With Tallaght becoming something of a fortress against our Dublin rivals Bohs ever since Gary Twiggs to late goals to secure victory in the first derby in 2009 there was plenty of optimism for this game especially considering the poor form Bohs had been in, failing to score in 4 outings so far this season.
We once again played a 4-3-3 formation should really have dominated possession particularly in the midfield area but Bohs playing a 4-5-1 frustrated and thwarted our attacks and would definitely have been the happier of the sides at the break with the score at 0-0.
Rovers fans expected better second half but it was more of the same and Stephen Kenny rung the changes after the hour mark with Gary O’Neill and Daryl Kavanagh entering the fray. It had the desired affect and with just over 12 minutes remaining, Ronan Finn managed to find some space and deliver a pin point cross to Twigg who expertly controlled and calmly slotted away in a crowded penalty area. He had been largely ineffective throughout the game but showed his true class at that moment to send the 5,000 plus crowd wild.
Bohs pushed on in search of an equaliser and could have had one in stoppage time after a dreadful error from Jansson lead to a chance which Bohs squandered much to our relief. Then with virtually the last kick of the game Billy Dennehy sealed the victory finishing off a quick counter attack which saw On’Neill find Kavanagh in the area and despite his poor first touch he found Dennehy who celebrated the goal with the home fans and of course our beloved Hooperman!
Chorus’ of “You’ll Never Win in Tallaght” rang out around the ground and thankfully we have yet to experience a Rovers loss against the old foe!
Keep on Hooping!