| SSE Airtricity League - Oriel Park - Tuesday 1st September 2015
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Two ex-Hoops came back to score against their old club as a first-half strike from Ronan Finn and a second-half goal from Sean Gannon gave Dundalk the points. Rovers saw a lot of the ball and applied pressure on the home side's defence especially in the second period but they couldn't get through a resolute defence.
Dundalk got off to a good start however Gartland’s early header on goal was well saved by Barry Murphy and then ruled out for offside. Michael Drennan’s free-kick from 30 yards out on 11 minutes was on target but straight at Rogers.
On 20 minutes John Mountney set up Towel to shoot on goal but Murphy got down well to save. Six minutes later the Hoops ‘keeper was on hand to block Ronan Finn’s dangerous run into the box with his feet.
Rovers gradually got into the game and on 28 minutes Conor Kenna’s header found Brandon Miele and his quick turn and shot forced a fine diving save from Rogers. After 34 minutes Drennan picked out Danny North’s run and as he was tackled the ball fell for Gavin Brennan and his first time shot on goal was tipped over the bar by Rogers. Drennan then went close when his shot from outside the box was deflected but the ball went wide of the top right-hand corner of the goal.
Rovers continued to exert pressure on the Dundalk defence at the start of the second period and from a Drennan corner Luke Byrne just failed to make a connection. On 57 minutes a McCabe free-kick into the box was pushed away for a corner by Rogers and the resultant kick saw Simon Madden make a connection at the back post but his shot was deflected for another corner. This time Drennan’s corner was headed over the bar by Luke Byrne.
At the other end Horgan almost put Towel in behind the Hoops defence while there was a big shout for handball as Drennan tried to force his way past the Dundalk defence on 65 minutes.
The home side saw out the remainder of the game with Luke Byrne making a fine intercepting tackle to deny Ciaran Kilduff on 82 minutes while Towel shot across the Hoops goal with two minutes remaining. Rovers almost grabbed a consolation goal in added-on time when Drennan’s cross was met by the head of Gareth McCaffrey but Ryan Brennan couldn’t get the right connection on the ball in front of goal.
Big game stats package in advance of the trip to Oriel on Tuesday.
Team news for Tuesday's league game away v's Dundalk.
Dundalk v Shamrock Rovers
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Tuesday 1st Sept 2015, kick off 8pm
Rovers travel up the M1 to Dundalk on Tuesday aiming for all three points on offer.
Rovers have no injury concerns following Saturday's game in Sligo so, other than long term injury Sean O'Connor, the Hoops have a full squad available. This means Stephen McPhail is fit again after a two month period with a hamstring problem.
There are no suspensions.
For those unabale to travel to the game, it is live on Setanta Ireland from 7.30pm.
HOOPS MAKE IT FOUR AGAIN!
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