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Date: 6 p.m. April 17, 2021
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
2 - 1
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Graham Burke 54' -
Peno Scored: 54'


Sean Gannon 90' + 3' -
Scored: 90'


Peno Scored: 7'
- Dylan Grimes 7'


League Preview: Shamrock Rovers -v- Longford Town

Sat, Apr 17 2021

SHAMROCK ROVERS

Reigning Premier Division champions Shamrock Rovers welcome Longford Town to Tallaght Stadium on Saturday evening (kick-off is at 6pm).

The Hoops come into the game off the back of a comprehensive 2-0 win away to Derry City last time out.

An opener from Rory Gaffney was followed up with a long-range screamer from Graham Burke as Stephen Bradley’s side picked up a routine three points.

But their Head Coach is not getting carried away with their win at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium as they get set to host Longford Town on Saturday evening.  

“They’re really good in the attacking part of the pitch, they have some good players,” he told his club’s media team.

“In all their games, they’ve been really, really tight games other than the Drogheda game. I expect a difficult game.

“They’re going to come to Tallaght and enjoy the big pitch and want to come and have a go at us so we’ve got to make sure that we’re ready for that.”

Neil Farrugia is Rovers’ only confirmed absentee. Meanwhile, Joey O’Brien is listed as a doubt.

LONGFORD TOWN

Daire Doyle’s Longford Town will be looking to produce a reaction of sorts at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday evening as they visit Shamrock Rovers.

Town were handed a harsh lesson of the realities of Premier Division life as they were easily swatted aside by four goals to nil at home to Drogheda United last weekend.

The Boynesiders took a one-nil lead heading into the break thanks to Mark Doyle’s opener, before they blew Longford away in a dominant 20 minute spell in the second-half.

Chris Lyons and Hugh Douglas also got on the scoresheet as Doyle grabbed his brace to seal the deal for the visitors in a dominant display.

However, the Red and Black will be looking at Saturday as an opportunity to build up some sort of confidence ahead of Tuesday’s home game against Finn Harps.

In terms of team news, Dean Byrne, Dean Zambra, Aaron McNally and Callum Warfield are all ruled out with injury.  

Referee: Rob Hennessy.

 

MATCH STATS

Longford Town have not defeated Shamrock Rovers in a league game since 2005 – with their last league win away to the Hoops coming in April of that year.

Shamrock Rovers are unbeaten in their previous 26 league games – with their last defeat coming in September 2019 away to Dundalk.

The Hoops’ last home league defeat also came against Dundalk – and that was in June 2019.

BETTING

Shamrock Rovers 1/5; Draw 17/4; Longford Town 14/1.

PREDICTION

Shamrock Rovers 2 - 1 Longford Town

 

Shamrock Rovers

Injured: Neil Farrugia.

Doubtful: Joey O’Brien.

Suspended: None.

 

Longford Town

Injured: Dean Byrne, Callum Warfield, Aaron McNally, Dean Zambra.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.


Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus 1
Goalkeeper
Roberto Lopes 4
Booked: 7'
Defender
Lee Grace 5
46'
46Subbed Off: Rory Gaffney 46'
Defender
Liam Scales 15
Defender
Chris McCann 26
Booked: 10'
Midfielder
Sean Kavanagh 11
Midfielder
Sean Gannon 2
Scored: 90'
Midfielder
© Ronan Finn 8
46'
46Subbed Off: Gary O'Neill 46'
Midfielder
Daniel Mandroiu 14
Booked: 30'
58'
58Subbed Off: Dylan Watts 58'
Forward
Aaron Greene 9
Booked: 90'
Forward
Graham Burke 10
Peno Scored: 54'
Forward

Substitutes
Dean McMenamy
Midfield
Rory Gaffney 20
46'
46Subbed On: Lee Grace 46'
Forward
Aidomo Emakhu
Midfield
Max Murphy 24
Midfield
Darragh Nugent 22
Midfield
Gary O'Neill 16
46'
46Subbed On: Ronan Finn 46'
Midfield
Leon Pohls 25
Goalkeeper
Dylan Watts 7
58'
58Subbed On: Daniel Mandroiu 58'
Midfield
Dean Williams 19
Forward
Longford Town
30 Michael Kelly
Goalkeeper
12 Aaron O'Driscoll
Defender
3 Patrick Kirk
Defender
32 Joe Gorman
Defender
19 Karl Chambers
Defender
4 Aaron Robinson
Midfielder
7 Dylan Grimes
Midfielder
Peno Scored: 7'
2 Shane Elworthy
Midfielder
16 Aodh Dervin ©
Midfielder
14 Aaron Bolger
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: Sam Verdon 71'
9 Aaron Dobbs
Forward 81'
81Subbed Off: Rob Manley 81'

Substitutes
10 Sam Verdon
Forward 71'
71Subbed On: Aaron Bolger 71'
11 Callum Thompson
Midfield
1 Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
17 Matthew O'Brien
Midfield
5 Michael McDonnell
Midfield
22 Joseph Manley
Defender
8 Rob Manley
Forward 81'
81Subbed On: Aaron Dobbs 81'
Ben Lynch
Midfield
25 Conor Davis
Forward