Tuesday 23 May 2017

Miele brace eases dominant Hoops into last eight

Shamrock Rovers 3 Bohemians 1

Brandon Miele, right, celebrates after scoring Shamrock Rovers' second goal with teammate Graham Burke. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Brandon Miele, right, celebrates after scoring Shamrock Rovers' second goal with teammate Graham Burke. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

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Brandon Miele was Shamrock Rovers' match-winner for the second time over the Easter weekend with a double to see off arch-rivals Bohemians at Tallaght Stadium.

The fully deserved win eased Stephen Bradley's side into the last eight of the EA Sports Cup.

With Luke Byrne making his first start in a year following knee surgery, Rovers gave themselves the perfect start with a goal inside three minutes.

Graham Burke worked the opening to put Sean Boyd away and he squared for winger Darren Meenan to drill a low shot to the corner of Greg Murray's net.

A youthful Bohs soon equalised, punishing Rovers' dithering from an 11th-minute free kick.

Keith Ward's delivery ran across to the far side of the goal where skipper Dan Byrne laid the ball back for Ian Morris to score with a casual finish.

Darren Meenan puts away Rovers' second goal of the night. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Darren Meenan puts away Rovers' second goal of the night. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Rovers responded to dominate until half-time with the bustling Boyd twice coming close before Murray saved well with his feet from Simon Madden on the cusp of the break.

The pattern continued in the second half, and Rovers regained the lead on 65 minutes.

Substitute Michael O'Connor got free on the right to drill a low cross to the far post where Miele, who had scored the only goal in Friday's league win over Sligo Rovers, arrived to confidently sweep the ball home.

Miele then sealed victory with his second goal of the night on 79 minutes with an assist from another sub. James Doona cut the ball across from the right for Miele to shoot home.

Simon Madden breaks away from Boh's Fuad Sule. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Simon Madden breaks away from Boh's Fuad Sule. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Murray deprived Miele of his hat-trick three minutes later with a brilliant stop.

Shamrock Rovers - Horgan; Madden, Bone, Webster, Byrne (Hanney 71); Lopes; Meenan, Finn, Burke (Doona 76), Miele; Boyd (O'Connor 61).

Bohemians - Murray; Hayes, Byrne, Morris (Cornwall h-t), Hamilton; Sule; Ward, Poynton (Brennan 75), Gannon (Morgan 80), Kirk; Nolan.

Ref - P Tuite (Dublin)

Ian Morris closes down the shot of Shamrock's Sean Boyd. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Ian Morris closes down the shot of Shamrock's Sean Boyd. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

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