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Hoop Dreams
Four-star Hoops earn bragging rights with win in heated Dublin derby
The game was delayed because of incidents with the fans on the pitch at stages.

Bohs 0

Shamrock Rovers 4

A BRANDON MIELE double along with strikes from Gary McCabe and Gavin Brennan decided a heated Dublin derby between Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park tonight.

Rovers bounced back from their trouncing in Derry last week to produce an efficient attacking performance to finish their opportunities when they presented themselves.
Bohs were less productive in front of goal as they failed to take their early openings.

One of those first chances came when Ayen Ben Mohamed deceived Simon Madden and skilfully flicked over the Rovers right back and then found Keith Buckley just inside the box but his right foot shot wasn’t strong enough as Barry Murphy got down well to save.

After couple long rang efforts from Buckley and Derek Pender the pair combined with the latter’s cross completely miss kicked by Maxine Blanchard allowing Ismahil Akinade a free shot from 12 yards but Madden lunged to make a brilliant block to deny the Nigerian striker who really should have scored.

Rovers were growing into the game as a long range from Mikey Drennan whistled by the post before a searching corner from Gavin Brennan was just about dealt with by Dean Delany who punched away to safety.

Then on the stroke of half time Pat Fenlon’s men made Bohs pay for their earlier misses.
After being brought down by Lorcan Fitzgerald, Madden squared the resulting free-kick to Drennan on the edge of the box with his shot blocked but Gary McCabe made no mistake to smash through a number of bodies and past Dean Delany.

Paddy Kavanagh nearly levelled matters 30 seconds into the second period as his looping effort hit the bar but Rovers responded instantly as Miele was found free in the box by Gary Shaw to roll past Delany to make it 2-0.

Bohemians struggled to get their rhythm going in the second period and then 15 minutes from time The Hoops scored a breakaway third.

Miele sprinted clear after a through ball from Drennan and he calmly slotted a right footed shot across Delany and in off the post.

Brennan then made it four as he curled a beautiful 25 yard left foot shot into the top right corner to compound Bohemians woes.

David Webster and Blanchard, who recovered from his early error, helped Rovers shut up shop and ensure a vital away win to move back into contention at the top of the table.

BOHEMIANS: Dean Delany; Derek Pender, Derek Prendergast, Daniel Byrne, Lorcan Fitzgerald; Paddy Kavanagh, Roberto Lopes, Keith Buckley (Kurtis Byrne, 55), Aymen Ben Mohamed, Eoin Wearen; Ismahil Akinade.

SHAMROCK ROVERS: Barry Murphy; Simon Madden, Maxine Blanchard, David Webster, Gavin Brennan; Gary McCabe, Killian Brennan, Patrick Gregg, Brandon Miele (Trevor Clarke, 90); Michael Drennan, Gary Shaw (Gareth McCaffrey, 72).

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

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