Bohemians 0 Shamrock Rovers 4: A Brandon Miele brace along with goals from Gary McCabe and Gavin Brennan gave Shamrock Rovers victory over bitter rivals Bohemians in the big Dublin derby at Dalymount Park.
McCabe’s rasping deflected strike put Rovers on their way in the first minute of injury time at the end of the first half. Miele then doubled the visitors’ advantage two minutes after the restart before grabbing his second of the night on 73 minutes. Brennan then curled in a wonderful fourth goal on 78 minutes.
The home side had actually started this game well and Rovers goalkeeper Barry Murphy did well to prevent them from taking the lead on 12 minutes, when he dived quickly to save a Keith Buckley shot after a wonderful low cross from Ayman Ben Mohamed.
McCabe shot over the top for Rovers on the quarter hour before Murphy saved well from a Derek Pender effort at the other end. Bohs then enjoyed a quick burst of pressure which culminated in Rovers defender Simon Madden blocking an Ismahil Akinade shot just outside the six-yard box on 20 minutes.
Rovers were left frustrated by a solid Bohs back four and rigid midfield, with most of the visitors’ chances for a spell coming from long distance efforts. The best of these being a speculative Mickey Drennan drive on 31 minutes that was narrowly off target.
Rovers could have capitalised on a back pass from Derek Prendergast on 39 minutes that took Dean Delany by surprise. The Bohs goalkeeper’s subsequent clearance was poor and bounced quickly past two Rovers men before Bohs got the ball out of the danger area.
But Rovers persevered and took the lead in the first minute of added time at the end of the first half. The box was packed after a Rovers free kick following a foul on Madden. Bohs repelled the initial Rovers attack but the ball spilled to McCabe who hammered a fierce shot that took a deflection as it sailed past Delany and into back of the net.
Bohs were quick out of the blocks for the second period and a looping Paddy Kavanagh effort struck the crossbar just 30 seconds in, but Rovers immediately pushed forward and were two goals clear within a minute. The Bohs defence, which had done so well up to this point, were at sixes and sevens as Miele waltzed in, exchanged passes with Gary Shaw, and fired across Delany and into the far bottom corner.
Miele netted his second and Rovers’ third on 73 minutes with a brilliant finish after being set up by McCabe before Brennan whipped in a glorious fourth goal, arguably the pick of the bunch, on 78 minutes past the hapless Delany at his near post.
Gardaí and stewards had to intervene after the fourth goal as trouble flared between rival fans at the away end.
Delany; Pender, Prendergast, Byrne, Fitzgerald; Kavanagh, Lopes, Buckley (Byrne 56 mins), Wearen; Ben Mohamed, Akinade.
Murphy; Madden, Webster, Blanchard, G Brennan; Drennan, K Brennan, Cregg, Miele (Clarke 90 mins); McCabe, Shaw (McCaffrey 72 mins).
Paul McLaughlin (Donegal).
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