Date Time League Season
12 July 2022 7:00 pm UEFA Champions League 2022/23

Match Report

Shamrock Rovers set up Ludogorets tie in the Second Round of UCL Qualifiers

Shamrock Rovers booked their place in the second qualifying round of the Champions League for the first time since 2011 when they played out a scoreless draw away to Hibs of Malta.

Leading 3-0 from the first leg, Rovers were comfortable throughout. Neither keeper was called into making a save of note until stoppage time when Mannus saved from Degabriele. Jurgen Degabriele had the best chance of the first half; he blasted the ball over the bar in the 45th minute while in the 80th minute Rory Gaffney dragged his shot wide.

Manager Stephen Bradley was able to introduce Jack Byrne as a sub in the 77th minute.

He was also able to have Graham Burke on the bench too after they both returned from injury.

The home side made three changes from the first leg in Tallaght. Ayrton Attard, Jack Grech and Terence Groothusen all started. Groothusen was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in Dublin and make the tie in Malta more interesting

Hibs put in a few crosses into the box but nothing to trouble Rovers. Roberto Lopes directed a header over the bar in the 14th minute for Hibs’ corner.

Rovers were comfortable but didn’t create anything of note. In the 29th minute, Rory Gaffney found Dylan Watts but Rodolfo Soares got back to make a good challenge.

The home side had two chances before the break. The first real scoring opportunity came in the 45th minute and it was the best chance of the half; Gabriel Izquier Artiles put a great cross into the box and Degabriele blasted his shot over the bar from close range. Minutes later Jack Grech had a half-chance as the sides went in scoreless at half-time. 

Substitute Richie Towell put the ball in the net in the 66th minute but it was ruled out for offside. Rory Gaffney had a great chance to break the deadlock but he dragged his shot wide in the 80th minute.

Hibs looked to get a consolation goal in stoppage time but Mannus saved from Degabriele.

  • 96'

    All over here and Rovers progress

  • 81'

    Vella is booked

  • 80'

    Rory Gaffney is off

  • 80'

    Emakhu is on

  • 80'

    Rory Gaffney through but drags his effort wide

  • 77'

    Dylan Watts off

  • 77'

    Jack Byrne is on

  • 77'

    Ronan Finn off

  • 77'

    Sean Gannon is on

  • 77'

    Chris McCann

  • 77'

    Sean Kavanagh is on for Rovers

  • 72'

    Ronan Finn is booked

  • 76'

    Zach Grech off

  • 76'

    Mensah on

  • 75'

    And they open up the Rovers defence but Vella should've done better with his effort.

  • 74'

    Hibs have offered nothing in this half

  • 68'

    Artiles goes off

  • 68'

    Zerafa is on

  • 68'

    Attard goes off

  • 68'

    Thaylor on for Hibs

  • 66'

    Richie Towell puts the ball in the net but it's offside

  • 65'

    The captain gets booked for a foul on Sean Hoare

  • 64'

    Effort from Jack Grech is way off target

  • 59'

    Aaron Greene goes off

  • 59'

    Richie Towell is on. Rovers first change

  • 49'

    Soares gets booked for retaliation

  • 49'

    Soares gets booked for retaliation

  • 46'

    Dylan Watts with the pass to Aaron Greene but he couldn't get a proper toe to the ball and the Hibs defender was back to clear

  • 45'

    0-0 at the break

  • 45'

    Jack Grech with a half chance for the home side.

  • 45'

    The best chance of the half falls to Hibs. Probably the only chance of the half. Great ball in by Artiles and Degabriele puts it over the bar.

  • 42'

    Hibs' are putting in strong challenges on the Rovers players

  • 39'

    Comfortable so far for Rovers.

  • 29'

    A near chance for Watts but Soares got back to make a good challenge

  • 26'

    There is a drinks break

  • 25'

    Graham Burke is booked for doing a warm-up behind the goal. He's not even on the pitch

  • 21'

    Neither keeper has had to make a save of note yet

  • 17'

    Hibs putting crosses into the box but Rovers are able to deal with that

  • 14'

    Roberto Lopes puts the ball over the bar for a corner for Hibs

  • 11'

    Ronan Finn gets a fierce belt of the ball in the forehead as Hibs threatened

  • 9'

    Nothing much to report in terms of chances

  • 2'

    Mannus gets a hand to it and pushes the danger away

  • 1'

    We are off in Malta

  • The home side have three changes to their starting line-up. Ayrton Attard, Jack Grech and Terence Groothusen all start.

  • Rovers hold a 3-0 first leg lead going into this game. Ronan Finn, Dylan Watts and Rory Gaffney with the goals in Tallaght.

  • The Rovers team is in and good news for Rovers fans with Graham Burke and Jack Byrne on the bench

  • Welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Hibs and Shamrock Rovers. I'm Deniese O'Flaherty.

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Andy Lyons Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender
4Roberto Lopes Defender
5Lee Grace Defender
7Dylan Watts 29 Midfielder
8Ronan Finn 2 Midfielder
9Aaron Greene 17 Forward
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney 38 Forward
26Chris McCann 11 Midfielder
2Sean Gannon 8 Defender
6Barry Cotter Defender
10Graham Burke Forward 25'
11Sean Kavanagh 26 Defender
17Richie Towell 9 Midfielder
21Justin Ferizaj Midfielder
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
29Jack Byrne 7 Midfielder
38Aidomo Emakhu 20 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(First Qualifying Round)
3 - 0
UEFA Champions League
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Hibernians


Tony Bezzina Stadium
Hibernians Stadium, Triq Xu, Paola, South Eastern Region, FGR1691, Malta

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