v Dublin City 25/11/05

Eircom League Play Off - Tolka Park - 25.11.05 - ko 7.45pm

Hoops Line-Out

John Walshe

2 Cathal Sweetman

3 Keith Doyle 

4 Brian Shelly

5 Kieran Foley 

6 Gavin McDonnell

7 Derek Treacy

8 Trevor Molloy

11 Mark Rutherford

14 Cathal O'Connor

19 Tony Sheridan 


1 John Blake

10 Mark Kenny (Rutherford 78)

15 Lee Roche (Foley 83)

17 Benni Daniels


Dublin City
(0) 1 Collins 55'
Rovers (0) 1 Treacy 57'

Playing with the driving wind and rain at their backs the Hoops tore into Dublin City with a passion that was sadly missing in the first leg. Sheridans inswinging free-kick caused panic in the home defence early on and this was followed by four corners in the first 10 minutes, one of which went right across goal before being cleared.

Rovers continued to dictate the play but the City defence was holding firm. After 20 minutes Molloy ran at the defence from the Rovers right and cut in to fire a curling shot just wide. Two minutes later Foley headed wide from a corner before O'Connor fired a 20 yard shot just wide.

City had their first effort on goal on 35 minutes and a glancing header from a corner was as close as they got. The Hoops should have scored on 37 minutes when some great build up play saw Molloy raiding down the right again and curling in a shot that O'Connor follwed in on but deciding to let it run it unfortunately went inches wide.

The pressure continued, just 4 minutes later McDonnell saw his goal-bound shot deflected for a corner. The last chance of the half came when Doyle floated a free-kick into the box that Gavin McDonnell met but unfortunately couldn't direct his shot on goal.

The second period started with Rovers playing against the wind but they had the first chance when Sheridan sent O'Connor into the box but he dragged his shot across goal. Disaster struck on 55 minutes as Brian Shelly slipped in the box and City took advantage to set up Collins at the back post to fire home.

It was a major blow but evergreen Hoops star Derek Treacy was on hand when Sheridan mis-hit Rutherfords cross just two minutes later to steer the ball into the net off a post and put the Hoops back in the game. The pace was fast and furious now and Doyles ball to McDonnell in the 65th minute saw Kennedy stretch to gather his effort but seconds later Walshe had to be alert to deny Vaughans lob.

Sheridan was looking for a penalty in the 69th minute from Molloys throw but Ref. Hancock waved play on. In the 76th minute Treacy and McDonnell combined but Sheridan couldn't find Rutherford in space on the left.

Doyle then headed inches over from a O'Connor cross in the 75th minute. A tiring Hoops team kept going and minutes from time a Kenny corner eluded both Treacy and McDonnell at the back post.

There was one final chance when Sheridan, Roche and Molloy combined to cross for none other than Derek Treacy to glance a header inches wide of Kennedys right hand post. It was painstakingly close but try as they might in the 4 minutes of added time the Hoops couldnt breach the City defence and the final whistle sounded in a surreal atmosphere for Rovers supporters. Time had run out.



League Table

# Team M P
1 Dundalk 33 77
2 Cork City 33 70
3 Derry City 33 62
4 Shamrock Rovers 33 55
5 Sligo Rovers 33 49
6 Bray Wanderers 33 46
7 St. Patrick's Athletic 33 45
8 Bohemian FC 33 41
9 Galway United 33 38
10 Finn Harps 33 32
11 Wexford Youths 33 23
12 Longford Town 33 14

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