Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. March 20, 2009
Venue: Dalymount Park
Ref:
Att: 4,200 (est)
TV:

Jason Byrne 17' -
Scored: 17'


Jason Byrne 63' -
Scored: 63'




Bohemian FC -v- Shamrock Rovers FC

Thu, Mar 19 2009
Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon faces something of a selection headache ahead of the visit of bitter rivals Shamrock Rovers to Dalymount Park on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm), as the pair, currently second and third respectively, face-off for the first time this season.

Bohs blow
The Gypsies will be without their talismanic captain Owen Heary, who will serve a one-match suspension carried over from last season, while striker Neale Fenn and midfielder Killian Brennan miss out through injury. In Rovers, they are likely to meet a side in high spirits following the opening of their new stadium in Tallaght last weekend, a victory which brought the Hoops level with Bohs on four points.

'Rovers contenders'
Although Bohs finished an incredible 48 points ahead of their south-side rivals and won all three games between the sides last season, Fenlon said he expects Rovers to challenge for the title this season under the stewardship of new manager Michael O'Neill. "I believe that Rovers could turn out to be title contenders this year," Fenlon said. "Michael O’Neill is a very good manager and he has a decent squad of players. The three former Drogheda players brought in were very impressive signings. Last season we were fortunate to come out on top in the three league matches but I don’t think it will be the same this season. I expect a very tough and tight game."

Rallying call
Following a disappointing turnout at Bohs' first home outing of the season against Derry City last weekend, a game which ended 1-1, Fenlon has called for the Gyspies faithful to come out in force on Friday. "I think that Rovers will bring a big crowd with them and I would appeal to our own fans to turn out in force and generate a noisy atmosphere to encourage us," he said. "Our own fans have been excellent since I joined the club but we need to get the full extent of our fan base back inside Dalymount Park for fixtures like these. If we can do that, it will drive this club on to further success."

First taste
The game will present Rovers boss O'Neill with his first taste of a Dublin derby, but the Belfast native is under no illusions about what to expect come kick-off on Friday. "We’ll go into the game in good shape," he said. "We’re unbeaten and it’s a good time for us to go and see what progress we’ve made so far this season. We’re going up against the champions, the best team in the country, but we’ll go to Dalymount Park with no fear. It’s a huge game and the players will be up for it."

Major re-shuffle
While Heary's suspension for this game has been known about for several weeks, Fenlon was dealt a double injury blow earlier this week when Fenn (calf) and Brennan (ribs) were ruled out. All three players have started Bohs' opening two fixtures, meaning that Fenlon will be forced into a major re-shuffle. Brian Shelley is likely to make his competitive debut for the Gypsies at right-back, while on-loan Graham Carey could make his first league start after two substitute appearances. Jason Byrne could partner Glen Crowe in attack. Mark Rossiter is also a doubt with an infected ankle, but fit-again Conor Powell is ready to step in. Glenn Cronin, who missed the game with Derry, is also available for selection once more.

Pink and proud
Rovers should have an almost full-strength squad to choose from, although doubts remain over Sean Webb (ankle) and Stephen Bradley (hamstring). However, the Hoops welcome back both Pat Flynn and Sean O’Connor from suspension. Incidentally, this game, which will be refereed by Richie Winter, will see Rovers wear a specially commissioned pink away strip to raise money for and awareness of Action Breast Cancer Ireland.

extratime.ie prediction: The bookies have Rovers as big as 3-1 to win this one, but our money is still going on a home win.


Bohemians
Brian Murphy
Goalkeeper
Ken Oman
0Booked: 0'
Defender
Mark Rossiter
Defender
Jason McGuinness
Defender
Brian Shelley
Defender
Joseph Ndo
Midfielder
Anto Murphy
Midfielder
Paul Keegan
Midfielder
Gary Deegan
0Booked: 0'
Midfielder
Jason Byrne
0Booked: 0'
17Scored: 17'
63Scored: 63'
Forward
Glen Crowe
Forward

Substitutes
Matt Gregg
Goalkeeper
Killian Brennan
Midfield
Conor Powell
Defender
Glenn Cronin
Midfield
Graham Carey
Midfield
Shamrock Rovers
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Sean Webb
Defender
0Booked: 0'
Aidan Price
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
0Booked: 0'
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Shane Robinson
Midfielder
Stephen Rice
Midfielder
Ollie Cahill
Midfielder
Stephen Bradley
Midfielder
0Booked: 0'
Gary Twigg
Forward
0Booked: 0'
Dessie Baker
Forward

Substitutes
Tadhg Purcell
Forward
Sean O'Connor
Midfield
Darragh Maguire
Defender
Robert Duggan
Goalkeeper
Greg Cameron
Midfield


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