That's all from me, folks. Have a good evening.
And that's the game. The Hoops had a ropey start and went behind to a superb early header from Danny Lafferty, but gradually worked their way back into the game and had hit the front by the break through goals from Lee Grace and Danny Mandroiu. The second half was comfortable for the champions, and the Candystripes can have few complaints about the result. Rovers take another step towards a second successive league title, while the Foylesiders' European hopes suffer a setback.
Towell's corner-kick doesn't even reach the near post, hitting the side netting.
Farrugia has been excellent since his introduction. His looped ball to the back post causes Gartside palpitations, and the former Watford stopper's one-handed flap is worked back to Emakhu. The teenager holds off a number of Derry defenders and as he winds up to shoot, he wrong-foots the defence with a beautifully-disguised reverse pass through to Grace. The former Waterford and Galway centre-half couldn't sort his feet out, and his shot is deflected for a corner.
Fitzgerald travels a long way with the ball and makes it as far as the Shamrock box, but Grace does well to pick his pocket.
Then Towell drives a shot five yards wide after cutting inside.
Farrugia does so well do get to the bye-line and fires in a cross. McJannet does well to clear.
The game has become very disjointed as a number of substitutions break up the flow. Towell has a snapshot from twenty yards but Gartside gathers easily.
The resultant free-kick from Mandroiu on the right is cleared by the Derry rearguard. Towell mops up and feeds Cotter on the left, but his cross drifts wide of the far post.
The Derry wideman is booked for a loose challenge on Gannon.
A busy few minutes. Mandroiu's cross is headed goalward by Gaffney, and Gartside can only parry. Derry clear, and Finn's scuffed shot from the edge of the area is deflected wide. Then Watts' corner is headed just over by Lopes.
Watts' flag-kick is interrupted by the referee's whistle, and Derry can breathe.
Nice work between Mandroiu, Gaffney and Watts ends with a lovely chip from Watts to Gaffney in a good position on the left side of the area. The Tuam man's touch lets him down for once, and he's forced to back-heel off Boyce for a corner.
Derry build patiently, but Grace's intervention allows Rovers to break. Gaffeney again holds the ball up well but his crossfield pass with the outside of his right boot is ill-advised, and Malone tidies up.
Cotter is robbed by a combination of Hery and Akintunde. The former's cross is knocked behind for a corner. Malone's flag kick is knocked back into the mixer by Toal and cleared, and Harkin's wild shot is nowhere near the target.
What a chance for Derry! Malone's corner finds Lafferty in splendid isolation, but the wing-back sees it late and directs his header wide. He buries his head in his hands; that was a sitter.
Malone lofts a free-kick into the box, and a corner ensues.
A poor ball from Lafferty is picked off by Watts, who advances and feeds Towell. Gaffney makes a run but Towell elects to shoot, and is charged down by Boyce.
McJannet slings in a dangerous ball from the left side for the Candystripes, but Grace thumps a header clear.
And we're back. Rovers hold the ball for forty seconds from the kick-off; Gannon attempts to pick out Watts in the right-hand channel but Gartside is quick off his line to collect.
I'll be back shortly with the second half; don't go away.
And that's the half. Derry opened brightly and scored early when Lafferty powered a header past his fellow Northern Ireland international Alan Mannus. Rovers grew into the game without overly impressing, but Lee Grace equalised after 19 minutes and Danny Mandroiu gave the hosts the lead on the stroke of half-time with a fine finish.
Derry clear the corner, but Rovers work it back with Cotter. The Ennis schemer's pass forward is flicked through to Madriou by Gaffney, and the under-21 international finds the net via the right-hand upright. Excellent finish.
Towell does well down the right to dig out a cross after neat interplay with Finn. His cross is weak, but a mix-up between Gartside and McJannett leads to a corner.
Finally, some action. Mandroiu bewitches a clutch of Dery midfielders and heads for goal. A one-two with Watts allows him a sight at goal, but he's crowded out and the ball squirts for a corner, which comes to naught.
Rovers have been sloppy since the equaliser. A loose pass allows Malone to stride forward for the visitors, but Gannon cuts out his through-ball for McGonigle.
Lafferty tries to slide Junior in on goal, but Grace blocks the run of the former Gedling Miners Welfare striker.
Mandroiu's pocket is picked in midfield, and Derry break. McGonigle's clipped ball towards Akintunde is dealt with by Grace and Lopes between them and runs for a goal kick to the hosts.
Derry have regrouped well since the equaliser, and have been pressing the hosts. McJannet pings an inviting ball in, but Grace deals with it and McGonigle can't quite control the second ball.
Lee Grace equalises with another super header from a lovely Ronan Finn delivery.
Wonderful intervention from Boyce to prevent a certain goal by Gaffney after another beuatiful delivery from wide by Watts.
Toal has to look lively to turn an inviting cross from Watts over the bar. Excellent defending.
The Foylesiders win a corner of their own. Rovers can't clear and Mannus has to look sharp to claim McGonigle's snapshot from twenty yards at the second attempt with Junior lurking.
Watt's second corner leads to a third, which is headed wide by Lopes. Good chance spurned by the Cabo Verde international.
Watts' corner is cleared by the Derry defence is cleared only as far as Finn. Gartside is happy to see the captain's deflected shot spin wide.
Gaffney continues to impress. More great control leads to a chance for Towell to have a snapshot from twenty yards. Gartside parries but Watts can't turn home the rebound.
Derry hit the front! McGonigle buys a free-kick off Gannon on the right, and Lafferty buries Malone's inviting delivery with an unstoppable header at the back post. Game on!
Mandroiu breaks down the left and finds Gaffney in traffic in the box. The big man does fantastically-well to make space for the shot, but he's charged down. O'Neill's follow-up is wild and doesn't trouble Gartside.
Gannon's ball down the channel is beautifully-controlled by Gaffney, but Rovers overplay it and have to start again.
And we're off.
The teams are emerging from the tunnel, and kick-off is minutes away.
Rovers are unchanged from last week's crucial win, while Jack Malone replaces William Fitzgerald for Ruaidhri Higgins' side.
Kick-off is at 8pm, so stay tuned.
Good evening and welcome to this evening's Airtricity League Premier Division clash between Shamrock Rovers and Derry City at Tallaght Stadium. The hosts come into this game buoyed by a last-gasp victory over their nearest challengers St. Patrick's Athletic last week which brought them a step closer to a second successive league title. The visiting Candystripes retain ambitions of their own and come into tonight's fixture in fourth place, three points adrift of Sligo Rovers in the last automatic European spot. Let's hope for a good one.
Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division
Date: 8 p.m. Oct. 1, 2021