Shamrock Rovers end Dundalk’s treble quest

Rovers win
Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Dundalk AET (Rovers win 4-2 on penalties)

Shamrock Rovers have won their first FAI Cup since 1987 to extend the club’s all-time record to 25 Cups after edging out Dundalk in a penalty shoot-out, ending the Lilywhites’ treble dreams in the process.

Rovers looked to have secured victory at the end of normal-time, after Aaron McEneff’s 90th minute penalty.

Lilywhites’ goalkeeper Gary Rogers brought down Aaron Greene in the box following some excellent approach play from Rovers and a fantastically weighted through ball from Graham Burke, with McEneff holding his nerve to send Rogers the wrong way from 12 yards.

That appeared to be that. However in the 93rd minute Michael Duffy finished sharply on the turn – keeping his half-volley down expertly – to send the final into extra-time with literally the last kick of normal-time.

The teams again couldn’t be separated in extra-time and after Duffy and Daniel Cleary missed penalties Gary O’Neill won the game for Rovers with their fourth kick in the shootout.

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