Monday 22 January 2018

Rovers fall in Indian tournament opener

Rovers boss Pat Fenlon. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Rovers boss Pat Fenlon. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers struggled in the heat of India as they went down 2-0 to Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk's U23 side in the opening game of their pre-season tournament.

A crowd of almost 20,000 were on hand to see the Dublin side compete in the Nagjee Tournament in Kozhikode, a chance for Pat Fenlon to work with his side ahead of the new League of Ireland season next month.

New signings Killian Brennan - back for his second spell at the Hoops - and Gary Shaw started for Rovers but Dnipro took the lead on 32 minutes while keeper Craig Hyland was beaten a second time on 76 minutes.

Next up for Rovers in the tournament is a meeting with the U23 side from 1860 Munich tomorrow.

Meanwhile, champions Dundalk continue their preparations for the defence of their league title tonight when they host Waterford United in a pre-season friendly.

Stephen Kenny's side got the first competitive game of the season under their belts on Friday, a 2-0 win over Shelbourne in the Leinster Senior Cup where Paddy Barrett and new signing Patrick McEleney were on target.

Also tonight, Cork City head to Dublin to play Malahide United in a friendly. Cork showed their clinical edge with a 7-0 win over Waterford in a friendly game last week, Ian Turner netting a hat-trick for John Caulfield's side.

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