IRE Prem
Date: 3:55 p.m. March 24, 2013
Venue: Tolka Park
Ref: Alan Kelly
Att: 1,704



Shelbourne -v- Shamrock Rovers

Sun, Mar 24 2013

SHELBOURNE

The Reds will be hoping that this Dublin derby can bring them their first points of the season, after a tough start to the new year.


Losses to Bray Wanderers and Dundalk, coupled with an early EA Sports Cup exit mean that the wait goes on for Shels fans - but they did beat Shamrock Rovers the last time they played.


Stephen Glass was caretaker manager of the Hoops on the night, as Rovers crashed out of the FAI Cup thanks to a Philly Hughes brace. Overall, Rovers had the better of Shels over their five meetings last season though - winning twice in the league, once in the Leinster Senior Cup and drawing one league match.


Shels will have to do without the ex-Rovers man Graham Gartland, who is suspended. Disciplinary problems again hurt the Reds, as Paul Crowley also misses out after being sent off in the first game of the season.


Captain Glen Cronin will boost their hopes though, with the midfielder returning from injury. Cronin came off injured halfway through the match against Bray Wanderers, but hasn’t featured since. Goalkeeper Ger Hanley also returns from injury, meaning that the number one jersey should be hotly contested following Niall Burdon’s strong performances of late.


Their midweek match against St. Pat’s in Richmond Park was rained off, so Alan Mathews’s should be fighting fit for this derby.


SHAMROCK ROVERS

Trevor Croly has had a solid start to his reign as Shamrock Rovers manager, beating St. Pat’s and drawing with Bohemians and Dundalk. Their match against Bohs last Monday was a gruelling encounter, which has left them without Derek Foran for this match.


The centre-back was sent off in the Bank Holiday derby, so will now miss this Sunday afternoon derby. His defensive partner Jason McGuinness is also unavailable, having picked up a hamstring injury in that match.


“Last Monday against Bohs was a difficult one for us in very tricky conditions. But I thought the team showed a lot of character to come out of Dalymount with a result considering how the match went,” said Croly.


“We had to make a lot of changes during the game and the players did well despite having to play in various positions because of both Derek Foran’s sending off and Jason McGuinness’s injury”


“That is behind us now,” he continued, “and while we have a few missing on Sunday, we’re looking forward to the Shels game and hopefully getting a good result.”


Apart from Foran and McGuinness, David Elebert will also miss Rovers’ return to Tolka Park through a groin injury.


Referee: Alan Kelly

 

 

MATCH STATS

This is the first time that Shelbourne have been in a live televised league match in Tolka Park since 2006. That last match saw Shels win the league against Bohs.


Every meeting between these sides last season ended up with three goals or more.


A number of Shels players will face their old club. Although Graham Gartland is suspended, Dean Kelly, Jack Memery and Mark Leech all once played in Hoops.

 

 

BETTING

Shelbourne 6/1, Draw 5/2, Shamrock Rovers 8/15.


PREDICTION

Rovers to win, but not by much. 2-1.

 



Shelbourne
Niall Burdon
Goalkeeper
Rob Cornwall
Defender
Jack Memery
Defender
Ian Ryan
Defender
Brian Shortall
Defender
Robert Bayly
66Booked: 66'
Midfielder
Sean Brennan
57'
57Subbed Off: 57'
Midfielder
Adam Hanlon
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Midfielder
Stephen Hurley
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Midfielder
Philip Hughes
Forward
Dean Kelly
Forward

Substitutes
Eoin Comerford
Goalkeeper
Pat Flynn
85'
85Subbed On: 85'
Defender
Mark Leech
57'
57Subbed On: 57'
Forward
Craig Mooney
Midfield
Adam O'Connor
Defender
Alex Prizeman
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Midfield
Stephen Sheerin
Midfield
Shamrock Rovers
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Conor McCormack
Defender
Ken Oman
Defender
Conor Powell
Defender
Pat Sullivan
Defender
James Chambers
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
Midfielder
Gary McCabe
Midfielder
Sean O'Connor
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Shane Robinson
Midfielder 61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Ciaran Kilduff
Forward 79'
79Subbed Off: 79'

Substitutes
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Billy Dennehy
Midfield
71Subbed On: 71'
71'
Daniel Ledwith
Defender
Mark Quigley
Forward
61Subbed On: 61'
61'
Stephen Rice
Midfield
Karl Sheppard
Forward
79Subbed On: 79'
79'
Thomas Stewart
Forward


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