Saturday 24 February 2018

Kenny takes some cup consolation

SHELBOURNE 2 SHAMROCK ROVERS 4

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

THE HEALING has begun for Shamrock Rovers, but it will take a lot more than this facile Leinster Senior Cup semi-final win to ease the pain of Friday night's 4-0 defeat to Bohemians.

After rumours of his demise proved premature over the weekend, under-pressure boss Stephen Kenny took his place in the dugout for the first act in the biggest week of his short time with the Tallaght club.

The Hoops take on St Patrick's Athletic needing a win on Sunday, while their Champions League tie with Ekranas is looming.

Last night's win had some restorative qualities and a number of back-up players performed well. Killian Brennan opened the scoring after just four minutes with a curled free-kick, before he set up the second with a deep corner that Aaron Greene headed home.

Rovers' third goal was worth the admission fee as Paul Skinner got in a mix-up with Andy Boyle and Greene lofted the ball in Daryl Kavanagh's direction. The Tipperary native met the dropping ball with a first-time volley that sailed into the empty net from 30 yards.

Chris Turner compounded a miserable half for Skinner with a fourth and although Philly Hughes and Philip Gorman scored consolations for Shels, it was Rovers who progressed easily to meet St Patrick's CY in the final.

SHELBOURNE -- Skinner; Matthews, Boyle, Paisley, Fitzgerald (Clancy h-t); McGill, Hurley, Dawson (Murphy 66), Gorman, Byrne (Kavanagh 78); Hughes.

SHAMROCK ROVERS -- Pieterse; Gilbert, Hawkins, Sives (Comerford h-t), Memery; Shannon, Turner, O'Donnell (McGrath 80), Brennan (Forrester 72), Greene; Kavanagh.

REF -- J Grimes (Dublin)

Irish Independent

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