Date Time League Season
27 May 2022 8:00 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Shamrock Rovers get back to winning ways in Tallaght

Shamrock Rovers got back to winning ways following their defeat on Monday night to beat Shelbourne 2-0 tonight at Tallaght Stadium in the Dublin derby.

An early Richie Towell strike topped up by a Rory Gaffney finisher ensured the three points for Rovers, who are unbeaten at home since August 2021.

The league champions got off to a blistering start after two minutes to take the lead.

Graham Burke collected the ball on the right-hand side before feeding Gaffney who was ahead of him. Gaffney looked up and delivered a cross that was left smartly by Dylan Watts and met by the oncoming Richie Towell who placed it into the far corner.

Shelbourne grew into the game after that, and chances were few and far between. The away side struggled to create any decent chances however to trouble Mannus.

Rovers got their second on the half hour mark when Lyons played it to Gaffney on the left-hand side on the box before the striker turned and got a powerful strike away into the near corner, which proved too powerful for Brendan Clarke.

Shels nearly got a slice of luck when Alan Mannus made a poor clearance that landed at the feet of Sean Boyd 30 yards or so out from goal.

The striker took a touch but just took that extra split second to steady himself before getting a strike away. However, Rovers did well to get a body in and protect any potential danger.

The second half was much of the same. The home side managed the game and didn’t need to get out of second gear in truth. Although, Shels created some half chances especially from substitute Kameron Ledwidge, they never came close to worrying Mannus.

It was quite a niggly affair with both sides putting in some late tackles on each other. In particular, Jack Moylan caught Sean Kavanagh late in the first half although he somehow avoided a yellow card. Kavanagh was on the receiving end of another bad tackle in the second half when Shane Farrell took a heavy touch and lunged into the tackle, perhaps lucky to only get away with a yellow.

Rovers cruised to victory and go into the League of Ireland break eight points clear at the top of the table following Derry City’s failure to beat Finn Harps tonight.

  • 90'

    Full-time 2-0 Shamrock Rovers.

  • 90'

    Into stoppage time now.

  • 83'

    A massive chance for Shels. The full back gets his head on a bouncing ball in the box but he can't get enough power on it and Mannus collects.

  • 79'

    A quadruple set of substitutions for Rovers. McCann, Greene, Farrugia, and Grace replace Gaffney, Finn, Lyons, and Watts.

  • 75'

    A double chance for Ronan Finn is well saved by Clarke after some lovely play from Rovers.

  • 75'

    A double chance for Ronan Finn is well saved by Clarke after some lovely play from Rovers.

  • 69'

    Another lovely cross from Ledwidge cannot be met by Boyd and Farrell.

  • 65'

    Another change for Shels. Dervin is replaced by Molloy.

  • 64'

    Chance for Shels. Substitute Ledwidge collects the ball just on the halfway line. He plays a lovely diagonal pass which lands perfectly on the head of Boyd but his header goes just wide.

  • 60'

    Shels win a corner but it comes nothing. A double change for the visitors as Cameron Ledwidge and John Ross Wilson come on for Hakiki and Moylan.

  • 55'

    Another late tackle from a Shels player and this time it is Shane Farrell who is booked for a late tackle on Sean Kavanagh who has been on the receiving end of a few bad tackles.

  • 51'

    Shels work the ball into a good position but Farrell overcooks the cross and it goes past any oncoming players.

  • 50'

    Boyd is booked for a tackle on O'Neill.

  • 45'

    Shels get the second half restarted.

  • 45'

    Half-time in Tallaght and it is 2-0 Shamrock Rovers.

  • 45'

    A few niggly tackles from both sides as of late. Some good play from Shels sees Moylan get in behind but his cross is well defended by Ronan Finn. The resulting corner comes to nothing. Shels win a good free-kick in a good position and a great delivery is only half met by Boyd and Mannus gathers.

  • 40'

    Alan Mannus nearly gets himself into a spot of bother. A poor clearance from the keeper lands straight at the feet of Sean Boyd but the strikers shot is blocked and eventually, he gives away a free-kick. Jack Moylan evades a yellow for a late foul on Sean Kavanagh. Gary O'Neill is booked for a foul on Kane.

  • 34'

    Captain Luke Byrne is first to be booked for Shels by the referee for pulling down Graham Burke on the halfway line.

  • 30'

    It's a second for Rovers and they have been turning the screw. Gaffney collects the ball inside the box from the left hand side, who turns and shoots early into the near corner, past Clarke and into the near corner. His fourth of the season.

  • 29'

    Burke slips Gaffney who runs in behind and gets a strike away but Clarke palms it out for a corner. A comfortable save. The resulting corner comes to nothing and Hakiki eventually wins a free-kick.

  • 25'

    Gaffney collects the ball on the edge of the Shels box, he evades a tackle or two and slips it to Lyons inside the box, who cuts inside but the Shels defence do well to get a foot in before he can get a strike away.

  • 25'

    Gaffney collects the ball on the edge of the Shels box, he evades a tackle or two and slips it to Lyons inside the box, who cuts inside but the Shels defence do well to get a foot in before he can get a strike away.

  • 20'

    Neither side creating any chances since the goal. The majority of play occurring around the half way line.

  • 15'

    Shelbourne win the first corner of the game. A good delivery into the Rovers penalty area but it comes to nothing. Both sides cancelling each other out with the same formation and phases of play.

  • 10'

    The away side have began to grow into the game, starting to maintain possession and look to get in behind Rovers. Towell has an effort from distance that goes well, well wide.

  • 5'

    Shamrock Rovers have started the better of the two and have settled into the game with the goal, moving the ball easily from left to right looking to draw Shels out.

  • 2'

    1-0 Rovers and what a start from the home side. They work it up the right hand side, Burke slips it onto Gaffney who crosses it in, Watts let it beat him, and there is Richie Towell entering the penalty area and firing it into the far corner. 1-0 Shamrock Rovers

  • 1'

    The champions get us underway. Lovely evening in Tallaght for a game.

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Andy Lyons 23 Defender
11Sean Kavanagh Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender
4Roberto Lopes Defender
17Richie Towell Midfielder 2'
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
7Dylan Watts 26 Midfielder
8Ronan Finn 5 Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney 9 Forward
10Graham Burke Forward
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
6Barry Cotter Defender
2Sean Gannon Defender
23Neil Farrugia 2 Midfielder
5Lee Grace 8 Defender
9Aaron Greene 20 Forward
26Chris McCann 7 Midfielder
38Aidomo Emakhu Midfielder
21Justin Ferizaj Midfielder


1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
4Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
5Shane Griffin Defender
3Conor Kane Defender
23Luke Byrne Defender
6JJ Lunney Midfielder
16Aodh Dervin 21 Midfielder
9Sean Boyd Forward
10Jack Moylan 2 Midfielder
12Jad Hakiki 32 Midfielder
17Shane Farrell Forward
14Daniel Carr Forward
2John Ross Wilson 10 Defender
13Colm Cox Goalkeeper
19Stanley Anaebonam Forward
7Brian McManus Midfielder
21Gavin Molloy 16 Midfielder
25Lewis Webb Goalkeeper
32Kameron Ledwidge 12 Defender
33Gbemi Arubi Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 9)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 18)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 9)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Shelbourne


RefereeFourth Official
Rob HennessyDamien MacGraith


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

Final year Journalism student in DCU. St. Pats reporter. Celtic supporter.