Title party sparked by former Linfield striker Tommy Stewart
Published 30/10/2010 | 08:32
Bray Wanderers 2 Shamrock Rovers 2: Former Linfield striker Tommy Stewart helped Shamrock Rovers end their 14-year wait for a League of Ireland title thanks to last night’s 2-2 draw with Bray Wanderers.
Stewart’s strike settled the nerves of Rovers fans in the Carlisle Grounds after Bray threatened to spoil the party.
The Dubliners, led by ex-Northern Ireland international Michael O’Neill and containing three Ulstermen in their team — Alan Mannus, Chris Turner and Stewart, needed just a point to claim their first crown since 1994.
Fellow challengers Bohemians were at home to Dundalk and they must have thought that an amazing turnaround was on the cards as they went in front and Bray too, took the lead through Jake Kelly.
Bray had a goal disallowed but Gary Twigg equalised for Rovers four minutes before the break.
However, the crucial goal went to Stewart as the ex-Northern Ireland under-21 star found the net just seconds after the restart and that meant that the Hoops could really get the celebrations under way.
Gary Shaw equalised for Bray on 69 minutes but Rovers weren’t going to lose now and they held on to take a point and the title.