2 - 1
FT

Graham Burke 49' -
Scored: 49'


Graham Burke 88' -
Scored: 88'


Peno Scored: 44'
- Mark Doyle 44'


League Preview: Shamrock Rovers -v- Drogheda United

Thu, Nov 18 2021

Ronan Finn and Jack Byrne lifting the league trophy in Tallaght last season Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

 

SHAMROCK ROVERS

It will be party time in Tallaght on Friday as Shamrock Rovers are set to unveil the return of Jack Byrne to the Hoops and club captain Ronan Finn will lift the league trophy for the second consecutive season – although this year thankfully it will be in front of what is expected to be a full house (only tickets remain on sale for the East Stand).

"We're really looking forward to parading the trophy around the stadium in front of our fans,” said Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley when speaking to his club’s media team on the eve of the final game of their 19th successful league campaign.

“It's nights like that and Finn Harps (when they were confirmed as champions) that you never forget. That's why you do everything, so that you can share those moments with your family and friends and obviously all the fans. So, it's going to be a special night for everyone to be able to do that and celebrate together."

It will be Joey O’Brien’s last game in the green and white hoops before the former Ireland international retires and takes up a coaching role with Damien Duff in Tolka Park.

"Joey has been immense for this club on and off the pitch. He's a real leader. He's obviously brought his quality on the pitch, but he's been brilliant off the pitch. He's done a lot of stuff behind the scenes, important things regarding what we do, that people wouldn't see. He's been brilliant for us and I'm sure he'll get the send-off that he deserves. We've just got to thank him for his time here and wish him well in the next stage of his career and his life. He's been a brilliant servant for us."

The Hoops earlier in the season broke the all-time record of consecutive league unbeaten games pushing the number out to 33. They have lost just once at home this season and are on the verge of breaking a couple of club records.

If they can get their third win over Drogheda this season they will break their record league points tally of 77 and their record of 23 league wins in one season. “It's a target that we can go and achieve, and it'd be nice to go and get both of them on Friday.”

Three points would also ensure the Hoops secure the largest winning league margin since Bohemians were last champions back in 2008.

“(I expect) a tough game because they've had a good season,” said Bradley about Tim Clancy’s side. “They're safe now so they can play with freedom and basically enjoy the game. We know that what comes with that is a team full of confidence, so we've got to be ready for that."

DROGHEDA UNITED

When the teams last met in Tallaght it was the first time fans attended a game in the venue since February 2020.

The match last June had just 1,000 spectators (including 100 away supporters) but the venue will be packed to the rafters this Friday with Rovers set to lift the league trophy. 

Drogheda’s superior goal difference to both Finn Harps and Waterford means the Boynesiders travel to Tallaght safe in the knowledge that they have secured top flight football again next season.

Tim Clancy’s side are seeking their first league win in six matches, a 1-0 home win over Derry City last month was the last time they picked up three points. That victory came thanks to a Killian Philips goal. 

They come into the game on the back of 2-1 defeat to Bohs at Dalymount Park last time out.

When Rovers travelled to Louth this season, they won both times. The first victory came from a trademark late goal for the Hoops as Danny Mandroiu got the winner in the fifth minute of injury time.

A solitary Aaron Greene secured the second win for the Hoops in Head in the Game park back in August.

When they were last in Dublin 24, United earned a creditable point when Chris Lyons’ second half goal cancelled out a Graham Burke penalty.

The Hoops are the only team in the Premier Division that the Boynesiders haven’t secured a win against this season.

Referee: Rob Hennessy

MATCH STATS

July 2014 was the last time Drogheda won a Premier Division game in Tallaght. Gavan Holohan scored the only goal of that game. 

The last win for Drogheda United over Rovers’ first team in competitive action came in July 2018 when the Drogs dumped the Hoops out of the FAI Cup with a 1-0 home win. 

Danny Mandroiu, who has scored five goals in the last three games, is second in the league’s goalscoring charts with 15 goals (five behind Bohs’ Georgie Kelly) becoming the first Rovers player since Gary Twigg to score 14 goals or more in a league campaign.

Mark Doyle is Drogheda’s top scorer with 12 goals sitting joint third, alongside Dundalk’s Pat Hoban, in the League of Ireland Capocannoniere listing. 

PREDICTION

2-0 home win 

Shamrock Rovers

Injured: Barry Cotter, Sean Kavanagh

Doubtful: Ronan Finn, Rory Gaffney

Suspended: Gary O’Neill

Drogheda United

Injured: Mark Hughes, Hugh Douglas, Jordan Adeyemo

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Jake Hyland


Shamrock R
WOct. 23, 2021
Longford 0 - 1 Shamrock R
WOct. 29, 2021
Shamrock R 3 - 0 Harps
WNov. 5, 2021
Waterford 1 - 3 Shamrock R
LNov. 12, 2021
Bohs 3 - 1 Shamrock R
WNov. 19, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 1 Drogheda
Alan Mannus 1
Goalkeeper
Joey O'Brien 28
76'
76Subbed Off: Max Murphy 76'
Defender
Sean Hoare 3
Defender
Sean Gannon 2
Defender
Dylan Watts 7
Midfielder
Chris McCann 26
Booked: 54'
58'
58Subbed Off: Aidomo Emakhu 58'
Midfielder
Aaron Greene 9
58'
58Subbed Off: Barry Cotter 58'
Midfielder
© Ronan Finn 8
58'
58Subbed Off: Roberto Lopes 58'
Midfielder
Richie Towell 17
77'
77Subbed Off: Conan Noonan 77'
Forward
Daniel Mandroiu 14
Forward
Graham Burke 10
Scored: 49'
Scored: 88'
Forward

Substitutes
Adam Wells 21
Defender
Leon Pohls 25
Goalkeeper
Conan Noonan
77'
77Subbed On: Richie Towell 77'
Forward
Max Murphy 24
76'
76Subbed On: Joey O'Brien 76'
Midfield
Dean McMenamy
Midfield
Roberto Lopes 4
58'
58Subbed On: Ronan Finn 58'
Defender
Aidomo Emakhu
58'
58Subbed On: Chris McCann 58'
Midfield
Barry Cotter
58'
58Subbed On: Aaron Greene 58'
Midfield
Drogheda
LOct. 29, 2021
Sligo 2 - 0 Drogheda
DNov. 1, 2021
Harps 0 - 0 Drogheda
LNov. 4, 2021
Drogheda 0 - 1 Dundalk
LNov. 7, 2021
Bohs 2 - 1 Drogheda
LNov. 19, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 1 Drogheda
23 David Odumosu
Goalkeeper
2 James Brown ©
Defender
41 Dane Massey
Defender 70'
70Subbed Off: Gary Deegan 70'
5 Daniel O'Reilly
Defender
Joe Redmond
Defender
7 Darragh Markey
Midfielder 76'
76Subbed Off: Mohammad Boudiaf 76'
3 Conor Kane
Midfielder
8 Gary Deegan
Midfielder
70Subbed On: 70'
19 Killian Phillips
Midfielder
14 Mark Doyle
Forward
Peno Scored: 44'
76'
76Subbed Off: James Clarke 76'
10 Dinny Corcoran
Forward 58'
58Subbed Off: Ahu Obhakhan 58'

Substitutes
21 Luke Heeney
Forward
22 James Clarke
Midfield 76'
76Subbed On: Mark Doyle 76'
Mohammad Boudiaf
Defender 76'
76Subbed On: Darragh Markey 76'
1 Colin McCabe
Goalkeeper
17 Ronan Murray
Forward
Charles Mutawe
Defender
Sam O'Brien
Defender
31 Ahu Obhakhan
Forward 58'
58Subbed On: Dinny Corcoran 58'
Kaleem Simon
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Nov. 19, 2021

Venue: Tallaght Stadium

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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