Prem
Date: 7:35 p.m. April 29, 2011
Venue:
Att: 1,165

Scored: 7'
- Karl Sheppard 7'


Galway United -v- Shamrock Rovers

Thu, Apr 28 2011
Shamrock Rovers travel to Terryland to face second from bottom Galway United, still leading the way in their march for a second Airticity League title.

Sean Connor's side have only scored one goal at home this season and have only picked up one point, a draw with UCD at the beginning of the league and hosting the free scoring champions could prove another insurmountable task. A task not helped by the forced absence of Alan Murphy, Gary Curran and Joseph Yoffe. Murphy and Yoffe in particular have severely dented the offensive aspiration of United, an aspect of their performances thus far that have been found most lacking.

Sean Maher does return from suspension for the Tribesmen and will provide a deterrent from Rovers aerial threat, a threat that Galway couldn't deal with against Bray Wanderers last time out, losing 2-0.

Michael O'Neill is demanding complacency has no place in Shamrock Rovers preparations as they seek to maintain the lead across the halfway mark of the campaign, "It is an opportunity for us to finish the first round of games on 20 points, which would be a very good return. We’ll be expecting a tough game from Galway. While they didn’t have much time or funding to put a squad together, Sean Connor is always good at getting players in, and getting them to play for him. So we are not expecting it to be easy."

Gary Twigg is still nursing a hamstring injury, as are Stephen O'Donnell and Craig Sives, while Chris Turner and Ronan Finn will undergo late fitness tests for calf and knee injuries respectively.

O'Neill however is one manager in the league who can cope with such injuries given the strength of his squad, and the absence of Twigg has not curtailed their fortunes against Sligo Rovers in the Setanta Sports Cup or against city rivals St Patrick's Athletic. Rovers in fact have dropped points only against Derry City, Bohemians and surprise package Bray Wanderers, who they suffered their solitary defeat to. Indeed it is Wanderers who go into this weekend as the pretenders to the throne, trailing Rovers by a point in the league standings.

Connor will send out a United side to compete with Rovers but, with little in attacking depth in his squad it's hard to see them turning around their poor home record this Friday evening. The only sure positive before kick-off will be the large gate receipts Terryland will avail of on the back of continued good home support and always large travelling numbers offered by O'Neill's Shamrock Rovers.

Galway United
Injured: Alan Murphy, Joseph Yoffe, Gary Curran
Doubtful: None
Suspended: None

Shamrock Rovers
Injured:Gary Twigg(Hamstring), Stephen O'Donnel(Hamstring), Craig Sives(Hamstring)
Doubtful:Chris Turner(Calf), Ronan Finn(Knee)
Sespended:None

RefereePaul Tuite
Paddy Power Odds:Home: 6/1 Draw: 3/1 Away 4/9
Extratime Prediction: Galway United 1-4 Shamrock Rovers


Galway United (ex)
Greg Fleming
Goalkeeper
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Paul Sinnott
Defender
Shaun Maher
Defender
Shaun Kelly
69Booked: 69'
Defender
Bobby Ryan
Midfielder
Karl Moore
Midfielder
Gary Kelly
Midfielder
Sean Kelly
Midfielder
Alan Murphy
Forward
Shane Keogh
Forward

Substitutes
Mikey Gilmore
Forward
Rory Gartlan
Defender
Steve Feeney
Defender
Eduardo Dusi
Defender
Enda Curran
Forward
Brian Cash
92Booked: 92'
Midfield
Conor Winn
Goalkeeper
Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
Dan Murray
Defender
80Booked: 80'
5 Ken Oman
Defender
Enda Stevens
Defender
Pat Sullivan
Defender
59Booked: 59'
7 Gary McCabe
Midfielder
21 Ronan Finn
Midfielder
20 Billy Dennehy
Midfielder
6 Stephen Rice
Midfielder
45Booked: 45'
10 Gary O'Neill
Forward
Karl Sheppard
Forward
7Scored: 7'

Substitutes
22 Conor McCormack
Midfield
Ciarán Kilduff
Forward
Dean Kelly
Forward
Paddy Kavanagh
Midfield
19 Sean Gannon
Defender
Pat Flynn
Defender
Ryan Thompson
Goalkeeper