Date Time League Season
15 May 2021 6:00 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Rovers still unbeaten

Ten-man Shamrock Rovers stretched their unbeaten run to 33 games with a 1-1 draw against Derry City at Tallaght Stadium this evening.

It was a cagey and scrappy affair in Dublin, in which the hosts had to come from behind after Will Patching gave Derry the lead.

Rory Gaffney’s tight-angled finish drew the scores level, and it would stay 1-1, despite a red card for both sides.

It felt as if the teams were feeling each other out a bit in the opening half. There weren’t many saves of any note for either ‘keeper to make. Rovers eventually became the dominant of the two, with a flurry of chances at the end of the half.

Gaffney had the best opportunity to score, as he sat down his marker and side footed a shot on goal. Nathan Gartside made himself big and prevent what seemed to be a certain goal.

The Candystripes were definitely in the game, with a few pacey breaks, but could they make the most of their chance to get at least a point?

In the first five minutes of the second period, it looked as if the visitors could snatch a victory. James Akintunde darted into the box and was clumsily brought down by Sean Hoare.

Will Patching sent Mannus the wrong way, and the Red and White Army were in the lead.

It wouldn’t take long for Stephen Bradley’s men to get their act together though. Liam Scales found Gaffney, who shrugged off a challenge at the far post and found the back of the net from an acute angle.

The final half an hour was very stop-start, and the defences for both sides were on top.

Sean Gannon would have the best chance, he raced in behind the defence to be one-on-one with Gartside. Unfortunately for him, he scuffed the finish straight at the away sides ‘keeper.

A second yellow card for Hoare threatened to make things interesting for the final ten minutes, but Derry seemed content with a point. The sending off of Lafferty just before time was up only cemented the result.

A fantastic, determined and well-fought draw for Ruaidhri Higgins’ men. However, for the Hoops, despite stretching their unbeaten run to 33 games, there were plenty of red flags in their performance.

  • A great point in a scrappy game for Derry. Not the best performance from Rovers, but another game in the unbeaten run.

  • Full Time: Shamrock Rovers 1 - 1 Derry City

  • 90'

    Five added minutes.

  • 90'

    Danny Lafferty gets a second yellow and is off.

  • 88'

    Emakhu is on for the Hoops.

  • 88'

    Rory Gaffney is off for the Hoops.

  • 87'

    Will Patching sends a free-kick over the bar.

  • 84'

    Nathan Gartside is booked for time wasting.

  • 83'

    Sean Hoare is give a second yellow by the referee. This could make the final minutes interesting.

  • 81'

    Lafferty is booked.

  • 81'

    Sean Gannon was through on goal, but his touch lets him down and so his shot is tame and straight at Gartside.

  • 79'

    Burke has a shot after cutting in from the right, it's easily held by Gartside.

  • 77'

    Marc Walsh comes on for Derry.

  • 77'

    Akintunde goes off for Derry after picking up an injury.

  • 74'

    Lovely bit of play from Derry. Ciaran Coll can't quite keep the ball in before he crosses into the box though.

  • 72'

    Darren Cole is on for Derry.

  • 72'

    Joe Thomson is off for Derry.

  • 70'

    Dean Williams comes on in Mandriou's place.

  • 70'

    Daniel Mandriou heads off the field for Rovers.

  • 69'

    A lot of attacks not quite coming to fruition for both teams in the last ten minutes. Defences have been on top.

  • 65'

    Fitzgerald is on for Derry.

  • 65'

    Parkhouse is off for Derry.

  • 59'

    Danny Mandriou cuts in from the left and has a shot, but it dribbles wide.

  • 56'

    Rory Gaffney ghosts in at the far post and finishes from a tight angle! 1-1

  • 55'

    Fantastic start to the half from the Candystripes. They stuck in the game in the first-half and threaten to spoil Rovers' unbeaten run.

  • 50'

    Nearly an instant reply from the Hoops, Scales heads inches wide.

  • 49'

    Patching scores from the spot! He sends Mannus the wrong way.

  • 47'

    Yellow card for Hoare.

  • 47'

    Akintunde goes down under the challenge of Hoare. Penalty!

  • 46'

    And we're back underway!

  • Best chance of the half came for Gaffney in the 40th minute, he really should have scored. The home side have grown into the game, having the majority of chances, but Derry have had opportunities to hit on the break. There should be goals to come in the next 45.

  • 45'

    Half-time: Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Derry City

  • 40'

    Gaffney with a golden opportunity! He picks up the ball in the centre of the box, sits the defender down, and from yards out hits it straight at Nathan Gartside.

  • 37'

    Finn pounces on a mistake by McJannet. He over hits the through ball to Burke who was clean through. What a waste!

  • 34'

    A ball is whipped across the box by Lafferty. Great defending by Grace to prevent Parkhouse from getting on the end of it.

  • 31'

    Burke turns this way and that in the box, then slips as he shoots. The shot is tipped wide.

  • 27'

    Mandriou sends a Derry player to the floor with a feint, then sees his shot deflected just wide.

  • 25'

    The resulting shot is well over.

  • 25'

    A lovely passing move from City ends in Will Patching winning a free-kick in a good position just outside the box.

  • 23'

    Sean Gannon is on for the Hoops.

  • 21'

    Dylan Watts is off after picking up an injury, looked like a hamstring issue.

  • 18'

    Graham Burke has a shot, but Gartside easily saves.

  • 17'

    Lovely move from Akintunde, he flicks the ball into the path of Parkhouse. The striker tries to open up for a shot, but the ball runs away from him.

  • 13'

    A three on two break for Derry is wasted as Danny Lafferty can't find the onrushing Patching.

  • 11'

    Good chance for City as a free-kick is headed back across goal, but Hoare heads it away.

  • 9'

    Graham Burke is causing some problems for Derry, he just whipped in a good cross that had all the defenders beaten. Gaffney couldn't get onto it though.

  • 6'

    An even game in the opening minutes. Derry are playing comfortably on the ball.

  • 3'

    The free-kick from Burke goes well over the bar.

  • 2'

    Graham Burke is fouled on the edge of the box, good position for a strike on goal.

  • 1'

    And we're off! Graham Burke kicks off.

  • Rovers could make it 33 games unbeaten if they don't lose today, a testament to just how dominant they have been in recent time. But someone has to beat them at some point, maybe it'll be Derry City?

  • Derry City team news: Ruaidhri Higgins makes two changes to the side that got a last minute equalizer against Longford. Malone and Fitzgerald are out, Lafferty and Thomson are in.

  • Shamrock Rovers team news: There's one change to the team that gained three points against St Pat's. Roberto Lopes comes in for O'Brien.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Shamrock Rovers vs Derry City. I'm Jon Parkin, and I'll be covering the game this evening.

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
3Sean Hoare Defender 48'
4Roberto Lopes Defender
5Lee Grace Defender
7Dylan Watts 2 Midfielder
8Ronan Finn Midfielder
10Graham Burke Forward
14Daniel Mandriou 19 Midfielder
15Liam Scales Defender
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney 38 Forward 56'
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon 7 Defender
19Dean Williams 14 Forward
21Adam Wells Defender
22Darragh Nugent Midfielder
24Max Murphy Midfielder
34Conan Noonan Midfielder
38Aidomo Emakhu 20 Midfielder
32Cole Omorehiomnan Defender

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper 84'
3Ciaran Coll Defender
6Eoin Toal Defender
8Joe Thomson 20 Midfielder
9David Parkhouse 7 Forward
10Will Patching Midfielder 49'
11James Akintunde 19 Forward
15Ronan Boyce Defender
21Cameron McJannet Defender
24Danny Lafferty Defender 81'
33Aaron Harkin Midfielder
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
7Will Fitzgerald 9 Midfielder
19Marc Walsh 11 Midfielder
20Darren Cole 8 Defender
23Danny Lupano Defender
24Mark McChrystal Defender
31Patrick Ferry Forward
32Caolan McLaughlin Forward
36Brendan Barr Midfielder

Past Meetings

(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


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.