Wednesday 21 March 2018

Crowe nicks share of spoils for Sporting in frantic finale


Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

There was late drama at Tallaght Stadium as Glen Crowe came back to haunt Shamrock Rovers and earn a draw for Sporting Fingal.

The ex-Bohemians striker struck for his first goal for Sporting Fingal just a minute after James Chambers had put the hosts ahead with five minutes left on the clock.

Crowe headed home from Alan Kirby's cross, less than 60 seconds after Chambers had nodded Rovers ahead from Dessie Baker's corner.

A slow-burning first half threatened to erupt on two occasions as the woodwork was rattled at both ends. Gary Twigg almost opened the scoring within five minutes, turning Craig Sives' header on to the bar as Shaun Williams beat him to the rebound.

The closest the visitors came was a Shaun Maher header which came off the bar with Alan Mannus beaten, after Williams' cross from a short corner had caused havoc in the Rovers defence.

Fingal almost broke the deadlock but were brilliantly denied by Mannus. Byrne's cutback found Gary O'Neill who looked odds on to score, only to be denied twice by the Northern Irish international.

Quigley showed some of his wares at the other end, turning a Twigg shot wide before Byrne again found O'Neill, who thought he'd scored only for Mannus to stick out an arm and turn the ball wide.

Twigg then spurned two chances, failing to work Quigley when found by substitute Dessie Baker, before the game sprung to life in the final five minutes.

SHAMROCK ROVERS -- Mannus; Flynn, Sives, Murray, Murphy; Dennehy (O'Connor 67) Bradley (Baker 57), Chambers, Bayly, Stewart (Rice 74); Twigg.

SPORTING FINGAL -- Quigley; O'Brien, Browne, Maher, Fitzgerald; Finn, Williams, Kirby; Byrne, O'Neill (Crowe 67), Quinn (Dawson 85).

REF -- A Kelly (Cork).

Irish Independent

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