FR
Date: 8 p.m. Feb. 26, 2016
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
Att: 500 (est)

Alan Kehoe 36' -
OG: 36'


Gary Shaw 86' -
Scored: 86'


Scored: 63'
- Gavin Boyne 63'


Friendly Report: Shamrock Rovers 2 - 1 Shelbourne

Fri, Feb 26 2016

Action from tonight's game in Tallaght. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Gary Shaw's first goal for Shamrock Rovers sealed a 2-1 victory over Shelbourne at Tallaght Stadium in the sides' final game before their respective league openers.

 

Shaw finished emphatically from close range after a farcical own goal from former Rovers full-back Alan Kehoe and a second-half strike from Gavin Boyne had the game poised to end in a stalemate.

 

The scoreline was unfair on the visitors, who had plenty of chances to win the game themselves during the second half, but Kevin Doherty will be the happier of the two managers following a game that lacked a competitive edge despite a couple of spirited altercations.

 

The first half began at a slow tempo that would leave any crowd cold regardless of the icy conditions, and when Rovers captain Gary McCabe drove the first chance of the game wide, the sky made its feelings known with a short barrage of hail.

 

Boyne was next to try his luck with a speculative first-time volley from 30 yards, but there wasn't enough pace on the ball to beat the retreating Barry Murphy in the Hoops goal.

 

Shels were enjoying a nice spell of dominance and former Rovers winger Lorcan Shannon should have done better when he picked up David O'Connor's clearance on the edge of the box, but he dragged his shot wide.

 

Boyne did have the ball in the net halfway through the first half as Rovers failed to clear a corner, but it was ruled offside, before Shannon again came close with a looping cross that evaded both Murphy and the far corner of the goal.

 

The home side took the lead in comic circumstances as, the backline having defended stoutly, Kehoe sliced a hurried clearance high over goalkeeper Greg Murray and into an empty net to put Shelbourne undeservedly in arrears.

 

The second half proved a more entertaining affair as both sides produced moments of quality, and Mikey Drennan drove narrowly wide from an errant Kehoe clearance before Brandon Miele was denied what appeared a certain penalty.

 

The skilful winger bamboozled Adam O'Connor on the endline with a smart pirouette and drove into the box before being clipped by the Shels full back, but Tomás Connolly was unimpressed and waved play on.

 

An injury to Luke Byrne left the Hoops temporarily a man down just past the hour mark, and Shels took full advantage as the lively Kehoe found Boyne unmarked in the box, and he slammed the ball low past a helpless Murphy.

 

Shelbourne dominated much of the remainder of the contest, and cursed the reflexes of Murphy as he expertly tipped over powerful efforts from both Adam O'Connor and substitute Sodiq Oguntola.

 

With a raft of second half substitutes threatening to disrupt the flow of the game at times, it turned out to be one of those subs that settled the tie four minutes from time as Shaw headed home from close range.

 

 

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy (Craig Hyland 79); Simon Madden (Rob Cornwall 79), Max Blanchard (David Webster 79), David O'Connor (Sean Heaney 59), Luke Byrne (Trevor Clarke 64); Gary McCabe, Killian Brennan (Richie Purdy 65), Gavin Brennan, Brandon Miele; Mikey Drennan (Gareth McCaf, Danny North (Gary Shaw 65).

Subs not used: None.

Booked: Gary McCabe (18).

 

Shelbourne: Greg Murray, Adam O'Connor, Aidan Collins (Robert O'Reilly 59), Ryan Robinson (Conor Keeley 90), Alan Kehoe; Daire Doyle, Cian Kavanagh (Robert Duggan 79), Gavon Boyne (Gareth Coughlan 83), Lorcan Shannon (Mark Sandford 79), Jamie Doyle (Sodiq Oguntola 71); James English (Carl Walshe 59).

Subs not used: Jack Brady (gk), Dylan Grimes.

Booked: None.

 

Referee: Tomás Connolly.

Attendance: 500 (estimate).

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Gavin Boyne (Shelbourne).

You can see a selction of pictures from Peter Fitzpatrick from the game by clicking here.


Shamrock Rovers
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper 79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
David O'Connor
59'
59Subbed Off: 59'
Defender
Simon Madden
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Defender
Luke Byrne
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Defender
Maxime Blanchard
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Defender
Brandon Miele
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Midfielder
Gary McCabe
18Booked: 18'
Midfielder
Gavin Brennan
Midfielder
Killian Brennan
71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Midfielder
Danny North
65'
65Subbed Off: 65'
Forward
Michael Drennan
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Forward

Substitutes
Gary Shaw
65'
65Subbed On: 65'
86Scored: 86'
Forward
Richie Purdy
71'
71Subbed On: 71'
Midfield
Gareth McCaffrey
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Forward
Craig Hyland
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Goalkeeper
Sean Heaney
59'
59Subbed On: 59'
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Defender
Rob Cornwall
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Defender
Trevor Clarke
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
Midfield
David Webster
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Defender
Shelbourne
Greg Murray
Goalkeeper
Ryan Robinson
Defender 90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Adam O'Connor
Defender
Alan Kehoe
Defender
36OG: 36'
Aidan Collins
Defender 59'
59Subbed Off: 59'
Lorcan Shannon
Midfielder 79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Cian Kavanagh
Midfielder 79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Jamie Doyle
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Daire Doyle
Midfielder
Gavin Boyne
Midfielder
63Scored: 63'
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
James English
Forward 59'
59Subbed Off: 59'

Substitutes
Mark Sandford
Forward
79Subbed On: 79'
79'
Robert O'Reilly
Defender
59Subbed On: 59'
59'
Conor Keeley
Defender
90Subbed On: 90'
90'
Dylan Grimes
Midfield
Robert Duggan
Midfield
79Subbed On: 79'
79'
Gareth Coughlan
Midfield
83Subbed On: 83'
83'
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
Carl Walshe
Forward
59Subbed On: 59'
59'