Summer Camps 2014
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Rovers 0:4 QPR
Saturday, 02 August 2014 15:00


  Friendly - Tallaght Stadium - Saturday 2nd August
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 Queens Park Rangers
            Hoilett 16' 90' Austin 34' 90+1'
photos Match Photographs here 


        Craig Hyland

QPR got the win against Shamrock Rovers in Saturday afternoon’s friendly in Tallaght Stadium on the day Trevor Croly left the club. After the morning announcement of Croly’s managerial departure from the Hoops, John Gill was in charge for this friendly but his team were on the losing side as Harry Redknapp’s Premier League team earned the win thanks to a pair of braces by Junior Hoilett and Charlie Austin. Redknapp had won by the same scoreline on his last visit to Tallaght when his then Spurs side played Rovers in the Europa League.


The visitors lined out with Tallaghtman Richard Dunne anchoring the centre of QPR’s three man defence. John Gill gave Ruben Perez Ortega a run out up front on his own for Rovers as the Spanish striker looks to earn a contract with the Dublin club. The Deportivo Varea forward, who was top scorer in the Spanish Third Division two seasons ago, showed some nice touches in the opening period.

They had the first chance of the game when a fine tackle 8 minutes in by QPR’s Nedum Onuoha prevented Ortega’s shot troubling Robert Green after good build up work by Ciarán Kilduff and Shane Robinson.

Robert Bayly’s backpass towards Rovers ‘keeper Craig Hyland should have been punished by Austin but he pushed his shot wide. Joey Barton had the next chance for QPR after Rovers failed to effectively clear their ranks but he couldn’t find the target.

Still within the opening fifteen minutes, Ortega won a corner off Dunne. Some Marty Waters trickery on the end line set up Kilduff to shoot. Steven Caulker’s block sent the ball Shane Robinson’s way but his shot deflected away from danger.

A minute later the opening goal went to QPR after great link up play by Alejandro Faurlin and Hoilett who, when put in on goal, made no mistake to beat Hyland’s left hand to score on 16 minutes.

Just after the half hour mark, Ortega’s turn and cross flashed across the box but Kilduff couldn’t get his head on the centre and soon after QPR doubled their lead. David O’Connor had put a Bobby Zamora header behind for a corner and when Barton swung it in from the right, Austin rose highest to head home.


When Faurlin committed a foul on 37 minutes in, it looked like Ryan Brennan would put the free into the box but he took it short to Bayly who blasted the ball over the bar. Just before the half time break a mistake by Caulker was pounced on by Kilduff. His shot went wide with both the goal at his mercy and Marty Waters screaming for a centre unmarked on the edge of the six yard box.

Redknapp brought on Brian Murphy in goal in the second half and the former Bohemians goalkeeper had a quiet period in the opening period as heavy ran began to fall in Tallaght. David O’Connor’s foul on Hoilett on the edge of the area gave QPR a free at the edge of the box and Barton put the ball over the wall but a fraction over the bar on 57 minutes.

Rovers pressed on trying to find a breakthrough with Brennan’s shot gathered cleanly by Murphy as it zipped off the wet Tallaght turf. Kilduff’s header drifted wide when Marty Waters’ got free down the left to float in a Rovers cross on 68 minutes.

Gill used the last quarter of the game to bring six players off the bench but his team couldn’t find a goal for the home Hoops fans to cheer as Richard Dunne kept a clean sheet in Tallaght. With three minutes remaining it looked like Shaun Wright-Philips would score for the R’s but his dinked shot over substitute goalkeeper Conor O’Malley dropped just wide of the left hand post.

With the clock ticking towards 90 minutes, Hoilett scored with the help of a deflection and then in injury time Austin grabbed his second from Wright-Philips’ cross to make it 4-0. Rovers travel to Dalymount Park on Bank Holiday Monday evening to take on Bohemians in the EA Sports Cup semi-final while QPR complete their pre-season tour to Ireland with a game in Athlone on Tuesday evening.



Shamrock Rovers: Craig Hyland (Conor O’Malley 79); Maxime Vuille, Rob Cornwall (Jason McGuinness h/t), David O’Connor (Nathan Benson 79), Luke Byrne (Michael Kelly h/t); Ryan Brennan (Mark Sandford 72), Marty Waters (Cian Kavanagh 71), Shane Robinson (Ryan Doolin 63), Robert Bayly (Gavin Boyne 79), Ciaran Kilduff (Ben Hanrahan 79), Ruben Perez Ortega (Adam Whelan 63).

Subs Not Used: None.

Booked: None.


Queens Park Rangers: Robert Green (Brian Murphy h/t); Danny Simpson, Steven Caulker, Richard Dunne, Nedum Onuoha, Armand Traore; Joey Barton, Alejandro Faurlin (Karl Henry 64), Junior Hoilett; Charlie Austin, Bobby Zamora (Shaun Wright-Philips 62).

Subs Not Used: Clint Hill

Booked: None.


Referee: Neil Doyle.



Report by Macderra Ferris



Manager departs
Saturday, 02 August 2014 10:44


Rovers 0-3 Longford
Saturday, 02 August 2014 09:43


Limerick FC 4:1 Rovers
Friday, 01 August 2014 19:45


  SSE Airtricity League - Thomond Park - Friday 1st August
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Gaffney 9' Turner 16' Kenna og 25', Folan 84'           O'Connor 90+2
photos Match Photographs here 
Hoops Line-Out
Barry Murphy

Simon Madden

Conor Kenna (c)

Jason McGuinness

Evan Osam

Sean O'Connor
Stephen McPhail

Gary McCabe

Dean Kelly

Karl Sheppard
Ronan Finn

3 Luke Byrne for McGuinness 37'
11 Kieran Waters for McCormack 71'
15 Robert Bayly for McPhail 77'
31 Ciaran Kilduff  
8 Ryan Brennan
14 David O'Connor
25 Craig Hyland





Ronan Finn

A first half to forget for the Hoops saw a deluge of goals for the home side amid some torrential downpours as Limerick raced into a three goal lead in the first 25 minutes. Rory Gaffney was a thorn in the side of the Rovers defence and he opened the scoring and set up the second for Ian Turner. An unfortunate own goal from Conor Kenna rounded off a miserable first 45 minutes. Rovers huffed and puffed in the second half but couldn't get back into the game. Late goals from Stephen Folan and a consolation goal from Sean O'Connor completed the scoring.

Rovers started the game brightly with Karl Sheppard heading on goal from Evan Osam's cross on 6 minutes following Stephen McPhails corner. A good run by Gary McCabe a minute later set up Karl Sheppard to shoot low across goal and Dean Kelly just failed to make contact in front of goal.

ball5[GOAL 1:0 - 9th min.] Stephen McPhail lost possession in midfield and Rory Gaffney received the ball in space on the right-hand side of the box and his sweetly struck shot beat Barry Murphy and nestled in the left-hand corner of the net.

On 14 minutes a McPhail free-kick saw Conor Kenna glance the ball across goal.

ball5[GOAL 2:0 - 16th min.] Rory Gaffney chased a through ball down the left and he beat Conor Kenna for pace before delivering a cross to the right-hand side where Ian Turner took a touch to get by Evan Osam before firing the ball past Barry Murphy.

ball5[GOAL 3:0 - 25th min.] Lee Lynch used his pace down the left to deliver a cross into the box and Conor Kenna inadvertently headed past Barry Murphy under pressure from Gaffney.

On 33 minutes a McPhail corner landed invitingly in the box but no Rovers player could take advantage. After 35 minutes Madden crossed to the back post but Barry Ryan easily saved Sean O'Connor's looping header. Luke Byrne replaced Jason McGuinness in the heart of the Rovers defence after 37 minutes.

The Hoops continued to look for a way back but when Madden's cross fell for Sheppard in the box he could only set up Ronan Finn who passed to O'Connor but his shot was blocked. On 41 minutes a great run from Gaffney down the left saw his cross pick out Lynch in the box but he could only knock the ball over the bar.

Rovers almost got a goal back on 50 minutes when Finn's cross to the back post saw O'Connot get a touch but Ryan got a hand to the ball to tip it over the bar. Rovers had a lot of possession but failed to really trouble the home defence. On 73 minutes a cross from sub Kieran Waters saw Dean Kelly get his head to the ball but Ryan got down to save. On 80 minutes Kelly crossed low into the box but Ryan was quick off his line to deny Sheppard a chance.

On 83 minutes following a cross by Sheppard and then another ball into the area from Osam, Ronan Finn did well to make space for himself in the box but his effort was blocked.

ball5[GOAL 4:0 - 84th min.] Stephen Folan took advantage of a static Hoops defence to head home Duggan's free-kick.

ball5[GOAL 4:1 - 90+2 min.] Following some late Rovers pressure in which Simon Madden almost forced the ball past Ryan, Sean O'Connor did finally beat the Limerick 'keeper with a shot from just inside the box for a consolation goal.


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