Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Cabinteely FC
Jordan Tallon’s late strike earned the Hoops full points against second placed Cabinteely at Roadstone tonight. To be fair, the visitors put a lot of pressure on the Hoops throughout the first half with a pressing game that was encouraging from their point of view but they weren’t delivering the killer blow they needed in order to guarantee that second place. Cabinteely will now have to wait until after the Bray v UCD game tomorrow to learn if they have finished second or third.
Rovers were playing deeper than normal and their best moves during the first half came mainly from raids, mostly down the flanks. They did take the lead though in the 27th minute when full back Alex Dunne worked his way into the centre and found Danila Bogdanov who finished the move with a low drive to the corner of the net. Within a minute though the visitors equalised through their dangerman Jem Campion.
The Hoops might have gone ahead again in the 40th minute but the ball struck the post. Just as the game approached the half way mark Thomas Oluwa passed the ball to James Furlong who released Dunne and the full back took a shot which Cabbo ‘keeper Dylan Davis saved well.
Rovers were much more positive in the second half and Cabinteely dropped back in response. For a while there was a good bit of action at both ends, Campion going just wide for Cabbo and Bogdanov heading over for the Hoops. Former Rovers’ player Jack Savage burst through in the 59th minute and took a shot which Gavin Bazunu saved. Campions followed in and again Bazunu swung into action. That was a good opportunity for the visitors to go ahead.
Cabinteely had another good chance in the 62nd minute when Vilius Labutis cut in from the wing but some excellent defending from Cian Kelly reduced the danger to a corner kick. The visitors didn’t maintain the pressure though and the Hoops applied plenty of pressure in the box at the opposite end. Jordan Tallon met an Andy Spain free kick from the line but couldn’t control the ball and sent it high over the bar.
Three minutes later though, and into time added on, Rovers delivered a killer blow when Oluwa only partially connected with the ball in a crowded box but the touch was enough for it to break loose and there was Tallon in the right spot to meet it and strike it hard over the line. Jack Kelly went very close a minute later when his shot had the keeper beaten but carried on past the far post.
Shamrock Rovers: 1. Gavin Bazunu, 2. Martins Olakanye, 3. Alex Dunne, 4. Andrew Spain, 5. Cian Kelly, 9. Danila Bogdanov, 10. James Clarke, 16. Thomas Oluwa, 17. Jordan Tallon, 19. Toby Owens, 20. James Furlong.
Substitutes: 25. Shane O’Rourke, 7. Dean McMenemy, 11. Jack Kelly (for Cian Kelly 63 mins) , 14. Emmanuel Odeniyi, 23. Shane Nealon.
Match Report by Robert Goggins / Photos by Bobby Best here