Miele on target as Rovers end Galway's seven-match unbeaten run
Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Galway United
Goals in either half from Gary Shaw and Brandon Miele got Shamrock Rovers back to winning ways as Galway United’s seven-match unbeaten league run came to an end at Tallaght Stadium.
In a scrappy opening, the visitors’ 3-4-3 formation frustrated Rovers early on, as it took the home side half-an-hour to seriously threaten Conor Winn’s goal, Shaw hooking over the top after they finally worked a Simon Madden free down the right flank to cross.
Minutes later Miele registered Hoops’ first shot on target before they took the lead on 36 minutes.
Luke Byrne whipped over a superb cross from the left wing with Trevor Clarke getting a touch to pop the ball up for Shaw who volleyed home on the turn.
Gary Shanahan then spurned a chance to level for Galway on 42 minutes, flashing his left-footed volley just wide.
Rovers upped the tempo on the resumption with the influential Graham Burke curling a powerful drive narrowly wide seconds after the restart, before his cross on 57 minutes was headed over the bar by Shaw.
Clarke then scampered through onto keeper Tomer Chencinski’s long clearance to force a diving save from Winn.
Well on top now, Shaw blasted wide from Miele’s cross on 66 minutes as Rovers pressed for a second goal.
That duly arrived two minutes later when Burke found Miele who held off a defender to smash a fierce shot into the net.
Chencinski was finally troubled on 73 minutes when tipping over Kevin Devaney’s shot from distance.
But Rovers finished the stronger with Miele inches from a second goal as his low shot clipped the outside of a post.
SHAMROCK ROVERS: Chencinski; Madden, Devine (Bone, h-t), Webster (Meenan, 78), Byrne; McAllister; Clarke, Burke, Finn (Connolly, 72), Miele; Shaw.
GALWAY UNITED: Winn; Sinnott (Devers, 78), Grace, Folan; Shanahan, Holohan (Conway, 87), Byrne, Horgan; Melody (Kinneen, 90+3), Cunningham, Devaney.
REF: Derek Tomney (Dublin).