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Date: 3 p.m. Oct. 10, 2020
Venue:
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Scored: 54'
- Darragh Lynch 54'

Scored: 87'
- Derek Daly 87'


League Preview: Shamrock Rovers II -v- Bray Wanderers

Sat, Oct 10 2020

None Credit: Clare McCahill

SHAMROCK ROVERS II 

Aidan Price's Shamrock Rovers II team are seeking the second home win of the season when they welcome Bray Wanderers to Tallaght Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

If they can avoid defeat against the First Division leaders, the Hoops will move above Athlone Town and into eighth place in the table. They come into the game on the back of a 2-0 win away to Wexford last week, a victory which stopped the rot for Rovers’ young team of six defeats in a row.

Stephen Bradley’s Premier Division side have no fixture this weekend due to international call ups at senior international level (Jack Byrne and Pico Lopes) and under-21 level (Liam Scales and Neil Farrugia). So it may be a chance for Aidan Price to strengthen his side. 

Just the once this season has he brought in the one allowed overage outfield player into his squad (Liam Scales played and scored against Drogheda in August) but with Sean Kavanagh returning from injury for the first time this season recently against AC Milan, he might be the player to drop in this weekend.

It is likely that Leon Pohls will start as will Dean Williams, who scored recently for the Hoops in the Premier Division.

Both Williams and Brandon Kavanagh trained with the Ireland under-21 squad during the week and Kavanagh is in rich goalscoring form for the Hoops – he has scored five goals in the last three First Division games.

BRAY WANDERERS

The Seagulls’ quest for promotion from the self-styled ‘People’s League’ to the Premier Division of the SSE Airtricity League can take a big step forward on Saturday afternoon in Tallaght. 

Bray can move five points clear of second placed Drogheda United with just two games remaining (albeit the Drogs will have a game in hand after this match). They have won five of their last six games, with their only defeat coming in their last home game – a 1-0 loss to  Drogheda.

Last time Gary Cronin’s charges earned a 3-1 away win against UCD with Gary Shaw, Darragh Lynch and Dylan Barnett grabbing the goals. When Bray hosted the Hoops at home in mid-August, Bray deservedly won the game 1-0 thanks to a first half Ryan Graydon goal. 

Bray’s defence has been the building blocks for their success so far this season with seven clean sheets, conceding just a dozen goals in the league – the fewest amount of any side in the First Division.

Cronin is hoping to have a full squad to choose from but former Shamrock Rovers player Gary Shaw has a recurring injury and is a doubt for the game. He will face a late fitness test before Cronin completes his teamsheet in Tallaght. 

Victory will put Bray in the driving seat in the First Division title race with their remaining matches set against Galway United at home and away to Athlone Town on final night of the regular season.

Referee: Mark Moynihan

MATCH STATS

Brandon Kavanagh is top scorer for the Hoops in the First Division with eight goals. 

Gary Shaw tops the charts for the Seagulls with seven goals. 

When the Hoops have kept a clean sheet this season, which they have done on three occasions, they have also gone on to claim all three points.

BETTING

Shamrock Rovers II 6/1; Draw 7/2; Bray Wanderers 1/3

PREDICTION
2-1 away win 

Shamrock Rovers II 

Injured: Unknown

Doubtful: Sean Callan

Suspended: None

Bray Wanderers

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Gary Shaw 

Suspended: None


Shamrock Rovers II
Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper
Max Murphy
Defender
Cole Omorehiomnan 32
Defender
Adam Wells 34
Defender
© Darragh Nugent 37
Booked: 63'
76'
76Subbed Off: Dean McMenamy 76'
Midfielder
Sean Kavanagh
61'
61Subbed Off: Dylan Duffy 61'
Midfielder
Brandon Kavanagh 27
Midfielder
Aaron Bolger
Booked: 43'
Midfielder
Jordan Tallon 35
Booked: 53'
Midfielder
Thomas Oluwa 26
Booked: 78'
Forward
Dean Williams 19
81'
81Subbed Off: Aidomo Emakhu 81'
Forward

Substitutes
Alex Moody 48
Goalkeeper
Dean McMenamy 47
76'
76Subbed On: Darragh Nugent 76'
Midfield
Aidomo Emakhu 38
81'
81Subbed On: Dean Williams 81'
Midfield
Dylan Duffy 39
61'
61Subbed On: Sean Kavanagh 61'
Midfield
Jamie Doyle 56
Midfield
Sean Brennan 31
Midfield
Darren Prendergast 36
Midfield
Bray Wanderers
Brian Maher
Goalkeeper
4 Kilian Cantwell
Defender
5 Aaron Barry ©
Defender
3 Dylan Barnett
Defender
Sean McEvoy
Defender 90'
90Subbed Off: Jack Watson 90'
2 John Ross Wilson
Defender
17 Luka Lovic
Midfielder
Callum Thompson
Midfielder 83'
83Subbed Off: Paul Keegan 83'
19 Darragh Lynch
Forward
Scored: 54'
71'
71Subbed Off: Derek Daly 71'
7 Ryan Graydon
Forward 90'
90Subbed Off: Marlon Marishta 90'
9 Joe Doyle
Forward

Substitutes
6 Paul Keegan
Midfield 83'
83Subbed On: Callum Thompson 83'
1 Adam Hayden
Goalkeeper
11 Derek Daly
Midfield 71'
71Subbed On: Darragh Lynch 71'
Scored: 87'
Marlon Marishta
Defender 90'
90Subbed On: Ryan Graydon 90'
14 Tristan Noack Hofmann
Defender
10 Gary Shaw
Forward
12 Jack Watson
Midfield 90'
90Subbed On: Sean McEvoy 90'