Date Time League Season
18 September 2022 5:00 pm FAI Cup 2022

Match Report

Derry City knock Shamrock Rovers out of the Cup AET

Derry City advanced to the FAI Cup semi-finals after a thrilling, feisty 3-1 win over ten-man Shamrock Rovers, that was dramatically decided in extra time

It is almost an understatement to call this match a classic cup tie but ultimately that is exactly what it was, packed with incident, a thrilling Brandywell atmosphere and drama aplenty.

The first big moment came in the twentieth minute as Jamie McGonigle picked the ideal time to end his 15-game goal drought! Cameron McJannet’s brilliant cross was calmly headed back across goal by Mark Connolly and McGonigle instinctively headed home.

Cameron Dummigan thundered a shot off the crossbar before Rovers were reduced to ten men.

Shamrock defender, Lee Grace was shown a straight red card by referee Rob Hennessy after shoving Derry’s captain, Patrick McEleney to the floor. A definite penalty but harsh sending off.

Will Patching stepped up, but it was déjà vu as he lashed against the crossbar, having also missed a penalty against Shamrock in the league.

Derry were dominant yet with the score only 1-0, they were always vulnerable.

Shamrock punished their profligacy midway through the second half. Neil Farrugia sliced the backline open, Andy Lyons shot and despite Brian Maher saving, the tireless Rory Gaffney gleefully gobbled up the loose ball.

Cameron McJannet & Joe Thomson spurned headers high & wide for Derry as the tie ticked towards extra time.

However, within six minutes of extra time, Danny Lafferty proved an unlikely hero as the experienced substitute rose high, heading home from Michael Duffy’s wicked corner.

Youngster Brandon Kavanagh, also on as a sub, added gloss to the score when he weaved through a shattered Shamrock defence and slotted home his first goal for the Candystripes!

An enthralling encounter, will it have psychological ramifications on the fight for the league title between these two? The coming games should tell.

  • 120'

    FULL TIME: Derry City-3 Shamrock Rovers-1! WHAT A CUP GAME! At the end of it all, it is the Candystripes through to the semi-finals!!

  • 117'

    Dummigan named Man of the Match on RTE2

  • 115'

    Boyce & Burke booked for clashing as tempers flare over

  • 113'

    Duffy departs to a standing, roaring ovation as Ryan Graydon comes on

  • 110'

    GOAL: Another sub Brandon Kavanagh has surely sealed Derry's semi-final spot as he takes Akintunde's pass, dances through a tired Rovers defence & slots home his first goal for Derry! Against his former club & all!!

  • 106'


  • 105'

    My mistake, you get an extra sub in extra time! Young Giddeon Tetteh replaces Power!

  • 105'


  • 105'

    Rovers down to nine as Power can't continue & they've used all their subs! Watts tests Maher with a low effort but Maher is behind it

  • 97'

    Amidst all that excitement, Dylan Watts has been thrown on in place for Furrigia for Shamrock

  • 96'

    GOAL: Danny Lafferty, the hometown boy, what a time to get your first goal of the season! A brilliant header past Pohls from Duffy's wicked delivery!!

  • 92'

    Dummigan, like McEleney before, takes a booking for the team as Power's pace nearly got him in on goal!

  • 90'


  • 90'

    EXTRA TIME: And that's the last kick! Into extra time, we go!

  • 95'

    CHANCE: Thomson puts a header wide on the run from Lafferty's cross!

  • 93'

    Patrick McEleney takes a yellow card for the team there as otherwise, Shamrock were away there

  • 92'

    CHANCE: McJannet powers a free header wide from Duffy's corner!!

  • 90'

    Five minutes added on, are we to witness a late winner before extra time?

  • 88'

    Graham Burke replaces Byrne. Simon power also on for Gaffney

  • 85'

    Five minutes until extra time is upon us...

  • 83'

    Attacking change for Derry: Brandon Kavanagh on for Sadou Diallo. Ronan Finn replaces Chris McCann for Rovers

  • 81'

    CLASH: Pohls very brave there as he comes to claim McEleney's cross & collides with Akintunde

  • 77'

    CHANCE: Thomson bustles into the area, unleashing a low drive at Pohls!

  • 74'

    Experience for experience as Danny Lafferty comes on for Shane McEleney

  • 71'

    Double change made by Higgins: Joe Thomson & James Akintunde on for Patching & McGonigle

  • 66'

    Gaffney equalises! Jack Byrne frees Farrugia who capitalises on an overload, his cutback is met by Andy Lyons & whilst Maher denies him, the rebound falls for the tireless Gaffney to turn home! 1-1!

  • 65'

    Into the last 25 minutes, will we see a second Derry goal or a dramatic Shamrock leveller?

  • 64'

    Connolly, to the relief of Derry, shakes off a tight hamstring to continue playing, he seems ok now

  • 57'

    First sighting of goal for Rory Gaffney but it's a slim one as his shot from an angle is easily gathered by Brian Maher

  • 55'

    CHANCE: Another opportunity for the hosts as McEleney flicks a header on from Patching's corner, right across the face of goal, just needed a touch! The hosts desperate to calm the nerves with a second goal

  • 50'

    TACKLE: Neil Farrugia looks like he's away & in on goal for Shamrock but Connolly keeps calm, crucially intervening!

  • 48'

    CHANCE: Ronan Boyce scurries infield from the right but can only shoot straight at Pohls

  • 46'


  • 45'

    HALF TIME: 1-0 to Derry at the break! And breathe!!

  • 40'

    SUBSITUTION: Garry O'Neill on for the unfortunate Aaron Green as the visitors reshuffle with ten men

  • 39'

    MISSED PENALTY: Patching fires his spotkick high & against the crossbar! Lightning strikes twice! Red card looked soft as Grace shoved Patrick McEleney to the floor, an obvious foul but red card worthy

  • 38'

    Penalty to Derry & Lee Grace is red carded!

  • 36'

    Now Shamrock's Daniel Cleary is booked after McGonigle cleverly draws the foul- card more for an accumulation of fouls than that one challenge, I would say

  • 30'

    Patching goes in the book for a soft handoff into Sean Gannon's face. Manager Ruaidhri Higgins also sees yellow for his protests. Safe to say that's got the home crowd riled up!

  • 22'

    CROSSBAR: Dummigan goes close again as he thunders a shot off the crossbar following fine pressing from Michael Duffy & McGonigle to create the chance! Rovers on the ropes?

  • 19'

    GOAL: Jamie McGonigle, what a time to end his 15-game goal drought! Cameron McJannet swings in a delightful ball, defender Mark Connolly heads it across goal & McGonigle sweeps it into the net!

  • 11'

    CHANCE: Patching bursts into the area & pulls it expertly for his captain Patrick McEleney however the ball bobbles off him allowing Shamrock to clear

  • 6'

    CHANCE: Pohls passes his first big test as Will Patching's free kick drifts to the back post where Cameron Dummigan slams a shot in on the volley but Pohls makes himself big & saves with his chest

  • KICK OFF: Underway!

  • NEARLY KICKOFF TIME: Teams emerging from the tunnel to a loud, buoyant & brilliant Brandywell atmosphere

  • TEAM NEWS: Cup keeper Leon Pohls, defender Sean Kavanagh & forward Aaron Green are Shamrock's three changes from their 3-0 defeat to Gent on Thursday night

  • TEAM NEWS: Derry change one from Tuesday's league win over Sligo- Sadou Diallo returns to midfield in place of winger Ryan Graydon, who is on the bench

  • WELCOME: Good afternoon and welcome to I'm Rory Morrow and I'll be keeping you updated throughout our final FAI Cup quarter final of the weekend as the Premier Division's top two teams, Derry City & Shamrock Rovers, go head-to-head

Derry City

26Brian Maher Goalkeeper
17Cameron McJannet Defender
16Shane McEleney 24 Defender
6Mark Connolly Defender
2Ronan Boyce Defender 115'
23Cameron Dummigan Defender 92'
23Sadou Diallo 20 Midfielder
10Patrick McEleney Midfielder 93'
14Will Patching 8 Midfielder 30'
7Michael Duffy 19 Midfielder
9Jamie McGonigle Forward 19'
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
8Joe Thomson 14 Midfielder
11James Akintunde 7 Forward
19Ryan Graydon 7 Forward
21Declan Glass Midfielder
20Brandon Kavanagh 23 Midfielder 110'
22Jordan McEneff Midfielder
24Danny Lafferty 16 Defender 96'
29Cian Kavanagh Forward

Shamrock Rovers

25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
5Lee Grace Defender 38'
6Daniel Cleary Defender 36'
11Sean Kavanagh Defender
22Andy Lyons Defender
23Neil Farrugia 7 Midfielder
26Chris McCann 8 Midfielder
29Jack Byrne 10 Midfielder
9Aaron Greene 16 Forward
20Rory Gaffney 14 Forward 66'
1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
7Dylan Watts 23 Midfielder
8Ronan Finn 26 Midfielder
10Graham Burke 29 Forward 115'
14Simon Power 28 Midfielder
16Gary O’Neill 9 Midfielder
18Viktor Serdeniuk Midfielder
21Justin Ferizaj Midfielder
28Gideon Tetteh 14 Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 27)
0 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Shamrock Rovers

(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


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

QUB Student, passion for Sports Journalism