Team news for Friday's league game at home to St Pat's.
Shamrock Rovers v St Patrick's Athletic
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Friday 7th August 2015, kick off 8pm
Referee: Robert Rogers
It always has that big match occasion feeling when St Pat's make the short journey from Inchicore to Tallaght to take on Shamrock Rovers and tomorrow's game will be no different. Kick off is at 8pm and with ticket sales described as buoyant all week, a big crowd is expected.
The Hoops are on a good run of form in the league with 5 wins from their last 6 games with Pat's too enjoying a purple patch in the league of late so a great game is in store.
Having today marked his first full year of being Rovers manager, Pat Fenlon was in expectant and positive mood when speaking with shamrockrovers.ie today he said that "we have to start beating the teams above us, it's as simple as that. The four games with Pat's this season have all been close, there's not a lot between the two sides. We expect a tough game on Friday, we will be hoping to make home advantage count. The support from the stands has been brilliant this season and we want to give the fans something else to shout about tomorrow night".
Rovers made a number of changes from last week's league team in Monday's EA Sports Cup semi final many of whom have been squad players and some in their first year at Premier League level. Fenlon said that he "is delighted with the progress of the younger lads, players like Brandon Miele, Mikey Drennan and Luke Byrne have been regular starters this season and we have now introduced both Cian and Dylan Kavanagh to the team and they have fit in very comfortably". Pat noted that "it is challenging to play for Shamrock Rovers, the players need to show that they can handle it and, so far, they have so I am delighted with their progress".
There are no suspensions and no new injury concerns however Rovers remain without the injured midfield quarter of Sean O'Connor, Keith Fahey, Stephen McPhail and Damien Duff. Pat did say that Stephen and Damien have made steady progress in the last week and hopes that they will be match ready soon, "they are making good progress and we will see how they are next week".
Tickets are on sale pre match at the stadium and there is free parking for all supporters at level 3 in The Square.
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| EA Sports Cup Semi-Final - Tallaght Stadium - Monday 3rd August 2015
|| St Patricks Ath
|St Patricks win 4-2 on penalties
Killian Brennan - Missed - 0:0
|Match Photographs here|
The Hoops crashed out of the EA Sports Cup on penalties after a scoreless draw on Bank Holiday Monday in Tallaght Stadium. An entertaining first period in which both sides hit the crossbar was followed by a poor second half although the game livened up in the last ten minutes. A strong breeze blowing towards the Square end didn't help matters and after another 30 minutes failed to provide a winner the game came down to the lottery of penalties and despite Killian Brennan missing the opening spot-kick the Saints prevailed to progress to the final.
The Hoops played against the wind in the first-half but created a chance in the opening minute when Dylan Kavanagh robbed Kenny Browne and drove forward to see his cross left by Pats 'keeper Conor O'Malley and Cian Kavanagh saw his shot from a tight angle cleared off the line.