Date Time League Season
18 October 2021 7:15 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Stalemate in Dublin Derby

A Stephen McGuinness error gifted 10-man Shamrock Rovers a point in the Dublin Derby, as the Hoops drew 1-1 with Bohemians at Tallaght Stadium.

After a cagey opening, a fast Bohs break led to an open goal for Liam Burt, who slotted home to open the scoring.

Promise Omochere then raced through on goal looking to make it two, but Pico Lopes pulled him down and saw red for his trouble.

With the crowd behind them in the second-half, the Hoops tried to drag themselves back into the game.

Their luck turned as a tame Towell strike looped through the hands of McGuinness to nestle in the bottom corner.

Bohemians started the better of the two teams, passing the ball crisply and dominating possession, while the hosts struggled to gain a foothold.

Chances were few and far between, and it was the Gypsies who upped their game, crafting a couple of quality chances. Burt’s sizzling snapshot just missing the post, and Dawson Devoy’s curling effort palmed away by Alan Mannus.

The Hoops were floundering, and so the visitors took their opportunity. A delightful flowing move starting with Ali Coote on the right, moving to Omochere, and then Keith Ward, was finished with ease by Burt.

With the play continuing to favour Keith Longs men, Pico Lopes grabbed a handful of Omochere’s shirt while the forward moved towards the Rovers box. Referee Neil Doyle took his time, reached for the red card and sent the centre-half traipsing down the tunnel.

With it all to do in the second half, Rovers tried to up the tempo and get the home support roaring. They succeeded, with a Barry Cotter run and off-target shot prompting a swell in the noise level.

Bradley’s men seized upon this, and Richie Towell lined up a shot from a fair way out. The strike was straight at McGuinness, but the replacement ‘keeper let the ball through his hands and up over his shoulder into the net.

Cue an eruption of sound in Tallaght, and the Hoops had an unlikely lifeline.

The rivals traded chances into the last moments, when substitute Aidomo Emakhu found himself free as a bird, haring towards goal after a mistake from Rob Cornwall. It was McGuinness who would redeem himself, as the ‘keeper made himself big to prevent a winner.

Stephen Bradley’s men worked some magic again to grab a point in the derby. For Keith Long and Bohs it’s another disappointing result from a dominant position.

  • Full Time: Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Bohemians

  • 90'

    Yellow card for Devoy.

  • 90'

    Yellow card for Ronan Finn.

  • 90'

    There's a bit of a melee as the derby heats up with seconds to go.

  • 90'

    Emakhu should score, through one on one but McGuinness makes a huge save! What a moment, the 'keeper has somewhat redeemed himself with that.

  • 90'

    Emakhu stabs a shot inches wide!

  • 90'

    Lyons and Levingston are on for Bohs.

  • 90'

    Burke is on for Hoops.

  • 90'

    Kavanagh is straight back off for Hoops.

  • 89'

    Barry Cotter is off for the Hoops

  • 89'

    Sean Kavanagh is on for the Hoops

  • 88'

    Emakhu has a shot, it bobbles up awkwardly for McGuinness, who has to reach back and tip it over.

  • 87'

    It looks like it'll be an exciting last few minutes. Both teams want to win this.

  • 85'

    Bohs are under pressure, Ronan Finn sees his strike deflect wide off Jamie Mullins.

  • 83'

    Idowu is through after being played in by Burt. He shoots instead of playing a cross and Mannus easily saves.

  • 80'

    Ali Coote is off for Bohs.

  • 80'

    Roland Idowu is on for the visitors.

  • 79'

    Rob Cornwall leans back to meet a corner and head towards goal. The effort is weak and Mannus comfortably catches.

  • 76'

    Bohs need to calm down, keep hold of the ball and quieten the crowd. The home support are in full voice, and it's driving on the Hoops, while Keith Long's men have been sloppy and rushed.

  • 74'

    Keith Ward is off for Bohs.

  • 74'

    Jamie Mullins is on for Bohs.

  • 70'

    A mistake by McGuinness has drawn a game level in which Bohs were pretty comfortable.

  • 69'

    Richie Towell scores from distance! His shot is straight at McGuinness, but the 'keeper spills it and the ball loops into the back of the net.

  • 67'

    Mandroiu, Gaffney and Watts are off for the Hoops.

  • 67'

    Triple change from Stephen Bradley. Emakhu, Greene and Farrugia are on for the hosts.

  • 64'

    Keith Ward plays a pass between the Hoops centre-halves. Omochere runs onto it, shrugs off Sean Hoare and taps a shot at Alan Mannus. The 'keeper does enough to get in front of the tame effort.

  • 62'

    Omochere links up nicely with Rory Feely then drives into the box. Feely seeks the forward out with a cross, but Omochere can't direct his header on goal.

  • 60'

    Rovers are dictating the game, despite their man disadvantage. The Gypsies look content to let the home side play in front of them, and try and grab an opportunity or two on the counter-attack.

  • 58'

    First great chance of the half comes for the visitors. Coote cuts inside and plays in Burt. The winger drags the ball onto his left foot and drills just wide.

  • 56'

    Bohs need to keep hold of the ball and slow the pace down. They're struggling to gain a grasp on the second half so far. The fast and frantic nature of the opening 10 minutes is favouring the hosts.

  • 54'

    The crowd is starting to become more lively as Rovers up the tempo. Mandroiu hits the post, but he's offside.

  • 53'

    Rory Feely whips a lovely cross towards Ward in the centre. Sean Gannon is there to acrobatically head the ball out for a corner though. Great defending.

  • 50'

    It's Cotter that drives the Hoops forward. He cuts in front the left, keeps going with a pacey run and lets a shot go from distance. It's wide but it gets the crowd going a bit. More of this needed from Rovers.

  • 48'

    Barry Cotter is lucky to get away without a yellow card at least. The wing-back takes a chunk out of Dawson Devoy with a very bad challenge. A share of luck for Rovers.

  • 46'

    And it's back underway in Tallaght!

  • Stephen Bradley has his work cut out, a goal down and down to ten at half time. The Hoops play has been sloppy and slow, and Bohs have made the most of it.

  • Half time: Shamrock Rovers 0-1 Bohemians

  • 43'

    It's going awfully for the Hoops as Omochere is brought down by Lopes through on goal. Lopes sees red.

  • 38'

    Fantastic goal from Bohs! Liam Burt finished off a lovely passing move. Coote down the right, into Omochere, dinked pass to Ward who drags a cross to the open Burt for a tap-in.

  • 36'

    The Hoops have been really poor, they've been passing slowly, and allowed Bohs to close them down too easily.

  • 33'

    Anto Breslin fakes to shoot from a free-kick and instead rolls a pass to Dawson Devoy, the youngster shoots and Mannus has to be sharp to palm the effort away.

  • 32'

    Ward flicks a throw in into Liam Burt. On the spin he drives a strike on goal. It's only just wide with Mannus flat-footed.

  • 30'

    Up the other end and Watts dinks a cross into the feet of Mandroiu in the box. His first touch lets him down, and the ball is cleared.

  • 29'

    Fantastic run from Coote, he holds onto the ball and drives inside. He then plays in Ward, who attempts to flick it into Omochere, the contact just ins't solid enough.

  • 27'

    Big fifty-fifty between Buckley and Watts. This fires up the crowd, and it's a proper derby day!

  • 24'

    A long ball seeks out Omechere in a good position in the box. Unfortunately for the Gypsies, he pushes Roberto Lopes to the ground, and the referee blows his whistle.

  • 22'

    It has been a bits and pieces game so far. Neither side has had a good shot on goal. Who is going to create the first major chance of the game?

  • 20'

    Bohs look much more comfortable on the ball, but the home side are content to wait their turn, and break quickly when they can.

  • 16'

    Richie Towell bursts away on the break at speed. The counter slows right down, before Mandroiu runs into a pocket of Bohs players and is fouled just outside the area.

  • 13'

    Ali Coote cuts into the box, but a combination of Mannus and Hoare prevent a shot being unleashed.

  • 11'

    Bohs are keeping hold of the ball well. However, they're struggling to progress the play up the pitch quickly.

  • 3'

    Two last minute changes for the visitors, Talbot is out for McGuinness and Tierney is out for Keith Ward.

  • 1'

    And we're underway at Tallaght!

  • Bohs team news: Keith Long makes four changes to the side that drew last time out. Ali Coote, Keith Buckley, Rory Feely and Ciaran Kelly come in as Conor Levingston, Andy Lyons, Tyreke Wilson and Georgie Kelly drop out. Georgie Kelly isn't even present on the bench, which isn't good for the Gypsies.

  • Rovers team news: Stephen Bradley makes two changes to the side that won 2-0 against Sligo Rovers. Rory Gaffney is at the forefront of the attack in place of Aaron Greene, and Sean Hoare comes back into the defence, with Lee Grace losing out.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Shamrock Rovers vs Bohemians. I'm Jon Parkin, and I will be covering tonight's game.

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender
4Roberto Lopes Defender 43'
6Barry Cotter 11 Defender
7Dylan Watts 23 Midfielder
8Ronan Finn Midfielder
14Daniel Mandriou 9 Midfielder
16Gary O’Neill 26 Midfielder
17Richie Towell Midfielder 68'
20Rory Gaffney 38 Forward
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
5Lee Grace Defender
9Aaron Greene 14 Forward
10Graham Burke 11 Forward
11Sean Kavanagh 10 Defender
23Neil Farrugia 7 Midfielder
26Chris McCann 16 Midfielder
28Joey O’Brien Defender
38Aidomo Emakhu 20 Midfielder


25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
3Anto Breslin Defender
4Rory Feely Defender
5Rob Cornwall Defender
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
8Ali Coote 15 Midfielder
10Keith Ward 22 Midfielder
11Liam Burt Midfielder 38'
16Keith Buckley Midfielder
20Promise Omochere Midfielder
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder
2Andy Lyons Defender
9Cole Kiernan
14Conor Levingston Midfielder
15Roland Idowu 8 Midfielder
19Tyreke Wilson Defender
22Jamie Mullins 10 Midfielder
27Sean Grehan Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
2 - 1
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 17)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shamrock Rovers

3 - 8

Bohemian FC v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 7)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Bohemian FC

(Series 10)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Bohemian FC

(Series 1)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shamrock Rovers


Neil Doyle


Tallaght Stadium
Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24, D24 XC9W

A master's journalism student at Birmingham City University. Jon Parkin has done interviews with numerous people from across the English football pyramid. He has also written for website My Old Man Said for over a year and a half.