It's a mucky night in west Dublin. Clouds of misty rain are billowing about under the floodlights as the teams warm up and it all has a distinct feel of winter about it.

0'
Half an hour to go until Shamrock Rovers kick-off against Longford Town at Tallaght Stadium tonight. The real kick-off is less than two weeks away now so we should be starting to get a good idea as to how these sides will be lining out in 2012. Tonight's teams are up and ready to view.



Photo Gallery for Shamrock Rovers -v- Longford Town



Shamrock Rovers
Oscar Jannson
Goalkeeper
Kerrea Gilbert
Defender
Colin Hawkins
Defender
Conor Powell
Defender
Craig Sives
Defender
Killian Brennan
Midfielder
Gary McCabe
Midfielder
Stephen O'Donnell
Midfielder
Chris Turner
Midfielder
Aaron Greene
51Scored: 51'
58Scored: 58'
Forward
Gary Twigg
24Scored: 24'
Forward

Substitutes
Billy Dennehy
Midfield
Dean Ebbe
Forward
Ronan Finn
Midfield
Sean Gannon
Defender
Daryl Kavanagh
Forward
Brendan King
Midfield
Stephen Rice
Midfield
Conor Winn
Goalkeeper
Longford Town
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
60OG: 60'
Gary Cronin
Defender
Graham Dowling
Defender
Noel Haverty
Defender
Colm James
Defender
Thomas Crawley
Midfielder
Keith Gillespie
Midfielder
Alan Kirby
Midfielder
Daniel Purdy
Midfielder
Mark Salmon
Midfielder
Karl Bermingham
Forward

Substitutes
Dean Cosgrave
Midfield
Jamie Duffy
Midfield
Craig Hyland
Goalkeeper
Jacques Morley
Midfield
James O'Brien
Midfield
Austin Skelly
Forward
Sean Skelly
Midfield