Teamtalk v Cork

Team news ahead of Friday's game at Cork City.


Cup QF 7.05 k/o

The FAI Ford Cup quarter final will kick off at 7.05pm on Friday 12th Sept.


Hoops Hero - Tony Cousins

This week's Hoops Hero feature is Tony Cousins.


Under 19 Squad 2014/15


Michael Kelly


Former Dunboyne FC goalkeeper who joined Shamrock Rovers in 2013. Michael has been a regular in both the Under 19 and First Division teams.  Played for Cherry Orchard against Manchester United in the Milk Cup in 2013.

Date of birth: 13.07.1996

Height: 196cm

Weight: 80kg

Luca Gratzer


Luca has previously played for Shelbourne and St. Kevin’s Boys. His most recent club was Malahide United for whom he played for two years before joining Shamrock Rovers in 2014.

Date of birth: 30.01.1998

Height: 186cm

Weight: 70kg

Nathan Benson

Full back

Nathan joined Shamrock Rovers this year after a six-year spell at Crumlin United. He has three Republic of Ireland underage caps to his credit. Came on as a substitute for Rovers’ first team in a pre-season friendly against QPR.

Date of birth: 30.11.1997

Height: 175cm

Weight: 70kg

Darragh Gibbons

Centre half

Darragh played with Templeogue United throughout schoolboy football. He won 7 DDSL premier titles along with 3 All Irelands. Also won Kennedy Cup honours in 2012.

Date of birth: 15.05.1998

Height: 193cm

Weight: 82kg

Lee Mitchell

Centre half

Lee comes from good stock with his father Jim having played in the League of Ireland with Sligo Rovers. Selected for Irish Under 16 home-based squad trip to Scotland. Lee played for St. Joseph’s Boys from the age of 7 to 16 before joining St. Kevin’s Boys. Was captain of St Kevins U17s.

Date of birth: 30.04.1997

Height: 191cm

Weight: 84kg

Craig O’Connor

Full back

From Kilnamanagh in Tallaght, Craig began his Schoolboy football with the famous Cherry Orchard but also had one season at St. Joseph’s Boys before leaving to join Shamrock Rovers in 2014.

Date of birth: 09.04.1998

Height: 175cm

Weight: 59.5kg

Jason McClelland


Started out at Rovers and stayed up to Under 13s. Jason then played for Templeogue for two years and then Peamount United for a year. Last year Jason joined Crumlin United U17s and won the league without losing a match.

Date of birth: 05.03.1997

Height: 175cm

Weight: 69kg

Shane Hanney


Versatile midfielder/defender who is currently an Irish U17 international.  Formerly with Templeogue United where he won three DDSL Premier and two All-Ireland winner's medals. Also a member of the DDSL Kennedy cup winning team in 2012.

Date of birth: 19.02.1998

Height: 182cm

Weight: 74kg

Cian Kavanagh


Promising and intelligent central midfielder who joined the Hoops’ Under 19s from St. Kevin’s Boys for the 2013/14 season. Also performed with distinction throughout the season in the Airtricity League First Division with Rovers.

Date of birth: 16.09.1996

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg

Jack Watson


Diminutive midfield player who makes his presence on the pitch felt. Jack joined Shamrock Rovers last year from Arklow Town for whom he had been playing intermediate level football. Has taken to playing in the First Division really well.

Date of birth: 07.07.1996

Height: 166cm

Weight: 58kg

Thomas Tiernan


Yet another of the exceptionally talented midfield players currently on the books at Shamrock Rovers. The ever hard-working Thomas came to the club last year from St. Kevin’s Boys FC.

Date of birth: 22.03.1997

Height: 173cm

Weight: 61kg

Richard Purdy


A son of the ex-League of Ireland player by the same name, young Richard also came to Shamrock Rovers from St. Kevin’s Boys last year. His first year at the Hoops was a busy one for him in the U19s and First Division team but it has stood well for him. One to definitely watch out for.

Date of birth: 16.06.1997

Height: 178cm

Weight: 70kg

Alex Wright


Alex’s most recent club was Malahide United where he won the DDSL U16 Premier League. The team were also runners up in the league and Cup semi-finalists last season.

Date of birth: 13.01.1998

Height: 178cm

Weight: 67kg

Shane Boyle


Shane’s previous clubs are Shelbourne, Home Farm and most recently Belvedere. Joined the Hoops’ Under 19s this year. Made his competitive debut when he came on a sub against Cork City at the AUL.

Date of birth: 05.11.1997

Height: 165cm

Weight: 67kg

Muhanned Bukhatwa


Muhanned signed for Rovers from St. Joseph’s Boys during the summer of 2013 and made his debut for the club in a Leinster Senior Cup game against Dundalk. He has represented Libya at underage level.

Date of birth: 04.02.1996

Height: 188cm

Weight: 72kg

Ben Hanrahan


Son of former LOI player Peter Hanrahan and a nephew of Joe. Ben joined the Hoops this year after three years at Home Farm. Played for Lakelands FC from the age of 6 to 12.

Date of birth: 20.04.1998

Height: 170cm

Weight: 73kg

Sean Boyd


With four goals in his first four U19 competitive games Sean proved quickly that he was a natural successor to Mark Sandford. From Swords, Sean played for Rivervalley Rangers up to 11 years of age before moving to Malahide for whom he played for four years.

Date of birth: 20.06.1998

Height: 191cm

Weight: 74.8kg

David Doyle


David signed for Rovers in 2014 after a two-year spell at Belvedere Y.C. Before that he played all of his Schoolboy football at his local club, Freebooters FC, in County Kilkenny.

Date of birth: 29.10.1997

Height: 173cm

Weight: 78kg

Rovers 1:0 Sligo Rovers


  SSE Airtricity League - Tallaght Stadium - Friday 29th August
(1) 1
: 0 (0)
 Sligo Rovers
Madden 32'           
photos Match Photographs here 
Hoops Line-Out
Barry Murphy

Simon Madden
Conor Kenna (c)

Jason McGuinness

Luke Byrne

Stephen McPhail
Patrick Cregg

Robert Bayly
Sean O'Connor

Kieran Waters
Karl Sheppard

31 Ciaran Kilduff for Waters 62'
15 Ronan Finn for Cregg 69'
18 Shane Robinson for O'Connor 79'
26 Evan Osam
2 Rob Cornwall  
25 Craig Hyland  







Stephen McPhail

A hard won three points for the Hoops as they completed a hat-trick of 1-0 wins over Sligo. Simon Madden's strike on 32 minutes was the difference as the visitors saw more of the ball after the break but couldn't break down the Hoops rearguard.

Rovers almost had a dream start to the game when Simon Madden's cross after just two minutes fell nicely for Stephen McPhail in the area but he blasted his shot wide. Karl Sheppard then raided down the right to cross for Patrick Cregg to help the ball on for Kieran Waters to shoot not far wide.

After a lively start the game became scrappy with the visitors playing Evan McMillan up front on his own but Barry Murphy had to be alert to punch away a dangerous free-kick from from David Cawley on 17 minutes.

When Kieran Waters was fouled on the edge of the box on 20 minutes Sean O'Connor tried to beat Gary Rogers at his near post but the Sligo 'keeper got down well to save.

In the 28th minute Madden got down the right wing again and this time Karl Sheppard met his cross firt-time but his effort went high and over Roger's crossbar.

Sean O'Connor was persistent down the left on 30 minutes and he was rewarded when the ball fell kindly and he crossed for Sheppard whoose shot on the turn forced Rogers to push the ball around his right-hand post.  

ball5[GOAL 1:0 - 32nd min.] When a Sligo attack broke down Robert Bayly sprayed the ball out to Simon Madden and his first time flick on for Kieran Waters was misjudged by Sligo centre-half Kalen Spillane and Waters ran on goal to shoot on target but Rogers beat the ball away however Simon Madden had followed the play and he pounced on the loose ball to shoot past Rogers and into the net.

Following the goal the Hoops failed to capitalise on their advantage and Sligo had acouple of half chances before the break with John Russell shooting wide from a tight angle in the box and Sean Maguire was then released in the box but could only win a corner with his shot and Gavin Peers headed the resultant kick on goal but Conor Kenna cleared the danger.

The second-half started scrappy but the visitors showed their intent when Maguire won the ball off Luke Byrne and raced into the box but his shot went across goal and wide.

Patrick Cregg was having a good game in midfield for the Hoops and he volleyed the ball just over the bar on 54 minutes following a corner from Sean O'Connor.

On the hour Evan McMillan got on the end of Paul O'Conor's cross but his header was straight at Barry Murphy. The game became bogged down with both sides slugging it out but neither team could create any clear cut chances. Good work from the hard working Sheppard up fron provided a cross to the back post but sub Ciaran Kilduff couldn't make proper contact.

McMillan again got on the end of a cross on 75 minutes but his effort was easily saved by the Hoops 'keeper. With 8 minutes remaining a Luke Byrne cross into the box was headed down by Karl Sheppard and sub Shane Robinson hit the ball first time from the edge of the box but his effort was straight at Rogers.

As the game entered the dying minutes a Cretaro cross went dangerously across the Hoops goal but fortunately no player in a red shirt could take advantage. The visitors were getting desperate now and sub Ruairi Keating was booked for diving as another cross was delivered into the Hoops box.

It was all in vain however as referee Connolly blew the whistle and the Hoops claimed a vital three points.


Kieran Waters shoots in the lead up to the opening goal
Photo: G.Kelly 


# Team M P
1 Dundalk 29 66
2 Cork City 29 63
3 St. Patricks Athletic 30 59
4 Shamrock Rovers 29 52
5 Sligo Rovers 29 39
6 Derry City 30 38
7 Drogheda United 29 36
8 Bohemians 30 36
9 Limerick 29 32
10 Bray Wanderers 30 24
11 UCD 29 19
12 Athlone Town 29 18


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