In-form Miele does the trick for Rovers

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

Blue­bell Utd 2 Seery 23, Stritch 71 Sham­rock Rovers 4 Miele 21, 40, 78 Con­nolly 52

Bran­don Miele scored a sub­lime hat-trick at Tal­laght Sta­dium last night to end non-league Blue­bell United’s in­ter­est in the FAI Cup.

The Rovers mid­fielder also pro­vided an as­sist against his for­mer club to ease Rovers into Mon­day night’s semi-fi­nal draw.

Blue­bell cre­ated the first chance as Aaron Robin­son shot straight at Tomer Chencin­ski but Rovers were pa­tient and took the lead on 21 min­utes.

Blue­bell failed to fully clear a cor­ner and Cameron King set up Miele who struck a de­light­ful right-footed shot to the far cor­ner of the net.

But Blue­bell hit back to level two min­utes later. Dean Ebbe’s ball in from the left wasn’t dealt with by Rovers and right winger Gary Seery ar­rived to flick the ball home.

Rovers re­gained com­mand with O’Con­nor and Ryan Con­nolly off tar­get be­fore Blue­bell ’keeper Andy McNulty had to tip Hoops’ skip­per David McAl­lis­ter’s de­flected shot onto the bar and out for a cor­ner on 36 min­utes.

Four min­utes later McNulty was left rooted to the spot as Rovers re­gained the lead, Miele again dis­play­ing his qual­ity in tak­ing a pass back from Con­nolly to dip a shot into the far cor­ner of the net.

The game looked up for Blue­bell seven min­utes into the sec­ond half when Rovers ex­tended their lead.

O’Con­nor, Mad­den and Miele all com­bined to pick out Con­nolly in the area who turned and stroked a left-footed shot to the bot­tom cor­ner for a fine team goal.

But Blue­bell re­duced the deficit on 71 min­utes. Sub­sti­tute Richard O’Han­lon whipped in a low cross from the right for Shane Stritch to stretch and toe the ball past Chencin­ski.

Blue­bell cap­tain Tony Grif­fiths was sent off four min­utes later for a sec­ond yel­low card of­fence for a foul on Mad­den. Miele com­pleted his hat-trick on 78 min­utes after a surg­ing run by Clarke set him up.

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