A disasterous first-half saw the Hoops play poorly, lose a goal to a defensive mistake and had Captain Ken Oman shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Philip Hughes. Rovers rallied in the second-half and never gave up but Sean Gannon's late gift of a goal wasn't enough and Rovers bowed out of this years FAI Ford Cup.
The game started very scrappy with both sides mis-placing passes and generally relying on long balls forward. The first real chance came in the 13th minute when Oscar Jansson's long free kick was headed on by Kilduff into the path of Tommy Stewart but he had to stoop to get his header on goal and Bennion got down to push the ball away.
In the 14th minute Jansson had to punch away Kavanaghs dangerous free kick from the left and it wasn't until the 23rd minute that O'Connor and McCabe combined to force a corner with Stewart connecting with the kick but his shot was blocked in the box.
[GOAL 1:0 - 30th min.] Rovers were vulnerable at the back with Pat Sullivan standing in for the injured Colin Hawkins but an unforced error saw him gift the ball to Cassidy who ran at the exposed Hoops box and he coolly picked out Hughes in the centre of the box and he shot past Jansson and into the net.
On 32 minutes the Hoops were almost two behind when a corner was headed back across goal and Gorman's volley was on target but Jansson responded brilliantly to beat away the shot. Rovers couldn't muster an attack of note and things went from bad to worse when Hughes chased a clearance and when he got behind Sullivan and Oman the Hoops Captain lunged out and caught the Shels striker. Ref. Kelly produced a straight red card even though Sullivan was close to the play.
Rovers lost Stephen Rice at half-time after a clash of heads with Cronin who also had to leave the field. The Hoops started the second-half with renewed vigour and when sub Gannon fired in a cross in the 49th minute it fell to Stewart on the edge of the area but his shot went just over the bar.
On 53 mminutes Jansson had to dive full length to push away Cassidy's dipping volley while at the other end Kilduff got on the end of Brennan's 57th minute free kick but his looping header went over the bar. McCormack then crossed from the left but Kilduff couldn't control the ball jsut outside the six-yard area and a minute later the same player headed Stewart's cross over the bar.
Brennan went on a good run into the box in the 61st minute to win a corner and he took the kick himself only to see the ball go right across the goal and away to safety. On 67 minutes McCormack won possession on the edge of the area and fed Gannon who crossed for Kilduff but his shot was weak and Bennion saved.
[GOAL 2:0 - 71st min.] Shelbourne extended their advantage when Kavanagh raided down the right wing and his cross was met by Hughes in front of goal and he headed the ball into the top corner of the net.
It was a cruel blow to the Hoops who had worked so hard with ten men with Kilduff running himself into the ground. Gilbert blocked Dawson's shot inside the box as Rovers again raised their game in the final ten minutes and Sullivan's long throw-in in the 84th minute saw Brennan flick the ball on across goal but sub Daryl Kavanagh just failed to connect with the ball
On 88 minutes a Brennan free kick was deflected just over Bennion's crossbar and the resultant corner saw a big shout for a handball in the box after a goalmouth scramble.
[GOAL 2:1 - 90+2 min.] In added-on time a speculative cross from Gannon on the right saw defender Paisley and Bennion hesitate and the ball bounced between the two of them and into the net to give the Hoops an unlikely lifeline. However it was to little to late and despite Sullivans long ball into the box that Kilduff headed down, Kavanagh couldn't get on the ball and time ran out for the Hoops in this years FAI Ford Cup.