Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Shamrock Rovers V Celtic XI Report

Donagh and Hooperman hanging out before the game
Photo: George Kelly

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The main men (and women) in the game
Photo: George Kelly
Shamrock Rovers vs Celtic XI
Shamrock Rovers made the return to Tallaght Stadium for the new 2011 Airtricty League Season, but this was no ordianry friendly as the League Champions faced Scottish Giants Celtic FC. Rovers fans where buzzing knowing that Ex-Arsenal playmaker Freddie Ljunberg was set to start as well as high profile names such as Graham Loovens, Daryl Murphy and Marc Crosas! 

In a game where everyone expected Celtic to dominate Shamrock Rovers started the game very well creating a host of chances through new singing Ciaran Kilduff and strike partner Gary Twigg and the midfield play its part through the pacy wingers of Ex-Sligo playmaker Gary McCabe and Kerry-Man Billy Dennehy. Stephen Rice and Stephen O'Donnell conducted play in the middle of the park while the Hoops from Tallaght kept it tight at the back with Caption Dan Murray and partner Pat Flynn while the full-backs where Patrick Sullivan and Connor McCormack. 
Gary McCabe falling over the Lino in one of the funny moments of the game
Photo: George Kelly
Celtic FC failed to find the net in what was a poor and quiet first half for the Scottish Giants who the day before had pulled off a brilliant draw against Scottish Champions Rangers FC and Neil Lennon insitsed that the players that took part in that match would have no involemeant in tonight's Big Clash. 

The Second half started brightly for Celtic though and in the 52' minute they took the lead through striker Daryl Muprhy after an excellent cross from highly-rated left back Baudet and the Scottish Hoops where then 1-0 up, and shortly after they doubled their lead through Carey who was set up by Ex-Gunner Freddie Ljunberg and it looked all but over for the Irish Champions. 
Akeem Priestly warming up for his Rovers debut
Photo: George Kelly
But, there was more action as Shamrock Rovers brought on Akeem Pristley and he made a instant hit with Shamrock Rovers fans after he showed great skill and flare which Rovers seemed to miss and even though he is an trial he is looking set to sign for the Champions! The Last bit of action came in the end of added on time when subsitute Patrick Kavanagh shot accross goal but to only see his shot fizzed wide. 

Final Score from Tallaght Stadium: Shamrock Rovers 0-2 Celtic XI!

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