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Date: 8 p.m. Feb. 24, 2012
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
Ref: Tom Connolly
Att: 1,000 (est)

Ken Oman 14' -
Scored: 14'


Daryl Kavanagh 26' -
Scored: 26'


Billy Dennehy 33' -
Scored: 33'


Ronan Finn 45' -
Scored: 45'


Gary O'Neill 56' -
Scored: 56'


Gary O'Neill 58' -
Scored: 58'


Gary McCabe 60' -
Scored: 60'


Gary O'Neill 85' -
Peno Scored: 85'


Scored: 35'
- David Breen 35'

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90'
With that ends a hectic night at Tallaght. The Shamrock Rovers fans will have enjoyed tonight, but neither manager will get too carried away with the result. And that's our lot until next time. A full and incident packed match report will be available on the website later. Over and out.

90'

FULL TIME!

Bang on 90 minutes, the referee brings this pre-season friendly to a close. Waterford are unlikely to come up against such a clinical strikeforce for a while, whereas Shamrock Rovers won't be expecting to have it as much their own way next Friday night away to Drogheda.

88'
West almost makes an instant impact, receiving the ball on his chest inside the home team's box. His touch his heavy though and Jannson collects.

87'

Substitution

Darragh Walshe comes off for Nathan West.

87'

Substitution

Substitution for Waterford. Paul Carey comes off for Thomas Whitty. Carey has been one of Waterford's better performers tonight.

85'

PENALTY SCORED!

Having been brought down in the box, Gary O'Neill dusts himself down and buries the resulting penalty low and hard to the keeper's left. That's his hattrick and few would argue he hasn't deserved it. Shamrock Rovers now lead 8-1.

82'

Substitution

Colin Hawkins comes on for captain Ken Oman, while Conor McCormack comes on for the excellent Conor Powel.

76'
Aaron Greene breaks into the Waterford box from the right. Faced with the keeper, he shoots with the outside of his left foot only to see his effort come off the post and cleared. Waterford clear.

74'
Pat Scully is in attendance tonight, checking up on his First Division rivals. He hasn't seen much so far to worry him, but you have got to feel sorry for Waterford. When they have attacked, they have looked dangerous, they just haven't attacked much.

73'

Substitution

Ben Ryan comes off for Waterford, and he is replaced by number 39, Peter Keegan

72'

Substitution

Ronan Finn comes off, Stephen O'Donnell takes his place. Just under twenty minutes left, but the game as a contest was over long ago.

71'
A long ball is played over the top of the Waterford defence, and Aaron Greene is through on goal. He goes to take it wide of the keeper, but takes it too wide and is left with a tight angle. He shoots and the ball goes just over.

68'
A rare attack for Waterford United. Seany Maguire plays Darragh Walshe through on goal with the outside of his right foot. Jannson is alert and off his line and the big Swede makes himself big and saves the shot with his chest. That's much better from Waterford.

66'

Yellow Card

The referee brandishes the first yellow card of the game. Ben Ryan is very late with his sliding tackle and is cautioned for his efforts. Perhaps he wants an early shower? I don't think anyone would blame him.

63'
Shamrock Rovers make three changes. Off come Gilbert, Rice and Sives. On come Gartland, Turner and Gannon.

63'

Substitution

Seany Maguire comes on for Craig Burns in the Waterford defence.

60'

GOAL!

Gary McCabe hasn't taken long to get stuck into this game. He terrorises the full back and gets into the Waterford box. He shoots the ball across the Waterford keeper to make it 7-1 to last years champions.

58'

GOAL!

This time Shamrock Rovers attack down the left with Finn. He pulls the ball back to Gary O'Neill and he makes it six.

56'

GOAL!

Good work by Aaron Greene down the left and he crosses into the Waterford box. Gary O'Neill is on hand to head it past a hapless Hughes. 5-1

46'

Second Half

Waterford get the second half underway.

45'

Substitution

Aaron Greene also comes on for Daryl Kavanagh.

45'

Substitution

Half time substitution for Shamrock Rovers, Gary McCabe on for Billy Dennehy.

45'

Half Time

Half time here in Tallaght as the referee blows his half time whistle just as Waterford tip off.

45'

GOAL!

Almost on the stroke of half time, Shamrock Rovers make it four. Gilbert plays an exquisite cross into the box, but Ronan Finn still has a lot to do. He powers a header to Hughes' right and into the Waterford net. The hoops lead 4-1.

43'
Conor Powell escapes from Carey down the left and after a failed attempt to play Kavanagh in, he chips a ball across the box, with only Waterford players there to clear comfortably.

35'

GOAL!

Almost immediately, Waterford pull one back. A rare corner for the blues sees Paul Phelan cross the ball from the right. Jannson comes, but misses the ball. David Breen is on hand to head the ball into the Rovers net. Great delivery from Phelan for the goal.

33'

GOAL!

Shamrock Rovers win a free kick at the edge of the Waterford box, slightly to the right. Billy Dennehy runs up and curls a magnificent left footed shot around the wall and past Hughes into the bottom left corner.

31'
Gary O'Neill flicks the ball on to Gilbert, and he almost plays the perfect ball from the right between keeper and defenders...almost...Dennehy is lurking but Carey nips in ahead of him. Danger averted.

29'
Waterford manage to get up the other end of the field and Paul Carey gets the better of Dennehy. He pulls the ball back for Ben Ryan but he aimlessly sends it over the Rovers bar. Jannson in the Rovers goal has had little to do.

26'

GOAL!

Kavanagh gets the ball 25 yards out. He spots Hughes off his line and he chips a beautiful shot over the keeper leaving him stranded. 2-0 to Rovers, and unfortunately for the 30 odd blues who made the journey, they don't look like they're finished.

25'
Kerrea Gilbert breaks free down the right and cuts the ball inside for Killian Brennan tries to dink the ball over the keeper but to no avail.

23'
Daryl Kavanagh goes down on the edge of the "D" and the referee gives a free. Killian Brennan hits one of his own players and the ball goes behind for a goal kick.

20'
A Dennehy corner from the left is cleared. Rice plays the ball back into the Waterford box, but Hughes is happy to see it go out of play for a goal kick.

16'
Waterford defender Paul Carey is perhaps lucky to escape a booking for a tackle on Stephen Rice on the left. Killian Brennan overhits the free and the ball goes harmlessly out for a throw.

14'

GOAL!

Shamrock Rovers get a corner on the right and Waterford make a meal of the clearance. Ken Oman is on hand with an easy finish one and one with Robbie Hughes. 1-0 to Rovers.

12'
A delightful ball over the top sends Conor Powell down the left. He feeds the ball across the Waterford box to Kavanagh, but he can't fashion a shot. Waterford clear again.

11'
From the resulting corner, Craig Sives sees his header come off the post and Waterford clear. The hoops are well on top in these early stages.

10'
Billy Dennehy skins the full back and pulls it back, but Ronan Finn's shot is blocked. The ball comes back into the box and Kerrea Gilbert almost scores but sees his shot turned around the post for a Shamrock Rovers corner.

8'
Waterford United are lining up with a 4-5-1 formation in the early stages, Darragh Walshe being deployed as the lone front man.

7'
Billy Dennehy almost puts Daryl Kavanagh through, but the ball is intercepted and cleared.

5'
Rovers having most of the possession in the early stages with Waterford just happy to clear back up field at any opportunity.

1'

GAME ON!

Rovers kick off but almost instantly concede a free just inside the Waterford half. It is kicked long and Jannson easily collects.

0'
...and the players are on the pitch. Rovers to tip off playing from right to left.

0'
Only a few minutes until kick off and we await the teams. Rovers start with Daryl Kavanagh and Gary O'Neill up front in the absence of Gary Twigg. Willie John Kiely misses out for Waterford after coming off injured in the Munster Senior cup clash with Castleview.

0'
Perfect conditions in Tallaght for tonight's pre-season friendly between Shamrock Rovers and Waterford United. The teams are in and we have little over a quarter of an hour until kick off.



Photo Gallery for Shamrock Rovers -v- Waterford FC



Shamrock Rovers
Oscar Jannson
Goalkeeper
Craig Sives
Defender
Conor Powell
Defender
Ken Oman
14Scored: 14'
Defender
Kerrea Gilbert
Defender
Stephen Rice
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
45Scored: 45'
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy
33Scored: 33'
Midfielder
Killian Brennan
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
56Scored: 56'
58Scored: 58'
85Peno: 85'
Forward
Daryl Kavanagh
26Scored: 26'
Forward

Substitutes
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Stephen O'Donnell
Midfield
Conor McCormack
Midfield
Gary McCabe
60Scored: 60'
Midfield
Colin Hawkins
Defender
Aaron Greene
Forward
Graham Gartland
Defender
Sean Gannon
Defender
Chris Turner
Midfield
Waterford FC
Robert Hughes
Goalkeeper
Dylan Mernagh
Defender
Paul Carey
Defender
Craig Burns
Defender
David Breen
Defender
35Scored: 35'
Ben Ryan
Midfielder
66Booked: 66'
Paul Phelan
Midfielder
Seamus Long
Midfielder
Gary Dunphy
Midfielder
Gary Dempsey
Midfielder
Darragh Walshe
Forward

Substitutes
Thomas Whitty
Defender
Sean Maguire
Forward
Peter Keegan
Forward
Packie Holden
Goalkeeper
Peter Higgins
Midfield
Nathan West
Forward