Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. March 5, 2016
Venue: The Showgrounds
Att: 3,068

Kieran Sadlier 45' -
Red: 45'


Craig Roddan 74' -
Red: 74'


Scored: 42'
- Brandon Miele 42'

Scored: 90'
- Danny North 90'


League Preview: Sligo Rovers -v- Shamrock Rovers

Sat, Mar 05 2016

Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

SLIGO ROVERS

Sligo Rovers enter the 2016 SSE Airtricity League season looking to improve on last season’s disappointing ninth-place finish, during which they went through three different managers. Former Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson has been given the reins at the Bit O’ Red for 2016 and he has assembled a largely unknown squad during the off-season.

 

In all, Robertson brought in 13 players, while 16 have departed the Showgrounds including Estonian International Sander Puri, David Cawley and last season’s leading scorer Dinny Corcoran. Among the Sligo recruits is Michéal Schlingermann, Chris Lyons and West Ham loanee Jaanai Gordon, all of whom featured during pre-season.

 

Sligo have had quite a good pre-season with their only loss coming against the Liverpool under-21s, as Derry City and Athlone Town fell to the Bit O’ Red. Robertson will be looking to secure a top half finish for the season ahead, and their home form could decide whether or not they achieve this.

 

SHAMROCK ROVERS

Pat Fenlon’s side also endured a frustrating 2015 as they finished third in the league and never really looked like mounting a challenge to Dundalk FC or Cork City in the top two places. They were knocked out of both domestic cup competitions by St. Patrick’s Athletic and lost the Leinster Senior Cup final to Dundalk.

 

The Tallaght outfit have strengthened their attack in the off-season, adding former Longford Town goal machine Gary Shaw, Killian Brennan and Dean Clarke to their artillery which already included Mikey Drennan, Danny North and Brandon Miele.

 

The Hoops have had an exotic pre-season schedule. At home they defeated both UCD and Shelbourne either side of their trip to India, where they faced Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk u23, 1860 Munich u23, Argentina u23 and Atletico Paranaense.

 

Fenlon will be under pressure to deliver success this season and a league title challenge will be expected in Tallaght. Shamrock Rovers struggled with consistency last season, despite losing only four league encounters, they had the most draws across the 20 league clubs (11). If they address that erratic form, they could add to their 17 league titles come October.

 

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

 

MATCH FACTS

Shamrock Rovers won two and drew one of the pair’s league meetings last season. The stand out result was their meeting in Tallaght Stadium where the Hoops won 5-1, a defeat which heaped the pressure on the then Sligo manager Owen Heary.

 

Sligo Rovers have lost only one of their last 10 opening League of Ireland games. That defeat came in Inchicore against St. Patrick’s Athletic in 2008 where they lost 3-1.

 

The last time the pair met on opening weekend was in 2010, where Eoin Doyle scored for the Bit O’ Red and James Chambers netted for the Dubliners in a 1-1 draw at the Showgrounds.

 

Sligo Rovers haven’t beaten Shamrock Rovers in the league since October 2013, when they defeated them 3-0 at the Showgrounds.

 

BETTING

Sligo Rovers 15/8; Draw 11/5; Shamrock Rovers 7/5

 

PREDICTION

Sligo Rovers 1-2 Shamrock Rovers

 

Sligo Rovers

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspensions: None.

 

Shamrock Rovers

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspensions: None.

 

 


Sligo Rovers
Mícheál Schlingermann
Goalkeeper
Regan Donelon
38Booked: 38'
Defender
Tim Clancy
61Booked: 61'
Defender
Tobi Adebayo-Rowling
Defender
Mick Leahy
Defender
Jimmy Keohane
18Booked: 18'
Midfielder
Jordan Richards
Midfielder
Craig Roddan
25Booked: 25'
74Sent off: 74'
74Booked: 74'
Midfielder
Kieran Sadlier
45Sent off: 45'
Midfielder
Jaanai Gordon
77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Forward
Philip Roberts
86'
86Subbed Off: 86'
Forward

Substitutes
Raffaele Cretaro
Forward
Gary Boylan
Defender
Chris Lyons
86'
86Subbed On: 86'
Forward
Liam Martin
77'
77Subbed On: 77'
Midfield
Ciaran Nugent
Goalkeeper
Gavin Peers
Defender
Mikey Place
Midfield
Shamrock Rovers
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Simon Madden
Defender
Gavin Brennan
Defender
67Booked: 67'
Maxime Blanchard
Defender
24Booked: 24'
David O'Connor
Defender
Gary McCabe
Midfielder 78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Michael Drennan
Midfielder
Killian Brennan
Midfielder
71Booked: 71'
Brandon Miele
Midfielder
42Scored: 42'
Dean Clarke
Forward 72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Danny North
Forward
90Scored: 90'

Substitutes
Craig Hyland
Goalkeeper
Patrick Cregg
Midfield
72Subbed On: 72'
72'
Rob Cornwall
Defender
Trevor Clarke
Midfield
Richie Purdy
Midfield
Gary Shaw
Forward
78Subbed On: 78'
78'
David Webster
Defender