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Football | Shamrock Rovers fire six past Waterford

Shamrock Rovers have thumped Waterford United 6-1 at Tallaght Stadium to move eight points clear at the top of the SSE Airtricity League.

There were six different scorers for the Hoops in Dublin, with Aaron Greene, Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace, Jack Byrne, Graham Burke and Dean Williams all finding the back of the net.

Michael O'Connor notched the visitors' sole goal of the game, with life after John Sheridan getting off to a nightmare start for the Munster club.

Republic of Ireland international Byrne produced a stunning performance and was involved in four of Rovers' six goals in the capital.

Greene opened the scoring for Stephen Bradley's hosts in the 41st minute, producing a clever stepover before rifling a shot past Brian Murphy from 12 yards.

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Rovers doubled their lead within two minutes as Byrne's corner was headed into the net by Lopes.

On the stroke of half time, Byrne produced another pinpoint corner, with Grace the one heading the ball past Murphy on this occasion to make it 3-0 at the interval.

Ronan Finn provided the cross for Byrne to tuck home the hosts' fourth goal four minutes into the second half against a hapless Waterford defence.

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10 minutes later, Neil Farrugia found Burke in the box after an enterprising run, allowing the Dubliner to slot home his sixth goal of the season.

O'Connor fired in a consolation goal for Waterford midway through the second half after being picked out by Tyreke Wilson.

The away side pushed for a second goal, but it was Rovers who bagged the game's seventh and final goal in the 90th minute.

Picking the ball up deep in his own half, Byrne embarked on a determined dribble, before slotting an inch-perfect pass through to Williams, who nutmegged Murphy to score his first league goal of the season.

It was a remarkable performance from the league leaders, who lead the chasing pack by eight points with six league games remaining.

Bradley's men are inching closer and closer to their first league title since 2012.

Waterford, meanwhile, sit in fourth place on 17 points, behind Dundalk on goal difference having played two games more than the Lilywhites.

 

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