Monday 24 July 2017

Fahey inspires Rovers

Bray Wanders 0 Shamrock Rovers 3

Shamrock Rovers' Ryan Brennan celebrates after scoring his side's second goal
Shamrock Rovers' Ryan Brennan celebrates after scoring his side's second goal
Bray Wanderers' Peter McGlynn in action against David O'Connor of Shamrock Rovers
Shamrock Rovers' Michael Drennan in action against Hugh Douglas of Bray Wanderers Newsdesk Newsdesk

Shamrock Rovers burst Bray’s bubble to stay unbeaten in the top-flight this season.

Former Irish international Keith Fahey returned from suspension to set up two goals in five second-half minutes at the Carlisle Grounds last night.

The Wicklow side had been undefeated in three games under caretaker first team coach Maciej Tarnogrodzki.

But Michael Drennan’s sixth goal of the season, coupled with Ryan Brennan and Maxime Blanchard’s first scores of the campaign, brought Bray back to reality.

Premier Division top-scorer Drennan broke the deadlock in the 31st minute.

Moments after scuffing a chance, he headed in Brandon Miel’s cross after Simon Madden and Fahey had linked on the ring flank.

Fahey then took centre stage. His 56th-minute free was nodded in by Brennan.

Just four minutes later, Fahey’s corner was steered in by Blanchard’s bullet front post header.

Hoops boss Pat Fenlon will also be happy that his side registered a seventh clean sheet in their nine league games to date.

Bray – McGuinness; Barker, McNally, Douglas, O’Reilly; Onwubiko (Blackbyrne 83), Gallagher (McDonagh h-t), Kelly (Scully 66), McEvoy, McGlynn; Cassidy.

Shamrock Rovers – Hyland; Madden, Webster (G Brennan 72), Blanchard (D O’Connor 67), Byrne; Cregg (Waters 60) Fahey; Miele, Ryan Brennan, McCabe; Drennan.

Ref – B Connolly (Dublin)


Brush cleans up in stalemate

Sligo 0 Bohemians 0

Sligo Rovers goalkeeper Richard Brush was in top form as the Bit O'Red and Bohemians played out a scoreless draw at the Showgrounds last night.

Brush made a number of excellent saves as the home side recorded their first clean sheet at home in the league this season.

Former Bohs winger Steven Beattie, back in the team following injury, went close on 20 minutes with a stinging shot from the edge of the area that bounced off the crossbar.

But the visitors were solid throughout and forced three good saves from Brush in the opening half.

Adam Evans was first to test the netminder after breaking into the area on 10 minutes, while Brush had to dive full-length to keep out Dean Kelly's volley 10 minutes before the break.

Kelly went even closer with a header just before half-time, but the ball came back off the crossbar.

Kelly went close once again in the second half, getting in behind the Rovers defence to latch onto a pass from Evans, but Brush was quickly off his line to save again.

Sligo - Brush, Keane, Boylan, Folan, Dykes, Beattie, Cawley, Russell, Puri, Ward (Armstrong 80), Nielsen.

Bohemians - Delaney, Pender, Prendergast, Murphy, Fitzgerald, Kavanagh, Mulcahy, Lopes, O'Brien, Evans (Dillon 90), Kelly (Griffin 85).

Ref - R Rogers.


More Limerick misery

Limerick 0 Derry 2

Limerick FC remain rooted to the foot of the Premier Division after a third consecutive defeat, leaving them winless after nine league games in 2015 in front of a paltry crowd of 354.

Barry McNamee's 25th-minute penalty and a Mark Timlin strike just before half-time secured the points for Derry, who were good value for the three points against a home side evidently bereft of confidence and quality.

The home side did had two decent opportunities in the opening 20 minutes, Ger Doherty denying Paul O'Conor from close range and, shortly afterwards, Shane Duggan's shot being cleared to safety by Seanan Clucas.

The game swung in Derry's favour midway through the first half when Conor O'Donnell took down Patrick McEleney for a clear penalty, which McNamee converted. Timlin doubled the lead with the final kick of the first half, a curling shot into the far corner of the Limerick net.

The second half was largely uneventful, with Peter Hutton's team comfortably maintaining their lead and Limerick unable to muster any scoring opportunities until Darragh Rainsford hit the post in added time.

Limerick FC - O'Donnell; Harding, Price, Williams (Whitehead 90+1), Tracy (Turner 73); Hughes (Hanlon 73), O'Conor, Duggan; Clarke, Faherty, Russell.

Derry City - Doherty; Sharkey (Curran 76), S McEleney, Barry, Jarvis; McNamee, Clucas; Timlin, Lowry, Houston; P McEleney (Boyle 90+5).

Ref - D Tomney (Dublin).


Cork have summit in sights

Cork City 2 Longford 0

Leadership of the Premier Division will be up for grabs when Cork City clash with Dundalk at Turner's Cross on Friday night following the Rebel Army's win over Longford Town.

It wasn't vintage stuff from the home side, but it didn't need to be as the game ceased to be a contest following Colin Healy's goal in the 66th minute to double the lead for John Caulfield's side.

Before that, City had struggled at times for complete fluency but had taken the lead through Garry Buckley's header four minutes before the break.

After Billy Dennehy's cross hit the post, Buckley nodded home from close range. Soon after, Mark O'Sullivan should have added a second when left unmarked from another Dennehy delivery but he headed wide. Before that, Longford's Gary Shaw had a great chance in the opening minutes but he clipped his shot over the bar after Jamie Mulhall played him in.

It was the closest they came to upsetting the odds, and Healy's goal - a free-kick from the left which travelled all the way to the net - decided matters.

Cork City - McNulty; Kavanagh, Murray, D Dennehy, Gaynor; Healy, Miller (Holohan 81); Djilali (Lehane 55), Buckley, B Dennehy; O'Sullivan (Morrissey 70).

Longford Town - Skinner; Mulhall, Flynn, Tyrell, Powell; Simon, Rice, Gorman, O'Connor, Deady (Ben Mohamed 61); Shaw (O'Sullivan 72).

Ref - J McKell (Tipperary).

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