Date Time League Season
4 August 2022 8:00 pm UEFA Europa League 2022

Match Report

Advantage Rovers at the halfway mark of Europa League tie

Shamrock Rovers are a step closer to group stage European football, after getting the optimum result in Tallaght this evening against Shkupi.

Two goals in the opening half had their heads up, plenty to build on as they controlled the majority of the contest, despite conceding and having the momentum change they remained composed to see out the tie.

Shkupi came close numerous times but Alan Mannus was on hand to make a string of fine saves, plenty still to play for in the second leg but the ball well and truly in Rovers' court.

Rovers controlled the tempo well early in the first half, Chris McCann dissected the Shkupi backline with a lovely pass the danger was cleared however, Rory Gaffney meanwhile failed to make up his mind whether to shoot or pass to Graham Burke he failed with both as the chance failed to materialise.

With 12 minutes elapsed Rovers hit the breakthrough, Andy Lyons hacked down inside the area without question from the referee to point to the spot, Burke stepped up and dispatched to the bottom right corner, Kristijan Numovski guessed right but failed to keep it out.

Burke had another chance to double their lead minutes later but the effort hit his own man and went wide, they hit the second minutes later and it was a thing of beauty, Alan Mannus sent the ball up the field, Burke passed to Gaffney out wide his cross set up Dylan Watts, his strike like a striker more than a midfielder.

Mannus had little to do in the opening half but needed to be alert late in the half to keep the score at 2-0, Angelche Timovski coming close for the visitors with Freddy Alvarez also stinging the palms of Mannus with the final attempt of the half.

The visitors had plenty of chances early in the second half, Sunday Adetunji coming close a fingertip save seeing his header go over the bar, while Queven had a thunderbolt from range saved with a sensational stop by the Northern Irish keeper.

Gary O’Neill went for the audacious on 55 minutes, a long-range shot that flew wide of the mark, Watts came close after the hour mark but failed to beat the keeper for the second time, all action at the other end however as Mannus was in sensational form all night. 

The Macedonians had their goal after 77 m minutes, Queven with a thunderbolt from range to elude Mannus and hit the top corner of the net, certainly a momentum shift but just minutes later Walid Hamidi was shown a second yellow as the wind was blown from their sails, just as they looked to leave a goal down, O’Neill picked his spot and curled a beauty from outside the area in the top corner, sublime.

  • 97'

    Rovers with a huge 3-1 win, a huge boost for their qualification ambitions, Gary O'Neill brought the house down with a huge late strike

  • 96'


  • 90'

    Six minutes of time added on

  • 84'

    Hamidi shown a second yellow, 6 minutes to go and the visitors have 10 men

  • 78'

    Aaron Greene is booked

  • 77'

    The visitors have their goal, Queven with a rocket from range

  • 70'

    Mannus again, save again, Wow

  • 66'

    Watts with another great attempt at goal, keeper saves well to deny him this time around

  • 62'

    Mannus again needed to make a stunning save to deny Queven from range

  • 56'

    Gary O'Neill has a chance from range that flashes wide of the goal

  • 54'

    Rovers make a change, Aaron Greene in for Graham Burke

  • 53'

    Another card for the visitors, Vladica Brdarovski shown yellow

  • 45'

    Half Time change for Shkupi, Vladica Brdarovski replaces Besir Demiri

  • 45'

    Chris McCann is carded, he joins O'Neill in the book, Mannus saves well as Rovers lead 2-0 at HT

  • 37'

    Mannus does well to deny Angelche Timovski and is on his toes to prevent a follow up

  • 30'

    Walid Hamidi booked for a rash tackle

  • 28'

    2-0 for Rovers now, lovely bit of built up play starting with Mannus and ending with Watts sending a low shot into the net, Rovers have a swagger and confidence

  • 21'

    Burke has a half chance but the shot is blocked off another Rovers man and they clear

  • 21'

    Renaldo Cephas has his name taken for a late tackle on Gannon

  • 13'

    Burke steps up and slots home despite the keeper guessing correct

  • 12'

    Andy Lyons down in the area Penalty Rovers

  • 8'

    Chris McCann plays a lovely pass inside for Rovers to have a sniff at goal, the danger is cleared, shouts for a penalty waved away

  • 1'

    Rovers kick us off in Tallaght

  • Just over 15 minutes until Kick Off in Tallaght

  • Walid Hamidi is passed fit to feature for Shkupi this evening, Mamadou Danfa does not make the matchday quad however, plenty names in their ranks that can cause trouble when called upon they can test Rovers this evening

  • Richie Towell is on the bench for the Hoops this evening, Graham Burke comes in and plays up top, the back five the usual suspects we have seen for them this year

  • A big night in Tallaght this evening as Shamrock Rovers have all eyes on the Europa League Group Stages, the Hoops needing a big performance against their opponent Shkupi this evening, my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will update on all he action from Tallaght this evening

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender
5Lee Grace Defender
7Dylan Watts 11 Midfielder 28'
8Ronan Finn Midfielder
10Graham Burke 9 Forward 13'
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder 30'
22Andy Lyons Defender
20Rory Gaffney 38 Forward
26Chris McCann 17 Midfielder 45'
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
30Toms Leitis Goalkeeper
6Daniel Cleary Defender
9Aaron Greene 10 Forward 78'
11Sean Kavanagh 7 Defender
17Richie Towell 26 Midfielder
21Justin Ferizaj Midfielder
23Neil Farrugia Midfielder
28Gideon Tetteh Forward
38Aidomo Emakhu 20 Midfielder


1Kristijan Naumovski Goalkeeper
4Gagi Margvelashvili Defender
6Faustin Senghor Defender
10Freddy Álvarez Midfielder
19Sunday Adetunji 14 Forward
20Walid Hamidi Forward 30'
23Besir Demiri 77 Midfielder
29Renaldo Cephas Forward 21'
32Angelche Timovski Defender
37Diene Albert Lamane Midfielder
88Queven 5 Midfielder 77'
12Artan Ilazi Goalkeeper
31Amar Melichi Goalkeeper
5Xhelil Abdulla 88 Defender
7Antonio Kalanoski Forward
8Ali Adem Midfielder
11Kristijan Trapanovski Forward
14Pepi Gjorgiev 19 Forward
16Melos Bajrami Defender
77Vladica Brdarovski 23 Defender 53'
78Aleks Zlatkov Midfielder


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

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.