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Burke on fire as Rovers hit Derry for six

Shamrock Rovers 6 Derry City 1


Four: Graham Burke

Four: Graham Burke

Four: Graham Burke

Graham Burke was the star of the show with a remarkable four goals to help Shamrock Rovers to an emphatic, and long overdue, victory over Derry City at Tallaght Stadium.

Rovers have had a desperately poor record against their visitors in recent years - this their first win in eight outings, six of which they'd lost.

In an open first half, Stephen Bradley's side rode their luck to go in a goal to the good at the interval.

Though Derry started much the better, it was their goalkeeper Ger Doherty who had to make the first key save of the game, batting Sean Kavanagh's 19th-minute drive round a post.

Kavanagh then put Brandon Miele through on goal five minutes later only for his fellow midfielder to slice his shot well wide of the target.

And though Derry continued to pose Rovers problems, Hoops conjured a sublime lead goal on 41 minutes.

Captain Ronan Finn's delightful dinked through ball found the run of Burke who smashed his left-footed shot past Doherty.

Dan Carr blazed over from Burke's low cross two minutes after the break before Kavanagh, who trained at Derry pre-season before joining for Rovers, made no mistake in doubling the home side's lead on 51 minutes.

Collecting Sam Bone's pass, the winger calmly cut past a defender before placing the ball into the corner of the net for a composed finish.

Two goals in as many minutes then ensured Rovers' victory. Finn blasted home with a low drive from just outside the area on 67 minutes.

A poor clearance from Doherty was then punished as Miele set up Burke to shoot calmly to the corner of the net.

Substitute Ronan Hale got Derry's consolation on 73 minutes, driving home following Rory Patterson's through ball.

Two minutes later, Burke got his hat-trick when tapping home Trevor Clarke's low cross before then racing clear onto substitute Gary Shaw's pass to add his fourth goal in stoppage time.