Friday 19 April 2019

Rovers on Oriel mission twice in a week

SHAMROCK Rovers face the tough task of beating Dundalk at Oriel Park on Monday after last night's scoreless FAI Ford Cup quarter-final stalemate at Tallaght Stadium.

Old rivals Pat Fenlon and Stephen Kenny are certainly getting plenty of chances to renew acquaintances in the former's new job as both sides will contest the EA Sports Cup final at the same venue five days after Monday's replay.later.

The hosts perhaps had reason to feel hard done by when Karl Sheppard's header from a Patrick Cregg free-kick was chalked off by a linesman's flag. Replays suggested it was the wrong call.

Rovers did shade the first half territorially but, in general play, they were short of creativity in the final third and chances were scarce. Jason McGuinness, who ventured forward from his centre half berth, also lost his footing in the area when Dundalk temporarily switched off.

The league leaders, and the country's top scorers, were a little bit more incisive in their forays with the lively Daryl Horgan threatening with one right footer and the chance of the half falling to Richie Towell who was denied from close range by a Barry Murphy block.

Dundalk broke from the traps slightly quickly after the restart, yet there was still little to trouble either keeper.

Kenny sent in Kurtis Byrne for Donal McDermott with his decision to opt for the latter failing to really pay off.

Byrne was released by a clever passage of play only to slot the ball wide as Barry Murphy attempted to narrow his angle.

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