Seven up for Hoops as Students get steamrolled in Tallaght
Shamrock Rovers 7 UCD 0
Dan Carr and Aaron Greene each scored twice as Shamrock Rovers followed up their Europa League success with their biggest win of the league season in blitzing hapless UCD at Tallaght Stadium.
The victory moves Rovers to within five points of leaders Dundalk, with a game more played. Depleted UCD drop back down to the foot of the table on goal difference.
Rovers made light of the blustery, wet conditions to run up a 4-0 advantage inside 22 minutes.
On 13 minutes Jack Byrne’s pass found the run of Graham Cummins, who shot past Gavin Sheridan for his first goal for the club since joining on loan from Cork City.
That was doubled on 19 minutes, as Carr scored from a corner.
Rampant Rovers scored again two minutes later with an attack from their left flank. Sean Kavanagh curled a low cross into the near post for the run of Carr, who side-footed to the net.
A minute later, deflated College conceded a fourth. Thursday night’s Europa League hero Byrne was given too much room in the area before drilling a low left-foot shot to the net from a tight angle.
Within two minutes of the restart Rovers stretched their lead further.
Substitute Greene burst through to cross for McEneff to score with a simple tap-in. Greene got Hoops’ sixth goal on 58 minutes, glancing a header in from Kavanagh’s cross.
And Greene punished a defensive error to sweep home his second, and Rovers’ seventh, goal 18 minutes later to complete the rout.
Shamrock Rovers – Mannus; Boyle (Abulu, h-t), Lopes, Grace, S Kavanagh; McEneff, O’Neill, Watts, Byrne (Oluwa, 59), Carr; Cummins (Greene, h-t).
UCD – Sheridan; Tobin, McEvoy, Farrell, Dignam; O’Farrell (Akinsete, 76), Keaney, Doyle, Keane (Ryan, 65), McClelland; Mahdy.
Ref – Ben Connolly (Dublin).