Report - Rovers 2 Sligo Rovers 1

Rovers (1) 2 - Twigg 18' Baker 50'

Sligo Rovers (0)1 - Peers 82'

League of Ireland-Tallaght Stadium-Friday 13th March 2009

1 Barry Murphy
2 Simon Madden
Ian Bermingham
5 Aiden Price
6 Sean Webb Yellow Card
7 Shane Robinson
8 Stephen Rice Yellow Card
9 Gary Twigg
10 Stephen Bradley
14 Ollie Cahill
Dessie Baker


15 Corey Treacy

16 Robert Duggan

17 Greg Cameron for Twigg 88'

19 Eoin Doyle Yellow Cardfor Bradley 81'

22Tadhg Purcell for Baker 73'


Sligo line-out

1 Brush

2 Noctor

3 Holmes

4 Ventre

5 Peers

6 O'Grady

7 Cash

8 Ryan

9 Boco

10 Cretaro

11 Morrison



12 McTiernan

13 Feeney

14 Parkhouse

15 Torpey

17 Kelly



A momentous day in the history of the Hoops saw the Dublin suburb of Tallaght welcome the Hoops into their fine new home and Michael O'Neills men weren't found wanting as they delivered the win that capped a truly remarkable day.

The air of expectation was high as the Hoops hoards descended on Tallaght Stadium and sampled what life as a top football club really feels like. The swirling breeze and occasional shower did nothing to dampen the fans spirit and the team responded to the tumultuous welcome to begin the game with a bang.

Captain Robinson ran at the Sligo defence after just 3 minutes and fed Twigg who flicked the ball past Brush to score but the Linesmans flag put paid to the celebrations. Robinson found Twigg in space a minute later but again the flag was raised for offside. Madden then sent a ball across goal but the visitors defence survived the early onslaught. A Baker flick to Twigg was well defended by Ventre on 15 minutes but the stadium was to erupt just three minutes later.

Richie Ryan of Sligo became the first player booked in Tallaght and Gary TwiggSligo were doubly punished when Price headed on to Twigg who turned well to loop a shot over Brush to record the opening goal of the Hoops Tallaght era.

It was well deserved and Berminghams cross a minute later caused problems and Baker then set up Madden but again the cross eluded the Hoops strikers. Rovers should have gone two up on 22 minutes when Robinsons corner was headed down and bounced over the bar by Rice from close range.

O'Grady was then booked for a late tackle on Rice and Bradley found Webb at the back post but his header couldn't find the target. Bradley crossed for Baker to find Twigg with a header and although the Scotsman found the net Referee Kelly adjudged Baker had committed a foul. A Bradley free-kick on 34 minutes against the wind forced Brush to tip the ball over his crossbar.

Sligo began to get into the game and Boco forced a corner on 38 minutes. Ryan found space and shot from just outside the box but his effort was blocked. Sligo's best move came on 45 minutes when Cretaro found space in the box but his shot was deflected for a corner.

Rovers started the second-half as they did the first and Robinson shot from the right angle of the area that Brush had to beat away. However Ollie Cahill decided to take the stage and he went on a run up the line on 50 minutes to cross low for Baker to side-foot into the net for a glorious goal. The visitors hit back and first Sean Webb make a good defensive header before Aiden Price made a good intercepting tackle to deny Cretaro.

The Hoops were in control as the game entered the final 20 minutes and Twigg almost capitalised on a weak defensive header but Brush just got to the ball first. Robinson and Bradley almost combined to set up an opening on 72 minutes before Cretaro fluffed Sligo's best chance when he missed an opportunity to score at the back post.

Robinsons shot from 30 yards that Brush held on 74 minutes sparked a late revival from the visitors but it still came as a shock to the home support when Peers headed home with just 8 minutes remaining. This was followed by another opening from Sligo but despite a good cross McTiernan couldn't connect in front of goal.

There was nervy ending to the game but Twigg did have one final shot just over before hobbling off to a tremendous reception andalthough the three minutes of added-on time seemed like an eternity the Referee finally blewhis whistle and the Hoops could celebrate the end to a remarkable day.






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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