A dismal evening in Tallaght Stadium as the Hoops fell to their third league defeat out of the last four home games. A Gavan Holohan strike in the 15th minute was enough for the Drogs to take all the points. After a poor first-half Rovers pushed for an equaliser in the second period but couldn't find a way through the visitors defence.
Rovers started slowly with Ronan Finn's low shot missing the target on 4 minutes and Shane Robinson failing to connect with Simon Madden's cross on 7 minutes.
[GOAL 0:1 - 15th min.] Following a throw-in on the right the ball was crossed into the box and Evan Osam could only glance the ball across the goalmouth where Gavan Holohan was on hand to volley on target and although Barry Murphy reacted well he couldn't prevent the ball hitting the net.
Rovers had a chance to equalise on 22 minutes when O'Connor's corner was headed on by Dean Kelly to the unmarked Conor Kenna at the back post but his header on goal was saved by Drogs 'keeper Michael Schlingermann. On 25 minutes McCabe and Finn combined to set up O'Connor in the area but he sliced his shot wide. Three minutes later it was the visitors who went close when Brennan's cross from the left saw Carl Walshe turn well but he shot over the bar.
On 35 minutes Dean Kelly almost got behind the Drogs defence and when Gary McCabe returned the ball back into the box Ronan Finn was unable to get a shot on target. Kieran Waters was introduced for Shane Robinson in the 39th minute and the Hoops substitute did well to control a pass and raid down the left wing but his cross evaded Kelly and Simon Madden couldn't get a shot on goal at he back post.
Just before the break the Boynesiders had a good spell with Shane Grimes crossing to the back post and Evan Osam's defensive header denied Gary O'Neil a scoring chance. Right on the blow for half time a Carl Walshe shot needed a fine save from Barry Murphy but the Drogs player then headed the ball across goal and Evan Osam was on hand to clear the ball off the line and deny the visitors a second goal.
The Hoops were out early for the second-half and on 53 minutes Kieran Waters got on the end of a Madden pass and jinked his way into the area but he was crowded out by the Drogs defence and couldn't get a shot on goal. On 58 minutes Ronan Finn picked out sub Ciaran Kilduff on the left side of the box and he forced his way past a defender and although his shot on goal beat the 'keeper it lacked pace and was cleared in front of goal. Kilduff then just failed to connect with a ball from Osam befoere another Osam lay-off to Gary McCabe on 62 minutes saw the Hoops number 7 shoot on target but Schlingermann was well placed to save.
McCabe shot on target just a minute later following a pass from Waters but again the 'keeper was on hand to beat the ball away. Ronan Fin attacked the left side of the box on 67 minutes and did well to shoot on target but his effort was saved. Substitute Karl Sheppard did well to cross low into the box on 71 minutes but Brady got back to clear the danger.
Rovers best chance to equalise came in the 86th minute when Conor Kenna's long ball was headed down by Ciaran Kilduff into the path of Karl Sheppard and his fine turn and shot was well saved by Schlingermann. The resultant corner saw a scramble in the area with Ronan Finn's shot in front of goal blocked.
The Hoops kept looking for the equaliser but McGuinness's header was over the bar from McCabe's free-kick and the last chance of the evening came deep into injury time but McCabe's free-kick from 20 yards out didn't have enough pace to beat 'keeper Schlingermann.