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Scoreless In Tallaght

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06/02/2015. Preseason Friendly. Tallaght Stadium
Shamrock Rovers 0-0 Athlone Town

Athlone town made the trip to Tallaght Stadium to take on Shamrock Rovers in their second pre season game of the schedule with a socreless draw the outcome.

With few chances either side, Athlone gave a good account of themselves with Marco Chindea and Aidan Friel impressing on the night.

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Town 19s Steal A Draw At The Death

Saturday 24th August 2013. Airtricity League Under 19 Elite Division
Athlone Town 2-2 Shamrock Rovers

A last minute equaliser from Eoin McCormack earned Athlone a share of the spoils at Lissywollen …

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Spurs Too Hot For Rovers

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Thurs 15th December 2011. Europa League

Shamrock Rovers 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur.

Shamrock Rovers season finally came to a close as they bowed out of the Europa League at the group stages.
The Rovers fans started in fine voice singing, to the tune of Johnny Cashs I Want To Go Home, “You Should be In Jail, You Should be In Jail, Harry Redknapp, You Should be In Jail”. Not to be outdone, the travelling Spurs fans replied on the same air with “We Want To Go Home, We Want To Go Home, Dublins A Sh*thole, We Want To Go Home”.

Unfortunately for the home side, things on the pitch were not nearly as evenly matched and a half interested Spurs side cruised to victory on a 4-0 scoreline. Despite flashes of good play from Rovers, their main attacking tactic was to pump the ball high to Karl Sheppard. Unfortunately for the lively Sheppard, standing directly behind him for most of these high balls was the 6ft 3in centre half Younes Kaboul.
Just before the half hour mark, South African international Stephen Pienaar broke the deadlock when his shot from the edge of the box flew past the unsighted Richard Brush and into the bottom right of the net.

As half time loomed, Spurs doubled their lead when Andros Townsend sent a perfectly aimed shot from the wing into the top left corner of Brushes net. The tie was effectively ended on the stroke of half time when Townsend again caused problems for the Rovers defence as he set up Jermaine Defoe to score from close range.

In the second half, Rovers got their only shot of note on target as Billy Dennehys shot kicked up off the ground but was dealt with by Carlo Cudicini. Rovers did have a bit more bite to them in the second half and can feel aggreived with some refereeing decisions. Firstly Karl Sheppard was hauled to the ground on the edge of the box, with a tackle that wouldnt look out of place in Thomond Park, by Jake Livermore. Play on was the call from the Swiss official. With close ot 20 minutes left on the clock Sheppard again was in the thick of it when Younes Kabouol swept the former Galway United players legs from under him inside the penalty area. Play on was once again  the call from the Swiss official.

It just was not going to be Rovers night and Spurs rounded it off in the last minute when substitute Harry Kane tapped the ball in from close range to finish off the nights scoring.

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Stephen Pienaar fires home to put Spurs in the lead

Karl Sheppard is taken down by Younès Kaboul

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Rubin Rumble Rovers

September 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Thurs 15th September 2011. Europa League
Shamrock Rovers 0-3 Rubin Kazan

“It’ll be a tough one, but so long as we don’t conceed an early goal we could do Ok” … was the comment made to me by a Rovers fan just before kick off … unfortunately 3 minutes later the hands were in the heads as the 26 year old (apparently!) Obafemi Martins nipped ahead of Enda Stevens to direct the ball past Ryan Thompson giving Rubin Kazan an early lead.

Kazan could have doubled their lead before the break when they were awarded a penalty but Ryan Thompson stood tall and dived right to save Nelson Valdez spot kick. For the rest of the game however, the Jamacian shot stopper seemed nervous and very indecisive.

Kazan started the 2nd half in similar fashion as the 1st, with an early goal. This time Ecuadorian midfielder Christian Noboa unleashed a powerful drive from distance to double the advantage. Rovers to their credit didnt lie down and had plenty of chances to pull a goal or 2 back but alas none of their attacks ended with a favourable finish. The tie was effectively over on the hour mark when Gokdeniz Karadeniz sent a thunderous drive into the top corner to treble the visitors advantage.

Rovers did have a prime opportunity though to pull 1 back when Gary Twigg was taken down in the box and Stephen O’Donnell stepped up to take the penalty. Strangly though, Rovers themselves delayed the kick so as to make a substitution and when O’Donnell eventually got to strike, the keeper was equal to it.

And so Rovers first foray into Europa League group stages ended in disappointment but credit to the fans for creating an athmosphere befitting the historic encounter.

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Obafemi Martins celebrates scoring Rubin Kazans opening goal

Hooperman tries to rally the crowd at half time

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Late Late Shamrocks Show

Tuesday 21st June 2011. Airtriciry League Premier Division
Shamrock Rovers 2-2 Dundalk. Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers came from 2 goals down on a horrendous Tuesday evening in Tallaght to snatch a last gasp draw with Dundalk to keep themselves top of the Premier Division. As the rain bucketed down, Dundalk went into a first half lead when Mark Griffin calmly slotted the ball past Alan Mannus in the Rovers goal. Griffen doubled his, and Dundalks tally in the second half with a close range header.

Rovers will surly be questioning the officials with a number of questionable decisions which went against them, before substitute Chris Turner pounced on a poor punch from goalkeeper Peter Cherrie to fire the ball home as the keeper was stranded. As the game went into the dying minutes Billy Dennehy sent the home support into ecstasy with a looping header which sailed over Cherries head and into the goal for the qualiser. Credit to Cherrie though as moments before he pulled off a fantastic save from Ken Omans powerful drive.
And so it ended 2-2 with a chorus of “Thats Why We’re Champions” from the Rovers fans.

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Mark Griffin puts Dundalk into the lead with a first half goal


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With the torrential rain, this was my view for most of the game



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Relaxed Rovers Run Riot

Friday 3rd June 2011. FAI Cup
Shamrock Rovers 4-0 Athlone Town. Tallaght Stadium

Much like Pearse Street in Athlone, this game was all one way traffic as combination of Shamrock Rovers 1st team and reserves inflicted a crushing 4-0 defeat on Athlone Town without ever getting out of first gear.

Athlone are still probably the only League of Ireland side to struggle to field a team due to the upcoming Leaving Cert and with the Under 17’s having played the night before the squad was further depleated.

The only shock for most spectators was that Gary McCabes 12th minute goal was the only score of the 1st half. Rovers doubled their lead straight from the restart when another former Sligo Rovers play, Chris Turner headed home to get the rout back on track. Dean Kelly then came off the bench to score a third goal before Billy Dennehy finished things off after a mix up in the Town defence.

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Stephen Relihan slides in to take the ball away from Chris Turner

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Hooperman hears the result of the Wexford Youths v Derry City game ...

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Rovers Run Riot

Sunday 1st May 2011. LFA Youths Cup Semi Final.
Athlone Town 0-5 Shamrock Rovers. Athlone Town Stadium.

Shamrock Rovers ensured safe passage to the LFA Youths Cup final with a 5-0 demolition of Athlone Town at Lissywollen.

A brace from Paul Connolly, added to goals from Ryan Canavan and Ciaran Byrne, sent Rovers into a 4-0 lead at half time in a game where the home side just couldnt get into gear. Although the visitors only managed one more goal in the second half, Connolly rounding off the win with a hat-trick, the result was never in doubt for them.

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Hat Trick scorer Paul Connolly holds off a challenge from Dara Petit

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