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Greene on high as Bohs count cost of late reverse

Bohemians 0 Shamrock Rovers 1

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Andy Lyons of Bohemians is consoled by Bohemians goalkeeper James Talbot after receiving a red card. Photo: Sportsfile

Andy Lyons of Bohemians is consoled by Bohemians goalkeeper James Talbot after receiving a red card. Photo: Sportsfile

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Andy Lyons of Bohemians is consoled by Bohemians goalkeeper James Talbot after receiving a red card. Photo: Sportsfile

Aaron Greene was happy to add insult to injury after his last-gasp strike delivered derby joy for Shamrock Rovers on Saturday.

The well-travelled attacker was in the right place to convert after James Talbot was unable to hold onto an Aaron McEneff shot in a frantic last-ditch scramble that summed up a game that was ruined by the conditions.

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Shamrock Rovers' Jack Byrne in action against Bohemians' Keith Buckley (left) and JJ Lunney. Photo: Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers' Jack Byrne in action against Bohemians' Keith Buckley (left) and JJ Lunney. Photo: Sportsfile

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Shamrock Rovers' Jack Byrne in action against Bohemians' Keith Buckley (left) and JJ Lunney. Photo: Sportsfile

Talbot damaged his knee after his foot got stuck in the mud during that passage and he left the ground on crutches with Bohs anxiously waiting on the result of an X-ray.

Goalscorer Greene wasn't aware of that as he savoured the outcome, but it's fair to say that the goalkeeper will be unlikely to receive too much sympathy from the Rovers dressing-room after comments he made last term questioning the heart and passion of their arch rivals.

"The gaffer said to follow in at both ends. They were tough conditions," said Greene.

"And I said to James (Talbot), 'You're going to drop one and I'm going to be there to tap it in.' I said it to him in the first half. Because he does give us a bit of stick in the media, doesn't he? He always talks about our character and stuff. I don't want to get into that.

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Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley celebrates. Photo: Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley celebrates. Photo: Sportsfile

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Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley celebrates. Photo: Sportsfile

"That's what he does. We put in a good performance on the day."

Greene was sent off in the corresponding fixture last year, with a poor derby record checking the momentum of Stephen Bradley's side as they attempted to build a title challenge.

They now feel that a dramatic win to open the year can propel them in the right direction.

Admittedly, a red card did play its part. Promising Bohs right full Andy Lyons received a second yellow for a foul on Graham Burke; the earlier caution was for a dive in the penalty area.

It meant that Rovers were able to pile on the pressure for the final quarter with an extra man and the introduction of sub Neil Farrugia gave them another dimension.

Bohs had their moments when the sides were matched up and their most impressive player was Kris Twardek, the hard-working Canadian right winger who signed from Sligo during the off-season.

The afternoon could have proceeded in a very different direction if his shot just after the restart had fizzed on the right side of the post.

Rovers then had to regroup when losing Joey O'Brien to injury with winter recruit from UCD Liam Scales thrown into the action for a debut. He was part of a UCD side that conceded ten goals on his last visit to the venue.

The Ireland U-21 international will take away fonder memories from this experience.

But it was Greene who stole the headlines, with the type of goal he wants to add to his repertoire.

Prolific Rovers are on the striker hunt because they don't necessarily have a prolific front man who picks up scraps around the box.

Greene has spent a fair portion of his career as a winger and even had a spell as a full-back. "They are the type of goals I'd be hoping to get more of," he explained, "That type of poacher's goal."

The 30-year-old is close to Jack Byrne, the Ireland international who was still able to show his quality in a game that didn't exactly suit his style.

"I said a few weeks back that we feel Jack is at another level to last year," said Bradley.

"He was chasing fitness and chasing form and mentally in a different place.

"This year you have a player who is the fittest he's ever been, he's in unbelievable shape. It's a bog out there but he plays like it's a carpet. I thought he was outstanding."

Rovers can expect the good vibes to spill over into the visit of Cork City to Tallaght Stadium on Friday.

Irish Independent