Team news ahead of the Bank Holiday Monday EA Sports Cup quarter final v Shelbourne:
U19: Rovers 3:0 Bray Wanderers - match report
Next up for the Hoops is an EA Sports Cup quarter final v Shels at Tolka Park on Bank Holiday Monday 5pm kick off.
| SSE Airtricity Premier Division - Tallaght Stadium - Friday 29 April 2016
| Shamrock Rovers
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|K.Brennan (64') D.Clarke (83')|| v
|Match photographs here|
Shamrock Rovers hosted Bray Wanderers at Tallaght Stadium this evening in a game which saw Stephen McPhail captain the Hoops to three points once again.
Also returning to the squad was Gary McCabe, who missed Monday's game through suspension and Robert Cornwall who had his first start of the season.
Rovers had their first attack inside ten minutes as Killian Brennan attempted a 'cheeky' lob on Bray goalkeeper, Peter Cherrie, but the ball looped over the crossbar.
Gary McCabe went close two minutes later, but the Bray defenders were up to the task so far.
It was a competition as to who could take the better free-kick just after twenty five minutes, when both teams were awarded dangerous free-kicks on the edge of the area. Brennan hit it for Rovers, to which it went over the bar, Marks hit it for Bray and we saw the same result, over the bar. Score remained 0-0.
Rovers were enjoying quite a long spell on the ball, although, not creating enough golden chances to see themselves go 1-0 up, Bray were defending well up to this point.
Shamrock Rovers went in at the break locked in a 0-0 draw, with the game just lacking that final touch to find a goal. A big second half awaited the Hoops to which they delivered.
Waiting for some major goal action was a bit like waiting for a bus to come, nothing for a good while, then two inside thirty seconds. Rovers went close to opening the scoring but Cregg couldn't manage to control the ball inside the box and it set up a solid counter attack for Bray Wanderers.
Andrew Lewis went close to giving the visitors the lead as he nearly finished off a good counter attacking move but his hard and low shot was saved by Barry Murphy in the Rovers goal.
In a flurry of incidents then we had a red card, a sub for Rovers and even a goal!
First off Danny North came on for Patrick Cregg, Sean Harding found himself in the bad books of the referee as he brought down Dean Clarke and found himself being sent off, due to being last man back for the seasiders.
Rovers then had a dangerous free kick and up stepped midfielder Killian Brennan to hammer the ball into the net, with the help of the wicked deflection, the ball found its way into the right hand corner of the Bray Wanderers goal to give the Hoops the lead.
Danny North also had a shot saved a few moments later as some good work by himself found his way into the box to win a corner for the Hoops, which was eventually cleared.
Dean Clarke managed to get himself on the scoresheet too just inside the last ten minutes, the tricky winger was the right man in the right place when right back Simon Madden crossed the ball into the box after a good run past former Hoop Conor Kenna.
Clarke's goal doubled the advantage for the Hoops and finished the game beyond doubt. Rovers held off any challlenge Bray had for the last few minutes and collected the win on this cold Friday night.
Up next for the Hoops is an away to Shelbourne fixture in the EA Sports Cup on the May bank holiday.
Stat Attack v Bray Wanderers: