Date Time League Season
11 March 2022 8:00 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Gaffney goal gets Rovers win

Rory Gaffney rattled the net 24 minutes into the Dublin derby to scrape Shamrock Rovers the bragging rights against Bohemians in a packed Tallaght Stadium tonight.

Cross field passes peppered with forward attacking threats from Stephen Mallon, Kris Twardek and Ryan Cassidy characterized the visitor’s opening half, while The Hoops praised possession amongst themselves with Jack Byrne, Graham Burke and Dylan Watts particularly dangerous.

The goal surfaced when that very trio helped by Ronan Finn
were causing havoc on the right wing, a hazardous ball dropping to the captain who converted from the six yard box after a Ciaran Kelly mishap.

Ten minutes later a blocked Gaffney shot led to an opportunity for Watts but having had his original header collected well by James Talbot he was then called back for a handball.

Jordan Flores picked up a yellow card to take one for the team and stop a Byrne counter attack before the one minute of added time was elapsed and the sides went into the tunnel with 1-0 to the hosts on the scoreboard.

Bohs came out after the break all guns blazing and while Ryan Cassidy, Dawson Devoy and Flores’s best efforts early on Rovers began to control the game as the substitutions and yellow cards began to flow.

In that regard Sean Hoare, Lopes and Tyreke Wilson were all issued warnings, while Liam Burt, Aaron Greene, Barry Cotter, Danny Mandriou, Richie Towell, Jordan Doherty and Jamie Mullins all made appearances in the second half.

Mandriou in particular looked lively when he came on, forcing Talbot into a few saves as he ran ragged at Bohs’ defensive line.

Man of the match was awarded to Lee Grace as a stakeholder and solid option for the men in green and white throughout the game.

Next up Shamrock Rovers head to Oriel Park to battle it out with Dundalk FC, while The Gypsies have to rise to expectations of yet another capital city clash when they play out Damien Duff’s Shelbourne in Dalymount Park.

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
3Sean Hoare Defender 55'
4Roberto Lopes Defender 66'
5Lee Grace Defender
8Ronan Finn 6 Midfielder
22Andy Lyons Defender
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
7Dylan Watts Midfielder
10Graham Burke 14 Forward
20Rory Gaffney 9 Forward 24'
29Jack Byrne 17 Midfielder
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
6Barry Cotter 8 Defender 94'
9Aaron Greene 20 Forward
11Sean Kavanagh Defender
14Daniel Mandriou 10 Midfielder
17Richie Towell 29 Midfielder
26Chris McCann Midfielder
34Conan Noonan Midfielder
38Aidomo Emakhu Midfielder


1James Talbot Goalkeeper
4Rory Feely Defender
15Grant Horton Defender
5Ciaran Kelly Defender
3Tyreke Wilson Defender 82'
10Dawson Devoy Midfielder
6Jordan Flores 6 Midfielder 44'
8Ali Coote Midfielder
11Kris Twardek Midfielder
7Stephen Mallon 22 Midfielder
17Ryan Cassidy 11 Forward
25Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
6Jordan Doherty 6 Midfielder
11Liam Burt 17 Midfielder
14Conor Levingston Midfielder
16JJ McKiernan
19Sam Packham Defender
22Jamie Mullins 7 Midfielder
12Max Murphy Midfielder
  • 93'

    Cotter yellow card for time wasting

  • 91'

    4 minutes added time

  • 91'

    Late chance for O'Niell

  • 89'

    Lee Grace given man of the match on the LOI TV stream

  • 87'

    Mandriou shot straight at Talbot

  • 86'

    Wide for Mandriou

  • 82'

    Yellow for Wilson

  • 81'

    Mullins on as Mallon makes way for Bohs

  • 77'

    Doherty replaces Flores

  • 76'

    Towell on for Byrne

  • 71'

    Mallon and Twardek have switched wings.

  • 69'

    Cotter in for Finn, Mandriou on for Burke

  • 66'

    Yellow for Lopes

  • 66'

    Gaffney off, Greene on

  • 63'

    Burt on, Cassidy off

  • 61'

    Twardek cross finds Mallon's head on the back post. Corner

  • 59'

    Byrne launches one and it looks like it could be lucrative but it drifts wide

  • 58'

    Mallon at an acute angle nicks the crossbar

  • 57'

    Flores takes the corner and Bohs call for a penalty after Coote falls in the area. Not given

  • 57'

    Mannus forced to get a touch on a rocket Devoy shot

  • 55'

    Sean Hoare yellow carded

  • 54'

    Quick corner for Shamrock Rovers but Talbot deals with it well

  • 52'

    Bohs have certainly upped the intensity since the restart, notching periods of possession and closing down more too

  • 47'

    Breaks for Flores on the outskirts of the area but it bounces wide

  • 47'

    Cassidy earns Bohs a corner

  • 45'

    Bohs into the game right from the off, Twardeck gets a dangerous ball in but it alludes Mallon at the back post

  • 45'

    The second half has started as Shamrock Rovers kick off

  • 46'

    Halftime. 1-0 to Shamrock Rovers heading into the break

  • 45'

    One minute added time announced

  • 44'

    Flores gets a yellow for a foul on Byrne. Gave the ball away and saw the counter attack was on so intervened

  • 42'

    Coming towards halftime The Hoops are on the back foot after Wilson pushes Mallon into a good position

  • 40'

    Devoy plays a sensational ball into Twardek and Bohs appeal for a penalty as he looks to be held but it's not given

  • 38'

    Shamrock playing it around the back

  • 34'

    Gaffney's long range rocket blocked by Kelly. Comes back to Rovers and Gaffney has another go but Watts has a head at it but Talbot has a fantastic save. Watts then done for handball

  • 32'

    Flores tries to find Twardek on the far side of the pitch but Rovers' get a throw out of it

  • 31'

    Mallon crosses in to Cassidy and it's a good opportunity but a tough angle and ends out over the endline

  • 30'

    Mallon plays one to the edge of the area but Lopez clears

  • 30'

    Half hour gone and Bohs are on the attack

  • 29'

    Devoy and Burke engaged in handbags! Ref has a word

  • 27'

    Lopes flicks a header onto Twardek on Rovers' six yard box but he can't control and it goes out over the endline

  • 26'

    Bohs a bit sketchy at the back in the last few minutes

  • 24'

    GOAL! Gaffney from the six yard box, Hoops were ping ponging it amongst themselves in the final third. Finn with the cross, Bohs's Kelly try to get a touch to it but misses and the captain converts

  • 22'

    Kris Twardek with some fancy footwork in the corner before releasing a cross. Mallon gets a head to it but its nothing to worry about for Alan Mannus

  • 18'

    Cassidy boots that one clear

  • 18'

    Great link up from the Hoops there but Bohs escape danger for a corner

  • 18'

    Finn in a brilliant area in the corner but Mallon tracks him and tips it off him for a Bohs throw in

  • 16'

    Byrne in a similar position here to his first free kick. Shamrock Rovers pack the penalty area but justify only a corner out of it

  • 15'

    Flores takes a shot from long distance but skies it off his left foot

  • 14'

    Byrne plays Burke on the wing but Feehily is there to cover. Exemplifying a real progressive game so far as expected

  • 12'

    Minutes stoppage there at the end of that. Drop ball restart

  • 11'

    Bohs really pushing the cross field balls early on. Feehily gets caught there on the end of a sloppy one as he puts his head in a dangerous area and gets the referee stops the play

  • 10'

    Good battle ongoing between Mallon and Hoare

  • 7'

    Mallon with a good run on the left wing on the foot of a cross field ball. Coote makes a great line for him but it isn't passed off and ends up out for a goal kick

  • 4'

    Watts puts Gaffney in a great position as he muscles around Kelly to go in on goal. He then gets around the keeper but can't slot the ball into the back of the net as it was the wrong foot for him. Big chance missed.

  • 4'

    Byrne takes that too, hits the back post and falls for Burke but it doesn't come off. Hoops retain possession and get another looming cross in but Talbot gets a grip to it

  • 3'

    Dangerous cross but Feehily gets it cleared for a corner

  • 3'

    Jack Byrne taking a free kick looking to get the delivery in

  • 2'

    Nothing to report of significance just yet, both sides feeling each other out and getting touches on the ball

  • Underway!

  • Moment of respect for Danny Lynch before kick off

  • 30 mins to kick off and the team news is in! Gaffney leads the line for Shamrock Rovers as Wilson returns for Bohs to take the armband. Cassidy also makes his first start for the visitors.

  • Kicking off in an hour it’s live on LOITV with live updates available here on

  • Their recent run of form left wanting since the restart, manager Stephen Bradley is confident points will come ahead of tonight’s face off. “Sometimes it just happens that you don’t get the result, but really happy with the performance” he says. “Another derby to look forward to, and another massive crowd in Tallaght which is brilliant to see. And like I said, we’ll just focus on what we do, bring that level again, go a little bit more and the result will look after itself.”

  • Jordan Flores and Stephen Mallon have also been on target for Bohs so far in the 2022 season, while Graham Burke, Sean Hoare, Jack Byrne and co have been impressive for The Rovers.

  • They reigning champions are coming off the back of a sore 1-0 defeat to rivals St Patrick’s Athletic where Chris Forrester’s goal proved the difference, while Keith Long’s men made it out of Finn Park with a share of the spoils when Omochere’s 52nd minute net was made void by Ryan Connolly in the 66th.

  • Their most recent clash back in November saw a 3-1 victory for The Gypsies in Dalymount with an OG and strikes from Promise Omochere and Rob Cornwall standing them in good stead. This evening though they will have to cross the Liffey in hopes of an away triumph amid a sold out attendance.

  • On the four occasions they met in the league last year the pair the results were split to one win in the Hoops favour to a draw and two wins for Bohemians.

  • Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians encounter in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division tonight at 8pm in Tallaght Stadium with a bumper crowd expected to turnout for the Dublin derby. My name is Alanna Cunnane and I'll be bringing you tonight's match commentary.

Past Meetings

(Series 35)
3 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 25)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Bohemians

(Round 2)
2 - 1
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 17)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shamrock Rovers

3 - 8

Bohemian FC v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 7)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Bohemian FC

(Series 10)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Bohemian FC

(Series 1)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shamrock Rovers


Tallaght Stadium
Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24, D24 XC9W

Alanna is currently pursuing her studies in journalism at Dublin City University and writes regularly for her local media outlets in Sligo.