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Date: 8 p.m. March 27, 2009
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
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Att: Unknown
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Shane Robinson 25' -
Peno Miss: 25'


Dessie Baker 65' -
Scored: 65'


Red: 45'
- Clive Delaney 45'

Scored: 73'
- Thomas Stewart 73'

Scored: 85'
- Ciaran Martyn 85'



Shamrock Rovers 1 - 2 Derry City

Sat, Mar 28 2009

Ten man Derry City came from behind yet again to win an explosive match at Tallaght Stadium thanks to two second half goal from Thomas Stewart and Ciaran Martyn. Shamrock Rovers will rue a host of missed opportunities, including a first half penalty hit wide by Shane Robinson, in a game they should have won. Rovers took the lead with an excellent goal from Dessie Baker on the 66th minute but failed to capitalise on having a man advantage for the whole of the second half.

 

The first half was a very cagey affair with both sides reluctant to commit men forward. There were little or no clear cut chances but all the limited goal mouth action was directed at Derry goalkeeper Gerard Doherty. Although they had plenty of possession, Rovers were very wasteful when in good positions. Several crosses from open play and corners were either over hit or too close to the keeper. Both sides exchanged bookings early, Stephen Bradley for Rovers after high tackle on Gareth McGlynn and City live Delaney for a fowl on Ollie Cahill.

 

The match came to life after 25 minutes when Rovers were awarded a penalty after Dessie Baker was brought down by Peter Hutton. Rovers captain Shane Robinson stepped up but side footed his spot kick wide of the left hand side post. The half ended with Delaney receiving his second yellow card for a clumsy tackle on Robinson. Derry had to reorganise and immediately brought on Mark McChrystal for the lively Liam Kearney.

 

Rovers started the second half with much renewed vigour. With just five minutes in, Gary Twigg was fowled inches outside the penalty area by the substitute who was booked for his trouble. The resulting free kick from Stephen Bradley was a poor effort, placed straight at the keeper. After a few more wasted chances from Rovers they finally took the lead with a superb 65th minute strike from Baker. The move was started with a surging run from left back, Ian Bermingham. He played it into the feet of Baker who dummied, took the return pass from Twigg and finished first time with a lovely half volley.

 

Rovers drove forward and should have made the game safe five minutes later. Baker played in Robinson with a beautiful through ball and the captain chose to play in Sean O’Connor. With only the keep to beat the substitute blazed over in what proved to be the turning point of the match. Derry broke immediately up field, Molloy crossed to the back post for Thomas Stewart to head home. It was to get worse for Rovers with Ciaran Martyn running on to a Barry Malloy cut back to fire in the net. The Rovers faithful couldn’t believe their eyes and despite late pressure they could not force an equaliser.

 

The Candystripes remain unbeaten at the top of the table jointly with Bohemians and after last week's dramatic late win over Cork, are staking their claim to being serious title contenders. Tonight they had only two shots at goal and were far from their best but crucially won, inflicting a first defeat on Rovers at their new ground.

 

Shanrock Rovers: Barry Murphy; Simon Madden, Aidan Price, Simon Webb, Ian Bermingham (Tadhg Purcell 88); Stephen Rice (Danny O’Connor 65), Stephen Bradley (Greg Cameron 80),  Shane Robinson, Ollie Cahill; Dessie Baker, Gary Twigg.
Subs not used: Robert Duggan (gk), Pat Flynn.

Booked: Bradley (2).

 

Derry City: Ger Doherty; Ger O’Brien, Clive Delaney, Peter Hutton, StevenGray; Thomas Stewart, Ruaidhri Higgins (Barry Molloy 55), Ciaran Martyn, Liam Kearney Mark McCrystal 45); Gareth McGlynn, Mark Farren (Sammy Morrow 65).
Subs not used: Pat Jennings (gk), James McClean.

Booked: Delaney (1), McCrystal (50)
Sent off: Delaney (45).

 

Referee: Danien Hancok.

Attendance:

 

 



Shamrock Rovers
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Aidan Price
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Sean Webb
Defender
Ollie Cahill
Midfielder
Shane Robinson
25Peno Miss: 25'
Midfielder
Stephen Rice
Midfielder
Stephen Bradley
2Booked: 2'
Midfielder
Dessie Baker
65Scored: 65'
Forward
Gary Twigg
Forward

Substitutes
Danny O'Connor
Defender
Tadhg Purcell
Forward
Pat Flynn
Defender
Robert Duggan
Goalkeeper
Greg Cameron
Midfield
Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Steven Gray
Defender
Clive Delaney
Defender
1Booked: 1'
45Sent off: 45'
Peter Hutton
Defender
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Liam Kearney
Midfielder
Ruaidhri Higgins
Midfielder
Ciaran Martyn
Midfielder
85Scored: 85'
Gareth McGlynn
Midfielder
Mark Farren
Forward
Thomas Stewart
Forward
73Scored: 73'

Substitutes
Mark McChrystal
Defender
50Booked: 50'
Pat Jennings
Goalkeeper
Barry Molloy
Midfield
Sammy Morrow
Forward
James McClean
Midfield


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