Rovers 1:0 Bray Wanderers


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 Bray Wanderers
 O'Connor 41'           
Gaphotos Match Photographs here 
Hoops Line-Out
Craig Hyland  
Simon Madden  
Conor Kenna (c)  
Robert Cornwall  
Luke Byrne  
Shane Robinson  
Ryan Brennan  
Gary McCabe  
Dean Kelly  
Ciaran Kilduff  
Sean O'Connor  
9 Karl Sheppard for Kelly 69'
24 Kieran Waters for O'Connor 69'
15 Robert Bayly  
21 Ronan Finn  
26 Evan Osam  
16 Patrick Cregg  
30 Conor O'Malley  



Sean O'Connor

Sean O'Connor's fine strike just before the break was enough to give the Hoops all the points against the Seasiders. Rovers had numerous chances in the second-half to extend their lead but in the end the visitors could not get back on level terms.

Bray almost had the perfect start when David Scully crossed to the back post in the first minute but Cassidy's header hit the side-net. On 7 minutes the Hoops responded with Shane Robinson feeding Simon Madden down the right and his cross was met by the head of Dean Kelly but his effort was straight at 'keeper McGuinness.

In an open but scrappy game Dean Kelly almost got behind the Bray defence on a number of occassions but defender Adam Mitchell was on hand to clear the danger. After 14 minutes Rob Cornwall played a ball forward and Kelly's dummy set up Ciaran Kilduff to shoot narrowly wide. On 20 minutes Ryan Brennan set up Luke Byrne to cross and Kilduff got his header on target but McGuinness did well to push the ball over the bar.

Kelly played O'Connor in on the right-hand side of the box but his shot was blocked on 30 minutes. Rob Cornwall did well to dispossess David Cassidy in the box on 38 minutes while at the other end Conor Kenna fed Dean Kelly to play Kilduff in on goal but McGuinness advanced to snuff out the danger.

ball5[GOAL 1:0 - 41st min.] Gary McCabe combined with Ciaran Kilduff to set up Sean O'Connor in a central position on the edge of the box and his curling shot beat McGuinness and nestled in the left corner of the net.

The second-half began with Mitchell blocking O'Connors goalbound shot and Craig Hyland plucking the ball out of the air from Eric McGill's dangerous free-kick. Ciaran Kilduff almost made it 2-0 on 58 minutes but McGuinness did well to beat away his shot following Kelly's through ball.

The game became scrappy and only opened up again as the visitors pushed men forward as the game entered the last 20 minutes. Sub Karl Sheppard saw his cross deflected onto the crossbar and from the resulting corner he glanced a header not far wide. On 78 minutes Kieran Waters did well to set up Simon Madden to shoot on goal but McGuinness was well placed to save.

In the last 10 minutes the Hoops had a number of chances to score with Kilduff and Sheppard testing McGuinness but each time the Bray 'keeper was well positioned to save. When Sheppard crossed to the back post Gary McCabe was in space but shot over the bar. Sheppard was then picked out by McCabe but his turn and shot was beaten away by the 'keeper.

Bray's only real chance of equalising came with two minutes remaining when Jake Kelly crossed low into the box and David Cassidy stretched to meet the ball in front of goal but just failed to make contact. The last chance fell to Rovers when McCabe's inswinging free-kick finally fell for Kieran Waters but his shot crashed off the right-hand post.


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Derry City 2:0 Rovers


  FAI FORD Cup Semi-Final Replay - Brandywell - Tuesday 7th October
Derry City  (0) 2
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Duffy 88' Patterson 90'            
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Hoops Line-Out
Barry Murphy
Simon Madden  
Conor Kenna (c)
Jason McGuinness
David O'Connor  
Ronan Finn  
Patrick Cregg  
Stephen McPhail  
Ryan Brennan  
Kieran Waters  
Dean Kelly
18 Shane Robinson for McPhail 60'  
31 Ciaran Kilduff for Waters 78'  
7 Gary McCabe   
10 Sean O'Connor  
2 Rob Cornwall  
25 Craig Hyland  
9 Karl Sheppard  



Rovers crashed out of the Cup as a spirited second-half performance by the home side coupled with the dismissal of Jason McGuinness after 63 minutes finally took its toll. Derry missed a penalty but won the game with two late goals following a brave rearguard action from the ten men.

Both sides traded early half chances with Rovers forcing an early corner but Stephen McPhail's cross was cleared while at the other end McEleney ran at the Hoops defence but wasted his cross. On 11 minutes Kieran Waters threaded a ball through the Derry defence for Dean Kelly to run on to but Doherty was quick off his line to claim the ball just ahead of the Hoops striker.

On 15 minutes Stephen Dooley raced down the Hoops right and into the box but his low cross went behind Patterson. Rovers had a good ten minute period up to the half-hour mark forcing a couple of corners and Dean Kelly heading wide from Ryan Brennans cross. The best chance of the half came when Conor Kenna played in Madden down the right and Dean Jarvis and his 'keeper both came and failed to clear the ball. Madden's cross fell for Kieran Waters on the edge of the box but from 20 yards out his first time shot missed the target.

Jason McGuinness was booked for a deliberate hand-ball on 42 minutes and just before the break a fortuitous deflection set up Waters on the left of the box but he elected to try pick out Kelly in the centre of the box and a defender got a foot to the ball and the chance was lost.

Derry came out after the break with much more purpose and when Patterson got tangled up between McGuinness and Kenna while chasing a through ball his half-hearted plea for a penalty was waved away. Dooley and Lowry then combined but Lowry shot across goal from an angle. McEleney's inswinging free-kick from the left caused problems for Rovers but fortunately the ball went just wide.

Derry continued to press and Patterson blasted a free-kick off the Hoops wall from a good central position. It got worse for Rovers on 63 minutes when McGuinness in a moment of madness wrestled McBride to the ground defending a free-kick and the Linesman flagged for a penalty and the Rovers defender received his marching orders.

Rovers had a reprieve when Patterson's spot-kick crashed off the left-hand post and this gave the Hoops a temporary lift and Waters almost capitalised on 'keeper Doherty's poor kick-out but he was muscled off the ball before he could get a shot in.

David O'Connor blocked McEleney's shot on goal on 70 minutes and three minutes later a rare Rovers attack saw Kelly pass to Brennan just outside the area but he hooked his shot well wide. With David O'Connor struggling with a knock the Candystripes almost scored when McNamee struck the left-hand post with a shot following Dooley's cross.

ball5[GOAL 1:0 - 88th min.] The Hoops resolve was finally broken when Lowry played in Duffy and with O'Connor slipping the Derry striker seemed to mis-hit the shot but it was enough to wrong foot Barry Murphy and the ball nestled in the corner of the net.

ball5[GOAL 2:0 - 90th min.] With Rovers vainly trying to push forward the home side struck again when Dooley played Patterson into the box and with Conor Kenna struggling to get back he smashed his shot into the roof of the net.

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