Prem
Date: 3 p.m. Oct. 9, 2010
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
Att: Unknown

Thomas Stewart 13' -
Scored: 13'


Chris Turner 64' -
Peno Miss: 64'


Scored: 87'
- Gary O'Neill 87'

Scored: 89'
- Glen Crowe 89'


Shamrock Rovers -v- Sporting Fingal

Fri, Oct 08 2010
Shamrock Rovers face Sporting Fingal at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday afternoon in what is now a game packed full of consequence for both teams. As the Hoops struggle to recover in their bid to land the league title, Fingal continue their battle to qualify for European football next year. (Kick-off 3pm)

Over the past few weeks Rovers’ lead at the top of the Premier Division has been whittled down to just two points and as Hoops’ boss Michael O’Neill said after Tuesday night’s defeat to Bohemians, his side simply have to start winning again.

Three defeats in their last four league games is a sorry return for a side that seemed to have the title in their grasp and, with the pressure building on his players, O’Neill will know that defeat at the hands of a very good Fingal side would be catastrophic for morale.

The Hoops will continue to be without the services of Pat Sullivan, Sean O’Connor and Dan Murray, who have all suffered cruciate ligament injuries, although both Danny Murphy and Robert Bayly will be available after serving automatic suspensions.

Fingal, meanwhile, will be without Eamon Zayed who is in North Africa preparing for his first international outing with Libya as they prepare for Sunday’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Zambia. Colm James is also out with a knee injury and central defender Shaun Maher will undergo a fitness test prior to kick-off.

Liam Buckley’s men have only won once in their last seven league games but have kept themselves afloat in the race for European qualification with draws against Bohemians, Bray Wanderers and, most recently, St Patrick’s Athletic.

Fingal currently lie four points adrift of both Sligo Rovers and St Pats as all three chase the third place finish that will offer automatic entry to the Europa League next season. But, crucially, the Northsiders have a game in hand and a positive result on Saturday would keep them right in the hunt.

So far this season, form dictates that the game will end in a draw, just as the previous three league meetings between the teams have done, and the suspicion is that it will take either a top notch performance from one of these sides or a slice of luck if this trend is to be broken.



Shamrock Rovers
Injured: Pat Sullivan, Sean O’Connor, Dan Murray.
Doubtful: Dessie Baker, Thomas Stewart.
Suspended: None.

Sporting Fingal
Injured: Colm James.
Doubtful: Shaun Maher.
Unavailable: Eamon Zayed (International Duty).
Suspended: None.

Referee: Declan Hanney
Extratime prediction: A 2-2 draw.


Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
Aidan Price
Defender
Pat Flynn
Defender
Craig Sives 4
Defender
Enda Stevens
68Booked: 68'
Defender
Stephen Rice 6
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy 20
Midfielder
James Chambers
Midfielder
Chris Turner 18
64Peno Miss: 64'
Midfielder
Thomas Stewart
13Scored: 13'
Forward
Gary Twigg 9
Forward

Substitutes
Danny Murphy
Defender
Paddy Kavanagh
Midfield
Pat Jennings
Goalkeeper
Neale Fenn
Manager
Stephen Bradley
Manager
Sporting Fingal
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
64Booked: 64'
Kenny Browne
Defender
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
Colin Hawkins
Defender
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Conan Byrne
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
Midfielder
Shane McFaul
Midfielder
Shaun Williams
Midfielder
Glen Crowe
Forward
89Scored: 89'
Gary O'Neill
Forward
87Scored: 87'

Substitutes
Ollie Cahill
Midfield
Brian Gannon
Defender
Alan Kirby
Midfield
Darren Quigley
Goalkeeper
Keith Quinn
Midfield