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Date: 8 p.m. March 1, 2019
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
Att: 4,705


League Report: Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Dundalk

Sat, Mar 02 2019

Chris Shields of Dundalk in action against Ronan Finn of Shamrock Rovers. Credit: Michael P Ryan

David Wilson reporting from Tallaght Stadium

View photo gallery from extratime.ie photographer Michael P Ryan

On a damp night in South Dublin, league champions Dundalk’s first venture into the capital resulted in a share of the spoils with Shamrock Rovers.

Pre-match, the atmosphere was raucous, as Dundalk’s vociferous travelling support numbering around 650 travelled down the M1 to support their team. However, unfortunately for the 4,705 spectators, the game lacked creative spark as defences were on top at the Tallaght Stadium.

Inside the opening two minutes arguably Rovers’ best chance fell to new striker, Orhan Vojic. The Austrian was laid off by Joel Coustrain and from 19 yards out shot high, but Gary Rogers in the Dundalk goal managed to tip over.

The game lacked a rhythm, Rovers pressed well early on, but Dundalk managed to grab a foothold in midfield through Chris Shields and Sean Murray after 15 minutes.

After 17 minutes, Michael Duffy skipped down the left and was fouled by Roberto Lopes. Murray took the free-kick and it was met at the back post by Dundalk defensive stalwart Sean Hoare who nodded it against the bar before Rovers could clear after Dane Massey fluffed the follow-up.

Daniel Kelly, who was a late replacement for John Mountney as he tweaked a groin in the warm-up, provided threatening pace down Dundalk’s right side. Kelly’s place on the bench was taken by Dylan Hand.

Dundalk now came into their own and began to take over possession. The Hoops’ narrow midfield four of Jack Byrne, Greg Bolger, Ronan Finn and Aaron McEneff struggled to retain possession due the high press by their midfield counterparts.

In a first half that lacked expansive attacking football, the Louthmen shaded it but neither side could create a clear-cut chance.

The second half started with the Lilywhites attacking Rovers straight from the whistle. Sean Gannon and Kelly attacked down their right side in front of the travelling support who began to urge their team on vehemently.

Vojic cut a lonely figure up top for Rovers and was unable to hold the ball up and bring teammates into play. Vojic was replaced by Daniel Carr after 57 minutes and Carr’s immediate exuberance and pace brought something new to the Rovers style of play.

Chances were hard to come by and in the 62nd minute, a poor ball from Shields was intercepted by Trevor Clarke, the Rovers’ left-back drove at Sean Gannon before unleashing a 20-yard strike which was routinely saved by Rogers.

Three minutes later Stephen Bradley and the Rovers bench were up in arms as they were denied claims for a penalty. Ronan Finn crossed from the right-hand side, the ball was blocked by Hoare, Finn felt it was illegally done with his hand, the referee did not and pointed for a corner.

The South Stand began to get louder, as Rovers enjoyed a spell in the Dundalk half. Byrne was neat and tidy in the midfield and showed he could pass and receive the ball in tight and narrow spaces.

Dundalk’s Duffy caused problems for the Hoops’ defence, but the final ball lacked. Patrick Hoban was marshalled well by centre halves Lee Grace and Joey O’Brien whilst Bolger provided protection in front.

In the 89th minute Gannon went on a marauding run into the Rovers box. Bolger looked to have brought him down and the Lilywhite fans demanded a penalty, however, the referee disagreed again and pointed for a corner. It looked like Bradleys’ men may have got the rub of the green on this occasion.

Dundalk skipper Brian Gartland spoke after the game about the penalty. “To me it was a blatant penalty, he saw him (Bolger) coming and he (Gannon) just scooped it… we’re disappointed he (referee) didn’t give it,” said Gartland.

In a game which more replicated a game of chess rather than a game of football, Rovers may be the happier of the two sides as they hold their one-point advantage over their rivals. Finn Harps are the next visitors to the Tallaght stadium on Monday, whereas Dundalk play host to Waterford in Oriel Park next Friday night.

 

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus, Roberto Lopes, Joey O’Brien, Lee Grace, Trevor Clarke, Greg Bolger, Aaron McEneff, Jack Byrne (Sean Kavanagh 90), Ronan Finn (C), Joel Coustrain (Brandon Kavanagh 82), Orhan Vojic (Daniel Carr 57)

Unused Substitutes: Leon Pohls (gk), Sam Bone, Dylan Watts, Dean Dillon.

Yellow Card: Joey O’Brien, Ronan Finn, Greg Bolger, Orhan Vojic.

 

Dundalk: Gary Rogers, Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland (C), Sean Hoare, Dane Massey, Chris Shields, Sean Murray (Joe McKee 81), Michael Duffy, Jamie McGrath, Daniel Kelly (Cameron Dummigan 90), Patrick Hoban (Georgie Kelly 88)

Unused Substitutes: Aaron McCarey (GK), Jordan Flores, Daniel Cleary, Dylan Hand

Yellow Card: Sean Murray.

 

Referee: Paul McLaughlin.

Attendance: 4,705

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Sean Hoare (Dundalk).

 


Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
Joey O'Brien
27Booked: 27'
Defender
Roberto Lopes
Defender
Lee Grace
Defender
Aaron McEneff
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
60Booked: 60'
Midfielder
Joel Coustrain
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Midfielder
Trevor Clarke
Midfielder
Jack Byrne
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Midfielder
Greg Bolger
68Booked: 68'
Midfielder
Orhan Vojic
55Booked: 55'
57'
57Subbed Off: 57'
Forward

Substitutes
Dylan Watts
Midfield
Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper
Brandon Kavanagh
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Midfield
Sean Kavanagh
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Midfield
Dean Dillon
Forward
Daniel Carr
57'
57Subbed On: 57'
Forward
Sam Bone
Defender
Dundalk
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Dane Massey
Defender
Sean Hoare
Defender
Brian Gartland
Defender
Sean Gannon
Defender
Chris Shields
Midfielder
Sean Murray
Midfielder
40Booked: 40'
81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Jamie McGrath
Midfielder
Daniel Kelly
Midfielder 90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Michael Duffy
Midfielder
Patrick Hoban
Forward 88'
88Subbed Off: 88'

Substitutes
Joe McKee
Defender
81Subbed On: 81'
81'
Aaron McCarey
Goalkeeper
Georgie Kelly
Forward
88Subbed On: 88'
88'
Dylan Hand
Defender
Jordan Flores
Midfield
Cameron Dummigan
Defender
90Subbed On: 90'
90'
Daniel Cleary
Defender