Date Time League Season
16 July 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Goals galore as Rovers win in Derry

Shamrock Rovers were forced to work hard for all three points in their return to league action tonight, as they had to overcome a 2-0 deficit to come out 4-2 winners at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.

Goals from Graham Burke, Ronan Finn, Rory Gaffney and Richie Towell cancelled out first half strikes by Ronan Boyce and a penalty by Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, despite midweek European action, the win now sees Rovers go top of the table by virtue of goal difference.

The home side were much the better team in the opening 45 minutes but a spirited second half performance by Shamrock Rovers ensured they would take the three points tonight; as they found their goal scoring form in a performance that showcases their worth as champions.

A shock looked on the cards midway through the first half, as Derry broke the deadlock in the 21st minute.

Will Fitzgerald ran into the box and squared the ball across the face of goal with defender Ronan Boyce, of all people; on hand to finish to the net from close range..

Just on the half hour, Derry doubled their lead as the referee pointed for a penalty when Roberto Lopes was penalised for a foul inside the area. Junior stepped up and left Alan Mannus no chance in saving the penalty as the northern side looked in dreamland.

Rovers had very few chances in the first half but managed to convert their first shot on goal as Graham Burke gathered a weak clearance in the Derry box and finished slow past Gartside.

The second half was all the way of the Tallaght side, Ronan Finn netted for the visitors in the 55th minute as Shamrock Rovers looked to have finally arrived into the game.

Just after the hour mark, Derry found themselves 3-2 behind as Rory Gaffney who came off the bench at the break, finished to the net with a spectacular effort as the Hoops were finishing the game on a high.

Richie Towell finished the goal scoring route for his side in the 74th minute, a fantastic link up between Graham Burke, sent him straight through the Derry defence as he made no mistakes finishing low to the net. 

  • 93'

    Dylan Duffy comes in late to replace Graham Burke

  • 86'

    Dean McMenamy replaces Aaron Greene

  • 74'

    Patrick Ferry comes in for Ciaran Coll

  • 74'

    A great solo effort by Richie Towell has Rovers 4-2 ahead

  • 60'

    Harkin goes into the book

  • 62'

    WHAT A FINISH BY RORY GAFFNEY, what a tie we have here, 2-0 down to now lead 3-2

  • 60'

    Darren Cole comes in Jack Malone

  • 60'

    Jamie McGonigle comes in for Will Fitzgerald

  • 60'

    Big chance for Rovers as Liam Scales gets a chance in front of the Derry Goal but Gartside gets down to prevent any further punishment

  • 55'

    Rovers are level as Ronan Finn, taps home from a Liam Scales cross across the face of goal

  • 48'

    Only on the field a matter of minutes, Rory Gaffney picks up a card

  • 46'

    Another half time change as Rory Gaffney replaces Lee Grace

  • 46'

    Despite not being on the team sheet Richie Towell comes on for Mandriou

  • 43'

    A great chance for Rovers to go level but Gartside manages to save low to deny Dylan Watts

  • 41'

    Graham Burke gets one back for Rovers as he fires a shot home from the edge of the area

  • 30'

    Roberto Lopes picks up a Yellow Card for the foul leading to the penalty

  • 30'

    Junior converts the penalty 2-0 Derry, what a start for the homeside!

  • 30'


  • 29'

    Great chance for Derry to make it 2-0. Junior gets into the box in space but his shot forces a great save from Alan Mannus to keep it out

  • 21'

    Derry take first blood here, Will Fitzgerald takes a huge amount of credit for this goal, he runs into the box and squares the ball across and Ronan Boyce of all people finishes to the net

  • With the teams now in, we see changes for both sides, Will Fitzgerald replaces Darren Cole for Derry, while Rovers make four changes from their Champions League win over Slovan Bratislava on Tuesday night, in come Sean Kavanagh, Aaron Greene and Dylan Watts, out go Joey O'Brien, Richie Towell and Rory Gaffney

  • You are welcome to a lovely evening at the Brandywell for tonights action in the SSE Airtricity League between Derry City and Shamrock Rovers, we await the teams for tonights game, my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will keep you updated on tonights events

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll 31 Defender
4Ciaron Harkin Midfielder 60'
6Eoin Toal Defender
7Will Fitzgerald 10 Midfielder
11James Akintunde Forward
15Ronan Boyce Defender 21'
20Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Forward 30'
21Cameron McJannet Defender
24Danny Lafferty Defender
29Jack Malone 20 Midfielder
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
9David Parkhouse Forward
10Jamie McGonigle 7
20Darren Cole 29 Defender
25Evan McLaughlin Defender
31Patrick Ferry 3 Forward
33Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
36Brendan Barr Midfielder

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
4Roberto Lopes Defender 30'
5Lee Grace 20 Defender
7Dylan Watts Midfielder
8Ronan Finn 24 Midfielder
9Aaron Greene 27 Forward
10Graham Burke 29 Forward 41'
11Sean Kavanagh Defender
14Daniel Mandriou 17 Midfielder
15Liam Scales Defender
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
17Richie Towell 14 Midfielder 74'
20Rory Gaffney 5 Forward 62'
21Adam Wells Defender
24Max Murphy 8 Midfielder
27Dean McMenamy 9 Midfielder
28Joey O’Brien Defender
29Dylan Duffy 10 Midfielder
37Kevin Zefi Midfielder

Past Meetings

(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


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

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.