Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hoops cut gap on Derry

Shamrock Rovers 2 - Longford Town 1

Published 06/08/2016 | 02:30

Dean Clarke of Shamrock Rovers in against Yann Mvita Nkelu of Longford. Photo: Sportsfile
Dean Clarke of Shamrock Rovers in against Yann Mvita Nkelu of Longford. Photo: Sportsfile
Sean Heaney of Shamrock Rovers celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team-mate Sean Boyd during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Longford Town. Photo: Sportsfile
Gary McCabe of Shamrock Rovers in against David O'Sullivan of Longford during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Longford Town. Photo: Sportsfile
Sean Heaney of Shamrock Rovers celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Longford Town. Photo: Sportsfile

Defender Sean Heaney played a part in both Shamrock Rovers goals last night, including his second-half winner which downed basement side Longford Town.

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Earlier, Heaney's pass had released Brandon Miele to give the Hoops a 29th-minute lead at Tallaght Stadium and, despite David O'Sullivan equalising three minutes before the break, the 20-year-old clinched the points with his great header on 58 minutes.

Caretaker manager Stephen Bradley stretched his unbeaten run to four games thankss to his side delivering a steady rather than spectacular display which cuts the gap on third-placed Derry City to three points.

Miele, understood to a target for Portsmouth, was lively early on but could only miscue his close-range volley wide.

After being denied by Ryan Coulter in the Longford goal, he eventually buried his seventh goal of the season after latching on to Heaney's through-ball and slipping a low shot into the corner.

Playing on the counter-attack, Longford exposed the home defence when Eddie Dsane picked out the unmarked O'Sullivan who curled his first-time effort beyond Craig Hyland.

It was a goal the Midlanders were unable to consolidate from as they conceded their 49th league goal of the season by failing to apply basic defending from a set-piece.

Miele's corner-kick held up long enough for the visitors to attack but they allowed Heaney react quickest by steering his header into the near corner.

 

SHAMROCK ROVERS - Hyland; Webster, Cornwall, Heaney; Madden, Cregg, McPhail (McCabe 65), Miele, T Clarke (G Brennan 73); Boyd (D Clarke 70), Shaw.

LONGFORD TOWN - Coulter; Haverty, Gorman, Mvita-Nkelu, Powell; Simon, Hughes (Makouta 76), Gannon, McGlynn (Duffy 76); O'Sullivan, Dsane.

Ref - T Connolly (Dublin)

Irish Independent

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