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Date: 7:45 p.m. Nov. 4, 2020
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
TV: RTE2

Joey O'Brien 70' -
Red: 70'



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

Tue, Nov 03 2020

None Credit: Clare McCahill

SHAMROCK ROVERS 

It will be trophy time in Tallaght on  Wednesday night as champions Shamrock Rovers finally get their hands on the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division trophy following their game against St. Patrick’s Athletic (kick off 7.45pm).

“We won the league a few weeks back so the players have had to be patient but it’s going to be a great occasion for them to get their hands on the trophy,” said Stephen Bradley speaking to his club’s media team on the eve of the game.

“It’s what we’ve been working for all year so I’m delighted for them to lift that trophy tomorrow night.”

Even with the title wrapped, the Hoops will be seeking another win or at the very least a draw as they seek to go through the season unbeaten. They are  trying to become the first League of Ireland team to go through a full campaign without a defeat since the Shamrock Rovers sides from the 1924/25 and 1926/27 18-game league seasons.

The Hoops come into the match on the back of a 2-0 win in Finn Park on Sunday night - their sixth victory in a row. They have scored 20 goals in the last six league games from 14 different goalscorers. 

“We’ve created a lot a chances, from set plays and in general and it’s up to us then to go and finish them,” said the Hoops Head Coach about the variety of goalscorers. “It doesn’t matter who it is, whether it’s a centre forward or a centre half. It’s pleasing to see that the goals are coming from everywhere.”

St. Pat’s were the first team this season to take a point off Rovers so the Hoops will be out for some modicum of revenge against a Saints side who are chasing fourth spot but also need a point to be mathematically sure of avoiding the relegation play-off.

“I expect a really tough game,” said Bradley. “I watched them against Dundalk and they were very good. I think they can count themselves unlucky not to win the game, they had enough chances. But if we can hit our levels we fancy ourselves to go and take points in any game.”

Bradley confirmed that Jack Byrne, Neil Farrugia and Danny Lafferty are available for selection on Wednesday.

ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

The Saints are seeking three points in Tallaght on Wednesday to move them within a point of fourth placed Waterford going into the final game of the league campaign on Sunday.

The Hoops have dropped just two points at home all season but St. Pat’s did keep Rovers scoreless in Richmond Park back in August - the only points Rovers have dropped away from home this year.

Last time out the Athletic came from behind to draw 1-1 with Dundalk in Inchicore with Robbie Benson, as he had done in Oriel Park earlier in the season, scoring against his former side.

With this being the Saints’ third game in a week, Stephen O’Donnell is delighted he can select from a full squad. He can include Georgie Kelly who is available again having had to sit out the game against Dundalk due to the arrangement of his loan deal with the Lilywhites.

"We are looking forward to Wednesday's game up in Tallaght,” said O’Donnell speaking to stpatsfc.com. “It is a quick turnaround from Sunday's draw against Dundalk so we have been mainly doing recovery and a bit of analysis on Rovers in the time that we have. 

“It's a Dublin derby and one our supporters would love to be at, so the players and staff are looking forward to it and will be going out to get a result for the fans."

The Athletic will round out the season with another Dublin derby when Bohemians cross to Liffey for Sunday’s game in Dublin 8.

Referee: Sean Grant

MATCH STATS
With Rovers top goalscorer Jack Byrne missing Rovers’ last match in Ballybofey, Alan Mannus in the only Hoops player who has played every league game for Rovers this season. He also played all 36 games in last season’s league campaign.

Last season Rovers won three games against St. Pat’s (winning 1-0 and 2-0 in Inchicore along with a 1-0 home win) along with a scoreless draw in Tallaght. May 2018 is the last time Pat’s beat Rovers and the Hoops haven’t lost a league game in Tallaght to the Saints since March 2016.

Rovers are unbeaten in 22 domestic games. They’ve conceded just one goal in their last eight league games. 

PREDICTION

Shamrock Rovers 4/11; Draw 16/5; St. Patrick’s Athletic 7/1.

PREDICTION

2-0 home win

Shamrock Rovers 

Injured: Rory Gaffney, Greg Bolger

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

St. Patrick’s Athletic

InjuredNone

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None


Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus 1
Goalkeeper
Lee Grace 5
63'
63Subbed Off: Roberto Lopes 63'
Defender
Joey O'Brien 28
Booked: 11'
Booked: 70'
Sent Off: 70'
Defender
Liam Scales 15
Defender
Aaron McEneff 10
Midfielder
Rhys Marshall 2
63'
63Subbed Off: Daniel Lafferty 63'
Midfielder
Sean Kavanagh 11
Midfielder
© Ronan Finn 8
Midfielder
Graham Burke 21
24'
24Subbed Off: Jack Byrne 24'
Midfielder
Dylan Watts 7
Midfielder
Aaron Greene 9
Booked: 86'
87'
87Subbed Off: Thomas Oluwa 87'
Forward

Substitutes
Roberto Lopes 4
63'
63Subbed On: Lee Grace 63'
Defender
Daniel Lafferty 3
63'
63Subbed On: Rhys Marshall 63'
Defender
Jack Byrne 29
24'
24Subbed On: Graham Burke 24'
Midfield
Max Murphy
Midfield
Thomas Oluwa 26
87'
87Subbed On: Aaron Greene 87'
Forward
Leon Pohls 25
Goalkeeper
Dean Williams 19
Forward
St. Patrick's Athletic
26 Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
20 Shane Griffin
Defender 53'
53Subbed Off: Billy King 53'
5 Lee Desmond
Defender
3 Ian Bermingham ©
Defender
14 Luke McNally
Defender
Jordan Gibson
Midfielder 80'
80Subbed Off: Darragh Burns 80'
19 Chris Forrester
Midfielder
2 Rory Feely
Midfielder 85'
85Subbed Off: Jason McClelland 85'
7 Robbie Benson
Midfielder
6 Jamie Lennon
Midfielder
Booked: 90'
Georgie Kelly
Forward

Substitutes
25 Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper
22 James Doona
Midfield
35 Darragh Burns
Midfield 80'
80Subbed On: Jordan Gibson 80'
15 Billy King
Midfield 53'
53Subbed On: Shane Griffin 53'
16 Jason McClelland
Midfield 85'
85Subbed On: Rory Feely 85'
34 Ben McCormack
Midfield
David Titov
Defender