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Late Goal Drama: Shamrock Rovers and Derry City Share Points in League of Ireland Thriller



Late Goal Drama: Shamrock Rovers And Derry City Share Points In League Of Ireland Thriller

Markus Poom’s injury-time goal brought late drama as Shamrock Rovers and Derry City battled to a 2-2 draw in a pulsating League of Ireland encounter at Tallaght Stadium.

The match was a rollercoaster affair with all the goals being scored in the second half, keeping the fans on the edge of their seats.

Derry City, managed by Ruaidhri Higgins, showcased their resilience by coming from behind twice in the game, with Patrick Hoban’s penalty cancelling out Darragh Burns’ opener before Danny Mullen’s late strike put them in the lead.

However, Rovers, led by Stephen Bradley, refused to be defeated and salvaged a point deep into injury time courtesy of Markus Poom’s decisive header.

The result sees Shamrock Rovers occupying a lower position in the league standings, still searching for their first win of the season, while Derry City maintain an unbeaten run after four games.

With Shelbourne claiming a 1-0 victory over Galway United, Rovers have slipped to second place, trailing behind Damien Duff’s side.

The game kicked off with both teams taking time to settle on the wet pitch, with chances scarce in the initial stages. However, the intensity picked up as the match progressed.

Key moments included Aaron Greene’s early chance, Graham Burke‘s missed opportunity, and solid defensive displays by players like Michael Cleary and Leon Pohls.

The second half exploded into life with Burke setting up Burns for Rovers’ first goal, only for Derry to respond swiftly with Duffy hitting the crossbar before Hoban converted a penalty to level the scores.

Substitute Mullen then put Derry ahead late on, but their joy was short-lived as Poom rose highest to head home an equalizer in stoppage time, much to the delight of the Rovers faithful.

Looking ahead, Higgins’ side will face Waterford next at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in what promises to be another intriguing clash in the League of Ireland.

Rachel Adams

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