|30 April 2021||7:45 pm||Premier Division||2021|
Shamrock Rovers comfortably beat Finn Harps to keep up with St. Pat’s at the top of the Premier Division. It was a game of very few chances at Finn Park.
The home side hardly had a sniff at goal throughout the 90, as the Hoops dominated the ball.
A spilled cross by Mark McGinley fell at the feet of Rory Gaffney to gift Rovers the opening goal. This was then added to by a Sean Hoare header, to put the result beyond any doubt.
There was very little to report about the first half. The Hoops passed and passed and passed without a lot produced. Harps by contrast worked hard and got stuck in, whilst maintaining a sturdy defensive shape.
This form was called into question early on though. Graham Burke charged through on goal, after some poor play on the ball by Kosovar Sadiki let Rovers in. The number 10 went down, but referee Rob Hennessy was having none of it, and booked Burke for simulation.
After a rather dreary 65 minutes, in which neither side had greatly threatened the opposition goal, some changes mixed things up a little. Karl O’Sullivan bombed down the right and pulled a pass across the face of goal. Substitute Tunde Owolabi was inches away from sticking the ball in the net, a goal that could have changed the game.
With the match seemingly going nowhere, Dylan Watts put a floated cross into the box. Out came McGinley from the Harps net. He flapped at the ball, it dropped, and Gaffney wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity that good. It was a howler that would give any ‘keeper nightmares.
Stephen Bradley’s side continued to press and tried to find a second goal. Another Watts ball into the box caused chaos in the home side’s defence. Up rose Sean Hoare, heading the ball firmly into the net for two-nil.
Shamrock Rovers were in control for most of the game, and so had no trouble closing out the final minutes. This keeps them level with St Pat’s, and maintains their impressive unbeaten record.
For Ollie Horgan (who just so happened to be sent off) this was a disappointing performance, where his game plan of sit back and hit on the break, just didn’t work. It’s also another game without a win. Their great start to the season seems very far away now.
|3'||10. Graham Burke|
|5. Dave Webster||62'|
|74'||20. Rory Gaffney|
|81'||3. Sean Hoare|
|17. Mark Russell||90'|
|90'||16. Gary O'Neill|
|Rob Hennessy||Darragh Keegan|
|Finn Park, Navenny Street, Stranorlar Electoral Division, Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District, County Donegal, F93 Y27K, Ireland|