Rovers Rally at Roadstone
Shamrock Rovers played host to Round 4 of the IAFA National League on Saturday 30 June. In testing conditions the home side, rock bottom of the league, produced two fine displays to claw their way back into contention with two rounds of fixtures left to play in the season. League leaders Bohemian FC were without the leagues top scorer James Boyle and midfielder Neil Hoey and suffered as a result. Both Rovers and Cork took full advantage and claimed all three points from their respective fixtures against Bohs. High in confidence and buoyed by their recent Cup success in Limerick, Rovers then beat Cork in the final game of the day. Although the Leesiders took an early lead through Ruairi Murphy, Christy McElligott and Stuart McEvoy combined to earn an almost immediate equalizer. Rovers captain Kevan O'Rourke then put the home side in front before a brace from Alan Wall put the result beyond doubt. City's 4 points on the day see them narrow the gap on leaders Bohs to just a single point. Rovers remain stuck to the bottom of the table but their resurgence has seen them claw back points on both their rivals. With six games remaining it is all still to play for as the season draws to a close. The teams will meet next in Cork on 28 July for the penultimate round of fixtures.
Shamrock Rovers 6-0 Bohemian FC (Wall x2, O'Rourke x3, McEvoy)
Cork City 1-0 Bohemian FC (Cahillane)
Shamrock Rovers 4-1 Cork City (Wall x2, O'Rourke, McEvoy)
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