Prem
Date: 2 p.m. May 3, 2021
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
3 - 0
FT

Rory Gaffney 13' -
Scored: 13'


Gary O'Neill 33' -
Scored: 33'


Daniel Mandroiu 54' -
Scored: 54'



League Preview: Shamrock Rovers -v- Waterford

Sun, May 02 2021

Roberto 'Pico' Lopes leaps highest during Rovers' visit to Waterford in August 2019 Credit: Michael P Ryan

SHAMROCK ROVERS 

The Hoops welcome Waterford to Tallaght Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon (kick off 2pm). Having won their last five games in a row, Stephen Bradley’s side sit level on points with table toppers St. Patrick’s Athletic – who have a better goal difference of two over Rovers.

The Hoops are seeking three points on Monday which would see them break the all-time League of Ireland record run without a loss – they equalled the record of 30 league games undefeated achieved by a Rovers side in 1926 and 1927 following their 2-0 win over Finn Harps last Friday night.

The 1926/27 Rovers team went through the full 18 game season unbeaten – a feat that Rovers matched in 2020.

They are up against at Waterford side that have won two league games this season, losing the other six but the Hoops Head Coach thinks the result belies the performances from the Blues including their 3-0 defeat at home to Dundalk in their last league fixture – their heaviest defeat of the season.

“It is strange as when you watched them against Dundalk, they hit the post three times and missed a couple of chances in the six yard box – it wasn’t a 3-0 game,” said Bradley when speaking to extratime.com at the Shamrock Rovers Academy at Roadstone on Sunday morning.

“They had a lot of chances. They do create chances and their front four are really dangerous. They play with a lot of freedom. They are a dangerous team. The games they have lost haven’t been by large margins. They have been in every game. We will show them a lot of respect.”

Bradley wasn’t able to pick Pico Lopes for Friday’s game in Finn Park as the central defender spent the evening in hospital due to a suspected apendicities (see story linked below) but Lopes is available for selection on Monday.

As is Neil Farrugia who finally looks set to return to action having picked up an injury while away on Republic of Ireland under-21 duty last season.

“Neil is back in the squad tomorrow. We could have pushed him for Friday but we felt another few days would be important. He has been in and out of training the last couple of weeks to get him back going and he will be available tomorrow.

WATERFORD

The Blues come to Tallaght having lost four of their last five games including a defeat last Friday night at home to Dundalk – a game that Kevin Sheedy named a goalkeeper and two outfield players on the bench.

Paul Martin continued in goal for the Blues and going into Monday’s match only Longford Town now sit below Waterford in the table. 

Speaking to the Irish Sun, Sheedy said he will continue with the policy of naming only three substitutes in protest he says at the standard of officiating in the league.

Sheedy's assistant Mike Newell is currently serving a four match ban following a dispute with the fourth official in Richmond Park recently about the colour of tape on the players socks. And this comes after he already completed a three match ban this season.

 “At the moment, it will be the same stance against Shamrock Rovers,” said Sheedy. “I put academy players on the bench for last week’s game against Longford Town.

“But I wasn’t prepared to put a young player’s career on the line when I feel sure that he’s not going to get full protection from the officials.

“When we see an improvement (in officiating) and start getting the rub of the green then maybe we’ll start putting youngsters back on the bench.”

Waterford, like Shamrock Rovers, have switched off their social media channels this weekend “in solidarity with football clubs and fans around the world in a combined effort to stamp out online abuse”.

Referee: Adriano Reale

MATCH STATS
The teams have played ten times since the return of the Blues to the top flight in 2018. Waterford won the first match against Rovers 2-1 that season and that is their last victory they have earned over the Hoops. There was a draw and two wins in the other encounters that year. Rovers won all four ties in 2019 and both matches in 2020 – 2-0 in the RSC and 6-1 in Tallaght Stadium

The Hoops are unbeaten in their last 24 domestic games at home – winning 19 - dating back to June 2019. Their only defeat in their last 28 competitve games in Tallaght was by AC Milan who beat the Hoops 2-0 in Tallaght last September.

Across his two spells at Rovers, Alan Mannus has kept 74 clean sheets in the league. Only Jody Byrne (76), Alan O’Neill (87) and Barry Murphy (97) have kept more. Murphy played 215 league matches for Rovers conceding 196 goals, with Mannus playing 142 matches so far in his career conceding 83 goals.

PREDICTION

3-0 home win

Shamrock Rovers 

Injured: Sean Kavanagh

Doubtful: Pico Lopes

Suspended: None

Waterford

InjuredOscar Brennan, Daryl Murphy, Isaac Tshipamba, Shane Griffin, Eric Molloy, Matthew Connor

Doubtful: Cian Kavanagh

Suspended: Kyle Ferguson

 


Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus 1
Goalkeeper
Sean Hoare 3
Booked: 59'
Defender
© Lee Grace 5
Defender
Liam Scales 15
Defender
Sean Gannon 2
Midfielder
Max Murphy 24
68'
68Subbed Off: Neil Farrugia 68'
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill 16
Scored: 33'
Midfielder
Dylan Watts 7
55'
55Subbed Off: Chris McCann 55'
Midfielder
Daniel Mandroiu 14
Scored: 54'
55'
55Subbed Off: Dean Williams 55'
Forward
Aaron Greene 9
35'
35Subbed Off: Graham Burke 35'
Forward
Rory Gaffney 20
Scored: 13'
68'
68Subbed Off: Darragh Nugent 68'
Forward

Substitutes
Roberto Lopes 4
Defender
Ronan Finn 8
Midfield
Neil Farrugia 23
68'
68Subbed On: Max Murphy 68'
Midfield
Graham Burke 10
35'
35Subbed On: Aaron Greene 35'
Forward
Chris McCann 26
55'
55Subbed On: Dylan Watts 55'
Booked: 69'
Midfield
Darragh Nugent 22
68'
68Subbed On: Rory Gaffney 68'
Midfield
Joey O'Brien 28
Defender
Leon Pohls 25
Goalkeeper
Dean Williams 19
55'
55Subbed On: Daniel Mandroiu 55'
Forward
Waterford
30 Paul Martin
Goalkeeper
15 Jamie Mascoll
Defender 61'
61Subbed Off: Josh Collins 61'
3 Cameron Evans
Defender
Booked: 90'
2 Darragh Power
Defender
Booked: 15'
8 Adam O'Reilly
Midfielder
14 Niall O'Keeffe
Midfielder
16 Katlego Mashigo
Midfielder
Booked: 90'
18 Tunmise Sobowale ©
Midfielder
Booked: 30'
11 James Waite
Midfielder
23 Prince Mutswunguma
Forward
Booked: 46'
12 John Martin
Forward

Substitutes
7 Shane Griffin
Midfield
30 Kyle Cooke
Goalkeeper
5 Josh Collins
Defender 61'
61Subbed On: Jamie Mascoll 61'
19 Jack Stafford
Defender