Three new signings

Clancy, Blanchard and McCaffrey sign for the Hoops.


Shelbourne 1:2 Rovers

  Pre-season Friendly - Baldonnel - Friday 27th February 2015
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  Gorman pen 26'          S O'Connor 33' North 60'
photos   Match Photographs here 
Hoops Line-Out
1 Craig Hyland  
Simon Madden  
14 David Webster  
3 Luke Byrne  
David O'Connor  
16 Pat Cregg (c)  
6 Max Blanchard  
Kieran Waters  
7 Gary McCabe  
9 Danny North  
10 Sean O'Connor  
37 Stephen McPhail  for Cregg 60'
4 Conor Kenna for D O'Connor 60'  
Gavin Brennan for S O'Connor 60'  
20 Brandon Miele for Blanchard 72'  
Gareth McCaffrey for North 72'  
Rob Cornwall for Webster 72'  


Sean O'Connor

On a blustery and cold evening in John Hyland Park the Hoops finished their pre-season games with a hard earned 2-1 win over Shelbourne. The Reds took the lead from the spot on 26 minutes but Sean O'Connor fired in a free-kick just seven minutes later. Danny North netted the winner from close range in the second-half and Gary McCabe missed a penalty with just five minutes remaining.

On 10 minutes Evan Osam slipped on the ball and Simon Madden crossed for Gary McCabe to pick out Danny North in front of goal but his effort was blocked.

The Shels ‘keeper Murray was busy after 15 minutes when he firstly saved Danny North’s driven shot from the left-hand side of the box and from the resultant corner Sean O’Connor was on target but again the Reds ‘keeper beat the ball away.

The Hoops almost opened the scoring on 19 minutes when Waters found Sean O’Connor in space on the right and he cut in to shoot off the left-hand post and Danny North following up could only poke the ball wide.

ball [GOAL 0:1 - 26th min.] Shels first foray into the Hoops area resulted in a penalty when Luke Byrne took down their Craig Walsh. Philly Gorman stepped up to send Hyland the wrong way and slot the ball into the left-hand corner of the net.

ball [GOAL 1:1 – 33rd min.] Rovers were level when Pat Cregg won a free-kick on the right-hand side just outside the box and Sean O’Connor saw his wind assisted shot nestle in the top left-hand corner of the Shels net.

The last chance of the half came when David Webster’s back pass to Craig Hyland was short and the Shels number 8 pounced but the ball went narrowly wide.

The start of the second half saw Gorman head off the outside of the post before Shels number 7 clipped the top of the Hoops cross-bar with a fine free-kick from 25 yards out. The Shels ‘keeper made a great save on 58 minutes to keep out a shot from Blanchard following a Sean O’Connor free-kick into the area.

ball [GOAL 1:2 – 60th min.]Rovers took the lead when a McCabe free-kick on the right found Danny North on the near post and he steered the ball into the corner of the net from close range.

Gavin Brennan made a fine run across the box on 71 minutes but he couldn’t pick out Waters in space. A good run and cross from Waters on 82 minutes saw sub Brandon Miele rise to head the ball just over the bar. With five minutes remaining Gary McCabe was bustled over in the box and was awarded a penalty but the Shels ‘keeper dived to his right to save McCabe’s spot-kick.


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