3 - 1
FT

Pico 17' -
Scored: 17'


Daniel Mandroiu 20' -
Scored: 20'


Daniel Mandroiu 28' -
Scored: 28'


Scored: 41'
- Conor Tourish 41'


League Report: Shamrock Rovers 3 - 1 Finn Harps

Fri, May 06 2022

Pico Lopes scored his first goal of the season for the Hoops Credit: Eddie Lennon

Macdara Ferris reports from Tallaght Stadium

Whatever the scoreline on Friday evening, Shamrock Rovers supporters turning up at Tallaght Stadium ahead of the game against Finn Harps felt they had got a great result already. 

They had heard the news from earlier in the day that their Head Coach Stephen Bradley was not leaving for Lincoln City but would remain at Rovers and his side put in a dominant display against Finn Harps to win 3-1.

All the goals came in the first half from Pico Lopes and a brace by Danny Mandroiu before Conor Tourish pulled one back. 

"I love this club and we have unfinished business and it feels right to stay," said Bradley speaking to RTÉ ahead of the game.

Hoops fans mood was heightened by a dominant first half display which saw them score three times across an 11 minute period. The goalscoring began in the 17th minute as the Hoops grabbed two quick fire goals in a three minute spell.

Pico Lopes scored his first of the season as he drilled home a shot after Mark McGinley punched out a Jack Byrne corner under pressure from Rory Gaffney.

Danny Mandriou then scored with a diving chested finish before he added a diving header on 31 minutes – both inside the six yard box. The first came when he dived forward to finish Sean Gannon’s drilled cross and the second – his fifth of the season - came from Jack Byrne’s delightful cross from the right.

As part of a referee exchange programme, Welsh official Tom Owen was in charge of the game and he was quick to flourish a couple of first half yellow cards at Harps players Regan Donelon and Conor Tourish.

Having given themselves a three goal margin inside a half an hour, they couldn’t add to their tally and then had their lead reduced as Harps grabbed a goal back four minutes from the break.

It hadn’t been their only chance of the opening period – Alan Mannus had to stand up to stop a Yoyo Mahdy shot from an acute angle earlier in the half – but some late set piece pressure told.

Jesse Devers swung in a couple of corners and it was from the second one that Conor Tourish headed home to make it 3-1 at the half time whistle.

With one eye on Monday’s home match against Sligo Rovers, Bradley brought on three players at the break with Sean Hoare, Graham Burke and Aidomo Emakhu coming on.

It was pretty much one way traffic in the second half.

McGinley pulled off a trio of cracking saves around the hour mark; the first saw him react quickly to a Richie Towell piledriver from outside the box, then he stuck a hand up to paw out Emakhu’s dinked effort after a slaloming run by the substitute. 

With Bradley making his final subs on 60 minutes, Aaron Greene raced onto a Burke through ball and when he cut inside McGinley again was up to the task to save Harps.

Ollie Horgan’s men required Tourish to clear Towell’s effort off the line before McGinley diving full length saved Emakhu’s follow up as they somehow kept the Hoops at bay.

The biggest surprise of the night was that Rovers couldn’t add to their tally in the second half but the Hoops supporters certainly went home happy. With their 3-1 victory in Tallaght and Derry drawing at home to Bohemians, Rovers moved to just a point off the Candystripes who remain top of the table.

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Sean Gannon Pico, Lee Grace (Sean Hoare 46); Andy Lyons (Barry Cotter 60), Richie Towell, Chris McCann, Sean Kavanagh; Jack Byrne (Graham Burke 46), Rory Gaffney (Aidomo Emakhu 46), Daniel Mandroiu(Aaron Greene 60).
Subs not used: Leon Pohls, Sean Hoare, Neil Farrugia, Dylan Watts, Gary O'Neill.
Booked: None. 

Finn Harps: Mark McGinley; Erol Erdal Alkan, Conor Tourish, Rob Slevin, Regan Donelon; Ryan Rainey, Ethan Boyle,Barry McNamee (Luke Rudden 71) , Jesse Devers; Filip Mihaljevic (Shaun McDermott 89); Yoyo Mahdy.
Subs not used: Gavin Mulreany, Stephen Black, Damien Duffy, Conor Black, Mark Timlin, Nathan Logue, Dylan Woods, 
Booked: Regan Donelon (24) Conor Tourish (28). 

Referee: Tom Owen (Wales). 
Attendance: 4,687 
extratime.com Player of the Match: Danny Mandroiu (Shamrock Rovers)


Shamrock R
WMay 6, 2022
Shamrock R 3 - 1 Harps
WMay 9, 2022
Shamrock R 3 - 1 Sligo
WMay 13, 2022
Shamrock R 1 - 0 Derry
WMay 19, 2022
UCD 0 - 3 Shamrock R
LMay 23, 2022
Drogheda 1 - 0 Shamrock R
Alan Mannus 1
Goalkeeper
Andy Lyons 22
60'
60Subbed Off: Barry Cotter 60'
Defender
Pico 4
Scored: 17'
Defender
Lee Grace 5
46'
46Subbed Off: Sean Hoare 46'
Defender
Sean Gannon 2
Defender
Richie Towell 17
Midfielder
Chris McCann 26
Midfielder
Daniel Mandroiu 14
Scored: 20'
Scored: 28'
60'
60Subbed Off: Aaron Greene 60'
Midfielder
Sean Kavanagh 11
Midfielder
Jack Byrne 29
46'
46Subbed Off: Graham Burke 46'
Midfielder
Rory Gaffney 20
46'
46Subbed Off: Aidomo Emakhu 46'
Forward

Substitutes
Leon Pohls 25
Goalkeeper
Gary O'Neill 16
Midfield
Sean Hoare 3
46'
46Subbed On: Lee Grace 46'
Defender
Aaron Greene 9
60'
60Subbed On: Daniel Mandroiu 60'
Forward
Neil Farrugia 23
Midfield
Aidomo Emakhu 38
46'
46Subbed On: Rory Gaffney 46'
Forward
Barry Cotter 6
60'
60Subbed On: Andy Lyons 60'
Midfield
Graham Burke 10
46'
46Subbed On: Jack Byrne 46'
Forward
Dylan Watts 7
Midfield
Finn Harps
WApril 29, 2022
Harps 1 - 0 Shels
LMay 6, 2022
Shamrock R 3 - 1 Harps
LMay 13, 2022
Harps 0 - 1 UCD
LMay 20, 2022
Drogheda 3 - 1 Harps
LMay 23, 2022
Harps 0 - 1 Dundalk
1 Mark McGinley
Goalkeeper
2 Conor Tourish
Defender
Booked: 28'
Scored: 41'
4 Rob Slevin
Defender
3 Regan Donelon
Defender
Booked: 24'
24 Ethan Boyle
Defender
26 Erol Erdal Alkan
Defender
22 Ryan Rainey
Midfielder
33 Filip Mihaljevic
Midfielder 89'
89Subbed Off: Shaun McDermott 89'
11 Barry McNamee
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: Luke Rudden 71'
7 Jesse Devers
Midfielder
9 Yoyo Mahdy
Forward

Substitutes
10 Mark Timlin
Midfield
12 Luke Rudden
Forward 71'
71Subbed On: Barry McNamee 71'
99 Gavin Mulreany
Goalkeeper
Shaun McDermott
Defender 89'
89Subbed On: Filip Mihaljevic 89'
31 Nathan Logue
Midfield
30 Damien Duffy
Defender
32 Stephen Black
Defender
Conor Black
Midfield
Dylan Woods
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2022 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 8 p.m. May 6, 2022

Venue: Tallaght Stadium

Referee: Robert Hennessy

Attendance: 4,687

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