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Date: 7 p.m. Oct. 13, 2011
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
Ref:
Att: 4,400
TV:

Rohan Ricketts 50' -
Scored: 50'




Shamrock Rovers -v- Derry City

Thu, Oct 13 2011

Domestic games don't come bigger than the clash on Thursday night in Tallaght Stadium as table toppers Shamrock Rovers welcome third placed Derry City in a game that will have a huge impact on the destination of the 2011 Premier Division title. (kick-off 7.05pm)

 

A win for Shamrock Rovers would create a four point gap for the Hoops at the top of the table with two games remaining. If Derry City can win, it would leave Sligo Rovers a point behind Shamrock Rovers, with the Candystripes a point further back.

 

Gary O’Neill (calf) is a doubt for the Hoops, while Dean Kelly is back in training after his long injury lay-off, but is not expected to make this game. Enda Stevens will be assessed before the game as he is returning from international duty the Ireland U21 squad. 

 

Hoops boss, Michael O’Neill said: “This is a huge game for us, for both sides really. A win in this fixture would give us a good cushion at the top of the league, and that will be our aim going into the game.

 

“The lads did very well to get the win on Sunday, and they will need to do the same against Derry. It’s sure to be a tight game, and we’ll need to work hard. But the players are very much up for that and are looking forward to the game.

 

“It’ll be important to have a good crowd ahead of us on the night, and that the crowd get behind the team for the full 90 minutes. We have to use the benefit of this game being in Tallaght.”

 

Derry City manager Stephen Kenny will have to plan without the services of Eddie McCallion and Owen Morrison as both suffer with calf problems. Ryan McBride has improved following a groin strain and he will be assessed prior to the game on whether he will be fit.

 

Talking to the Derry Journal this week, Kenny was clear he is not going to go to Tallaght with anything other than a win on his mind. “The Rovers match is not a league title decider, but it’s a tremendous opportunity for us to remain in the race and attempt to achieve something that has never been achieved before. I think it’s fair to suggest that we have surprised many with our performances this season, but we have ambition and we’ll be taking that to Tallaght. We can’t afford to be cautious, we’ve got to try to win the game,” he concluded.

 

Tickets for the game will be available at the ticket booths at Tallaght Stadium on the night, priced €15 for adults, €10 for students and senior citizens and €7 for children.

 

Shamrock Rovers
Injured: None
Doubtful: Dean Kelly, Gary O'Neill and Enda Stevens
Suspended: None.
 

Derry City
Injured: Eddie McCallion, Owen Morrison
Doubtful: Ryan McBride
Suspended: None 

 
Referee: Alan Kelly
Paddy Power Odds: Shamrock Rovers evens; Draw 11/5; Derry City 11/4
Extratime prediction: Keeping the league title race alive, going out on a limb and saying Derry to win 1-0.

 



Shamrock Rovers
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Dan Murray
Defender
Jim Paterson
Defender
Craig Sives
45Booked: 45'
Defender
Pat Sullivan
Defender
Ronan Finn
Midfielder
Stephen Rice
Midfielder
Rohan Ricketts
50Scored: 50'
Midfielder
Chris Turner
41Booked: 41'
Midfielder
Karl Sheppard
Forward
Gary Twigg
66Booked: 66'
Forward

Substitutes
Billy Dennehy
Midfield
CiarĂ¡n Kilduff
Forward
Gary McCabe
Midfield
Conor McCormack
Midfield
Stephen O'Donnell
Midfield
Ken Oman
Defender
Ryan Thompson
Goalkeeper
Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Ryan McBride
Defender
25Booked: 25'
Daniel Lafferty
Defender
Stewart Greacen
Defender
Shane McEleney
Defender
88Booked: 88'
Kevin Deery
Midfielder
52Booked: 52'
Patrick McEleney
Midfielder
Gareth McGlynn
Midfielder
Barry Molloy
Midfielder
63Booked: 63'
Stephen McLaughlin
Forward
Eamon Zayed
Forward

Substitutes
David McDaid
Forward
Ruaidhri Higgins
Midfield
Ruairi Harkin
Midfield
Emmet Friars
Defender
Eugene Ferry
Goalkeeper
Mark Farren
Forward
Thomas McMonagle
Defender


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