| SSE Airtricity League - Carlisle Grounds - Saturday 17th October 2015
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|Douglas 70' Sullivan 90+5'
|| Drennan 9' Blanchard 37'
|Match Photographs here|
Rovers relinquished a two goal lead and the chance to move into second position in the leage when a late John Sullivan header, following a very dubious free-kick award, levelled the game. Michael Drennan had given Rovers an early lead followed by a headed second goal from Max Blanchard. Douglas headed in from a corner on 70 minutes before Sullivan's late intervention.
The home side carved out an opening after only 4 minutes when Graham Kelly burst into the Hoops box and saw his shot partially blocked by Barry Murphy and David Cassidy looked odds-on to score but Simon Madden did just enough to deny him a shot on goal.
Bray took the initiative to try get back into the game but never looked like troubling the Hoops defence until the 26th minute when Skully got behind Blanchard and he teed up Hannon to shoot on goal but Pat Cregg got a decisive head to the ball. On 34 minutes a free-kick from distance by McEvoy needed a good save from Barry Murphy.
Hugh Douglas was having a good game for the home side and on 42 minutes he was strongest in the Hoops box to connect with a Cassidy cross to power a header off the crossbar. Rovers finished the half well with Gavin Brennan almost opening up the Bray defence before combining with Drennan to set up North who unfortunately dragged his shot across goal.
The second half started slowly but on 53 minutes Gary McCabe almost sent Danny North in on goal but a fine tackle by McNally denied the Hoops striker. The Hoops were showing very little in attack and the Seagulls gradually got back into the game and on 69 minutes Douglas crossed low for Cassidy to connect first time with the ball and it needed a fine save from Barry Murphy to keep the ball out.
Good defending by Max Blanchard cut out the danger from a cross on 79 minutes and Bray kept the pressure up from a couple of corners and Drennan was on hand to clear at the back post before Barry Murphy took control when claining a deep cross into the crowded area.
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| SSE Airtricity League - Tallaght Stadium - Friday 9th October 2015
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|| Towell pen. 84'
|Match Photographs here|
A controversial penalty six minutes from time converted by Richie Towell cancelled out Danny Norths early goal in the second-half and enabled the Lilywhites to claim the title for the second year running. The game produced few clear cut chances on goal but was entertaining and hard fought with some good passages of play.
The Hoops created a chance after only two minutes when Danny North played Gavin Brennan in on the right-hand side of the box but he elected to cross instead of shooting and the ball was cleared for a corner. Dundalk created an opening on 12 minutes when Meenan split the Hoops defence with a pass for Ronan Finn but Max Blanchard got across to block his shot.
It was an open game with both defences on top but David O’Connor created an opening on 19 minutes when he crossed low to the edge of the area and a shot on the turn by Michael Drennan went just over the bar. On 23 minutes a Drennan cross was spilled by ‘keeper Rogers but Gavin Brennan couldn’t find Brandon Miele from the breaking ball.
Despite Dundalk having a lot of the ball they couldn’t find a way past the Hoops back four. On 30 minutes a Madden deep cross was returned into the box by Miele and Drennan reacted quickly but his header went wide.
A good counter attack from Dundalk saw Meenan pick out the run of Shields but his ball across the Hoops six-yard box wasn’t taken advantage of. On 37 minutes a shot from distance by Paddy Barrett took a wicked deflection but Barry Murphy was alert to save. Ronan Finn then ran at the Hoops box but a fine Webster tackle snuffed out the danger.
Dundalk tried to react but some good football from Rovers created a couple of dangerous opportunities for Simon Madden down the right but his crosses failed to pick out a Rovers player. A shot from 25 yards out from Gary McCabe had Rogers scrambling but he pushed the ball out for a corner.
The visitors finally breached the Hoops defence on 64 minutes but Ronan Finns shot was saved by Barry Murphy despite a deflection off a Rovers player on the way. A Madden corner after 69 minutes saw Gavin Brennan almost turn Barrett in the box and on 73 minutes a good run by Miele set up Drennan to shoot from the left but Rogers easily saved.
The visitors went close on 77 minutes when Dane Massey crossed for Ronan Finn in front of goal but his flicked effort went over the bar.
Rovers tried to regain the lead in the dying minutes of the game but when Gavin Brennan threaded a ball into the path of Drennan his shot on the turn was weak. A last gasp run from Miele found Gavin Brennan in space on the left but his cross was cleared only as far as Madden and he beat a defender before setting up Brennan to shoot from a tight angle but his effort was blocked.