Set piece specialists

Billy Dennehy and Killian Brennan are two of the best free kick takers in the country and they proved it again this week.

On Monday, Dennehy helped Shamrock Rovers progress to the final of the Leinster Senior Cup at the expense of Wayside Celtic and Brennan got the only goal of the game against Derry City on Tuesday to take St. Patrick’s Athletic back to the top of the league table. Both players were about 25 yards out and hit the ball off the inside of the goalkeeper’s right-hand post.

Interestingly, Dennehy is Rovers’ second top goalscorer this season with 8 goals despite the fact that he has not found the net in league action for 16 months. He was on the scoresheet against UCD on 4 May 2012 and since then he has scored a total of 9 goals – four in the Setanta Cup, two in the FAI Cup, two in the League Cup and one in the Leinster Senior Cup.

Brennan has scored 10 goals in all competitions for St. Pat’s this year with seven of those coming from the penalty spot. The midfielder has scored a free kick in two League Cup finals but the one at the Brandywell could prove to be the most important of the twelve in his club career so far. It was his first free kick for the Saints having scored seven for Bohemians (2008-2011) and four for Shamrock Rovers (2012).

Dennehy has eight free kicks to his name in competitive games and all for Rovers in the past four seasons. The Kerryman scored against PAOK in the Europa League group stages and a last gasp free kick at Turner’s Cross in April this year saw Rovers win their Setanta Cup semi-final on the away goals rule.

BILLY DENNEHY

27-Aug-10 – FAIC – Longford Town 1-2 Shamrock Rovers
3-Sep-10 – L – Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Sligo Rovers
28-Oct-11 – L – Shamrock Rovers 4-0 Galway Utd
3-Nov-11 – EL – Shamrock Rovers 1-3 PAOK
13-Apr-12 – L – Shamrock Rovers 6-0 Dundalk
4-May-12 – L – Shamrock Rovers 2-2 UCD
22-Apr-13 – SC – Cork City 2-2 Shamrock Rovers
2-Sep-13 – LSC – Wayside Celtic 0-3 Shamrock Rovers

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KILLIAN BRENNAN

20-Apr-08 – L – Drogheda Utd 1-2 Bohemians
5-Aug-08 – L – Bohemians 2-1 Shamrock Rovers
13-Mar-09 – L – Bohemians 1-1 Derry City
24-Apr-09 – L – Bohemians 2-1 Bray Wanderers
26-Sep-09 – LC – Waterford Utd 1-3 Bohemians
4-Mar-11 – L – Bray Wanderers 1-3 Bohemians
23-Sep-11 – L – Galway Utd 0-3 Bohemians
26-Jun-12 – LC – St. Patrick’s Ath 1-1 Shamrock Rovers
2-Jul-12 – LSC – Shelbourne 2-4 Shamrock Rovers
22-Sep-12 – LC – Drogheda Utd 3-1 Shamrock Rovers
5-Oct-12 – L – Bray Wanderers 1-3 Shamrock Rovers
3-Sep-13 – L – Derry City 0-1 St. Patrick’s Ath

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