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13 May 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Mandriou bags home win for Rovers over Derry

Shamrock Rovers extended their lead at the top of the Airtricity League after defeating Derry City 1-0 at Tallaght Stadium.

The win came courtesy of a late goal from substitute Daniel Mandriou. Although the visitors had been dominant for large spells, Ruaidhrí Higgins men were again left to rue wasteful finishing. The loss leaves them in second, now four points behind Rovers.

Derry, rueing profligacy against St Patrick’s Athletic on Monday night, started strongly, forcing two corners in the opening two minutes. Jamie McGonigle played like the league’s top scorer, consistently pestering the Shamrock defence. 

Brandon Kavanagh nearly played him in on fifteen minutes shortly before a rapid counterattack saw Matty Smith miskick. A minute later, Smith flashed a cross/shot across the face of Alan Mannus’s goal. From a Kavanagh cross, McGonigle’s header forced Mannus into a stooping save. 

Richie Towell and Graham Burke lashed efforts over from range but on half time, Towell and Jack Byrne’s influence began to tell, drawing space which allowed Rory Gaffney to whistle a low shot just wide on the turn. 

After half time, possession was more even but the Candystripes had the next big chance. A rapid counterattack again originated it and from Joe Thomson’s pass, Daniel Lafferty couldn’t beat Mannus at his near post. Gaffney jinked into the area at the other end, but Ronan Boyce got back well to clear up for Derry. 

Graham Burke, hat-trick hero on Monday for the Hoops, had been kept quiet but after forcing Brian Maher into action, his cutback found Sean Hoare who skied it well over the top. It needed not matter as moments later, Shamrock scored. 

Towell powered through midfield, laying it into Andy Lyons on the left. His shot was parried by Maher into the path of lurking substitute Daniel Mandriou who gleefully tapped in. Whilst a fellow substitute Sean Kavanagh made some crucial tackles, Derry’s dejection was evident as Rovers nearly added pushed for a second. 

A bitter pill for Higgins and his players to swallow but more performances like this should keep them firmly on Shamrock’s tail at the top of the Airtricity League. Rovers will cherish this rugged win.

  • Dramatic finish tonight, Shamrock extend their lead at the top. Thanks for joining me for it, we hope you enjoyed

  • 90'

    Full Time: Shamrock Rovers-1 Derry City-0 Rovers far from their best but they won't care a jot. Huge result at the top of the league

  • 90'

    Four minutes of added time and as it stands, Rovers are going four points clear at the top of the table

  • 84'

    Shamrock looking more likely to score a second than Derry are to equalise. The goal had been coming but a sucker punch nonetheless

  • 78'

    Derry lead!! Andy Lyons is played in by Towell and although Maher saves, the rebound falls to sub Mandriou who taps in

  • 76'

    As I say that, Burke draws a smart stop out of Derry keeper Brian Maher. From the corner, Burke pulls it back and Sean Hoare lashes well over. A classic centre back shot that. Rovers best chance all night

  • 75'

    Ireland international Jack Byrne and Graham Burke, hattrick hero for Shamrock on Monday, have been well nullified by the visitors tonight 15 to play, anyone's to win this

  • 55'

    Sean Kavanagh has replaced defender Sean Gannon for Rovers

  • Daniel Lafferty gets in on the counter but Mannus makes another fine save at his near post

  • Second half getting started

  • Rovers had their best spell of pressure just before the interval there, Byrne and Towell creating space and Rory Gaffney shot just wide on the turn from the edge of the box

  • Half Time: 0-0

  • 36'

    Yellow Card- Boyce

  • Richie Towell and Graham Burke both shooting from long range, reflective of Derry having the better chances so far. Ruadhri Higgins will be desperate for his side to capitalise while they're on top

  • Derry's front four posing a real threat. On a counter, Matty Smith miskicks before a minute later he flashes a cross/shot across goal. Alan Mannus has just kept Shamrock level saving from McGonigle's header after a well-worked attack allowed Brandon Kavangh to cross

  • Neat play between Kavanagh and McGonigle almost sends the league's top scorer away but both goalkeepers remain unworked

  • Neat play between Kavanagh and McGonigle almost sends the league's top scorer away but both goalkeepers remain unworked

  • We're underway

  • Kick off in 15 minutes

  • Hi everyone, I'm Rory Morrow and welcome to Final Whistle.ie's coverage of Shamrock Rovers vs Derry City in the Airtricity League tonight

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
4Roberto Lopes 11 Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender
8Ronan Finn 6 Midfielder
17Richie Towell Midfielder
26Chris McCann 7 Midfielder
2Andy Lyons Defender
29Jack Byrne Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney 14 Forward
10Graham Burke Forward
6Barry Cotter 8 Defender
7Dylan Watts 26 Midfielder
9Aaron Greene Forward
11Sean Kavanagh 4 Defender
14Daniel Mandriou 20 Midfielder 78'
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
23Neil Farrugia Midfielder
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
38Aidomo Emakhu Midfielder

Derry City

26Brian Maher Goalkeeper
24Danny Lafferty Defender
6Eoin Toal Defender
16Shane McEleney Defender
2Ronan Boyce Defender 36'
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
14Will Patching Midfielder
20Brandon Kavanagh 11 Midfielder
9Jamie McGonigle Forward
12Matty Smith 25 Forward
Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
11James Akintunde 20 Forward
17Gerard Storey Midfielder
25Evan McLaughlin 12 Defender
34Orrin McLaughlin Forward
37Daithi McCallion
38Liam Mullan Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
2 - 1
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 29)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Derry City

(Series 21)
2 - 4
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 11)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Derry City

(Series 2)
0 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 16)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Derry City

(Series 7)
1 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Shamrock Rovers

Officials

Referee
Neil Doyle

Ground

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

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