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Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 2, 2009
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
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Att: 6,000
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Padraig Amond 79' -
Scored: 79'


Pat Sullivan 86' -
Red: 86'


Peno Miss: 86'
- Jason Byrne 86'



Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Bohemians

Sat, Oct 03 2009
‘We’re going to win the league’ was the early chant from the home crowd before ever a ball was kicked. Who would back against it now? If the club has been undergoing a rebirth since their last league title back in 1994, then there would seem no better setting than a packed Tallaght Stadium to see that re-emergence bear its full fruit. One-nil it finished, with Shamrock Rovers taking everything from a game that looked, for the most part, like ending all square against Bohemians in west Dublin.

It was Bohs who enjoyed the better of the early exchanges and in the seventh minute Conor Powell showed quick feet on the left after Joseph Ndo had fed him. Stephen Rice was equal to the challenge and showed some early assurance for the Hoops, blocking at Powell’s feet to send it out for the corner.

Gary Twigg got the loudest cheer from the home crowd when the names were read out pre-match and after a quarter of an hour the Scot showed why he’s the subject of such appreciation in D24 right now. Chasing his 23rd league goal of the season, he raced onto a hit and hope ball down the middle. As Brian Murphy dashed from goal, Twigg checked his run before lobbing the former Swansea 'keeper. It sailed just wide.

The momentum, albeit at a snail's pace, ebbed and flowed between the sides and in the 20th minute Joe Ndo showed fine awareness to spot Jason Byrne's diagonal run. The one-on-one was on for Byrne had Aidan Price not made up the ground to clear with an outstretched leg. That was to be the last of the significant chances in the half and it played out to a catalogue of errors summed up by a weary kick into touch in the 32nd minute by the characteristically classy Twigg when he had an ocean of space to play with.

The energy rising off both bands of supporters, giving the game a distinct air of the partisan, seemed on the night to mirror scenes from the great footballing rivalries in the likes of Istanbul and Belgrade. The collective spirit in the crowd did little to shake up the players and the game carried on in the second half with little to stir the emotions save for a few half chances.

In the 61st minute Ndo, a nuisance at times for the Rovers' defence, skipped around Stephen Rice and drove a shot towards goal before Price intervened with a sliding block. Two minutes later the Cameroon international swung in a corner from the right and Ken Oman rose unmarked. The free header was glanced wide when a goal bound effort would have seemed easier. How he might rue it now.

With the decibel levels decreasing, if not quite falling to mute, it looked like both sets of supporters were settling for the draw. Until ten minutes from time.

Sean O’Connor’s looping free from the left looked hopeful initially until Craig Sives challenged at the back post. Padraig Amond reacted quickest as the ball dropped, volleyed with his left foot, and the net rippled via Brian Shelley's arm. The deadlock was broken and the swell of emotion seemed to burst its’ banks as the Hoops faithful let loose with thunderous cheer.

Such celebratory mood is seldom without the threat of a gatecrasher and seven minutes later Paddy Madden struck a speculative high ball into the Rovers' box. Glen Crowe, looking up over his shoulder for the balls arrival, was clumsily challenged by Pat Sullivan and Alan Kelly immediately pointed to the spot. Sullivans’ remonstrations earned him a yellow card but truthfully, he can have little to argue about.

Jason Byrne stepped up but was delayed when an unsavoury incident stopped play. The linesman had allegedly been hit by a flying bottle. When Byrne finally got his cue, we were ready for silence to descend and the party to end. What followed was a rapture as loud as the Rovers' goal, for Byrne struck a penalty that perhaps Ronan O’Gara would be proud, such was the height it reached as it ballooned over.

That would have seemed to conclude matters but in the aftermath of the missed penalty, Sullivan had felt cause to pursue his exchange with the referee. He got his marching orders at the death but that won’t have even the slightest bearing on Hoops' fans going into the Tallaght night. Six games to go, “Bring it on,” is what they may well now be thinking.

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus, Pat Sullivan, Aidan Price, Craig Sives, Ollie Cahill, Shane Robinson ©, Stephen Rice, Stephen Bradley (Padraig Amond, 72), Ross Chisholm (Sean O‘Connor, 56), Gary Twigg (Paddy Kavanagh, 62), Graham Barrett.

Bohemians: Brian Murphy, Owen Heary ©, Conor Powell (Neale Fenn, 89), Glen Cronin, Brian Shelley, Ken Oman, Paul Keegan, Joseph Ndo, Paddy Madden, Jason Byrne, Mark Rossiter (Glen Crowe, 66).

Referee: Alan Kelly.

Attendance: 6000.



Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
Pat Sullivan
84Booked: 84'
86Sent off: 86'
Defender
Craig Sives
Defender
Aidan Price
Defender
Ollie Cahill
Defender
Shane Robinson
Midfielder
Stephen Rice
Midfielder
Ross Chisholm
Midfielder
Stephen Bradley
Midfielder
Graham Barrett
Forward
Gary Twigg
Forward

Substitutes
Sean O'Connor
Midfield
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Paddy Kavanagh
Midfield
Pat Flynn
Defender
Padraig Amond
79Scored: 79'
Forward
Bohemians
Brian Murphy
Goalkeeper
Conor Powell
Defender
Ken Oman
Defender
Owen Heary
Defender
Brian Shelley
Defender
Mark Rossiter
Midfielder
Joseph Ndo
Midfielder
Paul Keegan
Midfielder
Glenn Cronin
Midfielder
Paddy Madden
Forward
Jason Byrne
Forward
86Peno Miss: 86'

Substitutes
Ryan McEvoy
Midfield
Matt Gregg
Goalkeeper
Neale Fenn
Forward
Glen Crowe
Forward
Sean Byrne
Defender


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