2 - 0
FT

Rory Gaffney 17' -
Scored: 17'


Dylan Watts 21' -
Scored: 21'



FAI Cup Report: Shamrock Rovers 2 - 0 Galway United

Sat, Jul 24 2021

Rory Gaffney Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Patrick O Connor reports from Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers recorded a fairly routine 2-0 home win against First Division opponents Galway United in the FAI Cup in Tallaght Stadium on Friday night and in so doing began their quest for a trophy they have already won 25 times since they were founded in 1899.

The gulf in class between the top side in the Premier Division and second in the First Division was clearly evident in the opening 45 minutes as Rovers owned the ball and completely dominated the game as they played it out mostly camped in Galway’s half of the pitch.

Galway’s case was not helped by a booking for young Alex Murphy after less than two minutes of action when he ploughed into Graham Burke right in front of the referee Rob Hennessy’s eyes. 

He put in a similar challenge on Richie Towell five minutes later and was lucky to only get a stern verbal warning from Hennessy on this occasion. He was hooked by Galway manager John Caulfield on 31 minutes, Galway’s task was hard enough without trying to complete it with only 10 men.

Rovers took a deserved lead after 17 minutes of play. The ball was played out to Towell on the right touchline and he whipped in a low cross between the Galway centre backs which Rory Gaffney latched onto and then steered past Conor Kearns. It was a simple but well executed goal in a move which was to prove profitable again before half time.

The second goal came only four minutes later. This time it was Sean Gannon who crossed from the end line on the right- hand side and Dylan Watts got ahead of the Galway defenders to guide the ball home.

Stephen Bradley’s side continued to press and probe at will for the remainder of the first half as a third goal would have killed off the match but Caulfield’s side managed to hold out to leave it 2-0 at the break.

The visitors put in a much-improved performance in the second half however, particularly in the opening and closing 15-minute periods.

Caoilfhionn O’Dea had their first shot in anger in the 54th minute, his effort forced Alan Mannus to palm the ball away for a corner.

They created a great chance in the 69th minute when Mikey Place played a lovely cross field ball to Ruaidhri Keating who turned Roberto Lopes before unleashing a shot which came off the post.

Keating had another great effort on 77 minutes, this time he swivelled in a crowded penalty area and managed to draw a top class save from Mannus who again was forced to concede a corner.

Rovers were content to play out the end of the game in containment mode, they had the two-goal cushion and were generally able to deal with the renewed challenge from Galway until Hennessy brought an end to the game in the 93rdminute.

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Lee Grace, Roberto Lopes, Joey O’Brien (Liam Scales 61) Sean Gannon, Dylan Watts, Gary O'Neill, Richie Towell (Conor Noonan 72) Sean Kavanagh (Max Murphy 80), Rory Gaffney (Aaron Greene 72), Graham Burke.
Subs not used: Leon Pohls, Ronan Finn, Dean McManamey, Dylan Duffy.
Booked: Sean Gannon (25)

Galway United: Conor Kearns; Joe Gorman, Gary Boylan, Alex Murphy (Caoilfhionn O’Dea 31), Stephen Walsh,  Mikie Rowe (Padraig Cunnigham 72),  Christopher Horgan, Maurice Nugent, Mikey Place (Colin Kelly 81), Wilson Waweru (Thomas Olowa 46), Ruairi Keating.
Subs not used: Luke Dennison, Charlie Concannon, Ethan Connolly.
Booked: Alex Murphy (2)
Referee: Rob Hennessy
Attendance:  500
Extratime.com Player of the Match: Dylan Watts


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
WOct. 23, 2021
Longford 0 - 1 Shamrock R
Alan Mannus 1
Goalkeeper
Joey O'Brien 28
61'
61Subbed Off: Liam Scales 61'
Defender
© Roberto Lopes 4
Defender
Lee Grace 5
Defender
Richie Towell 17
72'
72Subbed Off: Conan Noonan 72'
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill 16
Midfielder
Sean Kavanagh 11
80'
80Subbed Off: Max Murphy 80'
Midfielder
Sean Gannon 2
Booked: 25'
Midfielder
Dylan Watts 7
Scored: 21'
Forward
Rory Gaffney 20
Scored: 17'
72'
72Subbed Off: Aaron Greene 72'
Forward
Graham Burke 10
Forward

Substitutes
Liam Scales 15
61'
61Subbed On: Joey O'Brien 61'
Defender
Leon Pohls 25
Goalkeeper
Conan Noonan
72'
72Subbed On: Richie Towell 72'
Forward
Max Murphy 24
80'
80Subbed On: Sean Kavanagh 80'
Midfield
Dean McMenamy
Midfield
Aaron Greene 9
72'
72Subbed On: Rory Gaffney 72'
Forward
Ronan Finn 8
Midfield
Dylan Duffy
Midfield
Galway
DSept. 10, 2021
Galway 0 - 0 Treaty United
WSept. 24, 2021
Galway 4 - 1 UCD
WOct. 1, 2021
Cobh 0 - 1 Galway
WOct. 15, 2021
Galway 2 - 1 Wexford
WOct. 22, 2021
Galway 1 - 0 Bray
16 Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Alex Murphy
Defender
Booked: 2'
31'
31Subbed Off: Caoilfhionn O'Dea 31'
Joe Gorman
Defender
4 Gary Boylan
Defender
Mikey Place
Midfielder 81'
81Subbed Off: Colin Kelly 81'
6 Maurice Nugent ©
Midfielder
Christopher Horgan
Midfielder
Wilson Waweru
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: Thomas Oluwa 46'
Mikie Rowe
Forward 72'
72Subbed Off: Padraic Cunningham 72'
7 Ruairi Keating
Forward

Substitutes
Thomas Oluwa
Forward 46'
46Subbed On: Wilson Waweru 46'
Caoilfhionn O'Dea
Midfield 31'
31Subbed On: Alex Murphy 31'
Colin Kelly
Midfield 81'
81Subbed On: Mikey Place 81'
1 Luke Dennison
Goalkeeper
9 Padraic Cunningham
Forward 72'
72Subbed On: Mikie Rowe 72'
Ethan Connolly
Forward
Charlie Concannon
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 FAI Cup First Round

Date: 8 p.m. July 23, 2021

Venue: Tallaght Stadium

Referee: Robert Hennessy

Attendance: Unknown

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