IT’S ALL TO PLAY FOR AS HOOPS BEAT UCD
Shamrock Rovers 3 (Purdy, C. Kavanagh, Hanrahan)
FAI Airtricity Under 19 League Southern Division
Tuesday, 24th March, 2015
At Tallaght Stadium
It’s all to play for as the final series of games in the league phases of the FAI Airtricity U19 League are due to be played this coming weekend. While Waterford and Limerick FC are assured of their places in the quarter finals it is impossible to predict just which other two from Cobh, Rovers, UCD and Cork City will join them. The Hoops will entertain Mervue on Saturday at Tallaght Stadium and simply must win this game. A win here would not guarantee them anything though; they would have to wait and see what happens elsewhere. Cobh will host Limerick in what is sure to be a tight game while UCD and Cork will meet at the Belfield Bowl with both teams having to commit themselves fully. Even after Saturday’s final series the fourth and final team may not be known as Cork will still have two back matches to fulfil. It’s not possible either at this stage to predict who will finish third. There’s bound to be a lot of hoping and praying in the meantime!
Rovers’ chances of qualifying though took an early knock in the game against UCD at Tallaght Stadium after Darragh O’Connor gave his side the lead. The Students were pegged back to level terms though after Richie Purdy equalised for the Hoops with a header from a corner to make it 1-1 at half time. Ben Hanrahan struck in the second half with a strike from inside the 18-yard box and Dylan Kavanagh almost scored after he hit the post. Cian Kavanagh made certain though after that with a tap in to finish the game 3-1.
The win didn’t come without a price for the Hoops though with centre half Lee Mitchell colliding with the goalpost almost on the stroke of half time and having to be taken to hospital. Mitchell was suspected of having suffered an injury to his right knee and was awaiting the results of a scan later in the night. Reports have since indicated that Mitchell is ok.
Given the importance of the game against Mervue this Saturday all Hoops fans are urged to come along and support the Young Hoops.
Shamrock Rovers: 25. Michael Kelly, 2. Nathan Benson, 3. Craig O’Connor, 4. Lee Mitchell, 5. Stephen Kelly, 6. Shane Boyle, 20. Thomas Tiernan, 8. Richard Purdy, 9. Ben Hanrahan, 10. Cian Kavanagh, 11. Dylan Kavanagh. Substitutes: 1. Luca Gratzer, 14. Darragh Gibbons, 16. Alex Wright, 18. Sean Boyd, 21. Jason McClelland, 23. Tunde Carter.
IT’S ALL TO PLAY FOR AS HOOPS BEAT UCD
| SSE Airtricity League - Showgrounds - Tuesday 24th March 2015
|Ledwith 18'|| Sean O'Connor 5' Drennan 51'
|Match Photographs here|
A fine win for the Hoops as they left the Showgrounds with all the points thanks to goals from Sean O'Connor and Michael Drennan. Keith Fahey was instrumental in both goals. Danny Ledwith had levelled the scoring with a good free-kick in the first half but the Hoops upped their game in the second period and deservedly took the lead. However a fighting finish from the Reds needed a fine diving save from Craig Hyland to deny Wearon's header.
The home side struck back straightaway and Craig Hyland did well to initially block Nielsen’s shot and then claim the ball at Cretaro’s feet.
The game settled down but was an open affair and on 27 minutes Cawley dragged a shot wide of the Hoops goal when he found himself in space in the box.
On 34 minutes a clearance from Hyland was hooked on by Simon Madden for Michael Drennan to run onto and his attempted lob over the ‘keeper needed a good save from Coulter. Then a minute later Drennan again raced after a through ball and this time it looked like Gavin Peers tripped him in the box but Ref. Connolly waved play on.
On 36 minutes a cross from Beattie needed a stretch from Hyland to claw the ball away. Four minutes later Drennan found Gavin Brennan with a cross field pass and the Hoops number 15 skipped past a defender and pulled the ball back to the edge of the area but Cregg was crowded out trying to get a shot on goal.
Rovers should have increased their lead on 55 minutes when a Sean O’Connor ball to Drennan saw him cross into the path of McPhail on the left of the six-yard box but he could only shoot into the side-net.
On 59 minutes a Fahey corner was headed on by Gavin Brennan and David O’Connor saw his goal bound shot blocked by a defender.
The home side rallied as the half wore on and Sander saw his speculative cross tipped over by Hyland before a free-kick on the right from Cawley saw Cretaro just fail to make contact in front of goal. On 73 minutes they came even closer when Keane’s cross was met by the head of Wearon and it needed a great diving save from Hyland to keep the Hoops advantage.
In the final 10 minutes the hosts had a couple of chances when sub Ryan Brennan’s attempted head back to Hyland was short and Hyland was quick off his line to clear and David Webster made a fine intercepting tackle to deny Corcoran a shot on goal. The Hoops also had a couple of opportunities to seal the game on the break but overall at the final whistle it was a deserved three points for Rovers.
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Match stats package in advance of Tuesday's trip to the Showgrounds.