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Date: 7:45 p.m. July 1, 2019
Venue: Richmond Park
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Scored: 45'
- Greg Bolger 45' + 1'

Scored: 50'
- Sean Kavanagh 50'



League Preview: St Patrick's Athletic -v- Shamrock Rovers

Mon, Jul 01 2019

Rovers midfielder Greg Bolger won the title with the Saints in 2013. Credit: Darragh Connolly

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

The Dublin derby on Monday night sees fifth-placed St Patrick's Athletic host second-placed Shamrock Rovers at Richmond Park (kick-off 7.45 pm).

Harry Kenny's Saints claimed a 1-0 win at UCD on Friday night in their first game since the mid-season break. 

Kevin Toner's bullet header 14 minutes before half-time from Mikey Drennan's corner gave the Inchicore club their ninth league win of the campaign.

Throughout the season, Pat's have struggled to score goals but have remained  defensively solid in nearly all fixtures.

The game at the UCD Bowl perfectly emphasised this and the Athletic have won their last two games as a result, without conceding.

Speaking to his club's official website Harry Kenny, himself a former Shamrock Rovers player, was delighted with the grit and determination shown by his charges in the UCD win, and challenged his men to keep the momentum going in Monday night's derby.

"We picked up a good win on Friday night as UCD are always tough opponents,” said Kenny.

“I thought our performance was good, but we need to more clinical in front of goal and with the chances we create."

The ex-Bray Wanderers boss was in complimentary mood and expects a tough game against the team occupying second place in the league standings.

"We know what to expect on Monday from Shamrock Rovers. They are a really talented team.

"We have had two tight results against them this season so we have to make our chances count.

“It's a Dublin derby and Richmond will have a good crowd and atmosphere so the players are looking forward to the game."

The Saints will give a late fitness test to defender Dave Webster on an ankle injury, but Kenny expects to otherwise have a full squad to select from.

The last time the Saints beat Shamrock Rovers was in May 2018. Ian Bermingham and Killian Brennan, two ex-Hoops, got the goals. Bermingham and co will hope for something similar on Monday night.

SHAMROCK ROVERS

If Friday night’s 1-0 loss at home to table-topping Dundalk, five points ahead prior to kick-off, was labelled as a 'must-not lose', then Monday's Dublin derby at St Patrick's Athletic is quite simply a 'must-win' for Shamrock Rovers in they are to have a realistic part to play in the title race.

Dundalk right-back Sean Gannon notched a close range goal in the 73rd minute to see his employers leave Tallaght Stadium with all three points. The Lilywhites are now eight points clear of the Hoops at the summit.

Stephen Bradley's men were much the better team for large portions of the game, but frustratingly enough, lacked the killer instinct up top to capitalise on their dominance. This has been the story of the Hoops' season so far.

Jack Byrne, who was Rovers' best player on the night, smacked the crossbar in the opening period, while substitute Aaron Greene missed two good chances to equalise late on.

Bradley insisted after Friday's defeat that his team are getting no luck at the moment, but results don't lie, and defeats against their two biggest rivals (and Bohs) will sting for followers in Tallaght.

Rovers have already beaten the hosts twice this season, both 1-0 wins in March and in April, and will no doubt want to keep that run going.

Bradley will have the same squad from Friday available to him as their new signings are unavailable till their home game with Sligo Rovers next Friday.

After confirming last week the signing of both Gary O’Neill and Neil Farrugia from UCD, on Sunday the Hoops announced striker Graham Cummins had signed for Rovers on loan from Cork City (see here), but none is eligible tonight.

Winger Joel Coustrain has gone to Cork for the rest of the season, while defender Sam Bone has joined Waterford on loan Stephen Bradley has recalled 19-year-old defender Sean Callan from Wexford.

Referee: Graham Kelly.

MATCH STATS

The sides have met 55 times in the Premier Division. Rovers marginally have the upper hand, winning 22 of those to Pat's 20. There has been 13 draws.

The last three meetings between the pair have all ended 1-0 to the Hoops.

There are a lot of current St Patrick's Athletic players that played for Shamrock Rovers. Ian Bermingham, Barry Murphy, Simon Madden, David Webster, Dean Clarke, James Doona, Gary Shaw, Brandon Miele and Mikey Drennan have all played for the Hoops.

Rovers' Greg Bolger won the league with St Pat's in 2013.

Pat's have a home record of six wins, three draws and three defeats from 12 games. Rovers have an away record of seven wins and four losses from 11 games.

BETTING

St Patrick’s Athletic 3/1; Draw 9/4; Shamrock Rovers 10/11.

PREDICTION

St Patrick’s Athletic 1 - 1 Shamrock Rovers.

St Patrick’s Athletic

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Dave Webster (ankle).

Suspended: None.

Shamrock Rovers

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Aaron McEneff

Suspended: None



St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Lee Desmond
Defender
Jamie Lennon
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Kevin Toner
Defender
Conor Clifford
28'
28Subbed Off: 28'
Midfielder
Cian Coleman
Midfielder
Chris Forrester
64Booked: 64'
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Midfielder
Michael Drennan
Forward
Jake Walker
48'
48Subbed Off: 48'
Forward

Substitutes
Dean Clarke
48'
48Subbed On: 48'
Forward
Paul Cleary
Defender
James Doona
67'
67Subbed On: 67'
Midfield
Darragh Markey
Midfield
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Gary Shaw
Forward
Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
Greg Bolger
Defender
45Scored: 45'
72Booked: 72'
Lee Grace
Defender
Roberto Lopes
Defender
Joey O'Brien
Defender
Ronan Finn
Midfielder 77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Trevor Clarke
Midfielder
Jack Byrne
Midfielder
Sean Kavanagh
Midfielder
50Scored: 50'
Dylan Watts
Midfielder 85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Daniel Carr
Forward 45'
45Subbed Off: 45'

Substitutes
Ethan Boyle
Defender
James Furlong
Defender
Aaron Greene
Forward
45Subbed On: 45'
45'
Brandon Kavanagh
Midfield
77Subbed On: 77'
77'
Thomas Oluwa
Midfield
85Subbed On: 85'
85'
Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper


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