A fascinating game here in Tallaght Stadium ends in a narrow 1-0 victory for Keith Long and his Bohemians side.
A late first half penalty rebound from Dinny Corcoran proved to be the winner with Rovers having to play the entire second half with just nine men after Lee Grace and Trevor Clarke were shown red cards. Bohs enjoyed all of the possession in the second half but couldn't find a second.
Rovers stay top of the league with Bohs moving back into second
Keith Ward finds Ali Reghba on his own on the far side of the pitch.
Poor effort from Reghba as he sends a weak effort past the post
Bohs break quickly and Mandroiu finds himself on his own heading for goal. Aaron McEneff does brilliantly well to track him all the way back and clear the danger for Rovers
Still 1-0 heading into the final few minutes
Keith Ward attempts a shot from outside the box. Mannus makes hard work of it but composes himself and keeps the game at 1-0
Nine man Rovers almost level the game!! Byrne's free kick to the back of the box is knocked down by O'Brien for Lopes but his shot inches wide of the post
Attendance of 6414 here in Tallaght Stadium this evening. Fantastic crowd!
Twenty minutes remaining and the game is still 1-0. Not many chances at all with Bohs enjoying all of the ball. Rovers are doing well to limit them to little in terms of chances
Buckley and Devaney with good chances for Bohs.
Devaney's long range effort is fisted away by Mannus before Buckley sends his shot just wide
Keith Ward getting ready to enter the field of play.
Jack Byrne drives a free kick into te Bohs wall with home fans appealing for hand ball but nothing given
Danny Mandroiu does brilliantly well to skip past Lopes before hitting a shot towards goal.
Mannus parries the shot but recovers well and collects
Danny Grant heads just past the post with Bohs on the attack again. It's going to be a long half of football for the nine men on the pitch for Shamrock Rovers
O'Brien and Buckley get a stern talking to by the referee but no more bookings just yet.
As expected, Bohs with all of the ball as they look for their second of the game. Mandroiu drives a low shot inches wide of the post
No changes for either side at the start of the second half. Rovers down to nine men
Four minutes to be added at the end of a hugely dramatic and entertaining first half.
Lee Grace is sent off for a second yellow card after Levingstons shot is deemed to have come off the raised hand of Grace by the referee
Dinny Corcoran missed the penalty but finds the net with the rebound to give Bohs the lead
Dinny Corcoran scores for Bohemians. Corcoran finds the net with his rebound after his initial shot from the penalty spot is saved by Mannus.
Good move from Rovers. Jack Byrne attempts a quick ball through the middle for Watts but the ball just inches past him and into the path of Talbot
Trevor Clarke is sent off for Shamrock Rovers. Huge moment in the game with Clarke shown a straight red card for Rovers. Grant again causing huge problems running at the Rovers defence. Clarke pulled heavily at Grant just on the edge of the box and the referee shows him a red card.
Mandroiu's free kick is just inches wide of the goal
Danny Grant is causing lots of problems for Rovers down the right with his pace. He runs at Trevor Clarke before finding Pender on the overlap. Penders ball into the box is far too heavy but he is caught late in the tackle and a free kick is eventually awarded to Bohs.
Mandroiu's free-kick into the box is met by Grant but he doesn't catch it well and shoots wildly over the bar
0-0 25 mins
Levingston and Grant link up well to create another chance for Bohs. Grant looks up and finds Levingston unmarked on the edge of the box with a pass.
His shot is poor and rises up over the bar. Great intensity to this game with twenty minutes played
Another huge chance for Rovers but Talbot pulls off an incredible save!
McEneff is denied by Talbot having been played through by Dylan Watts over the top. Talbot raced out to close down the Rovers midfielder and makes a fantastic save
Rovers are settling very well into this game with Jack Byrne very involved through the middle
Ronan Finn shows fantastic strength to win the ball back from Rob Cornwall and win his side a free-kick close to goal
Huge let off for Bohs! Jack Byrne's free kick is flicked onto the bar by Ronan Finn but Bohs manage to get the ball clear as far as midfield for now
Levingston does brilliantly to steal back possession in midfield and start another very good attack for Bohs.
Danny Mandroiu takes too much out of it though and Rovers clear their lines once more
Strong start from the visitors.
Leahy finds Buckley but his wayward pass doesn't find anyone. Mix up at the back for Rovers leads to a corner for Bohs who are putting brilliant early pressure on Rovers
Good pace to the game in the opening five minutes with both sides trying to sound each other out.
Trevor Clarke lively as always down the left for Rovers but Rob Cornwall doing very well so far
Blistering pace from Danny Grant results in a yellow card for Grace as he hauls down the Bohs striker. Mandroiu attempts a shot at goal but his free kick clears the bar
The teams are out and we are moments away from kick-off. Fantastic atmosphere building here
Aaron McEneff leads the way for Rovers in terms of league goals scored so far this season with five.
For the visitors, Dinny Corcoran leads the way with five league goals as well
These sides last met each other in Dalymount Park in February with a Dinny Corcoran penalty seperating the sides in a win for Keith Long's side
Eight points currently seperate the sides with Rovers setting the pace at the top of the table on thirty one points
Keith Long's Bohemians side sit in third place before this evening's fixture and have picked up a total of twenty three points from a possible thirty three so far
Good evening from a balmy Tallaght Stadium!
Brendan Graham (@BrendanGraham1) here with you this evening bringing you live updates from a huge game between Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians
Kick-off is at 8pm and the teams are in!