Prem
Date: 8 p.m. March 29, 2019
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
Att: 2,812

Jack Byrne 19' -
Scored: 19'


Jack Byrne 83' -
Scored: 83'


Aaron McEneff 90' + 2' -
Scored: 90'


Scored: 38'
- Yousef Mahdy 38'


League Preview: Shamrock Rovers -v- UCD

Fri, Mar 29 2019

Greg Bolger celebrates his late winner in Ballybofey last week. Credit: Clare McCahill

SHAMROCK ROVERS

Shamrock Rovers will look to extend their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier Division table when they welcome UCD to Tallaght Stadium (kick-off 8pm).

The Hoops were involved in the only Premier Division game to go ahead last week as Greg Bolger’s goal five minutes from time earned all three points away to Finn Harps.

Stephen Bradley had opted not to request a postponement despite losing Jack Byrne, Trevor Clarke and Brandon Kavanagh to international call-ups and it paid off, just.

“We’ve actually seen a lot of UCD because we’ve had all the teams we’re playing next watched and UCD have followed their programme,” Bradley told the club’s website.

“I know they just got their first win but I think they’ve been excellent and very unlucky in a lot of games.

“They’ve played really good football and they have a really good bunch of players under Collie, who I know will want them to come and play no differently tomorrow night.

“I believe it will be one of our toughest games to date this year. They have [Neil] Farrugia, and [Jason] McClelland who was here when I was with the 19s.

“Although they’re down near the bottom now I don’t see UCD down there come the end of the year.

“We need to respect that UCD are a good side. Other than Dundalk at home it’ll probably be our toughest game in Tallaght because of the way they play.”

Ethan Boyle remains out with a hamstring strain, while Joey O’Brien, Clarke and Dan Carr have all picked up knocks, Clarke’s having kept him out of the Ireland under-21s game with Luxembourg.

UCD

UCD will look to make it back-to-back wins after picking up their first three points of the season, also against Finn Harps, two weeks ago.

Last week’s scheduled meeting with Cork City was postponed after Neil Farrugia and Liam Scales were called up to the Ireland under-21 squad.

Farrugia scored one and set one up in that game, while Scales was an unused substitute, and both players will look to take confidence from that back into their clubs.

“We played very well against Finn Harps,” manager Collie O’Neill told the club’s media team.

“We created plenty of chances, and managed to keep a clean sheet also. It’s important now that we look to build on that now and push on over the coming weeks.

“And if we play the way we know we can we certainly believe we can come away with a result.”

“It’s going to be tough on Friday night. Shamrock Rovers are flying, playing some great football.

“They are top of the league and they’ll certainly get a big crowd which will get behind them.”

Evan Osam will miss out on a return to his former club with a ruptured achilles that will keep him out for the season.

Paul Doyle is available after recovering from an ankle injury but the game may come too early for Conor Davis, who has missed the past couple of weeks with a knee injury.

Referee: John McLoughlin.

MATCH STATS

This is the sides’ first competitive meeting since UCD were last in the Premier Division, in 2014.

Rovers won all three meetings that season without conceding a goal, concluding with a 3-0 win courtesy of goals from Ryan Brennan, Sean O’Connor and Gary McCabe.

Of the sides that played that day, only unused substitutes Dan Tobin of UCD and Ronan Finn of Shamrock Rovers remain.

BETTING

Shamrock Rovers 1/4; Draw 4/1; UCD 11/1.

PREDICTION

Shamrock Rovers 2 – 1 UCD

Shamrock Rovers

Injured: Ethan Boyle (hamstring).

Doubtful: Dan Carr, Trevor Clarke, Joey O’Brien.

Suspended: None.

UCD

Injured: Evan Osam (achilles).

Doubtful: Conor Davis (knee).

Suspended: None.


Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
Sam Bone
71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Defender
Lee Grace
56Booked: 56'
Defender
Sean Kavanagh
Defender
Roberto Lopes
Defender
Greg Bolger
Midfielder
Jack Byrne
19Scored: 19'
83Scored: 83'
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
Midfielder
Aaron McEneff
90Scored: 90'
Midfielder
Dylan Watts
59'
59Subbed Off: 59'
Midfielder
Aaron Greene
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Forward

Substitutes
Trevor Clarke
71'
71Subbed On: 71'
Midfield
Joel Coustrain
59'
59Subbed On: 59'
Midfield
Dean Dillon
Forward
Brandon Kavanagh
Midfield
Thomas Oluwa
Midfield
Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper
Orhan Vojic
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Forward
UCD
Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper
Josh Collins
Defender
65Booked: 65'
Richie O'Farrell
Defender
Liam Scales
Defender
Dan Tobin
Defender
Mark Dignam
Midfielder
Neil Farrugia
Midfielder
Yousef Mahdy
Midfielder
38Scored: 38'
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Jason McClelland
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
Midfielder
Timmy Molloy
Forward

Substitutes
Kevin Coffey
Midfield
Darragh Corcoran
Defender
Conor Crowley
Midfield
Paul Doyle
Midfield
Evan Farrell
Defender
Sean McDonald
Midfield
84Subbed On: 84'
84'
Gavin Sheridan
Goalkeeper