0 - 1
FT

Scored: 55'
- Romeo Parkes 55'


League Report: Shamrock Rovers 0 - 1 Sligo Rovers

Mon, May 24 2021

Shamrock Rovers have now lost back to back games as they lose their spot at the top of the table. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Macdara Ferris reports from Tallaght Stadium

Sligo Rovers went top of the table on Monday night with a 1-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers, their first win over the Hoops in Tallaght Stadium since 2013. 

Romeo Parkes was the match winner ten minutes into the second half as he beat the offside trap to punish the champions. The home side hadn’t suffered a league loss since September 2019 until last Friday but now it is back-to-back defeats for Stephen Bradley’s side – this title race is very much on.

If the Hoops felt hard done by with their defeat in Dundalk last time out, they can’t have had too many complaints about the outcome in this match as they really didn’t trouble the Sligo goal throughout the 90 minutes.

It was a cagey opening half with very little between the sides and very little goal mouth action. 

There was plenty of niggle between the teams with John Mahon marking Rory Gaffney very closely with a bit of argy-bargy off the ball at one stage that required referee Neil Doyle to step in and get them to quieten down.

While Stephen Bradley was able to name a strong starting XI, once again his bench had very little experience – albeit with Chris McCann returning – with five teenagers and five players who have yet to play a Premier Division game.

With Sean Hoare still suspended, Bradley could have done without veteran defender Joey O’Brien going off injured after just six minutes. The Hoops rejigged their defence with Max Murphy coming on as left wing back and Liam Scales settling into the left spot in the three man defence. 

The visitors brought their shooting boots with them but not their radar as they were wayward all too often with shots from distance from the lively Jordan Gibson, Walter Figueira and the vocal Greg Bolger on his return to Tallaght.

The Hoops deployed Danny Mandroiu, who early in the day had been called up to the Republic of Ireland senior squad, in a deep lying role and he looked to get on the ball as much as possible looking to break down the resolute Bit O’ Red defence. 

The home side racked up five first half corners but Ed McGinty and the defence in front of him dealt with all the Hoops sent their way. The closest Bradley’s men came to a goal was a Sean Gannon shot that John Mahon did well to get a block on even if it did seem to come off his elbow. There was also another shout for a penalty when Burke went down in the box but the ref waved play on.

There was a more open feel to the second half and Gannon was able to get more space down the right for Shamrock Rovers. Greene should have done better from a Gannon centre and they were left to rue that miss when the visitors took the lead on 55 minutes. 

Liam Scales beat Romeo Parkes to a header that fell to Gibson but the Sligo player slotted Parkes through as Scales stepped out looking for an offside flag that never came. The Sligo striker made no mistake to dispatch the ball past Alan Mannus.

The Bit O’ Red were happy to drop deep and hit the Hoops on the break whereas the home side huffed and puffed but really didn’t trouble Ed McGinty. They kept pressing for a late goal but had no joy. It was Liam Buckley’s boys who were full of joy at the final whistle as they now sit pretty at the top of the Premier Division table.

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Joey O'Brien (Max Murphy 8 [Dean William 78]), Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace; Sean Gannon, Gary O'Neill (Chris McCann 68), Daniel Mandroiu, Liam Scales; Aaron Greene, Rory Gaffney, Graham Burke.

Subs not used: Cole Omorehiomwan, Darragh Nugent, Dean McMenamy, Aidomo Emakhu, Leon Pohls, Adam Wells. 

Booked: Lee Grace (15), Liam Scales (37), Rory Gaffney (64). 

Sligo Rovers: Edward McGinty; Lewis Banks, John Mahon, Robbie McCourt; Mark Byrne, Garry Buckley, Greg Bolger, Niall Morahan; Jordan Gibson, Walter Figueira , Romeo Parkes (Ryan De Vries 86).

Subs not used: Cillian Heaney, Regan Donelon, Richard Brush, Shane Blaney, Colm Horgan, Johnny Kenny, Peter Maguire, John Russell. 

Booked: Jordan Gibson (39), Greg Bolger (47), Johnny Kenny (77). 

Referee: Neil Doyle 

ExtraTime.com Player of the Match: Greg Bolger (Sligo Rovers)


Shamrock R
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SLOBrat 2 - 0 Shamrock R
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Shamrock R 2 - 1 SLOBrat
WJuly 16, 2021
Derry 2 - 4 Shamrock R
WJuly 23, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 0 Galway
WJuly 30, 2021
Shamrock R 3 - 1 St. Pats
Alan Mannus 1
Goalkeeper
Joey O'Brien 28
8'
8Subbed Off: Max Murphy 8'
Defender
Roberto Lopes 4
Defender
Lee Grace 5
Booked: 15'
Defender
Gary O'Neill 16
Midfielder
Daniel Mandroiu 14
Midfielder
Sean Gannon 2
Midfielder
Liam Scales 15
Booked: 37'
Midfielder
Aaron Greene 9
Forward
Rory Gaffney 20
Booked: 64'
Forward
Graham Burke 10
Forward

Substitutes
Cole Omorehiomwan
Defender
Darragh Nugent 22
Midfield
Max Murphy 24
8'
8Subbed On: Joey O'Brien 8'
78'
78Subbed Off: Dean Williams 78'
Midfield
Dean McMenamy
Midfield
Chris McCann 26
Midfield
Aidomo Emakhu
Midfield
Leon Pohls 25
Goalkeeper
Adam Wells 21
Defender
Dean Williams 19
78'
78Subbed On: Max Murphy 78'
Forward
Sligo
WJuly 3, 2021
Longford 0 - 1 Sligo
LJuly 8, 2021
FH 1 - 0 Sligo
LJuly 15, 2021
Sligo 1 - 2 FH
LJuly 18, 2021
Waterford 1 - 0 Sligo
LJuly 25, 2021
Sligo 2 - 3 Cork
1 Edward McGinty
Goalkeeper
2 Lewis Banks
Defender
21 John Mahon
Defender
5 Robbie McCourt
Defender
12 Mark Byrne
Midfielder
26 Garry Buckley
Midfielder
6 Greg Bolger
Midfielder
Booked: 47'
8 Niall Morahan
Midfielder
7 Jordan Gibson
Forward
Booked: 39'
10 Walter Figueira
Forward
27 Romeo Parkes
Forward
Scored: 55'
86'
86Subbed Off: Ryan De Vries 86'

Substitutes
Cillian Heaney
Forward
3 Regan Donelon
Defender
9 Ryan De Vries
Forward 86'
86Subbed On: Romeo Parkes 86'
30 Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
14 Shane Blaney
Midfield
3 Colm Horgan
Defender
24 Johnny Kenny
Forward
Booked: 77'
33 Peter Maguire
Defender
18 John Russell
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. May 24, 2021

Venue: Tallaght Stadium

Referee: Neil Doyle

Attendance: Unknown

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