Rovers 1:0 Limerick


  SSE Airtricity League - Tallaght Stadium - Friday 24th October
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Gary McCabe pen. 56'           
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Hoops Line-Out
Craig Hyland  
Simon Madden  
Jason McGuinness  
Robert Cornwall  
Luke Byrne  
Pat Cregg  
Ronan Finn  
Gary McCabe  
Stephen McPhail  
Ciaran Kilduff  
Kieran Waters  
23 Sean Heaney for Byrne 50'  
9 Karl Sheppard for Kilduff 61'  
8 Ryan Brennan for Finn 84'  
18 Shane Robinson  
26 Evan Osam  
15 Robert Bayly  
1 Barry Murphy  


Kieran Waters

A Gary McCabe penalty in the second half was enough to give the Hoops a final game of the season win in Tallaght. The game only came to life in patches but overallRovers deserved the win despite a late golden chance to equalise for the viditors when Kieran Djiali headed over the bar from close range.

On a fairly calm and dry evening the game took a while to get going and it wasn't until the 17th minute that the first chance was created and it fell to Limerick when Patrick Nzuzi crossed to the back post and Simon Madden slipped but Ian Turner couldn't get the ball under control. Kieran Waters was then released down the left and his cross was met by Gary McCabe's diving header but his effort was off target.

A good move by the visitors on 24 minutes saw Lee Lynch and Ross Mann combine to set up Shane Duggan but his weak shot was straight at Craig Hyland. The Hoops began to take control and on 27 minutes Stephen McPhail fed Pat Cregg who in turn passed to Gary McCabe and the Hoops number 7 saw his 25 yard shot just clear the crossbar. Ronan Finn then almost got Ciaran Kilduff behind the defence but Michael Leahy was too strong for te Hoops forward.

Samuel Oji then streched to clear a dangerous cross from Simon Madden as Ciaran Kilduff threatened. On 33 minutes Gary McCabe saw his shot parried by the Limerick keeper Ali Abass and Luke Byrne's follow-up went over the bar. The last chance of the half fell to the impressive Ian Turner whoose shot from 25 yards beat Hyland but crashed off the underside of the crossbar.

The second-half began with Ronan Finn's ball forward saw hesitancy between Oji and keeper Abass and Ciaran Kilduff nipped in to shoot on goal but his effort went just over from a tight angle.

ball5[GOAL 1:0 - 56th min.] A Simon Madden cross into the box saw Ciaran Kilduff control the ball but Samuel Oji got too close and clipped the heels of the Hoops lone striker and Referee James McKell pointed to the spot. Gary McCabe stepped up to cooly strike the ball into the right-hand corner of the net.

Two minutes later some great play from Kilduff down the left saw him cross to the back post and although Kieran Waters made contact with the ball he couldn't guide it on target. On 68 minutes a cross from Turner was met by Duggan but he shot straight at Hyland.

On 73 minutes a Waters corner fell nicely for Robert Cornwall at the back post but his cushioned header went just over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Gary McCabe then curled a shot just over before Ronan Finn raided down the left but he couldn't pick out Karl Sheppard.

Limerick had a great chance in the 90th minute when Turner crossed to the back post and Djiali was on hand to meet the ball but he saw his effort go just over the bar.



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# Team M P
1 Dundalk 29 66
2 Cork City 29 63
3 St. Patricks Athletic 30 59
4 Shamrock Rovers 29 52
5 Sligo Rovers 29 39
6 Derry City 30 38
7 Drogheda United 29 36
8 Bohemians 30 36
9 Limerick 29 32
10 Bray Wanderers 30 24
11 UCD 29 19
12 Athlone Town 29 18


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