Rovers overtake Galway after dominant display in Tallaght
Shamrock Rover 2-0 GalwayUnited
Brandon Miele produced the goods again for Shamrock Rovers tonight to see off Galway at Tallaght Stadium.
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 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 Patrick’s Athletic last time out.
Pat Fenlon’s side leapfrog Galway into third and are just a point off Dundalk and Derry City with a game to spare.
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 wing was a particular threat and he tested Rovers stopper 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 levelling. He rose highest 12 minutes from the end but failed to hit the target from a right-wing centre.
With Galway committing players forward, they were always at risk and the second duly came through a combination of two Rovers substitutes.
Gareth McCaffrey produced the spadework on the right by delivering a cross which Dunne’s troops failed to cut out.
SHAMROCK ROVERS: 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