Monday 5 December 2016

Hughes seals title for Rovers in shootout

Shamrock Rovers 1
Bohemians 1
Rovers win 5-4 on penalties

Published 29/10/2010 | 05:00

Last night's Airtricity U-20 League final in Tallaght provided an opportunity for the considerable number of fans who turned out to stretch their vocal chords ahead of tonight's finale involving the big boys.

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Not unlike their senior brethren, this one went right to the wire, with Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Robert Hughes finally deciding the game by saving a penalty in a shootout.

An 85th-minute Craig Rothery goal sent the game into extra-time, as the hosts finally profited after a number of missed opportunities.

Gary Burke was a class apart in the opening period and the Bohs first-team squad member was showing a neat touch from the outset. Five minutes from the interval he made his most telling contribution as he sent Stephen Traynor free with a sublime defence-splitting pass and the midfielder made hay with a simple finish past Robert Hughes.

Daniel McGuinness and Rothery both saw chances go a-begging but the latter atoned for his when he smashed home the equaliser with the clock ticking down in regular time.

Both sides missed opportunities to settle it in extra-time but Hughes proved the hero when he saved Christopher Forrester's penalty.

Shamrock Rovers -- Hughes, Gannon, Flood, Brannigan (Kinsella 80), Memery; Doyle, Kinnear (Murray 62), Corcoran, Early (Rothery h-t); McGuinness, Murphy.

Bohemians -- Sexton, O'Reilly, Lopez, Feely, Corcoran (Mayer 86); Buckley (Chambers 75), Keeley, Traynor, Dixon (Forrester 62); Burke, Lodolia.

Ref -- R Daly (Dublin)

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