Tuesday 14 August 2018

Morrissey gives struggling Hoops the Blues

Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Limerick FC

Referee Neil Doyle shows Limerick's Cian Coleman a red card Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Referee Neil Doyle shows Limerick's Cian Coleman a red card Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
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Danny Morrissey scored a late equaliser to stun Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium and increase the pressure on Hoops' manager Stephen Bradley.

Despite utterly dominating the first half and leading from Graham Burke's goal, Rovers allowed Limerick, on the anniversary of their League title win of 38 years ago, back into the game in the second half.

Graham Burke of Shamrock Rovers (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Graham Burke of Shamrock Rovers (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

And the Shannonsiders duly took their chance on 86 minutes.

Kilian Cantwell played Morrissey in behind the Rovers' defence and the striker powered a shot across goakeeper Kevin Horgan and into the net.

Despite then having midfielder Cian Coleman shown a straight red card for a bad foul on Aaron Bolger right on 90 minutes, Limerick held on for a big point.

Dominant from the off, Rovers, with three changes from their defeat in Bray, were deservedly in front on the 15th minute.

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

A weak defensive header dropped for Burke 25 yards out and he rifled a powerful low drive in off the post for his eighth goal of the season.

Goalkeeper Brendan Clarke kept Limerick in it until the break with a string of saves, the pick of them when tipping away a Lee Grace header.

Limerick came out for the second half with more purpose and might have been level on 57 minutes when the unmarked Morrissey nodded Shaun Kelly's cross straight into the arms of Horgan before Morrissey levelled the scores late on.

Shamrock Rovers - Horgan; Boyle, Grace, Lopes, Gilchrist; A. Bolger, G. Bolger; Burke (McAllister, 80), Finn (Bone, 80), Kavanagh; Shaw (Dillon, 77).

Limerick FC - Clarke; Cantwell, Brouder, D Dennehy, B. Dennehy; Coleman, Duggan, Clifford (Wearen, 27); Ellis (Kelly, 37), Morrissey (Maguire, 90+2), Fitzgerald.

Ref - N Doyle (Dublin).

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