Date Time League Season
5 November 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Second half goals key for Rovers

A brace from Danny Mandroiu saw Shamrock Rovers come from behind to record a 3-1 win away to Waterford Utd at the RSC.

John Martin had given the home side the lead in the 12th minute when he took advantage of a mix-up in the Rovers defence to finish Jack Stafford’s cross to the net. Rovers were back on level terms on 70 minutes when Mandroiu headed home Dylan Watts’ corner.

Rovers took the lead six minutes later when a Watts free met the head of Sean Hoare and he made no mistake. Watts was provider for Rovers’ third when he set up Mandroiu for his second goal of the game.

This result, coupled with Finn Harps’ 1-1 draw with neighbours Derry City, sees Waterford drop to 9th in the table. Both sides are on 40 points but Harps have a better goal difference. With just two games left to play the battle to avoid the play-off spot has really heated up.

Aaron Greene should’ve done better in the 10th minute when he picked up possession but his effort went wide of the goal. On 12 minutes the home side took the lead through John Martin.

Minutes later the game was held up for nine minutes as some of the travelling Rovers supporters let off fireworks. When the game resumed it took both teams a while to get back into their stride. 

Both sides had half chances. Rovers came close to levelling matters on 41 minutes but Graham Burke brought a fine save out of Blues keeper Brian Murphy.

Rovers began to assert their pressure as the game went on. Greene hit a shot at Murphy on 68 minutes under pressure from Blues defender Greg Halford.

The champions drew level on 70 minutes through their top marksman Mandroiu. It rattled the home side and six minutes later they were caught out by another set piece as Sean Hoare headed them in front.

The Blues tried to grab an equaliser with substitute Junior dragging his effort wide on 79 minutes. Minutes later Eddie Nolan headed over from a Phoenix Patterson free-kick. In the first minute of stoppage time Rovers claimed the win when Mandroiu grabbed his second of the night.

  • 94'

    Martin booked for a tackle on Kieran Cruise

  • 91'

    A second for the prolific scorer Mandroiu

  • 89'

    Cruise on for Neil Farrugia

  • 86'

    Zayd Abada comes on for Graham Burke. It's his debut.

  • 78'

    Junior drags his effort wide as the Blues try to get an equaliser

  • 75'

    Griffin makes way for Darragh Power

  • 76'

    A Dylan Watts free is headed to the net by Sean Hoare

  • 71'

    A corner from Dylan Watts is headed to the net by Danny Mandroiu

  • 70'

    That man again is on target for Rovers

  • 68'

    Under pressure from Greg Halford Aaron Greene hits his effort at Murphy.

  • 67'

    Aaron Greene does well to pick up possession but hits the ball back too hard.

  • 62'

    There is a crowd of 2,804 at the RSC

  • 60'

    Rovers make a change

  • 60'

    Lee Grace is the player that makes way

  • 56'

    Tshipamba makes way for Junior

  • 56'

    Waterford make their first change

  • 51'

    An effort from Danny Mandroiu is too easy for Brian Murphy to gather.

  • 46'

    An announcement just before the second half started stated that if there was anymore anti-social behaviour the game would be abandoned. That came from the referee.

  • 42'

    Curling shot from Lee Grace but Brian Murphy is down on it.

  • 41'

    A shot from Graham Burke brings a good save out of Brian Murphy.

  • 34'

    A header from Neil Farrugia is straight at Brian Murphy.

  • 32'

    Shane Griffin did well to get into the box but Lee Grace is back to divert the ball out for a throw.

  • 26'

    Jack Stafford with an effort because I don't know if it was meant to be a cross or a shot.

  • 25'

    Waterford's defence doing well so far here. Rovers not creating too much though.

  • 22'

    Danny Mandroiu releases Sean Gannon down the right flank, he puts the ball into the box but Greg Halford is able to block the ball.

  • 12'

    John Martin breaks the deadlock here.

  • 18'

    Nearly a nine minute delay and we are back underway here.

  • 17'

    The home supporters are venting their displeasure at the actions of some Rovers supporters. Shameful

  • 16'

    Waterford manager Marc Bircham calls his players into the dressing room.

  • 15'

    The game is called to a halt here in the RSC as Shamrock Rovers fans let off fireworks.

  • 12'

    A mix up in the Rovers defence allows John Martin in to open the scoring for the Blues.

  • 10'

    The ball is played across the box to Aaron Greene but his effort is poor. He should've done better.

  • 6'

    The ball falls nicely to John Martin but he struggles to get his shot off.

  • 5'

    Little to report in terms of action.

  • Waterford give the champions Rovers a guard of honour.

  • Waterford have a good record at home. The last team to win at the RSC was Shamrock Rovers, back in June.

  • Shamrock Rovers come here as the 2021 SSE Airtricity League Champions after clinching the title last weekend. They've made a number of changes for tonight's game.

  • It's another important game for Waterford as the battle to avoid being in the relegation play-off spot intensifies. Waterford are in 8th position at the moment, one point ahead of Finn Harps who are in 9th.

  • It's another important game for Waterford as the battle to avoid being in the relegation play-off spot intensifies. Waterford are in 8th position at the moment, one point ahead of Finn Harps who are in 9th.

  • Good evening and welcome to the Final Whistle's coverage of Waterford and Shamrock Rovers from the RSC. I'm Deniese O'Flaherty and will be taking you through tonight's proceedings.


1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
3Cameron Evans Defender
20Greg Halford Defender
7Shane Griffin 2 Midfielder
8Anthony Wordsworth Midfielder
12John Martin Forward 12'
14Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
44Phoenix Patterson Midfielder
19Jack Stafford Midfielder
21Isaac Tshipamba Mulowayi 11 Midfielder
46Eddie Nolan Defender
Jamal Dupree Midfielder
2Darragh Power 7 Defender 90'
5George Forrest Defender
6Kyle Ferguson Defender
11Armando Junior Quitirna 21 Midfielder
16Jeremie Milambo Defender
16Ronaldo Romario Green Midfielder
22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
26Callum Stringer Midfielder

Shamrock Rovers

25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender 76'
4Roberto Lopes Defender
5Lee Grace 24 Defender
7Dylan Watts Midfielder
9Aaron Greene Forward
10Graham Burke 40 Forward
14Daniel Mandriou Midfielder 70', 90'
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder 84'
23Neil Farrugia 41 Midfielder
1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
24Max Murphy 5 Midfielder
28Joey O’Brien Defender
40Zayd Abada 10
41Kieran Cruise 23 Defender 90'
42Carl Lennox Defender

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Regional Sports Centre
Waterford Regional Sports Centre, Inner Ring Road, Kilbarry, Waterford, County Waterford, Munster, X91 KT29, Ireland

Deniese is a freelance sports journalist/broadcaster. She has worked for several local and national media outlets. GAA and soccer are her great loves and she also follows rugby league and snooker. She's a big supporter of her local clubs St. Mary's GAA Granard and Longford Town. She also follows Celtic, Liverpool and Leeds Rhinos. She presented and produced a popular sports podcast last year where she interviewed Ray Houghton, Chris Kamara and John Hartson. Deniese is currently Head of Communications for Boccia Ireland