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Cork City 0:0 Rovers

  SSE Airtricity League - Turners Cross - Friday 22nd May 2015
Cork City 
(0) 0
: 0 (0)
 Rovers
           
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Hoops Line-Out
1 Craig Hyland  
17
Simon Madden  
4 Conor Kenna  
6 Maxine Blanchard  
3
Luke Byrne  
16 Pat Cregg yellow card
18 Keith Fahey  
8 Ryan Brennan  
20 Brandon Miele  
15 Gavin Brennan  
21 Michael Drennan  
 
Substitutes
11 Kieran Waters for Drennan 77'
 
37 Gary McCabe for R.Brennan 85'  
27
Gareth McCaffrey  
5 David O'Connor  
10
Sean O'Connor  
19
Tim Clancy  
30 Michael Kelly  
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Fahey

Keith Fahey

The Hoops came away with a point from Turners Cross but will feel that their overall play should have earned a win but just fell short in the final third despite dominating possession for long spells. Cork had their moments in the second-half with Buckley crashing a header of the crossbar but they didn't overly trouble Craig Hyland.

On a fine evening the game was delayed by 15 minutes due to severe traffic congestion in the Cork area and after only a minutes play Max Blanchard took a heavy knock and had to receive treatment but fortunately he was able to continue.

Rovers bossed the game early on and good play from Gavin Brennan set up Brandon Miele to shoot but his effort was blocked. On 9 minutes a Keith Fahey cross from the right picked out Ryan Brennan but his header was straight at McNulty in the Cork goal.

The home side's first foray into the Hoops box came on 14 minutes but Craig Hyland advanced to claim Billy Dennehy's cross. A minute later Ryan Brennan found space on the right-hand edge of the area but his shot went just over the bar.

Fahey and Miele combined for the Hoops number 20 to shoot on target but McNulty was well placed to save. The home side gradually got into the game but the Hoops defence, marshalled by captain Conor Kenna dealt with the threat.

On 35 minutes a Simon Madden ball into the box saw Gavin Brennan head the ball across goal but Dan Murray cleared back to the same player who duly returned the ball back into the box but McNulty cut out the danger this time.

Brandon Miele then hit a free-kick from a dangerous position over the bar on 36 minutes and just before the break Miele was again in the action this time finding Michael Drennan with a 25 yard pass but the Hoops striker hit the side-netting with a shot from a tight angle.

The start of the second-half saw Ryan Brennan get behind the Cork defence but his first touch let him down and the ball ran on to 'keeper McNulty. The Hoops had a decent chance on 54 minutes when Madden and Drennan combined for the defender to find himself in the box with a sight on goal however under pressure he couldn't get a proper connection on his shot and McNulty saved.

Cork created an opening on 59 minutes when Billy Dennehy's free-kick was headed across goal by O'Sullivan and Darren Dennehy connected with the ball but luckily Hyland was well positioned to save.

Rovers continued to dominate possession and McNulty had to punch clear from two Fahey corners in quick succession. At times Rovers approach play was laboured but on 72 minutes the two Brennan brothers combined to cross for Drennan but his shot was blocked. Keith Fahey burst forward into space on 76 minutes but saw his shot defelcted just wide.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes the home side fashioned their best chance of the game with Colin Healy's free kick into the box met by Buckley's header but fortunately the ball crashed off the crossbar.

A Liam Millar cross was well defended by Pat Cregg in the 89th minute and in the last minute of the three minutes of added-on time a Kieran Waters corner caused a scramble in the box but the ball was cleared back to Waters who crossed into the area only for McNulty to claim at the second attempt and the Hoops had to settle for a point.

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Derry City 0:1 Rovers

  EA Sports Cup Q/F - Brandywell - Tuesday 19th May 2015
Derry City 
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: 1 (1)
 Rovers
             Sean O'Connor 35'
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Hoops Line-Out
25 Craig Hyland  
19
Tim Clancy  
5 David O'Connor  
2 Robert Cornwall  
14
David Webster  
7 Gary McCabe yellow card
11 Kieran Waters  
8 Ryan Brennan  
22 Cian Kavanagh yellow card
10 Sean O'Connor  
27 Gareth McCaffrey  
 
Substitutes
20 Brandon Miele for Kavanagh 64'  
3 Dylan Kavanagh for McCaffrey 69'  
6
Maxine Blanchard  
18 Shane Hanney  
15
Gavin Brennan  
21
Michael Drennan  
30 Michael Kelly  
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McCaffrey

Gareth McCaffrey

Rovers made it through to a record breaking 16th League Cup semi-final with a 1-0 win against Derry City in the Brandywell on Tuesday night. Sean O’Connor’s excellently taken free kick goal was the difference between the teams in this EA Sports Cup quarter-final.

A sign of the importance both managers had with this competition was shown when Peter Hutton made just one change from his team that lost last week 1-0 away to Dundalk. Philip Lowry, who will be out for a number of week’s with a cartilage injury dropped out with Sean Houston coming in.

Meanwhile Rovers boss Pat Fenlon, with one eye likely on his team’s trip to Cork on Friday, used just one player, ‘keeper Craig Hyland, from the team that beat Longford Town 3-2 last time out in the league.

Shaun Patton kept the goalkeeper jersey for Derry even with Ger Doherty fit enough to be on the bench for the Candystripes and he pulled off two great saves within a minute of each other 12 minutes into the game.

First, he pulled off a superb save from Gareth McCaffrey who was starting only his third game for the Hoops. Marty Waters, who provided two assists for Rovers on Friday against Longford, whipped a great ball into the Rovers centre forward with McCaffrey’s header pushed around the post for a corner.

Sean O'Connor took the resulting set piece that caused mayhem in the Derry box. Ryan Brennan’s header was goalbound before Patton put out a paw to bat the ball back out. When it came to David O'Connor, he snatched at it with the defender skying the ball over the Derry crossbar.

It took 21 minutes for Derry to get sight of goal. The impressive Mark Timlin starting wide on the right for Derry cut inside and forced Hyland into a full length save diving to his left.

ball[GOAL 0:1 - 35th min.] – Sean O’Connor

The Hoops took the lead ten minutes before the break. Marty Waters won a free kick off Barry McNamee took the player down. Sean O'Connor and Gary McCabe stood over the free but it was O'Connor, off a short run up, who lifted the ball over the Derry wall and into the top corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season.

McCaffrey was looking to take on the Derry defence at all times and five minutes after the opener he created his own opportunity to try and double his team’s lead. He pushed the ball onto his left and struck a well hit shot but he couldn't find the target.

Derry looked to find an equaliser as the game ticked to half time and a deep Barry McNamee cross caused Rovers problems which required goalscorer Sean O'Connor to get back to clear and concede a corner.

The Candystripes lost their captain on half time due to injury as Ryan McBride had to be helped to the dressing room at the break with Ryan Curran coming on in the second half.

McCaffrey, leading the line as Rovers reverted to a 4-5-1 formation after Friday’s two up front, held the ball up nicely to bring support into play when he could. On 54 minutes David O'Connor got forward from his left back berth to take a pass from McCaffrey and his effort just fizzed over the angle of the post and crossbar.

Timlin tested Hyland again with a fully hit shot from outside the Rovers box that the 'keeper got his body behind to save after he couldn't hold the well hit shot.

The Hoops should have doubled their lead on 63 minutes when Ryan Brennan got through on goal. Cian Kavanagh split the Derry back four to give Brennan a one-on-one with Patton. However the ‘keeper stood up well to save with his feet.

Peter Hutton went 4-4-2 to try and take the game into extratime with Anthony Elding coming on but the Hoops were able to hold out with Hyland keeping his 10th clean sheet in 14 games. Rovers really should have won by more with substitute Brandon Miele twice going close at in the closing stages for Rovers. It leaves Rovers 20 competitive games unbeaten – the first time they have done that since 1957.

Report by Macdara Ferris

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# Team M P
1 Dundalk 14 38
2 Cork City 15 32
3 Shamrock Rovers 14 28
4 Bohemian FC 14 25
5 St. Patrick's Athletic 14 22
6 Galway United 14 15
7 Derry City 14 14
8 Drogheda United 15 14
9 Longford Town 13 13
10 Sligo Rovers 14 12
11 Bray Wanderers 14 11
12 Limerick 13 5

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