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Dundalk 3:2 Rovers

  EA Sports Cup Final - Oriel Park - Saturday 20th September 2014
Dundalk  
(1) 3 : 2 (1)
 Rovers
Massey 4' 47' Hoban 49'   
       McGuinness 29' Kilduff 77'
 
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Hoops Line-Out
25
Craig Hyland  
17
Simon Madden  
4
Conor Kenna (c)  
5
Jason McGuinness  
3
Luke Byrne  
37
Stephen McPhail
21
Ronan Finn  
16
Patrick Cregg  
10
Sean O'Connor  
9
Karl Sheppard  
11
Kieran Waters  
 
Substitutes
31 Ciaran Kilduff for Waters 69'  
7 Gary McCabe for Finn 73'  
37 Dean Kelly for Sheppard 80'  
15 Robert Bayly  
18 Shane Robinson  
2 Rob Cornwall  
30 Conor O'Malley  
 

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Rovers were left to rue 4 second-half minutes in which Dundalk scored twice from corners to take control of the game. Following Dane Massey's fine free-kick in the opening minutes the Hoops dominated proceedings and were well worth Jason McGuinness's equaliser. Ciaran Kilduff's goal with 13 minutes remaining led to a grandstand finish but Rovers were unable to breach the home defence again.  

ball5[GOAL 1:0 - 4th min.] With only 4 minutes on the clock Ref. Kelly blew for a soft foul by Jason McGuinness on McMillan and from 20 yards Dane Massey stepped up to curl his shot over the wall and into the net via the crossbar.


However this setback didn't deter the Hoops and they started to pass the ball well and Sean O'Connor provided a couple of dead ball crosses into the visitors box with Karl Sheppard heading wide at the back post on 11 minutes. Keeper Sava had to punch clear from under his crossbar after another good O'Connor free-kick delivery on 16 minutes.


Rovers continued to dominate with Karl Sheppard causing all sorts of problems for the Dundalk defence but he saw his free-kick from a dangerous position blocked by the home wall after 23 minutes.


ball5[GOAL 1:1 - 29th min.] Rovers deservedly equalised when another fine O'Connor delivery from a corner was headed across goal at the back post by Sheppard and Jason McGuinness was on hand to poke the ball into the net.


Sheppard then shot across goal after chasing down keeper Hyland's clearance. Dundalk created a chance on 35 minutes against the run of play when Sean Gannon burst forward to cross for Hoban to shoot on the turn but Craig Hyland got down well to save. It was the home side's only respite in the first half with Madden crossing into the box on 41 minutes and O'Connor just failing to make the vital contact. Kieran Waters was also causing problems but the Hoops couldn't convert their dominance into a lead goal.


ball5[GOAL 2:1 - 47th min.] Poor defending allowed Dane Massey to win a header from a corner on the right and the ball bounced into the left corner of the net with no Rovers defender on the goal line.


ball5[GOAL 3:1 - 49th min.] Worse was to follow just two mintes later when a corner from the left saw Hoban run clear of his marker to meet the ball and guide his header into the top right-hand corner of the net. The low evening sun shining into the Hoops goalmouth didn't help but there was no denying the poor marking from the corner kick.


The goals rocked the Hoops players and it took a while to get back into the game but good build up play in the 65th minute led to Sean O'Connor shooting high and over the bar when well positioned outside the box. Ciaran Kilduff was introduced in the 74th minute and O'Connor almost picked him out at the back post from a free-kick on 74 minutes.


ball5[GOAL 3:2 - 77th min.] The Hoops substitute did make a mark when good play down the right saw Sheppard play McPhail into the box and his sublime cross picked out Kilduff to head past Sava from close range.


Rovers piled forward in the remaining minutes with Kilduff heading a Hyland clearance for O'Connor to chase but Sava advanced to get to the ball first. McPhail then volleyed wide when O'Connor's cross was headed clear but on 83 minutes McPhail lost possession just outside the box and the ball was played in for Towell to shoot narrowly wide. The Hoops continued to throw everything at the Dundalk defence but despite Simon Madden raiding down the right on a couple of occassions the final delivery just fell short. Despite a late corner the Dundalk defence held out to claim the trophy off Rovers.


Ciaran Kilduff heads home from Stephen McPhail's cross....Pic: G.Kelly

 

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Derry City 2:0 Rovers

  FAI FORD Cup Semi-Final Replay - Brandywell - Tuesday 7th October
Derry City  (0) 2
: 0 (0)
 Rovers
Duffy 88' Patterson 90'            
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Hoops Line-Out
1
Barry Murphy
17
Simon Madden  
4
Conor Kenna (c)
5
Jason McGuinness
14
David O'Connor  
21
Ronan Finn  
16
Patrick Cregg  
37
Stephen McPhail  
8
Ryan Brennan  
11
Kieran Waters  
24
Dean Kelly
 
Substitutes
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  
     
     
     
 

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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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