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Shamrock Rovers put up a United Display in Galway

Gary Shaw’s double sealed an important win on the road for Shamrock Rovers last night as the Hoops made it two wins from four in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

The game had hardly settled down before Shaw fired Stephen Bradley’s team into the lead in the second minute, latching onto a clever through-ball played in by Ronan Finn that split the home defence.

The remainder of the half however was a pretty dour display, with neither side looking likely to add to the goals front. The Crowd responded to this by equally creating no atmosphere at all. The half ended 0-1 to Rovers.

After half time however, Galway looked like a new team and dominated proceedings. Ronan Murray levelled it on 58 minutes when he popped up on the edge of the area to finish a counter-attacking move, despite his effort deflecting off a defender and in past the keeper.

However, Galway United were punished for some sloppy defending six minutes later.
Conor Winn punched clear a free-kick to the edge of his own area, but his defenders couldn’t complete the clearance and Shaw pounced from 18 yards out to score what was to prove the winner for Rovers.

Galway tried in vain to get an equaliser and nearly did in stoppage time when a ball in to the box resulted in a pinball machine type scenario but eventually the ball went wide and with it the hopes of a Galway equaliser.

Rovers however were well worth their win and have another big game coming up on St Patrick’s Day when Cork City visit Tallaght.

Matthew Lingard

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  1. Well, your corresondent fails to mention Rover’s best players on the night – the referee and his linesmen whose decisions at times were eccentric to say the least. I’d gone to the game expecting to see the much lauded Rovers team put on a stellar display, but in truth they were quite pedestrian. Galway United looked a more lively proposition throughout the game and, apart from two juvenile defensive errors, were full value in all departments. A draw would have been a fair result, but when you get a referee who doesn’t recognise a hand-ball as being against the rules of the game what can you do? Are Rovers going to win the league? Not if they play like this they won’t be. Will United stay up? They have a very good chance of doing so as their performances can only get better.

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