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.