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Rovers 2:0 Cork City
Monday, 21 July 2014 19:45


  EA Sports Cup Q/F - Tallaght Stadium - Monday 21st July 2014
(1) 2 : 0 (0)
 Cork City
Finn 42' Kilduff 90+2'  
photos Match Photographs here 
Hoops Line-Out
Craig Hyland
Simon Madden

Conor Kenna (c)

David O'Connor

Luke Byrne

Gary McCabe
Ronan Finn

Robert Bayly
Sean O'Connor

Karl Sheppard

Eamon Zayed

11 Marty Waters for Sheppard 67'

31 Ciaran Kilduff for Zayed 89'
20 Richard Purdy
26 Evan Osam
5 Jason McGuinness  
24 Dean Kelly  
30 Connor O'Malley



The Hoops set up a semi-final tie against Bohemians with Ronan Finn on the scoresheet in the first-half and sub Ciaran Kilduff wrapping up the game in time added-on just minutes after Craig Hyland had made a stunning save from a header. Both sides ended the game with ten men as Garry Buckley was shown a straight red card on 32 minutes but Gary McCabe also received a second yellow card in the same incident following the intervention of the fourth official..

On a warm calm evening in Tallaght the Hoops carved out a chance in the first minute when Karl Sheppard ran on to Eamon Zayed's pass and although he knocked the ball past Cork 'keeper Mark McNulty he couldn't keep the ball in play. The Leesiders almost took the lead themselves on 5 minutes when Rob Lehane crossed for Davoren to shoot on goal but the ball cannoned off Conor Kenna and hit the Hoops left-hand post before Kenna was alert to poke the rebound to safety.

A good move on 10 minutes saw O'Connor and McCabe combine for Luke Byrne to cross into the area but Dan Murray cleared in front of goal. Robert Bayly then burst forward and his dipping shot went just over the bar. Ronan Finn then tried his luck from 20 yards from Gary McCabe's lay-off but McNulty was well placed to save.

Rovers continued to make the chances and on 23 minutes Finn set up Byrne to cross into the area and although Zayed attacked the cross he could only glance his header wide. At the other end David O'Connor made a vital interception to deny Buckley a chance following Kavanagh's cross.

The game exploded in the 32nd minute when Garry Buckley was shown a straight red card for what looked like a head-butt on Ronan Finn. However following the intervention of the fourth official Referee Paul Tuite showed a second yellow card to Gary McCabe.

A Luke Byrne cross was met by Karl Sheppard on 39 minutes but he couldn't guide his header on target under pressure.

ball5[GOAL 1:0 - 42nd min.] Rovers took a deserved lead when Conor Kenna sent Simon Madden down the right and his cross was met first-time by Ronan Finn but McNulty did well to push the ball onto the crossbar however Finn was quick to smash the rebound into the back of the net.

The visitors came into the game a bit more in the second-half and on 53 minutes a David O'Leary free-kick was met at the back post by sub Mark O'Sullivan but his header was deflected over the bar. A good break on 62 minutes saw Cork's Josh O'Shea cross into the box for John O'Flynn to meet the pass but Craig Hyland was on hand to save his effort.

Robert Bayly shot just over the bar when well found on the edge of the area by Eamon Zayed on 67 minutes and on 74 minutes David O'Connor met Sean O'Connor's free-kick but his header was off target. With Cork pushed forward looking for an equaliser there was a chance on the counter-attack for Rovers and on 81 minutes sub Marty Waters broke from midfield and sent Sean O'Connor in behind the defence on the right but McNulty advanced to block his shot.

On 84 minutes Eamon Zayed flicked the ball on for Waters down the right and he ran into the box before turning onto his left-foot to shoot low on goal but McNulty saved with his feet. Cork kept on pressing and with two minutes remaining they almost equalised when Danny Morrisey met a cross from the right and his goalbound header was brilliantly pushed onto the post by Craig Hyland and Simon Madden completed the clearance.

ball5[GOAL 2:0 - 90+2' min.] Rovers finally wrapped up the game when Marty Waters broke forward and under pressure from two defenders crossed low for sub Ciaran Kilduff to skip past Mark McNulty and fire the ball into the back of the net.





EA Cup tonight
Monday, 21 July 2014 09:15

Rovers play Cork City in the EA Sports Cup quarter final tonight at 7.45pm.

Rovers 0:2 Shels
Monday, 21 July 2014 09:07


Bray Wanderers 0:3 Rovers
Friday, 18 July 2014 19:45


  SSE Airtricity League - Carlisle Grounds - Friday 18th July
Bray Wanderers 
(0) 0
: 3 (0)
            Kelly 57' McGuinness 63' Robinson 72'
photos Match Photographs here 
Hoops Line-Out
Barry Murphy

Simon Madden

Conor Kenna (c)

Jason McGuinness

Evan Osam

Sean O'Connor

Shane Robinson

Gary McCabe
Dean Kelly
Kieran Waters

Ronan Finn

19 Eamon Zayed for Waters 77'
15 Robert Bayly for Kelly 77'  
9 Karl Sheppard for O'Connor 80'
David O'Connor
3 Luke Byrne
31 Ciaran Kilduff  
25 Craig Hyland





Conor Kenna

Three second half goals saw the Hoops take the three points on a sunny evening at the seaside. An uninspiring first half was followed by a more poitive second period and Dean Kelly opened the scoring before a header by Jason McGuinness and a Shane Robinson goal from close range put Rovers in a commanding position.

After a slow start to the game Gary McCabe had the first effort on goal when he turned in from the left to shoot narrowly wide on 8 minutes. A free-kick from David Cassidy on 11 minutes was flicked across the Hoops goalmouth and Conor Kenna did well to clear under pressure from Akinade. Shane Robinson was caught in possession on 12 minutes and Jake Kelly shot just wide of Barry Murphy's left-hand post.

On 14 minutes Sean O'Connor shot straight at the Bray 'keeper following Gary McCabe's run and a minute later Dean Kelly was released into the area on the right but he dragged his shot across goal and wide.

Jake Kelly was a constant threat and in the 25th minute he raided down the left and exchanged passes with Cassidy and only a vital intercepting tackle by Conor Kenna denied him a shot on goal. On 35 minutes a cross from the left by Evan Osam was met first time by Kieran Waters but he shot over the bar.

A Simon Madden cross on 40 minutes found Waters at the back post but he couldn't get the ball under control. Ex-Bray player Waters was in the action again a minute later when he chased McGuinness's long ball but the home 'keeper was quick off his line to claim the ball. A well worked corner by Bray just before the break saw their number 24 shoot over the bar from the edge of the area.

Rovers upped their game in the second-half and Sean O'Connor shot wide when well placed after 53 minutes.

ball5[GOAL 0:1 - 57th min.] O'Connor was involved in the opening goal as his cross to the back post was inadvertently headed on to the post by Bray's David Scully and Dean Kelly pounced to shoot into the net.

Jason McGuinness was on hand to deny Jake Kelly a shot on goal twice in succession after the hour mark as Bray tried desperately to get back into the game.

ball5[GOAL 0:2 - 63rd min.] The Rovers defender then got on the scoresheet when he attacked a McCabe corner and his glancing header at the near post nestled in the corner of the net.

Good work by Dean Kelly on 71 minutes saw the ball fall for McCabe but his shot was straight at the'keeper.

ball5[GOAL 0:3 - 72nd min.] The game was over as a contest when a well worked move by the Hoops saw Simon Madden get behind the Bray defence to take a Ronan Finn pass and he crossed low into the area for Shane Robinson to poke the ball home from close range.

A McCabe corner on 78 minutes saw sub Bayly and Robinson just fail to connect in front of goal as the Hoops saw out the remainder of the game quite comfortably.

Teamtalk v Bray
Friday, 18 July 2014 07:25

Team news ahead of tonight's game at Bray Wanderers.

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