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Daniel Mandroiu 61' -
Scored: 61'


Daniel Mandroiu 80' -
Scored: 80'



League Report: Shamrock Rovers 2 – 0 Waterford

Fri, Sep 10 2021

Danny Mandroiu bagged a brace for Rovers against the Blues Credit: Martin Doherty

Macdara Ferris reports from Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers got back to winning ways after four straight defeats and moved three points clear at the top of the table thanks to a 2-0 win over Waterford on Friday night – the brace by Danny Mandroiu earning the Hoops their 11th straight win over the Blues.

The best chances of the opening half came in the very first few minutes and the very last of the opening 45. Shamrock Rovers dominated the play throughout the first half and should have taken an early lead but they couldn’t break down the Blues and allowed them a couple of sights of goal just before the break.

Both managers made three changes to their starting team with Pico Lopes returning for Rovers after playing in two World Cup Qualifiers for Cape Verde during the week.

His team should have been one or even two goals up inside the first seven minutes. Danny Mandriou had a header from inside the six yard box that he sent straight at Brian Murphy and then when he beat Murphy a few minutes later the ball came back off the woodwork.         

Marc Bircham’s team came into the game in much better form than Rovers with the Blues claiming six wins and two draws in their last nine  games. The Blues boss deployed his team with a back three but the wing backs – Niall O’Keefe and Prince Mutswunguma – were pegged back for much of the game by a Rovers side who dominated the play.

Rovers got themselves a couple of first half corners that they couldn’t exploit and on a couple of occasions some loose passes in midfield – from left wing back Aaron Greene and Barry Cotter playing behind him on home debut – allowed the Blues to break but they didn’t test Alan Mannus. 

A couple minutes from the break Greg Halford’s long throw was flicked on by Cotter but Shane Griffin was wasteful at the back post – as was Anthony Wordsworth who could only hit the side netting with all of the goal to aim at from the corner of the six yard box when he got on the end of Griffin’s freekick. 

The Hoops started the second half really strongly laying siege to Waterford’s goal. Crosses came in from Greene, Sean Gannon and Ronan Finn that all had to be cleared by the Blues defence.

A clash of heads on 56 minutes saw Greene replaced by 17-year-old Aidomo Emakhu off the bench as Cotter moved into Greene’s role and Gary O’Neill moving into the back three. Soon after Dylan Watts had his long range effort turned around the post by an outstretched Murphy hand.

Emakhu gave Rovers fresh impetus and he forced a corner off a backpost header and then on the hour mark his shot was blocked by the hand of Eddie Nolan – who went in referee Rob Harvey’s book for the infringement on the edge of the area. 

On his return from his one-match ban following recent Dublin derby in Dalymount Park, Mandroiu slotted home the resulting free kick for his seventh league goal of the season.

He should have made it eight goals a few minutes later and some in the crowd thought he had but his shot just rippled the side of Waterford’s net.

The Hoops forward wasn’t to be denied though and he exploited Halford’s error to slot the ball by Murphy to make it 2-0 ten minutes from time.

The win moves Rovers three points clear of second placed St. Patrick’s Athletic and they have two games in hand over the Saints ahead of their trip to Sligo Rovers next weekend while Waterford remain in eight.

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Sean Gannon, Roberto Lopes, Barry Cotter; Ronan Finn (c), Gary O'Neill (Chris McCann 83), Richie Towell, Dylan Watts (Conan Noonan 87), Aaron Greene (Aidomo Emakhu 56); Daniel Mandroiu, Rory Gaffney.
Subs not used: Leon Pohls, Lee Grace,  Neil Farrugia, Dean McMenamy, Max Murphy, Dylan Duffy.. 
Booked: Aaron Greene (41), Gary O'Neill (79). 

Waterford: Brian Murphy; Cameron Evans, Greg Halford, Eddie Nolan; Niall O'Keeffe (c), Darragh Power; Shane Griffin (Junior Quitirna 66), Anthony Wordsworth, Prince Mutswunguma (Isaac Tshipamba 76);Phoenix Patterson, John Martin.
Subs not used: Matthew Connor, Jeremie Milambo, George Forrest, Kyle Ferguson, Jack Stafford, Cian Kavanagh, Jamal Dupree . 
Booked: Greg Halford (7) Eddie Nolan (60). 

Referee: Rob Harvey. 
Attendance: 3,000 (estimate)
extratime.com Player of the Match: Danny Mandriou (Shamrock Rovers)

 


Shamrock R
WSept. 24, 2021
St. Pats 0 - 1 Shamrock R
WOct. 1, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 1 Derry
LOct. 8, 2021
Dundalk 1 - 0 Shamrock R
WOct. 15, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 0 Sligo
DOct. 18, 2021
Shamrock R 1 - 1 Bohs
Alan Mannus 1
Goalkeeper
Roberto Lopes 4
Defender
Sean Gannon 2
Defender
Barry Cotter
Defender
Aaron Greene 9
Booked: 41'
56'
56Subbed Off: Aidomo Emakhu 56'
Midfielder
© Ronan Finn 8
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill 16
Booked: 79'
87'
87Subbed Off: Conan Noonan 87'
Midfielder
Richie Towell 17
Midfielder
Dylan Watts 7
83'
83Subbed Off: Chris McCann 83'
Midfielder
Daniel Mandroiu 14
Scored: 61'
Scored: 80'
Forward
Rory Gaffney 20
Forward

Substitutes
Lee Grace 5
Defender
Neil Farrugia 23
Midfield
Aidomo Emakhu
56'
56Subbed On: Aaron Greene 56'
Midfield
Dylan Duffy
Midfield
Chris McCann 26
83'
83Subbed On: Dylan Watts 83'
Midfield
Dean McMenamy
Midfield
Max Murphy 24
Midfield
Conan Noonan
87'
87Subbed On: Gary O'Neill 87'
Forward
Leon Pohls 25
Goalkeeper
Waterford
LSept. 10, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 0 Waterford
WSept. 17, 2021
UCD 2 - 3 Waterford
WSept. 24, 2021
Waterford 1 - 0 Drogheda
DOct. 2, 2021
Sligo 1 - 1 Waterford
WOct. 15, 2021
Waterford 4 - 1 Harps
1 Brian Murphy
Goalkeeper
3 Cameron Evans
Defender
46 Eddie Nolan
Defender
Booked: 60'
14 Niall O'Keeffe ©
Defender
2 Darragh Power
Defender
12 John Martin
Midfielder
7 Shane Griffin
Midfielder 66'
66Subbed Off: Junior Quitirna 66'
23 Prince Mutswunguma
Midfielder 76'
76Subbed Off: Isaac Tshipamba 76'
44 Phoenix Patterson
Midfielder
20 Greg Halford
Forward
Booked: 7'
8 Anthony Wordsworth
Forward

Substitutes
15 Jeremie Milambo
Defender
10 Cian Kavanagh
Forward
5 George Forrest
Defender
6 Kyle Ferguson
Defender
Jamal Dupree
Unknown
13 Matthew Connor
Goalkeeper
11 Junior Quitirna
Midfield 66'
66Subbed On: Shane Griffin 66'
19 Jack Stafford
Defender
21 Isaac Tshipamba
Midfield 76'
76Subbed On: Prince Mutswunguma 76'

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 8 p.m. Sept. 10, 2021

Venue: Tallaght Stadium

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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