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Rovers 3:0 Cork City

  SSE Airtricity League - Tallaght Stadium -Monday 17th August 2015
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Cork City
G.Brennan 36' North 56' Miele 88'         
photos   Match Photographs here 
Hoops Line-Out
1 Barry Murphy  
Simon Madden  
4 Conor Kenna  
14 David Webster  
Luke Byrne  
6 Maxine Blanchard  
15 Gavin Brennan  
7 Gary McCabe  
20 Brandon Miele  
21 Michael Drennan  
9 Danny North  
27 Gareth McCaffrey for North 84'

32 Damien Duff for Miele 89'
Cian Kavanagh  
5 David O'Connor  
Pat Cregg  
Ryan Brennan  
25 Craig Hyland  
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G Brennan

Gavin Brennan

A comprehensive win for Rovers as they played some of their best football of the season to see off a Cork side and take the vital three points. Man of the match Gavin Brennan's superb header started the scoring and another superb header from Danny North doubled the lead early in the second half. The Leesiders tried to get back into the game but there was no way through the Hoops defence. Brandon Miele added the icing on the cake with two minutes remaining and there was even a cameo role from new signing Damien Duff.

On a fine calm evening in Tallaght Stadium there was a good opening 10 minutes to the game with Rovers pushing on and forcing the City defenders into mistakes while the Leesiders looked to get Steven Beattie into the paly whenever they could. Rovers carved open the Cork defence on 12 minutes as a Simon Madden cross was met by the head of Max Blanchard and only a fine save by McNulty kept the score level.

Gavin Brennan made an impressive start to the game and on 15 minutes he took a pass from Danny North and fired a low driven shot that beat McNulty but crashed off the left-hand upright. After 24 minutes a long clearance by McNulty wasn’t defended by Conor Kenna and Karl Sheppard briefly had a sight on goal but David Webster and Simon Madden crowded him out.

Rovers continued to press and Luke Byrne just failed to get a proper connection on Mickey Drennan’s corner on 27 minutes but a minute later a stray pass from Gary McCabe was pounced on by Steven Beattie and his shot from the edge of the area went inches wide of the left-hand post. On 34 minutes a corner for the visitors was met by the head of Alan Bennett and luckily for Rovers Gary McCabe was on the line to hook the ball away to safety. Bennett was in the action at his own end when he stretched to take the ball away from Danny North as he ran on to Drennan’s pass.

ball[GOAL 1:0 – 36th min.] – Gavin Brennan

Rovers deservedly took the lead on 36 minutes. Drennan and Miele combined to set up Luke Byrne who made space for himself to cross from the left and his delivery was met by a towering header from Gavin Brennan and the ball nestled in the top right-hand corner of the net.

Cork reacted to going a goal down by pushing forward and they caused some problems for the Hoops defence especially when Karl Sheppard crossed low into the box but the ball was finally cleared. Right on the whistle a Mickey Drennan free-kick on the left went right across the six-yard line and Gavin Brennan was unable to make contact at the back post.

The second-half saw Cork win another corner and Luke Byrne headed towards his own goal under pressure from Bennett but Barry Murphy was able to push the ball over the bar.

ball[GOAL 2:0 – 56th min.] – Danny North

The second goal epitomised the Hoops display as Conor Kenna tried to find Drennan down the right. It looked like the ball would go out but Mickey Drennan was having none of it as he chased down the ball to cross to the near post where Danny North was waiting to superbly head past McNulty for a quality finish.

Rovers were well on top now and try as they might the visitors couldn’t make any inroads on the Hoops goal. City’s best hope came from dead balls and a corner on 62 minutes saw Murphy make a fine claim of the ball. On 75 minutes David Webster met Drennan’s corner but couldn’t direct his header on goal. A minute later Karl Sheppard got behind the Hoops defence but a great tackle from Simon Madden cleared the danger.

Rovers were playing with real confidence now and Drennan’s cross field pass to Brandon Miele saw him find the impressive Danny North who in turn picked out Gavin Brennan but unfortunately he couldn’t get control of the ball in the box. Drennan and North combined again on 84 minutes to setup Miele but his shot was blocked.

ball[GOAL 3:0 – 88th min.] – Brandon Miele

The Hoops finished the night in style when Gary McCabe’s free-kick to Drennan saw him thread the ball into the path of Brandon Miele and he coolly picked his spot to score in the right-hand corner of the net.

There was even time for “new boy” Damien Duff to make an appearance and he looked lively in the remaining minutes as the Hoops fans relished the finale of a great performance.



League Table

# Team M P
1 Dundalk 29 72
2 Cork City 28 59
3 Shamrock Rovers 29 57
4 St. Patrick's Athletic 28 52
5 Bohemian FC 29 44
6 Bray Wanderers 29 31
7 Derry City 29 29
8 Longford Town 29 29
9 Galway United 29 29
10 Sligo Rovers 29 27
11 Drogheda United 29 27
12 Limerick 29 23

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