McCabe brings end to Hoops' bad run
Shamrock Rovers 4 Galway Utd 2
Shamrock Rovers leapfrogged Derry City into third place of the Premier Division last night after recording their first home win in four attempts.
Although Tommy Dunne's Galway United twice pegged Rovers back with equalisers at Tallaght Stadium, they were further unlocked by a Rovers side with European qualification firmly in their sights.
After both sides had created openings early on, Sean Boyd grabbed the breakthrough on 22 minutes by a burying a sublime 20-yard half-volley following a half-cleared punch by Sam Ramsbottom.
It was the start of an eventful evening for the Galway goalkeeper.
Captain Ryan Connolly first drew the Tribesmen level 10 minutes later.
Mark Ludden's pinpoint pass to the unmarked midfielder just inside the box allowed him turn and tuck a low shot into the far corner.
However, just three minutes later, disaster struck again for the visitors' netminder as Rovers made it 2-1.
Gary McCabe's cross from the right touchline struck the far post before rebounding off Ramsbottom's arm and back into the net.
Galway battled back once more as Connolly outmuscled Trevor Clarke on the hour mark to race clear and poke the ball beyond Murphy to square matters again.
Much to Dunne's annoyance, though, another defensive lapse cost them two minutes later when Sean Heaney was left alone to head McCabe's corner in off the post.
The Hoops sealed the points on 66 minutes after their top scorer McCabe finished a flowing move on the break with a neat side-footed effort from 10 yards.
SHAMROCK ROVERS - B Murphy; Webster, Cornwall (McPhail 54), Heaney; Madden, Cregg, McCabe, Doona (Shaw 46), T Clarke; Boyd (Bolger 84), D Clarke.
GALWAY UNITED - Ramsbottom; Horgan, Aganovic, Folan, Ludden; Connolly, Byrne (Cunningham 69), Sinnott, Devaney; Shanahan (Melody 80), Curran (Faherty 69).
Ref - S Grant (Wexford).