Thursday 22 February 2018

Burke edges Hoops through

Shamrock Rovers 1 Glenville 0

Graham Burke of Shamrock Rovers in action against Philip Duffy of Glenville. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Graham Burke of Shamrock Rovers in action against Philip Duffy of Glenville. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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Graham Burke's early goal failed to open the floodgates as Shamrock Rovers, despite owning the ball, laboured into the second round of the FAI Cup against their Leinster Senior League opponents at Tallaght Stadium.

Wasting little time in troubling the visitors, with Glenville keeper Patrick Whelan having to come off his line promptly to smother the ball at the feet of Gary Shaw early on, Rovers took lead on 13 minutes.

David Webster of Shamrock Rovers in action against Philip Duffy of Glenville. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
David Webster of Shamrock Rovers in action against Philip Duffy of Glenville. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Little did they know it would be the only score of the game.

It stemmed from their first corner of the night after which Ronan Finn and Dean Carpenter had initial shots gallanted blocked by the Glenville defence. But the ball ran for Burke who blasted it into the roof of the net off his trusted left foot.

Michael O'Connor chipped wide while Shaw missed a bit of a sitter from Trevor Clarke's cross as Glenville held out for the rest of the half.

The Palmerstown non-league side then blew a chance to level two minutes into the second half. Tomer Chencinski was caught off his line and the retreating Rovers 'keeper had Dean Carpenter to thank for blocking Robert Murtagh's shot.

Conor Moore of Glenville in action against Michael O'Connor of Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Conor Moore of Glenville in action against Michael O'Connor of Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Rovers couldn't find a further way past an inspired Whelan who made a sublime save from Michael O'Connor, and produced further stops from Burke and Finn.

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