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Missed penalties, red cards and four goals: the Dublin derby didn't disappoint tonight

Kurtis Byrne gave Bohs the lead in Tallaght but Shamrock Rovers hit back.

Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Shamrock Rovers 3

Bohemians 1

SHAMROCK ROVERS’ NEW breed came to the fore tonight in Tallaght Stadium as some of their youngsters put on a real show to beat bitter rivals Bohemians 3-1.

In an action-packed opening 20 minutes Rovers missed a penalty when Brandon Miele saw his spot-kick saved.

Bohemians then found themselves a man down when Keith Buckley was red carded – his tackle on Gavin Brennan left referee Paul McLaughlin with little choice.

But just three minutes later though, Kurtis Byrne had the Gypsies in front.

Running on to a long ball, the striker took full advantage of the static Hoops defence, guiding his shot over Craig Hyland and in at the far post.

Kurtis Byrne Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

It was hectic stuff, but, amid all the chaos, 17-year-old Aaron Dobbs kept his composure just after the half hour mark to carve out Rovers’ equaliser.

A sweeping break ended with the youngster fizzing the ball across the box to Dean Clarke who made no mistake.

Dominating the game now, Stephen Bradley’s men had the lead four minutes later through Gary Shaw when he got ahead of Derek Prendergast to steer in Clarke’s downward header.

The hectic nature of the tie continued right up until half time, with Roberto Lopes smashing the ball off the underside of the crossbar from three-yards out, but in the second period the play was less dramatic, at least for the first 25 minutes.

After that the home fans went wild when another youngster, Sean Boyd, scored a brilliant goal after a slick one-two with Shaw.

Tempers flare Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Boyd was booked for taunting the visiting fans during his celebration, and the game almost spilled over minutes later when Gavin Brennan and Kurtis Byrne clashed in front of the Bohs fans but some level of calm was quickly restored.

Just before the third goal Keith Long lost Ismahil Akinade, and without a target man they struggled to threaten again before the end on a night that belonged to Rovers’ new breed.

SHAMROCK ROVERS: Hyland, Cornwall, Madden, Heaney, G Brennan, Cregg, K Brennan, D Clarke (T Clarke, 74), Dobbs (Boyd, 65), Miele, Shaw (McPhail, 81).

SUBS: Murphy, Webster, Boyd, T Clarke, Doona, Purdy, McPhail.

BOHEMIANS: Delaney, Pender, Prendergast (Morris, 77), Lopes, D Byrne, Buckley, K Byrne, Kelly (Mohammed, 69), Mulcahy, Hayes, Akinade (Quigley, 67).

SUBS: Quigley, Mohammed, Kavanagh, Morris, Caffrey, Wearen, Supple.

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