Rovers 0:0 St Pats Ath (2:4 on pens)

  EA Sports Cup Semi-Final - Tallaght Stadium - Monday 3rd August 2015
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St Patricks win 4-2 on penalties             

Killian Brennan - Missed - 0:0
Gary McCabe - scored - 1:0
Aaron Grenne - scored - 1:1
Danny North - scored - 2:1
Conan Byrne - scored - 2:2
Michael Drennan - missed - 2:2
James Chambers - scored - 2:3
David O'Connor - missed - 2:3
Ian Morris - scored - 2:4

 photos Match Photographs here 
Hoops Line-Out
1 Barry Murphy  
Simon Madden  
5 David O'Connor  
3 Luke Byrne  
Max Blanchard  
7 Gary McCabe  
11 Kieran Waters  
8 Ryan Brennan yellow card
22 Cian Kavanagh  
28 Dylan Kavanagh  
21 Michael Drennan  
20 Brandon Miele for C.Kavanagh 66'  
9 Danny North for D.Kavanagh 80'  
Gavin Brennan for Kieran Waters 102'  
4 Conor Kenna  
Pat Cregg  
Gareth McCaffrey  
25 Craig Hyland  
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Max Blanchard

The Hoops crashed out of the EA Sports Cup on penalties after a scoreless draw on Bank Holiday Monday in Tallaght Stadium. An entertaining first period in which both sides hit the crossbar was followed by a poor second half although the game livened up in the last ten minutes. A strong breeze blowing towards the Square end didn't help matters and after another 30 minutes failed to provide a winner the game came down to the lottery of penalties and despite Killian Brennan missing the opening spot-kick the Saints prevailed to progress to the final.

The Hoops played against the wind in the first-half but created a chance in the opening minute when Dylan Kavanagh robbed Kenny Browne and drove forward to see his cross left by Pats 'keeper Conor O'Malley and Cian Kavanagh saw his shot from a tight angle cleared off the line.

On 10 minutes a flick by Dylan Kavanagh put Kieran Waters into space on the right-hand side of the box but his attempted lob went over the bar. 

Chris Forrester took advantage of the wind to fire a shot on goal fron 20 yards out on the left and it took the outstretched arm of Barry Murphy to knock the ball onto the crossbar.

Rovers probably should have gone in front on 19 minutes when a good break saw Ryan Brennan feed Kieran Waters in the box on the right and he turned inside but saw his shot from a great position go just wide.

Rovers conceded a lot of ground to the visitors and on 26 minutes a Killian Brennan free-kick on the right forced a good save from Barry Murphy. On 33 minutes a header by Kenny Browne from a corner was met at close range by Lee Desmond but his header bounced off the crossbar.

The Hoops rallied at the end of the half and when Gary McCabe ran at the Saints defence the ball fell kindly for Michael Drennan but he saw his shot crash off the crossbar. A corner in the dying seconds saw David O'Connor rise to head the ball but he also hit the crossbar with his effort.

The second half failed to produce as many chances but on 75 minutes a wind assisted curling Gary McCabe free-kick almost got a vital touch at the back post from Max Blanchard. 

With Brandon Miele and Danny North introduced the Hoops had a little more going forward and North almost got on the end of a Simon Madden pass. In the 90th minute James Chambers was wasteful in the box for the Saints after good approach play from Byrne and Greene. Michael Drennan then almost won it for Rovers when he combined with North but he saw his shot from the right-hand side of the box go narrowly wide.

The Saints had the best opportunities in the 30 minutes of added-on time when firstly Chambers saw his close range effort beaten away by Barry Murphy and then with seven minutes remaining Killian Brennan picked out the run of Byrne on the right and he shot past the advancing Murphy but David O'Connor got back to clear the ball off the line.

In the penalty shoot-out Killian Brennan gave the Hoops an early advantage when he blazed his penalty over the bar. Gary McCabe, Aaron Greene, Danny North and Conan Byrne all converted their spot kicks in style before Michael Drennan saw his kick well saved by Conor O'Malley. Chambers scored to heap the pressure on David O'Connor who then saw his kick hit the left-hand post and go wide. Substitute Ian Morris then sealed the tie for Pats with his penalty.

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Shamrock Rovers v St Patrick's Athletic

EA SPORTS CUP semi final

Tallaght Stadium

Monday 3rd August 2015, kick off 4pm

Referee: Paul Tuite

FenlonRovers take on local rivals, St Pats, in the EA Sports Cup semi final at Tallaght Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday, kick off 4pm.

The Hoops are on a good run of form in the league with 5 wins from their last 6 games and will be hoping to bring this form into the league cup. 

Pat Fenlon told that "we want to be in the final, it's as simple as that. We were in it last year and lost and we want to rectify that. The players are all looking forward to this game and we know with home advantage and great backing from the fans we have a great chance". Pat went on to say that "it gives us the opportunity to put in a few players that have not featured too much in the league to make a claim for a regular start."

Concluding he said "our supporters want to be in finals, so do we".

Rovers remain without the injured midfield quarter of Sean O'Connor, Keith Fahey, Stephen McPhail and Damien Duff. Other than that there are no other injury concerns or suspensions in at Fenlon's squad.

Tickets are on sale pre match at the stadium and there is free parking for all supporters at level 3 in The Square.





























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Drogheda Utd 0:1 Rovers

  SSE Airtricity League - United Park - Friday 31st July 2015
Drogheda Utd 
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         Miele 32'
photos   Match Photographs here 
Hoops Line-Out
25 Craig Hyland  
Simon Madden  
4 Conor Kenna  
14 David Webster  
Luke Byrne  
16 Pat Cregg yellow card
15 Gavin Brennan  
7 Gary McCabe  
20 Brandon Miele  
8 Ryan Brennan  
9 Danny North  
9 Michael Drennan for North 78' yellow card
22 Cian Kavanagh for Brennan 85'  
Gareth McCaffrey  
5 David O'Connor  
Kieran Waters  
Maxine Blanchard  
1 Barry Murphy  
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Brandon Miele

A fine individual goal from Brandon Miele was enough to bag the points at United Park in an overall disappointing game. Rovers enjoyed the majority of possssion especially in the first half but only had the one goal lead at the break. The second-half failed to ignite and Drogheda pushed for an equaliser late on but couldn't breach the Hoops defence.

Rovers started well and within 2 minutes had a free-kick from a dangerous position just outside the box on the right but Luke Byrne couldn’t get a proper connection with his header. On 7 minutes a cross from Simon Madden saw Gavin Brennan just fail to hit the target with a header. On 15 minutes a good counter-attack from Rovers gave Pat Cregg the opportunity to lay off the ball for Gavin Brennan who crossed for Danny North but the Hoops striker saw his shot blocked in front of goal.

The Drogs first real foray into the Hoops box on 22 minutes saw Lee Duffy’s cross fall to Mulvenna at the back post but his shot sailed over the bar.

ball[GOAL 0:1 – 32nd min.] – Brandon Miele

Craig Hyland’s quick throw to the left-hand side was chased down by Brandon Miele and although defender Mark Hughes got to the ball first his attempted pass was short and the Hoops number 20 pounced on the ball to run into the box and coolly slot the ball under the advancing ‘keeper to score.

Two minutes later a Gavin Brennan cross almost set up his brother Ryan for a headed chance but ‘keeper Schlingermann got to the ball first. The second-half was a scrappy affair but on the hour Miele almost sent Danny North in on goal and the ball eventually fell to Ryan Brennan but Hughes cleared the ball for a corner. Gary McCabe’s kick was met by the head of Gavin Brennan but the ball was cleared off the line. The Drogs had a good chance a minute later when a low cross had to be cleared in front of goal by the hard working David Webster.

On 73 minutes Webster was on hand to snuff out the danger when Duffy got into the hoops defence on the left and two minutes later Gary McCabe was on hand to clear a low cross into the box from Mulvenna after the Hoops lost possession in midfield.

The home side pushed hard for an equaliser in the last 10 minutes but a number of crosses into the box was well defended by Luke Byrne and Craig Hyland and Rovers held out to record another win in United Park where they have been undefeated since 2005.

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Brandon Miele scores the winner for the Hoops....Picture G Kelly

Tim Clancy loan to Sligo

Tim Clancy today signed a loan deal to Sligo Rovers.




League Table

# Team M P
1 Dundalk 21 54
2 Cork City 21 48
3 St. Patrick's Athletic 21 43
4 Shamrock Rovers 20 43
5 Bohemian FC 22 37
6 Longford Town 22 23
7 Bray Wanderers 21 23
8 Galway United 22 22
9 Drogheda United 22 22
10 Derry City 22 19
11 Sligo Rovers 22 16
12 Limerick 22 9

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