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kenny brace sinks 'rock

Shamrock FC...........................1

Derry Rovers.........................3

This eagerly awaited tie got off to a blistering start with both sides busy in front of goal in the opening minutes.

Just three minutes in, Shamrock's James Williamson played a great ball to Joe Lea, who was very unlucky to see his shot go narrowly wide.

Home 'keeper Anthony Core then brought off two very good saves in the sixth and ninth minutes.

Derry were the more dominant side in the second quarter with Edward O'Leary and Padraig Hickey working well on opposite wings allowing Rovers to control the midfield. On 43 minutes, Derry netminder Kenneth Brennan's long clearance found his brother Peter up front.

A mix-up in the Shamrock's defence saw Peter chip the Shamrock's 'keeper for the opening goal.

With the visitors leading 1-0 at the break, the home side came out with all guns blazing in the second half and were unlucky not to equalise on a few occasions, with decent efforts from John Kenny, Colin Price and Jamie Cooney but Rovers 'keeper Brennan was a rock between the posts.

Brennan again launched another long kick out to find his brother Peter again, however, with a rush of blood to his head Shamrock's 'keeper Core rushed off his line and fouled Peter Brennan for a penalty, which Adam Kenny coolly put away for Rovers second goal on 64 minutes.

Shamrock got back into the game for the next eight to 10 minutes, however many of their shots were off target or Kenneth Brennan was to deny them with excellent saves for Rovers.

Then on 74 minutes, from another long ball from 'keeper Brennan, Shamrocks conceded another penalty and Kenny duly despatched the spot-kick to put them 3-0 up.

Although the home side tried hard to get back in to the game, Shamrocks had no answer to a well-organised Derry as the game petered out as a contest.