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Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 6, 2016
Venue: Eamonn Deacy Park
Att: 631

Scored: 45'
- Gary Shaw 45'


League Report: Galway United 0 - 1 Shamrock Rovers

Tue, Sep 06 2016

Action from the Shamrock Rover victory. Credit: Jimmy McElroy

Shamrock Rovers made the Tuesday night trip west a profitable one as they collected all three points at Eamonn Deacy Park following a 1-0 win over Galway Utd courtesy of Gary Shaw’s first half injury time header.

 

Both managers made changes for this re-fixed game as Tommy Dunne restored goalkeeper Sam Ramsbottom, Alex Byrne and Padraic Cunningham for his home side, with the visitors making four changes to the team that played out a scoreless draw with St. Pat's last Friday night.

 

A scrappy opening quarter saw little goalmouth action before Rovers' Brandon Miele swung in a free-kick which found Rob Cornwall but his headed effort was turned over the crossbar by Ramsbottom.

 

Galway’s Vinny Faherty then headed wide from a perfect right wing cross from Killian Cantwell after Conor Melody’s ball released the defender into space after 18 minutes.

 

The home side produced a lovely flowing move eight minutes later that should have delivered the opening score. Padraic Cunnningham laid a ball into the path of strike partner Faherty who just delayed his effort before pulling the ball back to Alex Byrne who fired a shot over Barry Murphy’s crossbar with the goal at his mercy from inside the box.

 

Ramsbottom got down low to push away a Gary McCabe free-kick past the half hour mark after Rovers were awarded the dead ball following a mazy run by Trevor Clarke that was stopped fairly by Alex Byrne but referee Rob Hennessey awarded the free.

 

The home 'keeper did well again on 34 minutes as he denied Rovers' Trevor Clarke at his right hand post as he blocked the winger’s close range effort away with his legs. Galway countered with Padraic Cunningham and Marc Ludden who raced through but pulled a right footed effort badly off target with just Murphy to beat.

 

Rovers struck for the only goal of the game in first half injury time as the home team gave away possession and the dangerous Trevor Clarke picked up a stray cross from the right and delivered it first time back into the box for Gary Shaw to glance a header into the corner past Ramsbottom with his fifth league goal of the campaign.

 

The Galway goalkeeper produced another fine save to prevent Trevor Clarke doubling the visitors lead as he pushed away a well struck strike from the winger two minutes into the second period. 

 

The Hoops captain Stephen McPhail fired badly over after a poor defending header following a corner gave him the chance inside the Galway box on 55 minutes, while Ramsbottom saved from Shaw after a ball over the top a minute later.

 

Rovers defender David Webster made a good stop as he halted Faherty in full flow as Galway broke forward with purpose past the 70 minute mark, while Hoops sub James Doona had a shot blocked at the other end with Trevor Clarke free outside him.

 

Shaw almost doubled his tally for the evening but his low effort from the left of the box flew just past Ramsbottom’s far post with twelve minutes remaining.

 

Galway made a double substitution with nine minutes left as Enda Curran and Kevin Devaney were introduced to try and change the game but it was Rovers who continued pressing forward as 18-year-old Doona fired straight at Ramsbottom.

 

The Tribesmen almost drew level in injury time as Curran saw his fierce free-kick parried away by Murphy with Armin Agonovic unable to force the ball over the line and then Stephen Folan firing the loose ball against the underside of the crossbar before Rovers eventually cleared and the final whistle sounded.

 

Galway United: Sam Ramsbottom; Killian Cantwell, Armin Aganovic, Stephen Folan; Colm Horgan, Conor Melody, Alex Byrne, Ryan Connolly, Marc Ludden (Kevin Devaney 81); Vinny Faherty (Enda Curran 81), Padraic Cunningham (Gary Shanahan 66)

Subs not used: Conor Winn (GK), Stephen Walsh, Paul Sinnott, Jesse Devers.

Booked: None

 

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy, Simon Madden, David Webster, Sean Heaney, Robert Cornwall; Gary McCabe, Brandon Miele (James Doona 67), Stephen McPhail (Pat Cregg 68), Trevor Clarke; Aaron Dobbs (Sean Boyd 78), Gary Shaw. 

Subs not used: Conor Gilson (GK), Shane Hanney, Dean Clarke, Jamie Aherne.

Booked:  Sean Heaney 92

 

Referee: Robert Hennessey (Clare)

Attendance: 631

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers)

 

See photos from the game as taken by Jimmy McElroy

 


Galway United
Sam Ramsbottom
Goalkeeper
Conor Melody
Defender
Marc Ludden
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Defender
Colm Horgan
Defender
Stephen Folan
Defender
Kilian Cantwell
Defender
Armin Aganovic
Defender
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
Alex Byrne
Midfielder
Vinny Faherty
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Forward
Padraic Cunningham
65'
65Subbed Off: 65'
Forward

Substitutes
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Paul Sinnott
Defender
Gary Shanahan
65'
65Subbed On: 65'
Midfield
Jesse Devers
Forward
Kevin Devaney
80'
80Subbed On: 80'
Midfield
Enda Curran
80'
80Subbed On: 80'
Forward
Conor Winn
Goalkeeper
Shamrock Rovers
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Stephen McPhail
Defender 68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Gary McCabe
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Sean Heaney
Defender
90Booked: 90'
Rob Cornwall
Defender
David Webster
Defender
Brandon Miele
Midfielder 65'
65Subbed Off: 65'
Trevor Clarke
Midfielder
Aaron Dobbs
Forward 77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Gary Shaw
Forward
45Scored: 45'

Substitutes
Shane Hanney
Midfield
Conor Gilson
Goalkeeper
James Doona
Midfield
65Subbed On: 65'
65'
Patrick Cregg
Midfield
68Subbed On: 68'
68'
Dean Clarke
Forward
Sean Boyd
Forward
77Subbed On: 77'
77'
Jamie Ahern
Forward