Rovers defeat the Youths in Tallaght warm-up... Photographs here...
Rovers (1) 2 - Twigg 43' Dennehy pen. 54'
Pre-Season Friendly - Tallaght Stadium - Saturday 18th February 2012
Hoops Line out
2 Kerrea Gilbert
A good workout for both teams on a cold evening in Tallaght saw Rovers score in each half to win the game.
The visitors had the first chance on goal in the 3rd minute when the Youths number 8 shot just wide of new signing Jansson's goal. The Hoops were finding space behind the Wexford defence and in the 15th minute O'Donnell played Kavanagh in but his first touch let him down and the ball was cleared. Two good Billy Dennehy corners three minutes later caused problems and defender Browne had to be alert to clear in front of goal as Hawkins threatened.
Furlong failed to hit the target with a header in front of goal on 19 minutes. On 21 minutes a Dennehy free-kick was headed back by Hawkins for King to shoot on goal but the ball crashed off the underside of the crossbar. Dennehy was involved in most of the Rovers attacks and his low cross on the half-hour saw Twigg beaten by a defender to the ball in front of goal. The resultant corner saw the Scotsman meet the ball but Browne blocked his effort.
In the 68th minute the visitors almost grabbed a spectacular goal when number 15 tried his luck from almost on the half-way line and Jansson was beaten but the ball cannoned off the cross-bar. The game remained competitive but there wasn't much more goalmouth action until the final ten minutes.
Conor Powell did well to deny Furlong a header on goal with 8 minutes remaining while at the other end Rovers almost made it three when Brennan played McCabe in on the right with a quickly taken free-kick and the 'keeper beat away his shot for Kavanagh to return the ball on goal but the 'keeper did well to keep the ball out at the second attempt.
With three minutes left McCabe again played the attacking Gilbert in on the right but again the Hoops number two hit the side-net. Brennan had the final chance of the game but he shot across goal from a tight angle.