Tuesday 21 January 2020

Clinical edge helps Rovers progress to quarter-finals

Shamrock Rovers 3 Longford Town 0

Jason McGuinness, Shamrock Rovers, in action against Petyer Hynes, Longford Town
Jason McGuinness, Shamrock Rovers, in action against Petyer Hynes, Longford Town
Sean O'Connor, Shamrock Rovers, shoots to score his side's first goal
Sean O'Connor, Shamrock Rovers, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal
David O'Connor, Shamrock Rovers, in action against Don Cowan, 17, and Stepehn Rice, Longford Town
Shamrock Rovers' Gary McCabe, right, celebrates with team-mate Sean O'Connor after scoring his side's second goal

ANOTHER home game for Shamrock Rovers under Pat Fenlon brought another timely twist that helped them ease into the FAI Cup quarter-finals.

Shamrock Rovers 3 Longford Town 0

With Longford bossing the early stages at Tallaght, the clinical streak so central to their surge to the First Division summit eluded them on 24 minutes when Gary Shaw allowed goalkeeper Barry Murphy to smother his shot after being put clear on goal.

It proved a pivotal moment as Rovers sped ahead within a minute. Karl Sheppard released the onrushing Sean O'Connor on the left side of the penalty area and his rasping shot beat Town goalkeeper Paul Hunt.

On 36 minutes, the tie was all but settled as Gary McCabe showed composure and accuracy to volley home from 25 yards.

Stephen McPhail and Sean O'Connor had chances to extend the lead but the dismissal of the latter five minutes from time came too late for Longford to exploit. Instead, sub Patrick Cregg buried a third for the Hoops in the last minute.

S ROVERS - Murphy; Madden, McGuinness, Kenna, D O'Connor; McCabe (Waters 65), Bayly (Cregg 73), McPhail, S O'Connor; Kelly (Kilduff 82), Sheppard.

LONGFORD - Hunt; Haverty, Sullivan, Flynn, G O'Connor (Mullhall 78); Cowan, Rice, Gorman, K O'Connor (Shannon 70); Shaw (Hynes 65), O'Sullivan.

REF - N Doyle (Dublin)



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