EL QR2
Date: 8 p.m. July 25, 2019
Venue: Tallaght Stadium

Lee Grace 15' -
Scored: 15'


Roberto Lopes 58' -
Scored: 58'


Scored: 5'
- Fotios Papoulis 5'

Red: 83'
- Esteban Sachetti 83'

Live Updates for Shamrock Rovers -v- Apollon Limassol

Updates by Andrew Dempsey

90' + 5'

FULL TIME!

The game has ended between Shamrock Rovers and Apollon Limassol.

ROVERS WIN! WHAT A RESULT FOR THE HOOPS! Stephen Bradley's side hold quite comfortably against ten-man Apollon a quite simply magical European night in Tallaght Stadium. All to play for next week in Nicosia. The winners of the tie will face Austria Vienna in the next round. 

Mtach report to come late from Dave Donnelly along with some post-match reaction over the next few days. Andrew Dempsey signing off here, hope you enjoyed my updates! 

90' + 4'

Free Kick

Apollon Limassol have won a free kick. Yannis Gianniotas will take it.

90'

There will be four minutes of added time...

90'

The attendance this evening is 5,524 

89'

OOOOOOF! Markovic almost breaks Rovers hearts but his volley just whistles wide of goal.... The noise is going ninety as the tension increases ever so more. Not long to go!

87'

Free Kick

Apollon Limassol have won a free kick. Sasa Markovic will take it.

86'

Esteban Sachetti was dismissed there for a sickening lunge on Jack Byrne. He was on a booking but the referee gave him a straigh red...

85'

Substitution

Dylan Watts replaces Aaron McEneff for Shamrock Rovers.

83'

Red Card

Esteban Sachetti is sent off for Apollon Limassol.

82'

Corner Kick

Shamrock Rovers have won a corner kick. Jack Byrne will take it.

81'

Substitution

Facundo Pereyra replaces Emilio Zelaya for Apollon Limassol.

79'

Aaron Greene rounds keeper Joel Mall but leaves himself with far much to do out wide. Close, but no cigar for the Hoops...

79'

Gary O'Neill has come on to sit in a two with Greg Bolger at the base of the Hoops midfield. You would imagine that's to shore things up a little

77'

Substitution

Gary O'Neill replaces Ronan Finn for Shamrock Rovers.

74'

Shamrock Rovers starting to retreat a little now. I suppose it's only natural given their lead an intensity from the past 73 minutes...

72'

Substitution

Diego Aguirre Parra replaces Fotios Papoulis for Apollon Limassol.

71'

This has now turned into the Jack Byrne show, what a performance from the Hoops no. 29

68'

Yellow Card

Esteban Sachetti is booked for Apollon Limassol.

67'

Free Kick

Shamrock Rovers have won a free kick. Jack Byrne will take it.

GRACE HITS THE BAR! So close for a third for the Hoops there. His header clips off the top of the crossbar, Apollon are hanging in here, never thought I'd be saying that...

64'

Corner Kick

Shamrock Rovers have won a corner kick. Jack Byrne will take it.

Ethan Boyle heads wide at the back post with Grace lurking behind him. Perhaps Grace may have been better there. Dan Carr gets a standing ovation there from the Tallaght Stadium crowd! 

64'

Substitution

Aaron Greene replaces Daniel Carr for Shamrock Rovers.

63'

Tallaght Stadium is absolutely rocking now, Jack Byrne is running the show. Normal service is ensuing as the Cypriots look rattled. The next ten mminutes will be key as Aaron Greene gets ready to come on..

62'

Substitution

Serge Gakpé replaces Ioannis Pittas for Apollon Limassol.

61'

Yellow Card

Sean Kavanagh is booked for Shamrock Rovers.

58'

GOAL!

Roberto Lopes scores for Shamrock Rovers.

ROVERS LEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Roberto Lopes with a glancing header at the near post to head past Joel Mall in the Apollo goal. Tallaght may have just erupted once more. Jack Byrne's excellent delivery was equally well met. 2-1 Rovers and I think they deserve this...

57'

Yellow Card

Jack Byrne is booked for Shamrock Rovers.

56'

Rovers have started the second half brilliantly, Sofronis Avgousti watches on with nerves from the dugout as the Hoops seem to have the upper hand ever so slightly...

55'

Corner Kick

Shamrock Rovers have won a corner kick. Jack Byrne will take it.

54'

Corner Kick

Shamrock Rovers have won a corner kick. Jack Byrne will take it.

51'

Free Kick

Apollon Limassol have won a free kick. Sasa Markovic will take it.

51'

Yellow Card

Joey O'Brien is booked for Shamrock Rovers.

49'

Whistles ro every touch the Apollon players take with the ball as Rovers hold firm with the first wave of Cypriot attacks during the second period...

46'

Free Kick

Shamrock Rovers have won a free kick. Sean Kavanagh will take it.

Jqack Byrne actually takes it but his effort curls wide of goal. 

46'

Second Half

The second half between Shamrock Rovers and Apollon Limassol has started.

45' + 3'

Ethan Boyle and Aaron Greene hold up the ball well in the corner flag as the ball breaks to Sean Kavanagh who vlazes over. Seconds remain... 

45'

Half Time

It is half-time between Shamrock Rovers and Apollon Limassol.

Rovers, have been pretty good. They will be more than pleased with what they have shown so far. Joel Mall has looked far from convincing in the Apollon goal.. A big second 45 awaits here in Tallaght Stadium, I'll be back then! 

44'

Rovers living dangerously momentarily there as Joey O'Brien is forced to hed clear as referee Stephan Klossner is berated by almost everyone in the ground... Papoulis then forces a good save from Mannus for a corner...

42'

Attila Szalai with a huge clearnce to prevent Dan Carr from heading home. The half seems to be petering out a little now, Rovers will be delighted with their efforts thus far... 

39'

Joel Mall is not exactly having the most assured of games. Dan Carr, from the endline forces a very unconvetional looking flap clear to keep the ball out. A source of hope for the Hoops perhaps? 

38'

Corner Kick

Shamrock Rovers have won a corner kick. Jack Byrne will take it.

36'

Free Kick

Apollon Limassol have won a free kick. Joao Pedro Guerra Cunha will take it.

34'

Not much to report on over the past few minutes of the game. The game has finally settled down, I think anyway...

31'

Ronan Finn has been relentless with his pressing tonight. The ex-UCD man is leading by example once more for the Hoops

29'

Yellow Card

Emilio Zelaya is booked for Apollon Limassol.

28'

Jack Byrne is gliding around in his element here. You suspect there are many scouts watching him with intrigue this evening...

25'

HEARTS. IN. MOUTH... Apollon seem to score a second but is ruled out for offside. Ioannis Pittas hit the ball as it was going in wide. Tallaght went deathly quiet there....

24'

Free Kick

Apollon Limassol have won a free kick. Vincent Bessat will take it.

23'

Dan Carr wins a free-kick to relieve some much-needed pressure off the Hoops. Carr has held the line well thus far to be fair..

20'

Jaoa Pedro goes mightily close woth the breaking ball as Mannus is forced to tip over the bar. I'm not sure that was going in but Mannus stops a certain goal just after as he flaps away Gianiotas' effort that went inswinging on goal...

18'

Apollon look to seize the initiative once more more but Jaoa Pedro's cross goes clear. There was more than a few gasps there I can tell you!

15'

GOAL!

Lee Grace scores for Shamrock Rovers.

I said it was coming and there we go! Jack Byrne's excellent set piece is met by the head of Lee Frace who scores from just outside the six yard box. Tallaght has erupted! Spine tingling stuff this is in Dublin 24. The Hoops are deservedly level!

14'

Corner Kick

Shamrock Rovers have won a corner kick. Jack Byrne will take it.

14'

Rovers on top now. A goal may be coming, I hope...

14'

Free Kick

Shamrock Rovers have won a free kick. Jack Byrne will take it.

13'

Yellow Card

Hector Yuste is booked for Apollon Limassol.

13'

Corner Kick

Shamrock Rovers have won a corner kick. Jack Byrne will take it.

12'

Free Kick

Shamrock Rovers have won a free kick. Jack Byrne will take it.

11'

'Twigg of Scotland' being belted out from the South Stand here at Tallaght Stadium - A goal for the Hoops and this place may actually jump up out of its foundations...

10'

Despite the crowd's best efforts, Rovers haven't been able to follow through on this incredible support. They are too laboured for their Cypriot counterparts one would suggest 

8'

Free Kick

Shamrock Rovers have won a free kick. Jack Byrne will take it.

5'

GOAL!

Fotios Papoulis scores for Apollon Limassol.

That was special. Papoulis sees the ball bouncing up for him after Greg Bolger could not get hold the ball before he absolutely smashes it into the back of Alan Mannus' net.... Not the start Rovers wanted.

4'

Jack Byrne being spoke  to for a rather inocouos coming together. Tallaght Stadium is absolutely rocking, this can only be a huge lift for Stephen Bradley's side one may suspect... 

2'

Quick start from the Cypriots who attempt to stifle this incredible home support. Alan Mannus forced into two routine saves, you would be concerened if either went in.. Rovers look to calm the play down a tad now..

1'

GAME ON!

The game between Shamrock Rovers and Apollon Limassol has kicked off.

0'

And the teams are roared onto the pitch by a huge home support. A couple have made the trip over from Cyprus. This has the makings of a real cracker here in Dublin 24. KO is on its way very shortly indeed...

0'

0'

0'

One change in for the Hoops as Dan Carr replaces Graham Cummins from their last European outing against SK Brann. 

Apollon on the other hand make three themselves with Facundo Perreyra, Diego Aguirre and Dylan Quedraogo all losing out in place of Yannis Gionnatis, Fotis Papoulis and Hector Yuste respectively! KO in just over twenty minutes! 

0'

Apollon have faced League of Ireland opposition before in European competition having faced Cork City in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup.

The Leesiders came out on top in a 2-1 aggregate win over the Cypriots with defender and former Hoop Dan Murray scoring a 74th minute equaliser to send City through after a one-nil win at Turners Cross where Billy Woods scored the winner.

Shamrock Rovers have played 76 European games throughout their history, winning 16, drawing 14 and losing 46 games in European competition.

0'

Good evening folks and welcome to Extratime.ie's live updates of Shemrock Rovers vs Apollon Limassol in the Europa League qualifiers. I'm Andrew Demspey and I will be taking you all through this evening's action here in Dublin 24. 

Team news to follow shortly as Tallaght Stadium looks set to be packed to the rafters on what looks set to be another potentially momentous European occasion!



Photo Gallery for Shamrock Rovers -v- Apollon Limassol



Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
Roberto Lopes
58Scored: 58'
Defender
Lee Grace
15Scored: 15'
Defender
Joey O'Brien
51Booked: 51'
Defender
Sean Kavanagh
61Booked: 61'
Midfielder
Jack Byrne
57Booked: 57'
Midfielder
Ethan Boyle
Midfielder
Greg Bolger
Midfielder
Aaron McEneff
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Forward
Daniel Carr
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Forward

Substitutes
Aaron Greene
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
Forward
Graham Cummins
Forward
Sean Callan
Defender
Gary O'Neill
77'
77Subbed On: 77'
Midfield
Thomas Oluwa
Midfield
Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper
Dylan Watts
85'
85Subbed On: 85'
Midfield
Apollon Limassol
Joel Mall
Goalkeeper
Joao Pedro Guerra Cunha
Defender
Vincent Bessat
Defender
Attila Szalai
Defender
Hector Yuste
Defender
13Booked: 13'
Fotios Papoulis
Midfielder
5Scored: 5'
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Sasa Markovic
Midfielder
Ioannis Pittas
Midfielder 62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Esteban Sachetti
Midfielder
68Booked: 68'
83Sent off: 83'
Yannis Gianniotas
Forward
Emilio Zelaya
Forward
29Booked: 29'
81'
81Subbed Off: 81'

Substitutes
Facundo Pereyra
Forward
81Subbed On: 81'
81'
Charalambos Kyriakou
Midfield
Serge Gakpé
Forward
62Subbed On: 62'
62'
Demetris Demetriou
Goalkeeper
Diego Aguirre Parra
Midfield
72Subbed On: 72'
72'
Adrián Sardinero
Midfield
Giorgos Vasiliou
Defender