Date: 3 p.m. Nov. 7, 2020
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
2 - 0

Graham Burke 58' -
Scored: 58'

Aaron Greene 90' + 1' -
Scored: 90'

League Report: Shamrock Rovers 2 - 0 Derry City

Sun, Nov 08 2020

None Credit: Clare McCahill

Derry City’s fight for Premier Division survival will go down to the final day as they were comfortably swatted aside by Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium on Saturday evening.

Second-half goals from Graham Burke and Aaron Greene saw Rovers to their 14th league win of the season and they can wrap up an unbeaten campaign at Shelbourne on Monday night.

Both sides have been hit by Covid-related lay-offs in recent weeks but it was the visitors, playing their first game back after a two-week break in which they couldn’t train, who were more affected.

Declan Devine’s side were always going to be in for a tough time as they battle for the point they need to secure safety.

They never really got going on a chilly night beneath the Dublin Mountains and travelled directly to Cork after the game to begin preparations for a pivotal meeting with relegated Cork City.

Such was the complete control that Rovers possessed during the first half that Derry struggled to string more than a handful of passes together against visibly fresher opposition.

The only wonder was that the sides went in level, though the Candystripes could easily have takena  lead into the break.

A mistake from Derryman Danny Lafferty saw him pass straight to Jack Malone and, with Alan Mannus out of his goal, it took sharp reactions from Roberto Lopes to turn his shot behind.

Rovers’ first real chance arrived six minutes before the break and, like Derry’s moments earlier, it came from a sloppy defensive error.

Conor Clifford coughed up the ball on the edge of his box and Burke took full advantage, curling a shot with the outside of his left boot that cracked the far post and bounced clear.

Jack Byrne could have broken the deadlock as he snapped up the loose ball but Burke got in the way of his goalbound shot.

Rovers began to move through the gears in the second half and started to create chances, Lee Grace heading over from a corner within a minute of the resumption.

Lafferty very nearly broke the deadlock as he latched onto a perfect Byrne crossfield pass but, after outflanking Malone, his shot trickled inches past the post.

Burke was continuing to find his range from distance and another snapshot rippled the outside of Peter Cherrie’s next. The next time it would be the right side of the net bustling.

Malone was harshly judged with impeding Lafferty on the left-hand corner of the box. Though it was the on his ‘wrong’ side, Burke curled a wonderful shot around the wall and past Cherrie.

A beautiful through-ball from Liam Scales sent substitute Aaron Greene through on goal but Cherrie was equal to his toe-poked finish.

As three minutes of injury time appeared on the fourth official’s board, however, Greene made amends with a tidy finish when played in by Aaron McEneff.

Avoid defeat against Shelbourne on Monday and Bradley's sude will become the first since Shamrock Rovers in 1927 to go a season unbeaten.

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Lee Grace, Roberto Lopes 63, Liam Scales; Ronan Finn (Max Murphy 64), Aaron McEneff, Dylan Watts (Darragh Nugent 75), Danny Lafferty (Sean Kavanagh 64); Graham Burke (Aaron Greene 64), Jack Byrne, Dean Williams (Thomas Oluwa 75).

Subs not used: Leon Pohls (gk), Rhys Marshall.

Booked: Dylan Watts (22).

Derry City: Peter Cherrie; Darren Cole (Gerardo Bruna 46), Eoin Toal, Cameron McJannet, Ciaran Coll; Conor McCormack, Conor Clifford (Jake Dunwoody 68), Joe Thomson (Ciaron Harkin 68); Adam Hamill (Oluwaseun Akintunde 68), Jack Malone, Walter Figueira (Patrick Ferry 80).

Subs not used: Nathan Gartside (gk), Ronan Boyce.

Booked: Jack Malone (60), Cameron McJannet (65), Ciaron Harkin (87), Conor McCormack (90+3).

Referee: Damien McGraith (Mayo).

Attendance: 0. Player of the Match: Aaron McEneff (Shamrock Rovers).


Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus 1
Roberto Lopes 4
Lee Grace 5
Liam Scales 15
Aaron McEneff 10
Daniel Lafferty 3
64Subbed Off: Sean Kavanagh 64'
© Ronan Finn 8
64Subbed Off: Max Murphy 64'
Jack Byrne 29
Graham Burke 21
Scored: 58'
64Subbed Off: Aaron Greene 64'
Dylan Watts 7
Booked: 22'
75Subbed Off: Darragh Nugent 75'
Dean Williams 19
75Subbed Off: Thomas Oluwa 75'

Rhys Marshall 2
Sean Kavanagh 11
64Subbed On: Daniel Lafferty 64'
Aaron Greene 9
64Subbed On: Graham Burke 64'
Scored: 90'
Max Murphy
64Subbed On: Ronan Finn 64'
Darragh Nugent
75Subbed On: Dylan Watts 75'
Thomas Oluwa 26
75Subbed On: Dean Williams 75'
Leon Pohls 25
Derry City
1 Peter Cherrie
6 Eoin Toal
Cameron McJannet
Booked: 65'
3 Ciaran Coll
20 Darren Cole
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: Gerardo Bruna 46'
17 Joe Thomson
Midfielder 69'
69Subbed Off: Ciaron Harkin 69'
22 Conor McCormack ©
Booked: 90'
29 Jack Malone
Booked: 60'
10 Walter Figueira
Midfielder 80'
80Subbed Off: Patrick Ferry 80'
16 Conor Clifford
Midfielder 68'
68Subbed Off: Jake Dunwoody 68'
7 Adam Hammill
Forward 69'
69Subbed Off: James Akintunde 69'

4 Ciaron Harkin
Midfield 69'
69Subbed On: Joe Thomson 69'
Booked: 87'
13 Nathan Gartside
31 Patrick Ferry
Forward 80'
80Subbed On: Walter Figueira 80'
14 Jake Dunwoody
Midfield 68'
68Subbed On: Conor Clifford 68'
8 Gerardo Bruna
Midfield 46'
46Subbed On: Darren Cole 46'
15 Ronan Boyce
11 James Akintunde
Forward 69'
69Subbed On: Adam Hammill 69'