Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

13 August 2010

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

Match Report

Airticity League of Ireland
Drogs 0 Shamrock Rovers 2

Successive games against Pats and Rovers were never going to be easy from a Drogs outfit who are trying to reinvent themselves after numerous changes over the last few weeks. We can take the Pats loss for what it was - a weakened Drogs team getting a creditable result, but with the Rovers visit, it was a chance to measure our best efforts against the probable League Champions.

Money talks, and for Drogs fans the gulf in class between the two teams was there for all to see.

Five changes from last Friday saw the return of Crowley, McNally, McGill and Treacy and new signing Conor Sinnott made his debut in midfield. Rovers attacked with purpose and it was fortunate that we went in at half time 0-0, as Twigg and Dennehy missed gilt-edged chances in front of goal. Despite valiant efforts at the back and midfield, we were always under pressure and found it difficult to create clear cut chances in the first 45 minutes...

For the second half we seemed to be better organised with the hardworking Ryan Brennan working his socks off in the middle. However despite showing well in the first ten minutes or so, Rovers' strength up front proved crucial with Twigg and Dennehy scoring on 68 and 72 minutes.

For United, Conor Sinnott delivered a creditable performance on his debut and drew a very good save from the Rovers keeper with a long range, dipping effort.

Another bright spark for Drogs fans was the return of the enigmatic Darragh McNamara to first team colours after two years of injury problems. Late in the second half he rounded the Rovers keeper only to see his shot cleared off the line by a covering defender. Darragh showed in his 15 minutes on the field the skill and class which the team badly need for the relegation dogfight.

Next up is a trip to Galway for an important six-pointer.

Team: Duggan, Treacy, Osbourne, McGill, McNally, Daly, Brennan, Sinnott (McNamara 75), Flood (Fitzpatrick 75), McMahon (Meenan 75)