| SSE Airtricity League - Tallaght Stadium - Friday 17th April 2015
|Drennan pen 55' 60'|| McMillan 45' Finn 46'
|Match Photographs here|
A game packed with incident and excitement saw the Hoops come back from a two goal deficit to earn a point. Poor defending let the Lilywhites in either side of half-time but Rovers were thrown a lifeline when the persistence of Ryan Brennan was rewarded when Dundalk 'keeper Gary Rogers took him down and was sent off on 53 minutes. Michael Drennan scored the penalty and then equalised with a contender for goal of the season. Despite Rovers practically owning the ball for the remainder of the game they couldn't force a winner although Drennan spurned a wonderful chance with 4 minutes of normal time remaining.
The opening 15 minutes provided chances at both ends with Sean O’Connor’s cross on 9 minutes just failing to pick out David O’Connor and David Webster in front of goal. At the other end Daryl Horgan was dangerous and his speculative cross on 12 minutes almost caught out Craig Hyland but luckily the ball hit the crossbar.
On 14 minutes a sublime ball from Stephen McPhail set up Simon Madden to cross into the box and Drennan’s header wasn’t far wide.
On 24 minutes a great turn by Gary McCabe saw him shoot on target but Rogers did just enough to tip the ball around the post although Ref. Doyle awarded a goal-kick.
The game continued in the same vein with both sides attacking but the Hoops almost let Dundalk in when Ryan Brennan’s wayward pass saw Darren Meenan get past Conor Kenna and it needed a great blocking save from Hyland to deny the Lilywhites the lead. Rovers continued on the attack for the remainder of the half but in the last minute handed Dundalk the initiative.
Gary McCabe forced Rogers into a decent save with a shot from the edge of the area just before the Hoops were handed a way back into the game.
The excitement within Tallaght Stadium was at fever pitch now and Rovers pressed on and Brennan was unlucky to head wide from Madden’s fine cross on 69 minutes.
Stephen O’Donnell was introduced for the visitors and his good work enabled Dane Massey to pull back a cross from the left into space in the area but luckily for Rovers there was no Dundalk player to take advantage.
Rovers were in control of possession with Stephen McPhail at the centre of almost every move and it was his pass on 86 minutes to sub Brandon Miele who then raced into the box and drew ‘keeper Sava before rounding the ‘keeper and pulling the ball back for Drennan in space but his shot in a crowded box went over the bar.
The six minutes of added-on time saw Rovers trying to get sub Danny North in on goal to no avail and right at the death the visitors broke forward and Craig Hyland had to advance to block McMillan’s shot from inside the box to end what was a pulsating encounter.
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