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Hello, and welcome to tonight’s liveblog.

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Kilduff plays through Moutney, but Chencinski is out quickly to make a save, and Connolly completes the clearance.

Decent start for Dundalk.

Brandon Miele gets a sight of goal after a misplaced pass from Gannon.

The attacker’s shot is charged down by the Dundalk defender down though.

7Mins

Barrett miscontrols the ball at the back and Meenan is one-on-one with Sava.

His early shot goes just wide, however, as he misses a great chance to score against his old club.

8Mins

Massey’s glancing header from a free kick goes just wide.

It’s been a lively start to this game, with both sides missing early chances.

11Mins

Meenan’s hanging cross is headed wide by Miele.

The visitors certainly haven’t been afraid to attack the reigning champions in these early stages.

13Mins

Sava breathes a sigh of relief.

O’Connor charges down the goalkeeper’s kick and it deflects into the net, but the referee disallows the goal, suggesting it came off the Rovers player’s hand.

15Mins

Miele crosses and it narrowly misses Devine, with Sava subsequently collecting the cross.

Shamrock Rovers have looked the better side in these opening stages.

17Mins

Big chance for Dundalk!

Gartland heads on a corner and Chenchinski denies Massey from close range.

27Mins

Rovers are really working hard here to press Dundalk’s backline and put them under pressure at every opportunity. Meenan closes down Barrett before Connolly then chases a ball back to Sava, forcing him into slicing it out of play.

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GOAL! Dundalk 1-0 Shamrock Rovers (Robbie Benson) 

And there’s Dundalk’s first league goal of 2017. Duffy does well on the left and sees his shot block. Duffy then pulls it across for Benson to score from close range.

39Mins

Dundalk on the attack again and McEleney sees his shot deflected out for a corner. The resulting set piece is sent to the back post but it’s slightly too high for Kilduff to make contact.

44Mins

Free-kick to Rovers in a dangerous position 30 yards out from goal as O’Connor is brought down. Miele steps up but curls it just wide with Sava scrambling.

There’s one minute of additional time to be played.

Flag 46Mins

Half-time: Dundalk 1-0 Shamrock Rovers 

Robbie Benson celebrates scoring with Michael Duffy Benson celebrates his goal with Michael Duffy. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

46Mins

 

SECOND HALF — And we’re back from the break. No changes to report.

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GOAL! Dundalk 2-0 Shamrock Rovers (Ciaran Kilduff) 

The champions double their advantage and deservedly so. McEleney provides an inch-perfect cross for Kilduff to power a header past Chencincski.

58Mins

Super work from McEleney to win the ball and put it on a plate for Kilduff.

60Mins

SUBSTITUTIONS – Rovers bring on Ronan Finn and Sean Boyd for Connolly and O’Connor.

Former Lilywhites man Finn receives a frosty reception from the home fans as you might expect.

62Mins

There’s a bit of handbags going on here with Finn and O’Donnell having words.

64Mins

YELLOW CARD – Moments later, Finn brings down O’Donnell and picks himself up a booking. Inevitable.

66Mins

DUNDALK CHANGE – O’Donnell gets a standing ovation as the captain is replaced by Conor Clifford.

70Mins

ANOTHER ROVERS SUB – Graham Burke is introduced for Lopes.

And here comes Jamie McGrath, with Michael Duffy coming off.

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GOAL! Dundalk 2-1 Shamrock Rovers (Graham Burke) 

Rovers have one back, and it’s a debut goal for substitute Graham Burke. Only on the field, the former Aston Villa youth gets into the box and loops a shot over Sava.

Game on?

79Mins

RED CARD! Rovers down to ten men. Goalscorer Burke receives his marching orders.

89Mins

Four minutes of added time to be played as Rovers push for an equaliser.

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Full-time: Dundalk 2-1 Shamrock Rovers 

Rovers hit the bar right at the death with Sean Boyd helping on a free-kick, but the whistle goes and Dundalk have the three points.

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