Date Time League Season
8 April 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Greene delivers late winner for Shamrock Rovers

Aaron Greene proved to be the super-sub for Stephen Bradley as Shamrock Rovers left it late to beat Shelbourne 2-1 at Tolka Park tonight.

His 89th minute strike prevented what looked like a huge point for Shels after Shane Farrell had equalised for them in the fist half.

Rovers dominated most of the game and got off to a perfect start when Andy Lyons scored after just two minutes.

The Reds were completely dominated in the opening 45 minutes and provided no real threat to the defending champions. Stephen Bradley’s men pressed intensely not allowing Shels a moment on the ball. 

They would come close to doubling their lead with Graham Burke firing wide and Jack Byrne being denied by a great save by Brendan Clarke. Fortunately for the hosts the score line was only 1-0 at the break. 

It was much the same after the restart as the ball was mainly in the Shels half. Despite this, the game’s next goal was scored by Damien Duff’s men. 

Kameron Ledwidge picked out Shane Farrell at the back post who smashed home his cross from close range. 

The Shelbourne players and fans rose to the occasion after Farrell’s equaliser and Tolka Park was in fine voice as confidence grew. 

Still it was Rovers who came closest to finding a winner. Rory Gaffney had an effort saved by Brendan Clarke. 

A point shared seemed like it was on the cards until the 89th minute when two Rovers subs combined. 

Danny Mandriou pulled the ball to the edge of the area finding Aaron Greene who rifled home the winner to give The Hoops all three points. 

Tonight’s result means that Shamrock Rovers go three points behind league leaders Derry City, although Derry have a game in hand. 

Shelbourne are still to win at home this season and they will have to wait for their next attempt as they travel to face Derry next week. 

As for Rovers, they host St. Pats at Tallaght Stadium.

  • 89'

    GOAL! Rovers hit Shels on the counter, Mandriou picks out Aaron Greene on the edge of the area who smashes the ball home

  • 85'

    Five to go here in Tolka Park and this one is still all to play for

  • 76'

    A stoppage in play as Graham Burke receives treatment. Shels have looked more confident since the equaliser

  • 68'

    Burke pulls on a lay off from Gaffney outside the box but can't find the target

  • 65'

    Clarke grasps a tame Rory Gaffney strike inside the box

  • 61'

    Dervin is booked

  • 58'

    GOAL! Shels draw level. Against the run of play with a counter-attack and Shane Farrell finishes at the back post

  • 55'

    Rovers picking up where they left off, dominating proceedings

  • 45'

    We are back underway at Tolka

  • 45'

    HT: Rovers lead 1-0 at the break and they have fully deserved it. There's not much to be said for Shelbourne other than they have not got a foot on the game at all. Rovers have toyed with them for 45 minutes and could be up by more

  • 37'

    Andy Lyons comes so close to capping off what would have been a great team goal for Rovers but his effort is just the wrong side of the post

  • 33'

    Clarke gets down low to deny Jack Byrne from close range

  • 27'

    Burke is booked for a late tackle

  • 26'

    Ronan Finn squares the ball across for Graham Burke, but he can't keep his strike down

  • 18'

    Complete domination from The Hoops so far. Shelbourne have struggled to retain possession, Rovers pressing very intensely here

  • 9'

    Daniel Carr with a glorious chance in front of goal but his volley is weak and straight at Mannus

  • 2'

    GOAL! Rovers off to a great start. Richie Towell slips the ball through for Andy Lyons who slots the ball home

  • 1'

    Rovers kick-off

  • Just 20 minutes until kick-off here at Tolka Park. Damine Duff's men will be hoping to get their first home win of the season, meanwhile the defending champions need the three points tonight if they are to stay chasing Derry City at the top of the table

  • Hoops starting XI is now up

  • Reds team news is in

  • Hello and welcome to's coverage between Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division. I'm Seán Crosbie and I will be keeping you up to date on all the action here from Tolka Park. Kick-off is scheduled for 7.45pm


1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
2John Ross Wilson Defender
3Conor Kane 5 Defender
4Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
8Mark Coyle Midfielder
14Daniel Carr 9 Forward
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder 61'
17Shane Farrell 19 Forward 58'
22Jordan McEneff 11 Midfielder
23Luke Byrne Defender
32Kameron Ledwidge Defender
25Lewis Webb Goalkeeper
21Gavin Molloy Midfielder
33Gbemi Arubi Forward
5Shane Griffin 3 Defender
9Sean Boyd 14 Forward
11Dan Hawkins 22 Forward
12Jad Hakiki Midfielder
19Stanley Anaebonam 17 Forward
20Kyle O’Connor Midfielder

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
22Andy Lyons Defender 2'
3Sean Hoare Defender
5Lee Grace Defender 79'
8Ronan Finn 23 Midfielder
10Graham Burke 14 Forward 27'
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
17Richie Towell 9 Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney Forward 90'
29Jack Byrne 7 Midfielder
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
6Barry Cotter Defender
7Dylan Watts 29 Midfielder
9Aaron Greene 17 Forward 89'
11Sean Kavanagh Defender
14Daniel Mandriou 10 Midfielder
23Neil Farrugia 8 Midfielder
34Conan Noonan Midfielder
38Aidomo Emakhu Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 18)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 9)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Shelbourne


Tolka Park
Tolka Park (Shelbourne FC), Drumcondra South A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Seán is a final year Journalism student in DCU.