Stats package ahead of Tuesday's Leinster Senior Cup tie in Athlone.
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| SSE Airtricity League - Jackman Park - Saturday 25th April 2015
|Duggan 13'|| Miele 87'
|Match Photographs here|
The Hoops had to rely on a late equaliser from substitute Brandon Miele to take a point from Jackman Park after the home side had taken an early lead through Shane Duggan. Rovers had a lot of possession but fell short in front of goal until Miele's late strike.
Although the game started at a low tempo it was the Hoops that took early control of possession and they created a number of openings the best of which came on 11 minutes when Michael Drennan crossed to the back post and Ryan Brennan saw his goal bound header pushed around the post by ‘keeper O’Donnell.
On 21 minutes a dipping cross from Drennan almost caught out the Limerick ‘keeper but he did well to hold on to the ball. On 33 minutes a Fahey free-kick was well defended by Faherty for a corner. Sean O’Connor’s delivery was then headed over the bar by Luke Byrne.
Limerick had a chance to extend their lead on 35 minutes when Ian Turner beat Luke Byrne to cross for the unmarked Clarke to head wide from a good position.
Keith Fahey’s pass picked out Drennan on the left-hand side of the box but he could only shoot across goal. Rovers should have equalised just before the break. Drennan fed Byrne down the left and his cross into the box was flicked on by Sean O’Connor and he found Keith Fahey in space at the back post but he volleyed wide in front of goal.
The Hoops continued to dominate possession in the second-half and Sean O’Connor’s header on 58 minutes forced a save from O’Donnell. On the hour Ryan Brennan did find the net with a glancing header but he was ruled offside.
A Simon Madden cross on 62 minutes found Gavin Brennan at the back post but his shot crashed off the crossbar. The on 70 minutes substitute Brandon Miele saw his free-kick from just outside the box also hit O’Donnell’s crossbar.
As the game entered the final ten minutes the Hoops increased the pressure and Ryan Brennan saw his header in front of goal blocked and when ‘keeper O’Donnell failed to clear a cross Brandon Miels’s goal bound shot was blocked by a defender.
Rovers applied more pressure in the remaining minutes including two corners and when Madden almost picked out Drennan’s run into the box the ‘keeper cleared only as far as Gavin Brennan but he couldn’t make the vital connection.
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