Saturday 15th September 2007, 1:13 am
14th September 2007
Shamrock Rovers 4
Andy Myler 43, 89, 90
Padraig Amond 66
Galway United 0
Referee : David McKeon
Few would expected Andy Myler to be a shining light in the league this season but another hat-trick for Shamrock Rovers tonight sees the veteran striker move further up the goal-scoring charts. The Hoops eventually ran out comfortable 4-0 winners against Galway United at Tolka Park - a rare setback away from home for the Tribesmen.
Myler's treble saw him take his league tally for the season to ten (fourteen overall) and only three players in the top flight have scored more goals so far this year.
Myler broke the deadlock shortly before half-time as he fired home after controlling John Martin's corner kick. Rovers had been the better side in the first half but it looked as though they were going to be frustrated.
Myler himself had missed a couple of gilt edged opportunities while Padraig Amond was denied by goalkeeper Gary Rogers more than once.
A quickly taken Myler free kick brought Rovers' second goal midway through the second half as Amond headed home from Martin's cross after Myler's quick thinking had started the move.
The night at Tolka Park fell apart for Galway in the closing couple of minutes as poor defending saw them concede two more and Myler help himself to his second Hoops hat-trick.
Rovers went 3-0 up when Myler slotted home calmly from Amond's set-up a couple of minutes from the end.
Galway added some comedy to the mix as their shocking attempt to take a free kick in defence went badly wrong and allowed Myler nip in for his third of the night.
Rovers remain eight points behind League of Ireland leaders Drogheda United and while the title may be out of reach, a European or Setanta spot now looks very possible.
Shamrock Rovers : Murphy, O'Brien, Lawrence, Ferguson, Clarke, Martin (Purcell 68), Shields (Cassidy 86), O'Connor, Doyle (O'Connor 59), Amond, Myler.
Galway United : Rogers, Nooitmeer (Charles 38), Fitzgerald, Lester, Keane, Cooke, O'Halloran, Murphy, O'Brien, O'Flynn (Faherty 69), Glynn (Robson 51).