Hoops title destiny in their own hands

Shamrock Rover’s are on the brink of their second successive title after a narrow one nil win over Derry City in Tallaght.

Rohan Ricketts’ was the Hoops hero as his effort early in the second half leaves the defending champions Shamrock Rovers just 90 minutes away from retaining their title

Derry arrived in Dublin still in the hunt for the title and despite the early loss of winger Gareth McGlynn very little separated the sides in a committed first half, although Eamon Zayed thought he have given the visitors the lead 8 minutes before the whistle when he headed Daniel Lafferty cross against the post.

Zayed’s header came back to haunt them early in the second half when Richard Brush’s long clearance was wasn’t dealt with by central defender Stuart Greacen allowing Ricketts who to lob the advancing Ger Doherty to score from the edge of the area.

Rovers nearly made it two when Gary Twigg headed a Ricketts free-kick back across goal to Sives who shot straight into the grateful arms of Doherty.

Rovers were in control of the game now and Ryan McBride had to be alert to block a shot from Twigg.

In the end one goal was enough and Michael O’Neill’s side will now head to UCD four points clear at the top and needing a win to clinch the title.

Shamrock Rovers: Brush; Sullivan, Sives, Murray, Paterson; Finn, Rice, Turner, Ricketts (McCabe, 74 mins.); Sheppard (Dennehy, 84 mins.), Twigg.

Derry City: Doherty; S. McEleney, Greacen, McBride (Higgins, 76 mins.), Lafferty; McGlynn (Farren, 36 mins., Harkin, 76 mins.), Molloy, Deery, McLaughlin; Zayed, P McEleney.

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