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

Match Report

Title winning Rovers finish league in Style

Second half goals by Graham Burke helped give Shamrock Rovers all three points, as he struck just right at the death to snatch a win, as they overcame Drogheda 2-1.

The champions are celebrating after their success tonight, but were made hard to work by the Drogs, a penalty by Mark Doyle had them ahead just before half time, but Burke came up again for his side to not spoil their title party.

A worthy title win in truth for the Hoops, they showed true grit as they battled from 1-0 down to take all three points.

The game brings the curtain down on the career of Joey O’Brien as the veteran defenders retires for pastures new, while Jack Byrne returns having been introduced to the fans before kick off, a boost ahead of the 2022 season.

The opening half provided very little in the way of action, it took until the 38th minute for the first major chance, Burke firing a great shot on goal but David Odumosu saved well to deny him. Just seconds later the visitors had a chance at the other end, Mark Doyle cutting in the by-line with his effort on goal beating Alan Mannus but going wide.

Just before the break the Claret and Blue Army looked to spoil the party, as Sean Hoare was penalised for a foul inside the area, as the referee pointed to the spot, contact looked minimal but the Rovers defender still saw yellow. Doyle stepped up to send Mannus the wrong way to see them 1-0 ahead at the break.

Just four minutes after the restart, Burke finished a fantastic attacking play to race in behind the Drogheda defence, and finished well past the onrushing Odumosu to tie the contest.

Rovers could have added to the lead after the hour mark, Joe Redmond with an amazing goal bound clearance to deny Danny Mandroiu, as it looked like a certain goal, the prolific forward lethal in the area.

It looked like the points would be shared by the clubs, but in the end Burke popped up to seal the win, a training ground routine from a corner allowed Burke to rise high, and finish with a powerful header into the back of the net.

  • 90'

    Full Time in Tallaght, Rovers enjoy the party as they win 2-1 thanks to a brace by Graham Burke

  • 88'


  • 76'

    Final change for Rovers as Conan Noonan comes in for Richie Towell

  • 74'

    Double asub for Drogheda James Clarke and Mo Boudiaf comes in for Mark Doyle and Darragh Markey

  • 73'

    Joey O'Brien leaves the field for the final time as he is replaced by Max Murphy

  • 70'

    Luke Heeney comes in for Dane Massey for the second change

  • 65'

    A fantastic goal line clearance by Joe Redmond keeps it at 1-1, he blocks a Danny Mandriou effort

  • 60'

    Both sides go to the bench with Ahu Obhakhan coming in for Dinny Corcoran while Roberto Lopes, Barry Cotter and Aidomo Emakhu come in for Ronan Finn Aaron Greene and Chris McCann

  • 55'

    A high tackle by Chris McCann sees him into the book

  • 49'

    And Rovers are level as Graham Burke races clear and finishes to the net

  • 45'

    Half Time in Tallaght and Drogheda aim to spoil the party as they lead 1-0 from a penalty by Mark Doyle

  • 44'

    Doyle sends Mannus the wrong way and scores from the spot

  • 43'

    Penalty for Drogheda as Sean Hoare is alleged to bring down his man

  • 39'

    Chance at the other end for the Drogs, Mark Doyle cuts in the by-line and has a shot which beats Alan Mannus but also goes wide

  • 38'

    Graham Burke has a great shot on goal but David Odumosu saves well to deny the lethal Hoops finisher

  • 15'

    Very little to report just yet as both sides have half chances but neither has broken the deadlock

  • A game of very little significance to the table, Rovers are in party mood and Drogheda would love to spoil the show and hand them their second home defeat of the season

  • Drogheda are the visitors and they will have former Bohs man Dinny Corcoran up top, he will look to net against the Hoops tonight, James Brown captains the Drogs

  • Shamrock Rovers bring the changes as Alan Mannus returns in net, Ronan Finn and Aaron Greene play as wing backs, Chris McCann partners Dylan Watts in the middle, as Graham Burke leads the line

  • You are very welcome to Tallaght Stadium for tonight's title celebration, as Shamrock Rovers face Drogheda with a 7:45 kick off, my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will keep you updated on tonight's events

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender 43'
7Dylan Watts Midfielder
8Ronan Finn 4 Midfielder
9Aaron Greene 6 Forward
10Graham Burke Forward 49', 88'
14Daniel Mandriou Midfielder
17Richie Towell 34 Midfielder
26Chris McCann 38 Midfielder 55'
28Joey O’Brien 24 Defender
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
4Roberto Lopes 8 Defender
6Barry Cotter 9 Defender
21Adam Wells Defender
24Max Murphy 28 Midfielder
27Dean McMenamy Midfielder
34Conan Noonan 17 Midfielder
38Aidomo Emakhu 26 Midfielder

Drogheda Utd

23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender
3Conor Kane Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender
7Darragh Markey 15 Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
10Dinny Corcoran 31 Forward
14Mark Doyle 22 Forward 44'
19Killian Phillips Midfielder
24Joe Redmond Defender
41Dane Massey 21 Defender
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
13Sam O’Brien Defender
15Mohamed Boudiaf 7 Defender
17Ronan Murray Forward
18Charles Mutawe Defender
21Luke Heeney 41 Midfielder
22James Clarke 14 Midfielder
25Kaleem Simon Midfielder
31Ahu Obhakhan 10 Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 24)
0 - 1
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 18)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United

(Series 6)
0 - 1
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 13)
3 - 2
First Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 4)
2 - 2
First Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United


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.