Date Time League Season
1 October 2021 8:00 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Mandriou’s the Man for Rovers

A fantastic finish by Daniel Mandroiu, just before the half time interval, helped seal all three points from Shamrock Rovers, as they recorded a 2-1 win over Derry at Tallaght Stadium tonight.

Derry broke the deadlock in the 6th minute, Danny Lafferty with a powerful header from a free kick. The home side equalised through a Lee Grace header, from a Ronan Finn cross.

It was Mandroiu again who proved the winner for The Hoops, after great build up by Barry Cotter, he found space in behind to find the target.

The game itself was decided in the opening half, all three goals coming before the half time interval, the second half was a cagey affair but one that Rovers controlled until the end, and could have added further goals.

The home side had the early possession but it was Derry, who managed to break the deadlock, as Danny Lafferty rose highest to head home a Jack Malone free kick.

The Hoops really put the pressure on after the goal, Nathan Gartside and the Derry defence doing well to deny chances. Against the run of play Alan Mannus had to be on hand, to deny Lafferty from close range.

The pressure told for the Derry defence, Ronan Finn played in a lovely cross to the area, Lee Grace was on hand to power home a header into the Derry goal.

Mandroiu made it 2-1 just before the break, Barry Cotter keeping the ball well and playing, Mandroiu who fired into the back of the net.

Lafferty had the first chance of the second half, but his header went wide of the goal. Gartside was on hand again to make a great save from Rory Gaffney.

A half of very few chances in truth as Roberto Lopes and Jamie McGonigle, both had goal bound efforts but neither could find the net.

Aaron Greene had a chance late on to make it 3-1, he combined well with Aidomo Emakhu, but he failed to hit the target. The win sees The Hoops sit nine points ahead, of second place St Patrick’s Athletic at the top of the table. 

  • 90'

    Full Time in Tallaght, a great night for Rovers with the business being done in the first half, Grace and Mandriou finding the net as they claim all three points

  • 89'

    Late chance as Emakhu and Greene combine with the latter missing the target

  • 84'

    Emakhu comes in to replace Gaffney late on

  • 78'

    More changes for Rovers, Farrugia and McCann come in for Mandroiu and Cotter

  • 76'

    Will Fitzgerald is the first change for Derry, he comes in for Jack Malone

  • 71'

    Aaron Greene comes in for Dylan Watts in the first change of the night

  • 65'

    Another chance for Rovers as Lopes heads over the bar

  • 65'

    Gaffney picks up a yellow card, the first of the night

  • 63'

    Gartside makes a fantastic save to deny Rory Gaffney

  • 46'

    No changes at the break as we kick off for the second half

  • 45'

    Half Time in Tallaght, a great half of football ends with Shamrock Rovers turning the game on its head, Grace and Mandriou find the net as Danny Lafferty opened the scoring

  • 44'

    Shamrock Rovers take the lead as Danny Mandriou finds the target after Barry Cotter does amazingly well in the build up

  • 19'

    Shamrock Rovers draw level as Ronan Finn plays a cross into the box and Lee Grace heads home with a great header

  • 6'

    Derry City take the lead as Danny Lafferty powers home a header from a free kick

  • Three points would put Rovers further up the table, giving them breathing space ahead of St Patricks Athletic, Derry will aim to claw themselves closer to Sligo Rovers, with the hopes of European football

  • Derry City go with a familiar looking lineup, Junior and Akintunde are aiming to find the net again this week, Bastien Hery is named in the midfield, Nathan Gartside remains between the sticks and is a strong player

  • Shamrock Rovers have Barry Cotter & Ronan Finn as wing backs, Dylan Watts & Gary O’Neill partner each other in midfield, Rory Gaffney will look to provide the goals with Mandroiu and Towell helping him in attack

  • A wet night in Dublin for tonights meeting of Shamrock Rovers V Derry City, horrible conditions for football but has all the signs to be a fantastic night of football, as we kick off in 20 minutes

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
4Roberto Lopes Defender
5Lee Grace Defender 19'
6Barry Cotter 23 Defender
7Dylan Watts 9 Midfielder
8Ronan Finn Midfielder
14Daniel Mandriou 26 Midfielder 44'
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
17Richie Towell Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney 38 Forward 65'
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
3Sean Hoare Defender
9Aaron Greene 7 Forward
11Sean Kavanagh Defender
23Neil Farrugia 6 Midfielder
24Max Murphy Midfielder
26Chris McCann 14 Midfielder
32Conan Noonan Midfielder
38Aidomo Emakhu 20 Midfielder

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
6Eoin Toal Defender
10Jamie McGonigle Forward
11James Akintunde Forward
20Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Forward
21Cameron McJannet Defender
21Bastien Hery Midfielder
24Danny Lafferty Defender 6'
29Jack Malone 7 Midfielder
33Aaron Harkin Midfielder
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
7Will Fitzgerald 29 Midfielder
20Darren Cole Defender
24Mark McChrystal Defender
25Evan McLaughlin Defender
31Patrick Ferry Forward
Gerard Storey Midfielder

Past Meetings

(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


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

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.