Saturday, September 25, 2010

Shamrock Rovers V Galway United FC Interviews and Report

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Shamrock Rovers V Galway United report by Donagh Corby:

I stood there at the turnstile, waiting in line to get in to Tallaght Stadium to see my least favourite LoI team, but I knew this would be a very special night. Rovers had put 6 past Galway in the cup, so the onslaught that awaited would surely be very entertaining and I could see two teams I dislike for 2 VERY different reasons fight it out.

Their was to be no recovery from the last week when they went down 6-0.

It started very brightly for Rovers with Galway really struggling and the Rovers strike force of Neale Fenn and the fans favorite Gary Twigg who would go on to bag 2 in the game. But Galway had some chances as well as arguably their best player of the season Karl Sheppard coming into the box, but finding getting the ball out from under his feet difficult and he could do nothing as the ball rolled harmlessly wide.

The first goal came courtesy of a Neale Fenn cross that landed perfectly to the head of Gary Twigg who will never miss from that sort of range and the fans erupted, Hooperman's 6-0 prediction still looked a long way away.

Galway had 1 more chance but Karl Sheppard's looping 25 yard shot was never really going in and Rovers went 2 up through Gary Twigg again he came in close and knocked it home for their second and their eight in two games against Galway's biggest team.

A rare finish came from Craig Sives came and he headed home after a beauty of a corner and the header home was not much more than a tap -in.

Rovers had a few more chances but never scored a 4th but would their be another 6-0? NO

Half-time came as a relief to the Terryland Park side and indeed their few fans that made the trip to Dublin for the second week running.

As the second half began Galway started to find a rythm and get in the game. Sheppard poked his head at a ball on the edge of the six yard box and as Hooped defenders stood and watched, Manus managed to palm the ball away, Enda Steven’s eventually got away a clearance..

And it was Sheppard’s work-rate that most threatened to upset Rovers. His appetite for the lost cause was remarkable with the result that Galway were able to create a number of half chances from places where chances din't seem likely..

Michael O’Neill brought on Dessie Baker in an attempt to create a more upbeat tempo for the South Dublin team, and he immediately added some flair. Running onto a through ball from Danny Murphy the striker allowed the ball to run behind him, and while he lost his marker, he failed to fool ‘keeper Geraghty who gathered at the striker’s feet.

Sheppard’s one man show for the western outfit proved to be an example of the phgrase close but no cigar and Bohemians and Paddys all over the world will be distressed that galway couldn't muster up any goal chances. But, fueled by Baker’s energy, it was Rovers who were regaining the initiative.

Thomas Stewart battled his way into the Galway box and hit a dinked shot just inches wide of Geraghty’s left hand post and Twigg and Baker were running their legs off, they just played really well.

The Game ended 3-0 and in the end Gary Twigg deserved the Man Of The Match award on almost every but must be disappointed with not getting the match ball and he did come close. He didn't speak to us afterward, but he wins our Man Of The Match Award regardless

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Manus; Danny Murphy, Craig Sives, Aidan Price, Enda Stevens; James Chambers (Stephen Rice, 53), Stephen Bradley (Robert Bayly, 78), Chris Turner, Thomas Stewart; Gary Twigg, Neale Fenn (Dessie Baker, 60).
Subs not used: Pat Jennings, Pat Flynn.
Bookings: .

Galway United: Daire Geraghty; Paul Sinnott, Jamie McKenzie, Philip Reilly (Tom King, 25), Rhys Meynell; Jason Molloy (Shane Keogh, 68), Seamus Coleman, Gary Curran, Derek O’Brien; Karl Sheppard (David Sheppard, 84), Stephen Walshe.
Subs not used: Conor Winn, Ger Cheevers.

Bookings: Stephen Walshe (36), James McKenzie (54).

The League Of Ireland Interview Show MOTM Man of the Match: Gary Twigg.
Referee: Tom Connolly.
Attendance: 3,500 (estimate)

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