Prem
Date: 7:30 p.m. March 3, 2017
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
Ref: Robert Harvey
Att: 5,220

Brandon Miele 58' -
Scored: 58'


Michael O'Connor 73' -
Scored: 73'


Peno Scored: 90'
- George Poynton 90'



League Preview: Shamrock Rovers -v- Bohemians

Fri, Mar 03 2017

Roberto Lopes was vice-captain, and scored the only goal, in the last meeting between the sides at Dalymount Park in September. Lopes crossed over to Tallaght in the off-season. Credit: Laszlo Geczo

SHAMROCK ROVERS

Hoops manager Stephen Bradley insists “A win is vital”, as his side look to improve on last week’s loss to Dundalk at Oriel Park as they host Bohemians in the first Dublin Derby of the year (kick-off 7.45pm).

 

Bradley spoke with the media on Wednesday, saying: “Our lads know how important a win is and we will be going out to win the game. Being back at home I know the atmosphere will be electric, our fans were excellent last week and they will be again on Friday night.

 

He added: “It’s their cup final so we have to beat them…It’s Rovers vs Bohs so all form goes out the window here.”

 

The Hoops will have been encouraged by their showing last week, though they could find themselves six points off the pace if they fall to consecutive defeats against Bohemians.

 

Graham Burke who begins his ban, looks likely to be the only absentee for the Tallaght side.

 

BOHEMIANS

The Gypsies enter this derby on the back of an extremely disappointing 4-1 reverse at the hands of Derry City last week. Despite Dinny Corcoran netting on his return to Phibsboro, Keith Long’s side were unable to match the clinical Candystripes.

 

Manager Keith Long recognised the importance of this early season clash.

 

"The game has come early! It's a big one for both clubs,” he told the club's official website.

 

“Rovers have spent a lot of money assembling a squad that is expected to challenge, so there's pressure there too”.

 

He added: "We've both started the season with a defeat. There's pressure on both teams even though we're only one game in.

 

“But it's a great game and occasion for us to go and try bounce back. We just have to go out, focus on our own game and deliver a performance."

 

Long was pleased with the support his side received last weekend, despite the defeat.

 

“They (the supporters) were fantastic. We know that they will bring that to Tallaght on Friday too. There's always a big atmosphere and the players feed off the energy and buzz of our fans."

 

Long term casualty Eoin Wearen remains side-lined, while Ismahil Akinade, who had surgery on Wednesday, also misses out.

 

 

Referee: Robert Harvey

 

 

MATCH STATS

Shamrock Rovers won two of these clashes last season, however Roberto Lopes, now of Rovers, headed the winner for Bohemians in the most recent meeting of these sides.

 

Bohemians last tasted victory in Tallaght in September 2012, when Kevin Devaney struck the winner.

 

Dinny Corcoran’s goal last week was his first League strike since 2015, having only started twice for St. Patrick’s Athletic last season.

 

BETTING

Shamrock Rovers 4/9; Draw 10/3; Bohemians 13/2

 

PREDICTION

Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Bohemains



Shamrock Rovers
Tomer Chencinski
Goalkeeper
David Webster
59Booked: 59'
Defender
David McAllister
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Danny Devine
90Booked: 90'
Defender
Brandon Miele
58Scored: 58'
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Midfielder
Darren Meenan
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
Midfielder
Ryan Connolly
76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Midfielder
Trevor Clarke
75Booked: 75'
Forward
Sean Boyd
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Forward

Substitutes
Gary Shaw
Forward
Michael O'Connor
67'
67Subbed On: 67'
73Scored: 73'
Forward
Roberto Lopes
76'
76Subbed On: 76'
Defender
Kevin Horgan
Goalkeeper
Sean Heaney
Defender
James Doona
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
90Booked: 90'
Midfield
Paul Corry
Midfield
Bohemians
Shane Supple
Goalkeeper
Derek Pender
Defender
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
Rob Cornwall
Defender
Daniel Byrne
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
George Poynton
Midfielder
90Peno: 90'
Ian Morris
Midfielder
Paddy Kavanagh
Midfielder
Philip Gannon
Midfielder
Jamie Doyle
Forward
36Booked: 36'
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Dinny Corcoran
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'

Substitutes
Keith Ward
Midfield
Kaleem Simon
Midfield
84Subbed On: 84'
84'
Greg Murray
Goalkeeper
Eoghan Morgan
Midfield
Dean Casey
Midfield
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
Oscar Brennan
Midfield
Stephen Best
Defender
46Subbed On: 46'
46'


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