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Ronan Finn has been awarded Man of the Match. Rovers midfield as a whole were just too powerful for the Drogs on the day and Karl Sheppard and Billy Dennehy ran their defence ragged with some great technique and off the ball running. Two quick fire goals for Rovers in the 12th and 14th minutes took the wind out of their sails and it'll be a long trip home for Mick Cooke and his Drogheda United team. However Trevor Croly will enjoy his first trophy as a manager and the Hoops fans will perhaps see their magnificent seven performance as a springboard for their season. Thanks for following us!
And Rob Rogers puts an end to the Drogs' misery and blows the whistle for full time. Final score: Shamrock Rovers 7 Drogheda United 1
You'd have gotten pretty good odds on this scoreline at Paddy Powers, with both teams on 16 points and with the Drogs having earned a point here earlier in the season. But they've simply had no answer to the Hoops this afternoon.
Two additional minutes will be played.
That's Dennehy's second of the afternoon now, as Rovers pulled apart an increasingly disheartened Drogs' defence.
And it's a magnificent seven for Rovers now as Billy Dennehy gets on the end of a great low cross from Stephen Rice! 7-1 for Rovers now.
Goal William Dennehy
Drogheda sub Paul O'Conor has an effort from just outside the Rovers' area, but it's a weak and tired attempt drifting harmlessly wide, summing up his side's afternoon.
Drogheda's Alan Byrne concedes a free kick, Rovers are just playing it around the middle now but it's intercepted by David Cassidy. Drogheda's attack breaks down though.
Foul by Ryan Brennan on Daniel Ledwith gives Rovers a free kick just outside the Drogs' area but it's overcooked and sails harmlessly into touch.
An early cross in from Gavin Brennan is taken easily by Barry Murphy in the Rovers' goal.
Substitution for Shamrock Rovers: Gary McCabe comes on for Mark Quigley, himself an earlier substitute.
Substitution Mark Quigley Gary McCabe
It's not so much a procession as a cakewalk for the Rovers now; they're finding gaps at will in the Drogs' defence. Drogheda have just had a chance to pull back one more but Cassidy fluffed his lines.
And Rovers rub some more salt in the wounds: Billy Dennehy beats the Drogs' offside trap and coolly chips the ball over a despairing Sava. Drogs hit for six of the best now. 6-1 Shamrock Rovers.
Goal William Dennehy
And Drogs do likewise: Alan McNally replaces Brian Gannon.
Substitution Brian Gannon Alan McNally
Shot from Karl Sheppard goes just over. Rovers are making a substitution now: Ciaran Kilduff is coming on for Sean O'Connor.
I'm just hearing that the attendance today was approx 4,000. From what I'm hearing around me, the majority of those will be going home happy, unless Drogheda can launh a comeback of Istanbul 2005 proportions.
Substitution Sean O'Connor Ciaran Kilduff
And Drogheda finally do have something to cheer about! It's Gary O'Neill who gets on the end of a fine cross from Gavin Brennan. Drogheda had hit the crossbar only moments earlier through Declan O'Brien. 5-1 to Shamrock Rovers now.
Goal Gary O'Neill
The Rovers fans really enjoying their day in the Tallaght sunshine, with chants of "All-Ireland Champions!" ringing out around the stadium. It's going to be a long journey home for Drogheda and their fans. But they will look to their match against Longford Town and a chance to defend their League Cup in a couple of weeks' time.
Drogheda trying to salvage some pride now, a deep cross into the Rovers area is headed just wide by Ryan Brennan.
The Hoops bring on a fresh pair of legs in the form of Mark Quigley, who replaces Karl Sheppard, who's been a star for Rovers today.
Drogs ringing the changes now: Graham Rusk coming off for Declan "Fabio" O'Brien and Michael Daly is subbed for Paul O'Conor.
Substitution Karl Sheppard Mark Quigley
Substitution Graham Rusk Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien
Substitution Michael Daly Paul O'Conor
Some lovely play by the Shamrock Rovers midfield, Ronan Finn gets his second goal of the final after turning the Drogs defence inside out. Both his efforts today were of the highest quality. You'd have to feel for Mick Cooke and his men now.
It's turned into a procession for Rovers now! Ronan Finn was played in beautifully, he waltzed around Alan Byrne in the Drogs' defence and simply passed it past Sava! 5-0 for Shamrock Rovers now!
Goal Ronan Finn
Goal Ronan Finn
And it's just getting better for the Hoops now! Ronan Finn from nearly 25 yards out had the chance to shoot and took it beautifully, Sava with no chance, 4-0 to Shamrock Rovers now!
A near chance for Drogheda's Graham Rusk as a decent ball is whipped in by Gavin Brennan, but he mistimes the header and the ball drifts to safety.
Corner for Drogs now, but Shane Grimes' teasing ball in from the right is sliced horribly wide by David Cassidy. They need to start making more of those kind of chances.
Drogheda's Brian Gannon is booked for a sliding challenge on Sheppard. That's five yellows now for the Boynesiders, they need to be careful.
Corner for Drogheda by Gavin Brennan is nodded to partial safety, but it's retrieved by Graham Rusk and after an almighty scramble in the Hoops' defence, it's cleared to safety.
No changes from either side. An early cross in from Rovers' Sean O'Connor is nodded just wide by Karl Sheppard
Gary O'Neill nearly got on the end of a thoughtful through ball but the danger is snuffed out.
Yellow Card Pat Sullivan
Drogheda kick off, this match being watched not only by President Michael D Higgins, but also Irish international footballing legend Paul McGrath.
The teams are out now for the second half as we await the whistle to get us under way.
Hard to see a way back into this match for Drogheda. They've been outfought in midfield, where Stephen Rice and James Chambers have been in command. Billy Dennehy and Karl Sheppard in particular look a potent menace upfront. Drogheda's frustrations are bubbling over at times with no fewer than four yellow cards being dished out for Mick Cooke's men. They need to get the likes of 2009 Final goalscoring hero Gary O'Neill into the game more. Cassidy and Ryan Brennan are trying to create chances from out wide but they're being ably marshalled at the moment by Pat Sullivan's defence. Unless they can find a spark early on in the second half, it's hard to see this cup not taking residence in the Tallaght Stadium trophy cabinet.
Goal Karl Sheppard
And the referee Rob Rogers has just blown up for half time, and the singing from the terraces alone will tell you how firmly in command of this match the nominal home side are. Shamrock Rovers 3-0 up against Mick Cooke's hapless Drogheda. Cooke spoke about this occasion being like the circus coming to town at Tuesday's press conference. It's beginning to look more like a visit to the House of Horrors for him and his team.
1 minute of injury time will be played, as Rovers nearly made it a fourth, Billy Dennehy was clear but overran the ball and could only find the side netting! What a time for Rovers to score their third, if Drogs were facing a mountain at half time, it's turned into one of Everest proportions!
And it's 3-0 to Rovers now! A wonderful through ball from Hoops midfielder Ronan Finn left Karl Sheppard clear with only Sava to beat, and his finish was perfect!
Yellow Card Derek Prendergast
An Alan Byrne free kick for Drogheda is delivered into the Hoops penalty area, but it's easy pickings for Barry Murphy.
Game is turning a little niggly now. From a Drogs' attack, Ryan Brennan was caught late and left on the ground as the Hoops counterattacked. Then Karl Sheppard got the same treatment. However, the resultant free kick is cleared only partially but Sheppard drags his attempt wide to the right.
Billy Dennehy gives away a free kick with a foul on Brian Gannon, the resultant ball causes a few flutters in the Hoops defence but eventually it's scrambled away.
Drogs' skipper Prendergast nearly put his goalkeeper in a spot of bother with a somewhat leaden back pass, but the former Lazio man was alive to the danger, hoofing the ball into touch.
So Rovers pretty much in control of this Setanta Cup Final, they're dominant in midfield, but with the pitch looking increasingly waterlogged with the recent hailstorm, don't rule out many more mistakes!
Drogheda's Alan Byrne is booked for a late challenge on Karl Sheppard
Yellow Card Gavin Brennan
Drogheda's Gavin Brennan is booked for a late and very meaty challenge on the Hoops' midfielder Ronan Finn.
Corner for Drogheda, but it's completely overcooked and misses all their target men, and you can hear Mick Cooke urging his charges on.
And Sava has to come to the rescue again as Karl Sheppard drilled a low shot from just outside the area.
Jason McGuinness nearly makes it 3-0 to the Hoops with a terrific diving header, but Sava makes a equally fine save.
Free kick for Rovers just outside the Drogs' penalty area, looks like it'll be Billy Dennehy to take it.
Karl Sheppard beats the Drogs defence out wide on the right but his effort is neither a cross or a shot and sails harmlessly wide, a let off for Drogs.
And from Brennan's corner, Cassidy heads well over.
Corner for Drogs now, Gavin Brennan will take it.
Rice and Chambers running the show for the Hoops in the centre of midfield. The Drogs are trying to play wide, but their attacks are being anticipated without too much fuss by the Rovers' back four.
Yellow Card David Cassidy
Drogs struggling to get into the game, an enterprising run and cross by Ryan Brennan is easily snuffed out by Rovers' captain Pat Sullivan
Drogheda's David Cassidy booked for a late challenge on James Chambers.
Drogs trying to get back in the game, a cross from the left from Gavin Brennan is headed just over by his brother Ryan,
Rovers bossing it now,as Drogheda look shellshocked from the concession of two quick fire goals. Stephen Rice collected the ball outside the area and let fly but his effort sails just over.
Goal Sean O'Connor
And Rovers strike again, a quick break down the right left Sean O'Connor free in the penalty area and from a tight angle he beats Sava to make it 2-0 to Shamrock Rovers!
Goal James Chambers
Goal for Shamrock Rovers! From a Sean O'Connor corner which was only partially cleared, the cross came back in and Hoops midfielder James Chambers stooped low with a diving header to make it 1-0
Rovers' Stephen Rice booked for a late challenge on Gavin Brennan
Yellow Card Michael Daly
Drogheda's Michael Daly is booked for a late challenge on Rover's Jason McGuinness.
A decent chance for Rovers, Sean O'Connor pulled a ball back across the area to Jason McGuinness but his first time shot is easily saved by Gabriel Sava in the Drogs goal.
It's hailstones time at Tallaght now, Hoops midfielder James Chambers tried to take a free kick quickly but Drogs skipper Prendergast was alive to the danger.
Both teams just feeling their way into the game at the moment, only one save of note as the rain starts teeming down.
And the first save of the day is a straightforward one for Rovers keeper Barry Murphy.
Early free for Drogheda sees Graham Rusk marauding down the right and it results in a corner for the Drogs.
And it's Shamrock Rovers kicking off bidding to win Trevor Croly his first trophy as Hoops manager. Their supporters are in fine voice.
President Michael D Higgins being introduced to both teams now. The weather has cleared up nicely and we're just waiting for ref Rob Rogers to get things underway!
And the teams are just coming out now to tumultuous applause from both sets of supporters.
This is a repeat of last year's EA Sports Cup Final here, which saw the Drogs winning 3-1. There are no major injury concerns for either team. This will be Drogheda manager Mick Cooke's second cup final in seven months, and he described the occasion as like "the circus coming to town". Let's see who can produce the magic tricks on the field today!
The match officials for today are Rob Rogers, referee, with first and second assistants Mark Gavin and Michelle O'Neill respectively. Brendan Kelly is the fourth official.
Shamrock Rovers team: 1 Barry Murphy 2 Pat Sullivan (capt.) 14 Daniel Ledwith 16 Derek Foran 4 Jason McGuinness 21 Ronan Finn 20 Billy Dennehy 6 Stephen Rice 8 James Chambers 10 Sean O'Connor 17 Karl Sheppard Substitutes are: 25 Richard Brush 7 Gary McCabe 26 David Elebert 18 Shane Robinson 22 Conor McCormack 9 Mark Quigley 11 Ciaran Kilduff.
Drogheda United team: 1 Gabriel Sava 4 Derek Prendergast (capt) 8 Ryan Brennan 10 Gary O'Neill 11 Gavin Brennan 12 Shane Grimes 14 Graham Rusk 15 David Cassidy 17 Brian Gannon 20 Michael Daly 28 Alan Byrne Substitutes are: 16 Micheal Schlingermann 2 Stephen Quigley 3 Philip Hand 5 Alan McNally 6 Paul O'Conor 7 Cathal Brady 19 Declan O'Brien
Welcome to the Tallaght Stadium, it's a changeable day weatherwise, but Drogheda will be bidding for their third victory in their competition, while Shamrock Rovers boss Trevor Croly is looking for his first trophy. Team line-ups to follow:
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed