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Date Time League Season
12 August 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Shamrock Rovers and Derry share spoils at the Brandywell

League leaders Shamrock Rovers maintained their eight-point advantage above Derry City as they held the Candystripes to a goalless draw in a, nonetheless, enthralling encounter. Dundalk's win however takes them within four points of Shamrock

The first half seesawed as the Brandywell crowd made for a raucous atmosphere early on. Sean Hoare’s flicked header wide from Neil Furrigia’s cross their best chance amidst concerted pressure.

Given the recent soaring temperatures, water breaks were in play tonight and following the first, Derry sprang into life attacking Shamrock in waves.

With thirty-seven minutes played, Hoare was adjudged to have handballed from a Derry free kick and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Will Patching, passed fit to start, stepped up but sent an uncharacteristically tame effort to Alan Mannus’ left. A miss that let Shamrock off the hook.

Despite Jack Byrne’s arrival into the game as a substitute, clearcut chances remained at a premium. Indeed, Sean Kavanagh’s pearoller at Brian Maher’s was one of Rover’s better openings.

The home side scented blood and with Michael Duffy’s introduction, Mannus was forced into another sprawling stop.

Captain Patrick McEleney then engineered a golden opportunity for Ryan Graydon, but the winger’s shot hit the post from a narrow angle.

Despite a late surge, encouraged by the buoyant Brandywell crowd, a couple of flashing headers just wide from Cameron McJannet were the closest Derry came to snatching victory.

The visitors, despite the dropped points, will leave the happier of the sides considering their point tonight was a very hard-earned one. It rounds off a satisfying week’s work having also secured group stage European football for the near future.

While Dundalk’s win at Dalymount Park elevates them to within four points of Rovers, Derry are now languishing eight points adrift of the leaders.

Tonight’s results have teed us up for a mouthwatering clash between Shamrock and Dundalk next week. Derry will hope to get back to their goalscoring ways against Drogheda at the same time.

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  • 90'

    It finishes 0-0!

  • 90'

    Five minutes added on!

  • 89'

    Cameron Dummigan lashes a shot high and wide, Shamrock have ridden the storm very professionally so far

  • 85'

    Derry are piling the pressure on! McJanett again heads wide just wide, the ball won't go in for Derry!

  • 80'

    Richie Towell and Emakhu into the action for Rovers

  • 76'

    Mark Connolly is harshly booked for handball. Derry in the ascendancy and pushing for a winner

  • 72'

    As Cameron McJanett bravely heads wide, Cian Kavanagh is on for Derry. Aaron Greene and Dan Cleary on for the league leaders too

  • 66'

    Patrick McEleney weaves it into Ryan Graydon whose shot across goal hits the post, spits back out to McEleney but Shamrock block frantically!

  • 58'

    Duffy nearly scores immediately after Patching plays him in but Mannus gets down well

  • 58'

    James Akintunde and to a roaring ovation, Michael Duffy, replace Jamie McGonigle and Glass for the hosts

  • 53'

    Andy Lyons makes headway and sets up Kavanagh who strokes a shot into Maher's chest

  • 51'

    Jack Byrne is on as Burke goes down and cannot continue

  • 46'

    Back underway!

  • 45'

    0-0 at half time but very entertaining!

  • 45'

    Sean Kavanagh is shown the yellow card for a foul on Glass

  • 45'

    Gaffney swivels and fires a low drive wide as we enter four minutes of first half stoppage time

  • 37'

    Patching has missed a penalty for Derry after handball is alleged in the area! Ryan Graydon is then denied from close range by Alan Mannus

  • 30'

    Gannon joins Watts in the book as he slides in late and recklessly on Will Patching

  • 28'

    Watts is the first player booked for stopping Derry from taking a free kick quickly

  • 23'

    The league leaders are dominating now. Neil Furriga wins another corner from which Sean Hoare flashes a header wide

  • 20'

    Now Graham Burke is lucky to avoid at least a booking as he presses and slides in late on home keeper, Brian Maher

  • 19'

    Sean Gannon hooks the ball back in and Rory Gaffney directs a difficult header just wide of the post

  • 18'

    Shamrock are now enjoying some sustained pressure in Derry's half, Dylan Watts delivery forcing the Derry defence into multiple blocks

  • 10'

    The home side on top as Glass slides in Ciaran Coll down the left but the defender puts a poor cross straight behind and Shamrock have an easy out

  • 5'

    Good early tempo, Derry's Declan Glass is getting on the ball a lot in these early stages

  • 1'

    Underway!

  • Good evening and welcome to FinalWhistle.ie's coverage of Derry City vs Shamrock Rovers in the Premier Division tonight. Kick off is at 7:45

Derry City

26Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
17Cameron McJannet Defender
6Mark Connolly Defender 75'
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
23Sadou Diallo Midfielder
14Will Patching Midfielder
10Patrick McEleney Midfielder
21Declan Glass 7 Midfielder
19Ryan Graydon Forward
9Jamie McGonigle 11 Forward
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
2Ronan Boyce Defender
7Michael Duffy 21 Midfielder
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
11James Akintunde 9 Forward
16Shane McEleney Defender
20Brandon Kavanagh Midfielder
24Danny Lafferty Defender
Cian Kavanagh 19 Midfielder

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender 30'
3Sean Hoare Defender
5Lee Grace Defender
22Andy Lyons Defender
11Sean Kavanagh 17 Defender 45'
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
23Neil Farrugia 21 Midfielder
7Dylan Watts 9 Midfielder 28'
10Graham Burke 29 Forward
20Rory Gaffney 38 Forward
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
21Daniel Cleary 23 Defender
8Ronan Finn Midfielder
9Aaron Greene 7 Forward
17Richie Towell 11 Midfielder
21Justin Ferizaj Midfielder
29Jack Byrne 10 Midfielder
28Gideon Tetteh Forward
38Aidomo Emakhu 20 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 15)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Derry City

(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

Ground

The Brandywell
Ryan McBride Brandywell, Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48 6NP, United Kingdom

QUB Student, passion for Sports Journalism