Friday 22 September 2017

Shaw and Miele get Rovers back to winning ways

Shamrock Rovers 2 Galway United 0

Brandon Miele celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Sportsfile
Brandon Miele celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Sportsfile

Goals in either half from Gary Shaw and Brandon Miele got Shamrock Rovers back to winning ways as Galway United's seven-match unbeaten league run came to an end at Tallaght Stadium.

In a scrappy opening, the visitors' 3-4-3 formation frustrated Rovers and it took the hosts half-an-hour to seriously threaten Conor Winn's goal, Shaw hooking the ball over the top after they finally worked Simon Madden free down the right flank to deliver a cross.

Luke Byrne of Shamrock Rovers in action. Photo: Sportsfile
Luke Byrne of Shamrock Rovers in action. Photo: Sportsfile

Minutes later, Miele registered Hoops' first shot on target before they took the lead on 36 minutes.

Luke Byrne whipped over a superb cross from the left and Trevor Clarke got a touch to pop the ball up for Shaw, who volleyed it home on the turn.

Gary Shanahan spurned a chance to level for Galway on 42 minutes, flashing his volley just wide.

Rovers upped the tempo on the resumption, with the influential Graham Burke curling a powerful drive narrowly wide seconds after the restart before his cross on 57 minutes was headed over the bar by Shaw.

Miele celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Sportsfile
Miele celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Sportsfile

Clarke then scampered through onto goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski's long clearance to bring a diving save from Winn.

Well on top now, Shaw blasted the ball wide from Miele's cross on 66 minutes as Rovers pressed for a second goal. That duly arrived two minutes later. Burke found Miele who held off a defender to smash a fierce shot into the net.

Chencinski was finally troubled on 73 minutes when he tipped over Kevin Devaney's shot from distance.

But Rovers finished the stronger. with Miele inches from a second goal as his low shot clipped the outside of a post.

Shamrock Rovers - Chencinski; Madden, Devine (Bone, h-t), Webster (Meenan, 78), Byrne; McAllister; Clarke, Burke, Finn (Connolly, 72), Miele; Shaw.

Galway Utd - Winn; Sinnott (Devers, 78), Grace, Folan; Shanahan, Holohan (Conway, 87), Byrne, Horgan; Melody (Kinneen, 90+3), Cunningham, Devaney.

Ref - D Tomney (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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