Thursday 22 March 2018

Jansson is spot-on as Rovers beat Bohs

SWEDISH keeper Oscar Jansson was the hero for Shamrock Rovers as they edged out Bohemians on penalties in the Leinster Senior Cup last night, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

A Rovers side which included first-teamers Jansson, Graham Gartland, Chris Turner, Stephen O'Donnell, Gary McCabe and Aaron Greene took the lead minutes into the second half through Sean Dixon, but Bohs equalised with a Patrick Seery goal on 67 minutes.

The sides were still level at 1-1 after 90 minutes and after 30 minutes of extra-time, so a penalty shootout was needed, and Jansson made the crucial save from Dave Mulcahy to send Rovers into the next round.

Holders St Patrick's Athletic made no mistake at home to non-league side Phoenix, the Saints comfortable 4-0 winners with goals from Chris Fagan, Ian Daly and Christopher Forrester (2). Bray Wanderers came from a goal down to beat Longford Town 2-1 at the Carlisle Grounds.

In-form Longford took the lead just after the restart from Jacques Morley but Bray immediately equalised through Kieran Waters and he got a second goal on 58 minutes to seal a win for Bray.

'City close to safety'

NORWICH CITY star Wes Hoolahan believes the Canaries are getting close to Premier League safety.

Dubliner Hoolahan impressed for Paul Lambert's side by scoring in the 1-1 draw with Wigan last weekend, and for the former Shelbourne man, it's all about survival.

"We're one step closer to safety and that's what we set out to do at the start of the season," said Hoolahan.

"We want to stay in this league and we're one step closer to that.

"It's been a great season so far and it's been successful so far. You've got to look at the bigger picture.

"I don't think anyone would have expected us to have 36 points at this stage of the season when we started.

"We're doing well and we just need to keep that going," added the Ireland cap, who made his 150th appearance for Norwich last weekend.

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