A WINNING START FOR HOOPS UNDER 19s
Some amendments to Rovers upcoming games:
Only 8 jerseys remaining available for sponsorship.
Get ready for the Rovers 5K on Sunday 27th September.
| SSE Airtricity League - Tallaght Stadium -Monday 17th August 2015
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|G.Brennan 36' North 56' Miele 88'||
|Match Photographs here|
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.
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.
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.
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.