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11 February 2022 8:00 pm President's Cup 2022

Match Report

Rovers claim President’s Cup after penos

Shamrock Rovers beat St Patrick’s Athletic to win the 2022 President’s Cup on penalties after both sides couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes.

Jack Byrne scored the decisive penalty to seal the first piece of Silverware for Stephen Bradley’s side this season.

It was a tight first period between two teams that were eager to play fast flowing football.

The first chance of the game through Mark Doyle. The Saints debutant picked up the ball inside the Shamrock Rovers half before hitting a timid shot at Alan Mannus who saved comfortably.

It was Doyle again that was involved just minutes later. Sean Hoare’s attempted back pass went straight into the path of fellow Pats’ new boy Eoin Doyle. Doyle squared the ball to Mark Doyle who was waiting on the penalty spot. Sadly for Tim Clancy’s side, Doyle hit a fresh air shot and pressure was relieved for Shamrock Rovers.

Shamrock Rovers continued to dominate possession but struggled to find that killer pass inside the Pats’ final third. The League Champions had their veteran goalkeeper to thank again just after the half hour mark. Eoin Doyle found space inside the Rovers’ half and ran through one on one with Alan Mannus. The Hoops’ shot stopper was equal to Doyle’s effort and tipped the ball around the posts for a corner.

Mannus was called into action just moments later and made a fantastic point blank save from Billy King’s header to keep his side in the affair.

Rovers’ best chance of the game came through last season’s top scorer Danny Mandroiu. Jack Byrne’s inch perfect ball found the Shamrock Rovers’ attacker in acres of space inside the Pats danger area but his left footed effort was saved well by goalkeeper Joseph Anang.

The sides went in level at the break after neither were able to make the breakthrough.

Pats got their second period off to a flying start when Jamie Lennon’s half volley was saved by Alan Mannus but Eoin Doyle was ready to pounce on the six yard line to give the FAI Cup champions the advantage.

Rovers maintained pressure on the visitors, and it was some great play from wing back Neil Farrugia which got his side back into the game. Farrugia skipped past Jack Scott before hitting a low cross into the area. Anang came to catch the cross but spilled the ball into the path of Rovers’ skipper Ronan Finn who equalised for Stephen Bradley’s side.

After both sides failed to find a winner, a penalty shootout was needed to decide the President’s Cup. After the two teams netted their opening three penalties, Saints captain Chris Forrester stepped up, but Alan Mannus guessed the right way to give the Tallaght outfit the lead.

Jack Byrne had the penultimate spot kick and made no mistake from twelve yards to seal the win for Shamrock Rovers on his return to the League of Ireland.

  • Jack Byrne with the chance to win it for Rovers. And he scores. Shamrock are the President's Cup Champions 2022.

  • O'Reilly is up next and scores for Pats. 4-4

  • O'Neill scores. 4-3 Rovers

  • Owolabi scores for Pats. 3-3

  • Hoare scores for Rovers. 3-2

  • Mannus saves Forrester's penalty. Advantage Rovers.

  • Burke levels. 2-2

  • Mark Doyle scores for Pats. 2-1

  • Towell sends Anang the wrong way to level the scores. 1-1

  • Richie Towell steps up for Shamrock Rovers.

  • Doyle sends Mannus the wrong way.1-0.

  • Eoin Doyle is up first for Pats.

  • 90'

    Full time and we're heading to penalties.

  • 87'

    We have just three minutes of normal time remaining. If neither side find a winner, the President's Cup will be decided by a penalty shootout.

  • 81'

    Another big save from Mannus to deny Forrester

  • 76'

    Mark Doyle with a big block to deny Richie Towell from the edge of the area , just over 12 minutes of normal time remaining.

  • 76'

    Owalabi and Grivosti replace Burns and Abankwah

  • 67'

    Goal for Shamrock Rovers. Neil Farrugia's low cross is fumbled by Anang and straight into the path of Ronan Finn. 1-1

  • 67'

    Shamrock Rovers struggling to hold on to the ball here and are making some very sloppy passes in the last few moments.

  • 63'

    Richie Towell replaces Danny Mandroiu.

  • 63'

    Rory Gaffney replaces Dylan Watts.

  • 63'

    Graham Burke replaces Aidomo Emakhu

  • 60'

    Billy King is replaced by Adam O'Reilly.

  • 58'

    Emakhu tries his luck this time after a slip ball from Jack Byrne found the youngster in space inside the Pats\' box. His effort lacked any real pace and it\'s a comfortable save for Anang.

  • 57'

    First chance of the second half for the hosts and it was the dangerous Neil Farrugia who created the opportunity. His cross found Dylan Watts on the edge of the area but his effort flies over the bar.

  • 46'

    Eoin Doyle scores for Pats and what a start to the second half. Jamie Lennon's effort from the edge of the area is saved by Alan Mannus but straight into the path of Doyle. Advantage to Pats.

  • 46'

    We're back underway for the second period.

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    We're back underway for the second period.

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    We're back underway for the second period.

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    We're back underway for the second period.

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    We're back underway for the second period.

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    We're back underway for the second period.

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    We're back underway for the second period.

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    We're back underway for the second period.

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    We're back underway for the second period.

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    We're back underway for the second period.

  • 45'

    Half time here at Tallaght Stadium with neither side able to make the breakthrough yet.

  • 45'

    There will be one additional minute to be played at the end of the first period.

  • 44'

    Jack Byrne's ball finds Mandroiu in space inside the box. Mandroiu's left footed effort is well saved by Anang. Best chance for the hosts so far.

  • 40'

    Shamrock Rovers looking dangerous down their left hand side, with wing back Neil Farrugia causing The Saints defence some discomfort.

  • 33'

    Another huge chance and massive save from Mannus to deny Billy King's header from the corner. Pats knocking on the door here at Tallaght Stadium.

  • 32'

    Big chance for Pats again and this time through debutant Eoin Doyle. Doyle latched onto a ball in behind the Rovers defence but Mannus saves well and tips the ball around for a corner.

  • 29'

    Abankwah clears for Pats to put an end to the danger.

  • 29'

    Shamrock Rovers free kick from a similar posession to the one that they conceded moments ago. Grace, Hoare and Gannon all up from the back.

  • 26'

    Rovers clear their lines from the outswinging free kick by Forrester.

  • 26'

    Burns goes down under a challenge from Lee Grace. Free kick from just inside the touchline for Pats. Great opportunity to get the big men up from the back.

  • 25'

    Mandroiu tries a free kick from 30 yards out but his effort goes straight into the wall.

  • 16'

    Huge chance for Pats. Sean Hoare's attempted back pass is intercepted by Eoin Doyle who squares it to Mark Doyle who is waiting on the penalty spot. Doyle can't convert and a big chance is missed for The Saints.

  • 10'

    First chance for either side, Mark Doyle picks the ball up just inside the Rovers' half and drives past Lee Grace. His effort from just outside the area is timid and a routine save for Mannus.

  • 4'

    Anang struggling with his kickouts here for St.Pats. Great atmosphere building around the stadium.

  • 2'

    Some early possession here for Rovers inside the opening two minutes.

  • 1'

    We're underway here at Tallaght Stadium.

  • We're just over five minutes away from kick off here at Tallaght Stadium.

  • Shamrock Rovers XI: Mannus; Finn, Gannon, Hoare, Grace, Farrugia; Watts, O'Neill; Mandroiu, Byrne, Emakhu

  • St.Pats Starting XI: Anang; Scott, Abankwah, Redmond, Breslin; Forrester (c), Lennon, Burns; King, M Doyle, E Doyle

  • Jack Byrne starts tonight for the League Champions since rejoining the side from APOEL.

  • There's six debutants for St.Patrick's Athletic tonight with Joseph Anang, Jack Scott, Joe Redmond, Anto Breslin, Mark Doyle and Eoin Doyle all making their competitive debuts for The Saints.

  • Hello and welcome to finalwhistle.ie for tonight's President's Cup game between League Champions Shamrock Rovers and FAI Cup Champions St.Patrick's Athletic. My name is Luke Delaney and I will be taking you through tonight's action. Team news to follow shortly.

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender
5Lee Grace Defender
7Dylan Watts 20 Midfielder
8Ronan Finn 6 Midfielder 69'
14Daniel Mandriou 17 Midfielder
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
23Neil Farrugia Midfielder
29Jack Byrne Midfielder
38Aidomo Emakhu 10 Midfielder
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
4Roberto Lopes Defender
6Barry Cotter 8 Defender
10Graham Burke 38 Forward
17Richie Towell 14 Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney 7 Forward
26Chris McCann Midfielder
24Sean Jones-Carey Defender
34Conan Noonan Midfielder

St. Pat's Ath.

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
2Jack Scott Defender
4Joe Redmond Defender
6Jamie Lennon 11 Midfielder
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
9Eoin Doyle Forward 51'
14Mark Doyle Forward
15Billy King 16 Forward
17Darragh Burns 45 Forward
19Anto Breslin Defender
20James Abankwah 5 Defender
25Josh Keeley Goalkeeper
3Ian Bermingham Defender
5Tom Grivosti 20 Defender
11Jason McClelland 6 Forward
16Adam O’Reilly 15 Midfielder
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
33Kyle Robinson Forward
45Babatunde Owolabi 17 Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 28)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 22)
3 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 10)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

3 - 11
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Online Event

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 1)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 17)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 8)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

Ground

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

Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and FinalWhistle.ie.