Competition: Friendly   Venue: Tallaght Stadium    Attendance: 700 (est)   Referee: Declan Heney
Shamrock Rovers
Shamrock Rovers

Gary Twigg - Goal (24')

Aaron Greene - Goal (51')

Aaron Greene - Goal (58')

Paul Hunt - Own Goal (60')

Tue 21 Feb 2012

4 - 0


(Full Time)
Longford Town
Longford Town


Team Lineup
Oscar Jannson (G)
Kerrea Gilbert (D)
Colin Hawkins (D)
Conor Powell (D)
Craig Sives (D)
Killian Brennan (M)
Gary McCabe (M)
Stephen O'Donnell (M)
Chris Turner (M)
Aaron Greene (F)
Gary Twigg (F)
Billy Dennehy (Sub)
Dean Ebbe (Sub)
Ronan Finn (Sub)
Sean Gannon (Sub)
Daryl Kavanagh (Sub)
Brendan King (Sub)
Stephen Rice (Sub)
Conor Winn (Sub)



Game Matchtracker



Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
90' - Full Time - Game is over. A 4-0 win for the home side!
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
88' - Morley does well to win a corner off Stephen Rice but the set piece comes to nothing. I think it's time for the ref to blow this one up.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
86' - Daryl Kavanagh releases Brennan on the right. He cuts inside and takes a pot shot at goal, but Hyland was squarely behind it and gathered safely.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
83' - Substitution - Longford Sub - the last of the night for Longford -Dean Cosgrave replaces Colm James.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
82' - The ref intervenes as Stephen Rice and Austin Skelly have a little tete a tete. No need for that really, and the players are no doubt reminded that it's a friendly.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
80' - Stephen O'Donnell creates an opening for Brendan King, playing up front and in the middle now, but King's crisp effort is straight at Craig Hyland.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
78' - Ronan Finn slips a ball through for Billy Dennehy, but his shot on the run slews to the right and scuttles wide of the Longford goal.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
78' - Substitution - Rovers Sub - Brenadan King replaces Aaron Greene.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
76' - The game has really faded now. Nothing much happening.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
74' - Rice has dropped to centre back for Rovers and Kavanagh and Greene are up front.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
73' - Substitution - Double change for Rovers - Ronan Finn replaces Colin Hawkins and Billy Dennehy is on for Gary Twigg.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
72' - A terrific save from Hyland, somehow managing to touch Killian Brennan's deflected shot around the outside of his post.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
70' - Substitution - Longford Sub - Paul Hunt is replaced in goal by Craig Hyland.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
70' - Three more corners follow before Morley sends a low ball into the box that arrives at Austin Skelly's feet not two yards out. He somehow sliced the ball over the bar and Rovers' clean sheet remains intact.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
68' - Jacques Morley takes a corner for LOngford that skips across the Rovers box before being nodded out by Hawkins for another corner beyond the back post.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
67' - Austin Skelly does well to turn away from Stephen Rice but his effort from the edge of the box screws well wide of the Rovers goal.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
65' - Substitution - Longford Sub - James O'Brien replaces Keith Gillespie.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
65' - Substitution - Rovers Sub - Daryl Kavanagh is on for Gary McCabe.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
64' - A decent effort by Jacques Morley after he was played in by Mark Salmon, but Jannson gathered well in the Rovers goal.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
62' - Substitution - Longford make a double change - Jamie Duffy replaces Alan Kirby and Sean Skelly is on for Daniel Purdy.
Shamrock Rovers 4 - 0 Longford Town
60' - Own Goal - Rovers have a fourth as Greene's shot is parried up in the air by Paul Hunt. He followed it back as it dropped and the ball clipped back off the crossbar, off Hunt, and into the net.
Shamrock Rovers 3 - 0 Longford Town
58' - Goal - There wasn't a lot happening here when a tricky pass from Dowling spun wide of his 'keeper. Hunt had come rushing out to collect, found he had overshot, and Aaron Green had the simplest task to roll the ball into an empty net. Rovers lead 3-0.
Shamrock Rovers 2 - 0 Longford Town
53' - Substitution - Longford Sub - Jacques Morley comes on for Thomas Crawley.
Shamrock Rovers 2 - 0 Longford Town
53' - Substitution - Rovers Sub - Stephen Rice is on for Chris Turner.
Shamrock Rovers 2 - 0 Longford Town
51' - Goal - Aaron Greene skips around Paul Hunt and buries a shot in to the Longford net. Rovers lead 1-0 and Greene scores on his first outing for the Hoops.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
48' - It's been a scrappy opening few minutes. A bit of indecisive defending almost gave Rovers an opportunity but they couldn't take advantage.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
46' - Second Half - Rovers get us underway at the start of the second half.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
46' - Substitution - Rovers make one change at the break - SEan Gannon replaces Conor Powell at left back.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
46' - It's been quite a frustrating night for Shamrock Rovers. Apart from the goal, when Colm James was caught out of position to let McCabe in behind him, Rovers have constantly been forced to back track when in possession. Longford look competent, but apart from Gillespie, Salmon and Kirby in central midfield the don't look terribly ambitious.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
45' - Half Time - Not a second of added time played... it's half time at Tallaght and Rovers lead 1-0.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
44' - Rovers might have done better there with Chris Turner reluctant to shoot from the edge of the box. He got crowded out and it was left to Sives to try one from distance that never bothered Paul Hunt.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
40' - Lovely play from Longford as Austin Skelly engineers a move down the right, releasing Purdy who's low curling cross was finely judged in behind the Rovers back line. Sives slid in to divert the ball just wide of the Rovers goal, conceding a corner that came to nothing.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
35' - Have to say, Noel Haverty is playing a stormer at the back for Longford. He's the man who seems to breaking up the majority of Rovers attacking play.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
32' - Gary Cronin knocks a Gary McCabe corner inches over his own crossbar! The next corner is defended at the back post, conceding another corner... and that one is comfortably claimed by Hunt.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
31' - Substitution - Longford Sub - Austin Skelly replaces Karl Bermingham.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
30' - Rovers break and Stephen O'Donnell knocks a delicate ball over the top for Greene to run on to. But his attempted lob drops right and wide of Paul Hunt's goal.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
26' - Keith Gillespie whacks a shot wide from 20 yards for Longford but wins a free for the late challenge of a Rovers defender. Daniel Purdy takes it, but curls the ball into the arms of Oscar Jannson in the Rovers goal.
Shamrock Rovers 1 - 0 Longford Town
24' - Goal - Gary Twigg scores for Rovers. A long ball out to the left finds McCabe and his ball in to Twigg is controlled and then powered home from ten yards by the Scottish forward.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
23' - Shamrock Rovers are controlling this and Longford are struggling to create any kind of opportunity for Bermingham up front.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
22' - More good attacking play from the home side as a Sives ball forwards is flicked on by Twigg to McCabe. McCabe's shot was blocked but the ball spun back out to Twigg who's shot was gathered by Longford keeper, Paul Hunt.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
19' - Aaron Greene is released on the right and skins the Longford defender with him, he pulls a lovely ball back for Twigg who tried to wriggle into some room eight yards out, but Noel Haverty cleared the danger with an excellent block.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
18' - Kerea Gilbert looks very comfortable on the ball at right back for Rovers and bombs forward when he gets the chance. Gilbert, Greene and Brennan have impressed for the Hoops.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
16' - A crunching tackle from Sives on, I think Crawley, sends the ball ricocheting forwards. It almost releases Greene, who is switching wings at a rate of knots, but Gary Cronin covered.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
14' - Lovely play from Longford as Colm James pinged a ball over the head of Hawkins which Bermingham controlled and laid off to Purdy. He strode on into the Rovers box and blew his shot high over the bar. All good, up until the end.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
11' - Good work from McCabe and Greene on the left for Rovers, but Greene's ball in to Twigg is booted clear by the Longford defence.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
9' - Rovers' new boy Aaron Greene looks particularly lively in the early stages here. Both teams look keen to play it on the ground, which is a good job considering the swirling wind.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
7' - Ooh - Killian Brennan tries a chip from outside the box that just drifts over the Longford bar.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
5' - Apologies - that was Karl Bermingham playing up top for Longford, not Austin Skelly, who is on the bench.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
4' - A long, looping cross-field ball finds Gary McCabe lurking at the back post but Colm James blocks it away for a corner, which Alan Kirby eventually clears.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
1' - Keith Gillespie plays a lovely ball over the top towards Austin Skelly in the opening minute, but the LOngford hitman is slightly off-side.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
1' - Kick-off - Longford get us started as they play towards the mountains in the opening half.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
0' - Here comes the teams to a very healthy round of applause. We'll be underway in just a few moments.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
0' - No sign of the teams yet as the appointed hour looms but hopefully we won't be too late getting started here.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
0' - Longford look like they will line out in a 4-5-1 as they did against St Pats last week. They name three full backs in defence - James, Cronin and Dowling, so we'll have to wait and see who partners Haverty in the centre. Karl Bermingham starts as a lone striker. Kirby, Gillespie, Salmon, Purdy and Crawly line out agross the middle.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
0' - Rovers will start tonight with Gilbert and Powell at full back and Sives alongside Hawkins in central defence. It looks like new boy Aaron Greene will start up front along with Twigg. O'Donnell and Turner start in the middle with, I assume, Killian Brennan and McCabe out wide.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
0' - It's a mucky night in west Dublin. Clouds of misty rain are billowing about under the floodlights as the teams warm up and it all has a distinct feel of winter about it.
Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Longford Town
0' - Half an hour to go until Shamrock Rovers kick-off against Longford Town at Tallaght Stadium tonight. The real kick-off is less than two weeks away now so we should be starting to get a good idea as to how these sides will be lining out in 2012. Tonight's teams are up and ready to view.




Team Lineup
Paul Hunt (G)
Gary Cronin (D)
Graham Dowling (D)
Noel Haverty (D)
Colm James (D)
Thomas Crawley (M)
Keith Gillespie (M)
Alan Kirby (M)
Daniel Purdy (M)
Mark Salmon (M)
Karl Bermingham (F)
Dean Cosgrave (Sub)
Jamie Duffy (Sub)
Craig Hyland (Sub)
Jacques Morley (Sub)
James O'Brien (Sub)
Austin Skelly (Sub)
Sean Skelly (Sub)