Roberto Lopes' goal enough for Bohemians

Bohemians 1, Shamrock Rovers 0: A first-half goal from Roberto Lopes was the difference at Dalymount Park last night when Bohemians claimed the bragging rights over 10-man Shamrock Rovers in a tense Premier Division clash.
Roberto Lopes' goal enough for Bohemians

The Gypsies were eager to make amends for their 4-0 defeat to their rivals at the same venue in April, and deservedly took the lead in the 15th-minute.

A corner by Lorcan Fitzgerald was delivered into the path of Lopes, and the centre-half’s bullet header flew past Barry Murphy.

2013 All-Ireland SFC winner Shane Supple collected a low drive from Hoops striker Gary Shaw in the 38th-minute, but Bohs were full value for their one-goal interval cushion.

Following a disappointing first-half from their point of view, Rovers boss Sami Ristila was seeking an improvement from his side after the restart.

However, they suffered another set-back on 66 minutes, when skipper Patrick Cregg received a second yellow-card for an alleged dive.

The hosts’ numerical supremacy placed them in pole position for their 12th league win of 2016, and despite seeing a Shaw header marginally missing the target in second-half stoppage-time, Bohs ultimately claimed all three points in their final home game of the campaign.

BOHEMIANS:

Supple; Pender, Lopes, Prendergast, Fitzgerald; Wearen (D Byrne 86), Morris; Kavanagh (Quigley 91), Buckley, Kelly; K Byrne (O’Halloran 76).

SHAMROCK ROVERS:

Murphy; Hanney (Kiely 82), Webster, O’Connor, Madden; Clarke (Bolger 70), Cregg, McCabe, Miele; Boyd, Shaw.

Referee:

P Tuite (Dublin).

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