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Shamrock Rovers 3 - 0 Athlone Town

  EA Sports Cup - Tallaght Stadium - Tuesday April 19th 2016
 Shamrock Rovers  
(2) 3
:   0 (0)
Athlone Town
Heaney (23') Boyd (45') Clarke (78')         
 
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Hoops Line-Out
 25  Craig Hyland   
 2  Robert Cornwall  
 23  Sean Heaney  
 5  Shane Hanney  
 3  Luke Byrne    
 21  James Donna  
 37  Stephen McPhail  
 24  Richie Purdy   
 20  Trevor Clarke  
 27  Gareth McCaffrey  
 9  Danny North  
 
Substitutes
 1  Barry Murphy
 
 4  David Webster  
 7  Gary McCabe (McPhail 64')  
 8  Michael Drennan  
 15 Sean Boyd (James Donna 30')  
 10  Brandon Miele  
 16  Conor Gleeson (Byrne 80')  
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Danny North

 

Shamrock Rovers made a host of changes since the win against Bohemians on Friday for this clash against Athlone Town in the EA Sports Cup.

Manager Pat Fenlon called upon Rovers Under 19's players such as James Donna and Richard Purdy as they had impressed with the 19's squad. 

Shamrock Rovers had the first proper threat of the game as defender Luke Byrne found some space inside the Athlone Town box, as he smashed his shot across the goal forcing Athlone goalkeeper Evan Moran into a very good save, Danny North also went close one minute later with a diving header, just missing the connection needed to fire it home for the Hoops.

Shamrock Rovers then had the lead minutes later as defender Sean Heaney found space inside the box and headed home to give the Hoops the lead just after twenty minutes. 

Trevor Clarke had a chance to double the Hoops' lead inside 35 minutes when he cut inside after Athlone failed to clear a corner, but his powerful shot was saved from Athlone keeper Evan Moran, also preventing an easy tap in for Danny North. 

Sean Boyd doubled the Hoops lead just on the edge of half-time, with a nice curling finish into the bottom right hand corner of Athlone Town's goal after collecting a nice pass from striker Danny North, which showed signs of a good patnership for the future. 

Shamrock Rovers went in at the break in the lead thanks to goalscorers Sean Hanney and Sean Boyd. The Hoops went in happy.

Sean Boyd was enjoying his evening, ever since he came on for an injured James Donna, Boyd found space again inside the Athlone box after some neat play with striker Danny North, but Boyd's shot went on wide of the post.

Shamrock Rovers kept up the pressure throughout the second half, and bar Craig Hyland having to pull off an impressive save after nearly being caught out from an impressive lob shot. Sean Boyd had an impressive game. 

 

Trevor Clarke was having an excellent campaign any time he featured for both the first time and Rovers Under 19's, and he capped another good preformance with a goal here tonight. He recieved the ball from the left hand side from Daniel North and opened his body to smash the ball across the right hand side of the goalkeeper to smash the ball into the bottom corner of the net to extend the Hoops lead. 

 

That was it in terms of action, as Shamrock Rovers ran out comfortable winners and enter the next round of the 2016 EA Sports Cup. 

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1 Dundalk 13 34
2 Cork City 13 30
3 Derry City 13 24
4 Shamrock Rovers 13 24
5 St. Patrick's Athletic 14 23
6 Galway United 13 21
7 Sligo Rovers 13 16
8 Finn Harps 14 13
9 Wexford Youths 13 12
10 Bohemian FC 13 11
11 Bray Wanderers 13 7
12 Longford Town 13 7

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