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Shamrock Rovers


David Scullion (45 3)


Sean O'Connor and Ryan Mcllmoyle chase the ball (Picture: Cathal Doonan/INPHO)


A DAVID Scullion goal earned Coleraine a famous victory over Shamrock Rovers at Dublin's Tallaght Stadium.

The hero of the Irish Cup defeat of Ballymena United at the weekend struck three minutes into first half stoppage time to chip the ball over Rovers 'keeper Barry Murphy after connecting with a Paul Owens cross from the left.

Rovers created a number of early half chances through Sean O'Connor and Mark Quigley before, just before the half-hour mark, Karl Sheppard almost turned a back post header past Michael Doherty.

Stunned by Scullion's goal right before the break Rovers came storming out of the blocks in the second half, almost levelling within four minutes through Pat Sullivan while, on 64 minutes, Sean O'Connor tested Doherty with a curling effort.

Then, two minutes after that, he came close again with a free-kick just past an upright.

James Chambers later had a go from distance but, within minutes, Scullion almost doubled Coleraine's lead from a Joel Bradley cross.

And on 86 minutes Stephen Lowry found himself unmarked after Ryan McIlmoyle had picked him out only to fire over from six yards.

Rovers were then thwarted deep into added time with a Gary McCabe free-kick was turned onto a post by Doherty.

Coleraine defend their slender lead in the return at The Showgrounds on Monday 18th.


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