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Date: 8 p.m. June 29, 2018
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
Att: 2,845
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Daniel Carr 45' + 2' -
Scored: 45'


Joel Coustrain 65' -
Scored: 65'




League Report: Shamrock Rovers 2 - 0 Derry City

Fri, Jun 29 2018

Dan Carr (airborne) celebrates scoring his side's opening goal. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Dave Donnelly reports from Tallaght Stadium

Goals from Dan Carr and Joel Coustrain saw Shamrock Rovers past a sorry Derry City at Tallaght Stadium on Friday night.

Derry arrived in Tallaght without midfielders Nicky Low (injured) and Aaron McEneff (suspended) and the Candystripes looked content to simply contain the home side.

That tactic worked, for the most part, in the first half as Rovers proved wasteful in front of goal, but once Carr scored on the stroke of half time, Derry never looked like getting back into it.

If Rovers are to struggle in front of goal following the departure of top scorer Graham Burke to Preston North End, there were few signs here as the Hoops created chances at will.

They should have led as early as the 13th minute, when Carr's movement left Conor McDermott – playing at centre-half – flat-footed, but having opened up the chance he pulled it badly wide.

Brandon Kavanagh was the creator of that move, and he almost scored himself moments later as he ran onto a Ronan Finn through-ball, but Gerard Doherty did brilliantly to turn his shot wide.

Finn had forced another save from Doherty in between, while Sam Bone and Carr again shot narrowly wide, with Carr's chance from a half-cleared cross particularly inviting.

Derry's best hope of hitting the net appeared to be from set-pieces, with auxiliary right-back Jamie McDonagh and Canadian debutant Ben Fisk putting in some dangerous crosses.

There was a two-minute water break midway through the half to allow players recover from the high-20s heat, and it was to prove a particularly costly two minutes for Derry

Kenny Shiels' side thought they'd made it to the break with part one of the gameplan – to keep a clean sheet – completed, when the fourth official signalled two additional minutes.

McDonagh, who's not a natural full-back, always looked the weak link in the Derry side and it was down his side of the pitch the opening goal came.

Coustrain and Sean Kavanagh exchanged passes, and Coustrain showed more desire than Ronan Hale to drive on down the left and cross for Carr in the box.

The cross was behind Carr, but the Trinidadian controlled neatly before turning and placing his volley into the top corner past a helpless Gerard Doherty.

Derry came out of their shells in the second half but that only created more space for Rovers to retain the ball, and Brandon Kavanagh was the next to force a save from Doherty.

That said, the visitors squandered a great chance to level matters when McDonagh's deep free kick found an unmarked Eoin Toal, but the big defender misjudged the ball and glanced it wide.

The clincher arrived 20 minutes into the second half when Carr's quick feet again opened space and his shot was blocked, but only into the path of Coustrain, who bundled in his second in two games.

Rory Hale was fortunate only to see yellow for a late challenge on Sean Kavanagh as the Candystripes' resistance fizzled out and Rovers saw out the win with ease.

Shamrock Rovers: Gavin Bazunu; Joey O'Brien, Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace, Sean Kavanagh; Sam Bone, David McAllister, Ronan Finn, Brandon Kavanagh (Brandon Miele 77), Joel Coustrain (Aaron Bolger 77); Dan Carr (Sean Boyd 85).

Subs not used: Kevin Horgan (gk), Luke Byrne, Ally Gilchrist, Gary Shaw.

Booked: Joel Coustrain (55).

Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Jamie McDonagh, Eoin Toal, Conor McDermott (Gavin Peers 46), Jack Doyle; Daren Cole, Rory Hale, Ben Fisk (Shane McNamee 86); Ben Doherty, Ronan Hale (Aidy Delap 71), Rory Patterson.

Subs not used: Eric Grimes (gk), Evan Tweed, Cathal Farren, Niall Logue.

Booked: Rory Hale (69), Jamie McDonagh (79).

Referee: Rob Rogers.

Attendance: 2,845 (official).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Sam Bone (Shamrock Rovers).



Shamrock Rovers
Gavin Bazunu
Goalkeeper
Lee Grace
Defender
Sean Kavanagh
Defender
Roberto Lopes
Defender
Joey O'Brien
Defender
Sam Bone
Midfielder
Joel Coustrain
55Booked: 55'
65Scored: 65'
77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
Midfielder
Brandon Kavanagh
77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Midfielder
David McAllister
Midfielder
Daniel Carr
45Scored: 45'
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Forward

Substitutes
Aaron Bolger
77'
77Subbed On: 77'
Midfield
Sean Boyd
85'
85Subbed On: 85'
Forward
Luke Byrne
Defender
Ally Gilchrist
Defender
Kevin Horgan
Goalkeeper
Brandon Miele
77'
77Subbed On: 77'
Midfield
Gary Shaw
Forward
Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Eoin Toal
Defender
Conor McDermott
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Jack Doyle
Defender
Darren Cole
Defender
Jamie McDonagh
Midfielder
79Booked: 79'
Rory Hale
Midfielder
69Booked: 69'
Ben Doherty
Midfielder
Rory Patterson
Forward
Ronan Hale
Forward 71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Ben Fisk
Forward 86'
86Subbed Off: 86'

Substitutes
Gavin Peers
Defender
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
Shane McNamee
Forward
86Subbed On: 86'
86'
Niall Logue
Defender
Eric Grimes
Goalkeeper
Cathal Farren
Forward
Adrian Delap
Midfield
71Subbed On: 71'
71'
Evan Tweed
Midfield


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