Saturday 25 November 2017

Clevor Trevor strike helps Rovers sink goal-shy Gypsies

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Trevor Clarke can’t contain his excitement after making it 2-0 to Rovers last night
Trevor Clarke can’t contain his excitement after making it 2-0 to Rovers last night

It's grim up north - the northside of Dublin, that is, as Bohemians have slipped into the relegation zone on the back of yet another defeat to Shamrock Rovers.

The Bohs-Rovers games have often been evenly matched through the years but the Hoops own this fixture in 2017 at least, this 2-0 win at Dalymount Park last night the third success in three meetings to date.

Brandon Miele in particular enjoys the sight of the Bohs jersey. He scored to give Rovers an early lead in front of 3,622 fans last night.

That makes it five goals for the season, four of them against Bohs, and Trevor Clarke then added a second.

Some impressive spells of play from Bohs in the second half could not get them back into the game and this loss, allied with other results last night, sees Keith Long's side drop into the bottom three.

It's tight down there, with just a point between the sides in 7th and 10th place. A run of six defeats in the last seven games is of course a concern for Bohs but their record of scoring in just one of those seven games is even more troubling.

Bohs had badly missed their leading scorer Dinny Corcoran, absent for the previous six games through injury, but the much-travelled forward was fit enough to take a place in the starting XI last night.

But Corcoran, like Bohs in general, saw little of the ball and Rovers goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski had one of the quietest nights of his League of Ireland career to date, untroubled for long spells by a Bohs side that was toothless in attack.

Even an impressive spell by the home side in the second half could not yield a goal as Rovers absorbed that pressure well, allowing them to keep a clean sheet for only the second time this season.

While Bohs rely heavily on Corcoran for goals, Rovers get fed goals from all over the park and after last night, Clarke is now the 11th different player to have netted for the Hoops in the league.

Clarke, playing an unusual role on the right wing, was given time and space to tee up a shot on 26 minutes and send in his first of the season, a stunning strike.

The U19 cap, who previously had a spell cross-channel with Middlesbrough, is being keenly watched by Southampton and goals like that will do his cause no harm.

Rovers were already dominant when Clarke struck that goal, as Stephen Bradley's men had led from the sixth minute.

Graham Burke slotted in a cross and Miele was left unmarked to fire his shot past the grasp of Bohs goalkeeper Shane Supple.

The home side did have a decent spell of play midway through the first half, Paddy Kavanagh fluffing a chance after some good work by Oscar Brennan, but they struggled to simply get possession.

Rovers took a 2-0 lead into the second half but it could have been worse for the Gypsies as Gary Shaw flashed a header narrowly wide on 43 minutes, after he was set up by Luke Byrne.


To their credit, Bohs not only stayed in the game but took it to the away side and Long's men controlled things for long periods in the second half, but again, the goal of Canadian international Chencinski was well protected.

Brennan saw a shot deflected out for a corner on 50 minutes and on the hour mark Dan Byrne got his head to an in-swinging corner kick but the save was an easy one for Chencinski.

Bohs defender Lorcan Fitzgerald made one good move late on, chasing down a Bohs fan who launched a one-man pitch invasion on a night when, thankfully, tempers otherwise remained in check.

So Bohs wonder where the next goal will come from while Rovers, boosted by this rare clean sheet, will look to next week's clash with Derry City as a way of moving ahead of the Ulster club to close in on the top three.

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