Shamrock Rovers share poignant image of boss Stephen Bradley embracing father of murdered Stephen Lynch
'We're more than a club, we are a family.' - That was the poignant message that accompanied a picture of Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley embracing the father of the late Stephen Lynch last night.
Stephen (32) was killed in Brookview Close, Tallaght, at around 7pm last Thursday. Gardaí believe the father-of-three got involved in a verbal argument with four men, who were travelling in a silver Ford Focus.
It is understood that the car was then driven over Mr Lynch - who had no known involvement in criminal activity - and he was dragged along the road. Mr Lynch was also kicked as he lay unconscious on the ground. The driver then fled the scene on foot and is suspected of getting into another car.
Stephen was a diehard Shamrock Rovers supporter and the club held a minute's applause in his memory before last night's 3-1 win over Dublin rivals Bohemians in the EA Sports Cup.
The Rovers Twitter (pictures by George Kelly) account also shared an image of boss Bradley embracing Mr Lynch's father, Danny, after the match.
Brandon Miele was the Hoops' match-winner for the second time over the Easter weekend with a double to see off arch-rivals Boh at Tallaght Stadium.
We're more than a club, we are a family.— Shamrock Rovers F.C. (@ShamrockRovers) April 17, 2017
Stephen Bradley with Stephen Lynch's father tonight. RIP Stephen pic.twitter.com/JduHxXxILP
A moments applause in memory of recently deceased Hoops fan Stephen Lynch was respectfully observed by all fans tonight. RIP pic.twitter.com/Ucq66IMeHI— Shamrock Rovers F.C. (@ShamrockRovers) April 17, 2017
The fully deserved win eased Bradley's side into the last eight of the EA Sports Cup.
With Luke Byrne making his first start in a year following knee surgery, Rovers gave themselves the perfect start with a goal inside three minutes.
Graham Burke worked the opening to put Sean Boyd away and he squared for winger Darren Meenan to drill a low shot to the corner of Greg Murray's net.
A youthful Bohs soon equalised, punishing Rovers' dithering from an 11th-minute free kick.
Keith Ward's delivery ran across to the far side of the goal where skipper Dan Byrne laid the ball back for Ian Morris to score with a casual finish.
Rovers responded to dominate until half-time with the bustling Boyd twice coming close before Murray saved well with his feet from Simon Madden on the cusp of the break.
The pattern continued in the second half, and Rovers regained the lead on 65 minutes.
Substitute Michael O'Connor got free on the right to drill a low cross to the far post where Miele, who had scored the only goal in Friday's league win over Sligo Rovers, arrived to confidently sweep the ball home.
Miele then sealed victory with his second goal of the night on 79 minutes with an assist from another sub. James Doona cut the ball across from the right for Miele to shoot home.
Murray deprived Miele of his hat-trick three minutes later with a brilliant stop.
Shamrock Rovers - Horgan; Madden, Bone, Webster, Byrne (Hanney 71); Lopes; Meenan, Finn, Burke (Doona 76), Miele; Boyd (O'Connor 61).
Bohemians - Murray; Hayes, Byrne, Morris (Cornwall h-t), Hamilton; Sule; Ward, Poynton (Brennan 75), Gannon (Morgan 80), Kirk; Nolan.
Ref - P Tuite (Dublin)