19 August, 2011

Famous Tallaght night as Rovers are one win from history:

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Shamrock Rovers players celebrate what could be an historic goal
          After weathering a number of storms:  Dublin's Shamrock Rovers secured a deserved draw with Partizan Belgrade and are now one result from going where achieving what no Irish football club ever has.
          The early stages were dominated entirely by the Eastern European with Rover's keeper Thompson making a world class save to touch a 35 yard piledriver over his cross bar.  The side from the former Yugoslavia went 0-1 up on 14 minutes after lax defending from Dan Murray allowed the unmarked Tomic to plant a low shot into the bottom corner from 15 yards out.
          Rovers were feeding off scraps were the remainder of the half with the visitors monopolising posession and should have been more than one goal ahead by the time the referee blew the short whistle.
PIVOTAL ROLE:   Conor McCormack
          As the second half matured, Rovers got more and more into the game, though keeper Thompson very nearly handed a goal to the visitors on 55 minutes which would surely have killed the tie.  That was the only real chance for the visitors in the third quarter and Rovers came close to equalising when Sullivan's header forced a decent save from Stoijkovic.
          With the game entering the final 10 minutes;  Rovers were well on top and the goal finally came with Gary McCabe going on a mazey dribble, playing a one-two with Gary McCabe before rounding the last defender and planting a low shot into the far corner from 15 yards for a goal labelled by one Liam Brady as  "The best I've seen for a long, long time."
Master tactician: Michael O'Neill (left)
         Rovers could have won the game with four minutes left when the ball fell to Twigg five yards from goal but his hurried volley beat the 'keeper and cleared the crossbar.  The final whistle went shortly after with manager Michael O'Neill deserving a lot of credit for changing things around at half-time and switching the effervescent Conor McCormack into midfield.  It was a switch which now keeps the tie very much alive.
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