Tuesday 6 December 2016

Miele shines as Hoops keep rolling along

Shamrock Rovers 2 Galway United 0

Published 02/04/2016 | 02:30

Brandon Miele (right) celebrates with Gavin Brennan after scoring Shamrock Rovers' first goal against Galway United at Tallaght Stadium (SPORTSFILE)
Brandon Miele (right) celebrates with Gavin Brennan after scoring Shamrock Rovers' first goal against Galway United at Tallaght Stadium (SPORTSFILE)
Gareth McCaffrey in action against Killian Cantwell (SPORTSFILE)
Gary McCabe in action against Colin Horgan (SPORTSFILE)

Brandon Miele produced the goods again for Shamrock Rovers last night to see off Galway at Tallaght Stadium.

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The attacker, who got the Hoops' season up and running at Sligo Rovers on the opening weekend, fired them ahead on eight minutes. Tommy Dunne's Galway then hit the crossbar but Rovers killed the tie two minutes from the end through substitute Trevor Clarke.

It sealed a badly-needed victory for Rovers following their defeat to St Pat's last time out. Pat Fenlon's side leapfrog Galway into third and are just a point off Dundalk and Derry City with a game in hand.

In a dull game, one piece of brilliance after just eight minutes made a huge impact. Galway made the mistake of affording Miele space between the lines and he punished them in clinical style.

Once the former Newcastle United apprentice received the ball midway into the opposition half, he darted unchallenged before unleashing a low drive from 20 yards.

Kevin Horgan, making his first league start in the Galway goal, did his best but the sheer precision of the strike from the club's reigning Player of the Year into the bottom right corner left him helpless.

With John O'Sullivan a forceful presence after the restart, United began to find openings. Kevin Devaney on the left was a particular threat and he tested Barry Murphy twice in quick succession on his 200th appearance for the club.

It was the flanker's creativity, however, which presented Galway's best chance of an equaliser on the hour. Gary Shanahan connected with Devaney's cross at the far post and spun his header onto the crossbar.

Substitute Ruairi Keating also came close to close to levelling it. He rose highest 12 minutes from the end but failed to hit the target.

With Galway committing players forward, they were always at risk and the second duly came through a combination of two Rovers subs.

Gareth McCaffrey produced the spadework on the right by delivering a cross which Dunne's troops failed to cut out. Clarke, on for his namesake Dean, opted to strike first-time and squeezed the ball inside Horgan's near post.

SHAMROCK RVS -  Murphy; Madden, Blanchard, O'Connor, G Brennan; Cregg, McCabe; D Clarke (T Clarke 69), Miele, K Brennan (Webster 89); Drennan (McCaffrey 73).

GALWAY UTD - K Horgan; C Horgan, Cantwell, Sinnott, Walsh; Shanahan, O'Sullivan (Foley 83), Connolly, Devaney; Cunningham (Keating 75), Faherty (Curran 75).

Ref - P Tuite (Dublin)

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