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  SSE Airtricity League - Tallaght Stadium - Friday 30th October 2015
Rovers 
(1) 5
: 3 (2)
Drogheda Utd

O'Reilly og 19' North pen. 55' 75' 90' pen Waters 83' 

       Daly 17' Mulvenna 31' Duffy 88'
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Hoops Line-Out
1 Barry Murphy  
17
Simon Madden  
4 Conor Kenna yellow card
5 David O'Connor  
3
Luke Byrne  
37 Stephen McPhail  
16 Patrick Cregg yellow card
7 Gary McCabe
 
20 Brandon Miele  
32 Damien Duff  
 9 Danny North  
 
Substitutes
21 Michael Drennan for Cregg 65'

 
11 Kieran Waters for Duff 79'
 
8
Ryan Brennan for McPhail 82'
 
32 Gareth McCaffrey  
28
Dylan Kavanagh
 
14
David Webster  
25 Craig Hyland  
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Danny North - Hat Trick

Rovers finished the season with a flurry of goals on a wet and windy night in Tallaght Stadium and in the process relegated Drogheda Utd to the first division. A hat-trick of goals, including two penalties for Danny North and a goal from Kieran Waters followed an early own goal from Drogs defender Robert O'Reilly. The visitors had taken the lead twice with goals from Mick Daly and Tiernan Mulvenna and substitute Lee Duffy added a late third with a fine volleyed shot.

With the Hoops playing against the swirling wind in the first half there was a slow start to the game but player of the year Brandon Miele forced a save from Schlingermann in the Drogs goal on 7 minutes. A couple of minutes later a low Simon Madden cross was well defended. Sean Brennan shot just over the bar on 16 minutes but the ball took a deflection and the visitors took the lead from the resultant corner.

ball[GOAL 0:1 – 17th min.] – Mick Daly

Thornton’s corner was headed goal wards by Alan Byrne and although Barry Murphy got down to parry his effort Mick Daly was on hand to score from close range.

ball[GOAL 1:1 – 19th min.] – Robert O’Reilly o.g.

Rovers equalised straight away when Gary McCabe was released down the right and his low cross rebounded off the unfortunate Robert O’Reilly and into the net.

ball[GOAL 1:2 – 31st min.] – Tiarnan Mulvenna

A quickly taken free-kick on the left sent Mulvenna into the box and from an angle he curled his shot past Murphy and into the far corner of the net.

The Drogs had a half chance at the start of the second half when Daly crossed for Mulvenna to get a touch goal wards but Barry Murphy saved. A great effort from 25 yards out from Gary McCabe needed a finger- tip save from the Drogs ‘keeper just before the Hoops equalised.

ball[GOAL 2:2 – 55th min.] – Danny North

A Rovers short corner saw Duff cross into the area and Conor Kenna was hauled down in the box and Ref. McKeon awarded a penalty. Danny North stepped up to score .

The game opened up a little now and Duff saw his shot blocked in the box before Thornton’s dangerous free-kick caused problems for the Hoops defence. Luke Byrne then set up Miele for a run into the box and the ball fell for North but his shot was blocked. Rovers continued to press and Duff and Madden almost created openings as the Drogs seemed to tire.

ball[GOAL 3:2 – 75th min.] – Danny North

Brandon Miele created space for himself 20 yards out and his shot forced Schlingermann into a diving save but Danny North was alert to pounce on the rebound to score .

Sean Thornton then got the better of Conor Kenna as the Drogs threw caution to the wind but he shot over the bar from a great position.

ball[GOAL 4:2 – 83rd min.] – Kieran Waters

Kieran Waters was only on the pitch for 4 minutes when he collected a through ball from McCabe and with the Drogheda defence watching on he picked his spot to score past the helpless ‘keeper .

ball[GOAL 4:3 – 88th min.] – Lee Duffy

When Lee Duffy took control of a throw-in on the right-hand side of the box he unleashed a fine volley across goal that nestled in the far corner of the net.

ball[GOAL 5:3 – 90th min.] – Danny North

The goal fest wasn’t over yet and when Kieran Waters crossed into the area Danny North was pushed to the ground and Ref. McKeon pointed to the spot again. North brushed himself down and duly dispatched the spot-kick past the ‘keeper. To add to the Drogs woes, Sean Thornton received a red card for something said to the Refereee prior to the taking of the penalty.

 

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