3 - 1
FT

Graham Burke 54' -
Scored: 54'


Graham Burke 56' -
Scored: 56'


Graham Burke 69' -
Scored: 69'


Scored: 82'
- Aidan Keena 82'


League Preview: Shamrock Rovers -v- Sligo Rovers

Sun, May 08 2022

Andy Lyons on the ball during the 2-2 in the last game between the teams in Tallaght Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

SHAMROCK ROVERS

The Hoops come into Monday’s game just a point off the top of the table and have the chance to go top on Monday night with a win should league leaders Derry City fall to a defeat when they host third placed St. Patrick’s Athletic.

Stephen Bradley’s side come into this game unbeaten in ten matches with seven of those games ending with wins for the Hoops.

Last Friday night they held a 3-1 lead at half time at home to Finn Harps having scored three goals in an 11 minute period but couldn’t add to their tally in the second half.

There was a special atmosphere in Tallaght Stadium in that match as Hoops fans were delighted with the news from earlier in the day that the Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley turned down a move to League One side Lincoln City to remain in Tallaght.

“It was really appreciated,” said Bradley when speaking to his club’s media team about the great reception he received from the Rovers supporters “Massive thanks to the fans for that. There’s been a good atmosphere around the club and hopefully we can keep it that way. Long may it continue.”

Reflecting on the first half display which saw Pico Lopes score his first of the season and Danny Mandroiu scoring his fourth and fifth of the season Bradley reckoned it was a “very good” first half performance.

“We started the game really well and managed to get the three goals in the first half. That killed the game which was really good because some of our play deserved the goals. Thankfully we got them.

“I’m delighted for Pico. He’s been close on a number of occasions this year but he’s off the mark now. I thought Danny was brilliant all night. With his movement, he looks so dangerous. He got the two goals and maybe should have had a couple more. He was excellent.”

The Hoops allowed Conor Tourish to grab a goal for Harps just before the half time break. “We’re disappointed because we had a number of opportunities to clear it and we didn’t take it. It was a little bit sloppy on our behalf and to be fair to them, they punished us. 

“We had a few opportunities in the second half and another night, you take one or two of them. To be fair to their keeper, he made some good saves and obviously we hit the post a couple of times as well. You would have liked to add to the scoreline but we can’t complain. We played well.”

Bradley handed Chris McCann his first start of the season and he was delighted with the midfielder’s contribution. “I thought Chris was brilliant. He controlled the whole tempo of the game. He quickened the game up when it needed to be and slowed it down when it needed to be.

"His positioning and decision-making were very good. It’s not easy to come in, after not playing, to produce a performance like that.”

Bradley is looking for nothing less than all three points when they welcome Sligo to Tallaght Stadium for the second time this season. “It’s going to be a difficult game. They’ve shown that because we’ve played them twice this year and haven’t managed to win either game.

"We’ve got to focus and do everything possible to get the three points.”

The last fixture between the sides was just ten days ago. Monday’s match has been moved forward to free up a weekend between the first and second leg of their European games in July.

Neither side have got the win when they have face each other this year. Sligo Rovers held a 2-0 win over the Hoops at half time in Tallaght when the teams met in March through goals from Will Fitzgerald and Aidan Keena.

However the Hoops rallied to earn a draw after Graham Burke’s penalty and Adam McDonnell’s own goal.

At the end of April, it was Shamrock Rovers’ turn to give up a lead after they led thanks to an Andy Lyons header mid-way through the first half. Jordan Hamilton’s equaliser came from a looping second half header.

Between this game and Monday, the Bit O’ Red lost 2-1 to Shelbourne in Tolka park with Paddy Kirk on the scoresheet for Liam Buckley’s men on the night.

Speaking to sligorovers.com Buckley said: “We have played Shamrock Rovers twice now so far this season and this game comes quickly after the last game just over a week ago so we are both well aware of each other and we know both sides have been fairly evenly matched so far in the previous games.

“Tallaght is always a difficult venue and the crowd will be right behind them so the lads will have to be at our best to take something from the game. We go there knowing we can match them and fingers crossed we can get a positive result.

“It’s always a good atmosphere when the two sides meet, and I have no doubt tomorrow will be no different’’.

Referee: Derek Tomney

MATCH STATS

The Hoops have only lost one league home game since June 2019. Sligo Rovers were the last Irish to beat Shamrock Rovers in league action in Tallaght Stadium (back on 24 May 2021). 

Aidan Keena has scored five goals in total in the league, the same number of goals that Hoops players Andy Lyons and Graham Burke have.

This match is set to be Stephen Bradley’s 191st league game in charge of the Hoops. In that time he has won 113 games.

PREDICTION

2-0 home win

Shamrock Rovers

Injured: Lee Grace

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Sligo Rovers

Injured: None

Doubtful: Shane Blaney 

Suspended: None


Shamrock R
WMay 6, 2022
Shamrock R 3 - 1 Harps
WMay 9, 2022
Shamrock R 3 - 1 Sligo
WMay 13, 2022
Shamrock R 1 - 0 Derry
WMay 19, 2022
UCD 0 - 3 Shamrock R
LMay 23, 2022
Drogheda 1 - 0 Shamrock R
Alan Mannus 1
Goalkeeper
© Pico 4
Defender
Sean Hoare 3
Defender
Barry Cotter 6
Defender
Gary O'Neill 16
46'
46Subbed Off: Graham Burke 46'
Midfielder
Sean Kavanagh 11
Midfielder
Neil Farrugia 23
46'
46Subbed Off: Chris McCann 46'
Midfielder
Dylan Watts 7
Midfielder
Aaron Greene 9
46'
46Subbed Off: Rory Gaffney 46'
Forward
Aidomo Emakhu 38
46'
46Subbed Off: Andy Lyons 46'
Forward
Jack Byrne 29
75'
75Subbed Off: Richie Towell 75'
Forward

Substitutes
Richie Towell 17
75'
75Subbed On: Jack Byrne 75'
Midfield
Leon Pohls 25
Goalkeeper
Chris McCann 26
46'
46Subbed On: Neil Farrugia 46'
Midfield
Andy Lyons 22
46'
46Subbed On: Aidomo Emakhu 46'
Booked: 90'
Defender
Sean Gannon 2
Defender
Rory Gaffney 20
46'
46Subbed On: Aaron Greene 46'
Forward
Ronan Finn 8
Midfield
Kieran Cruise
Defender
Graham Burke 10
46'
46Subbed On: Gary O'Neill 46'
Scored: 54'
Scored: 56'
Scored: 69'
Forward
Sligo
LMay 6, 2022
Shels 2 - 1 Sligo
LMay 9, 2022
Shamrock R 3 - 1 Sligo
DMay 14, 2022
Sligo 1 - 1 St. Pats
LMay 20, 2022
Bohs 2 - 1 Sligo
WMay 23, 2022
Sligo 2 - 1 Derry
30 Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
28 Nando Pijnaker
Defender
5 Robbie McCourt
Defender
3 Colm Horgan
Defender 80'
80Subbed Off: Karl O'Sullivan 80'
2 Lewis Banks
Defender
Booked: 90'
17 Adam McDonnell
Midfielder 82'
82Subbed Off: Niall Morahan 82'
11 Seamas Keogh
Midfielder
Booked: 59'
62'
62Subbed Off: William Fitzgerald 62'
26 Garry Buckley
Midfielder
6 Greg Bolger ©
Midfielder
27 Max Mata
Forward 62'
62Subbed Off: Cillian Heaney 62'
10 Jordan Hamilton
Forward 62'
62Subbed Off: Aidan Keena 62'

Substitutes
14 Karl O'Sullivan
Midfield 80'
80Subbed On: Colm Horgan 80'
8 Niall Morahan
Midfield 82'
82Subbed On: Adam McDonnell 82'
1 Edward McGinty
Goalkeeper
19 Patrick Kirk
Defender
9 Aidan Keena
Forward 62'
62Subbed On: Jordan Hamilton 62'
Scored: 82'
25 Cillian Heaney
Forward 62'
62Subbed On: Max Mata 62'
7 William Fitzgerald
Midfield 62'
62Subbed On: Seamas Keogh 62'
12 Mark Byrne
Midfield
34 Kailin Barlow
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2022 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 8 p.m. May 9, 2022

Venue: Tallaght Stadium

Referee: Derek Tomney

Attendance: 3,066

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