Super Shaw strikes late for Rovers
Gary Shaw fired Shamrock Rovers to a vital three points as Galway United’s relegating fight hit a speed bump at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Shaw headed Rovers level in the 77th minute, but two minutes from time he fired low past Conor Winn to clinch all three points after a brave performance from the home side.
Ronan Murray’ penalty gave United a first-half lead, but they couldn’t hold on in the second half as Rovers turned up the heat on their hosts.
In the early stages it was Rovers that looked the more dangerous side, and they almost took the led after four minutes, but Stephen Folan’s defensive header just crept over his own crossbar.
United had plenty of chances of their own in the first quarter, while Brandon Miele hit the side net at the other end after 24 minutes.
But three minutes later United struck for the lead goal. Kevin Devaney did well down the right to dig out a cross, but Rovers defender David Webster was penalised for a handball, and Murray converted easily from the spot for a 1-0 half-time lead.
Rovers emerged early for the start of the second half and they were bright from the restart, but they were twice out of luck when Gary Shaw blocked Conor Winn’s clearance but it just sailed over the bar.
But Shaw struck twice late on to consign United to a heartbreaking defeat and upset their hopes of avoiding the drop.
Galway Utd – Winn; Byrne, Folan, Horgan; Devaney, Cawley (Sinnott 60), Hale (Melody 80), Ludden; Holohan, Murray; Ayunga (McCormack 83).
Shamrock Rovers – Chencinski; Webster, Grace, Lopes, Clarke; Connolly (Doona 51), Finn, McAllister (King 76), Miele (O’Connor 67); Shaw, Burke.
REF – A Buttimer (Cork)