Friday's team news

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

Tallaght Stadium

Friday 7th August 2015, kick off 8pm

Referee: Robert Rogers

FenlonIt 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 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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Rovers 0:0 St Pats Ath (2:4 on pens)

  EA Sports Cup Semi-Final - Tallaght Stadium - Monday 3rd August 2015
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 St Patricks Ath
St Patricks win 4-2 on penalties             

Killian Brennan - Missed - 0:0
Gary McCabe - scored - 1:0
Aaron Grenne - scored - 1:1
Danny North - scored - 2:1
Conan Byrne - scored - 2:2
Michael Drennan - missed - 2:2
James Chambers - scored - 2:3
David O'Connor - missed - 2:3
Ian Morris - scored - 2:4

 photos Match Photographs here 
Hoops Line-Out
1 Barry Murphy  
Simon Madden  
5 David O'Connor  
3 Luke Byrne  
Max Blanchard  
7 Gary McCabe  
11 Kieran Waters  
8 Ryan Brennan yellow card
22 Cian Kavanagh  
28 Dylan Kavanagh  
21 Michael Drennan  
20 Brandon Miele for C.Kavanagh 66'  
9 Danny North for D.Kavanagh 80'  
Gavin Brennan for Kieran Waters 102'  
4 Conor Kenna  
Pat Cregg  
Gareth McCaffrey  
25 Craig Hyland  
   ea sports



Max Blanchard

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.

On 10 minutes a flick by Dylan Kavanagh put Kieran Waters into space on the right-hand side of the box but his attempted lob went over the bar. 

Chris Forrester took advantage of the wind to fire a shot on goal fron 20 yards out on the left and it took the outstretched arm of Barry Murphy to knock the ball onto the crossbar.

Rovers probably should have gone in front on 19 minutes when a good break saw Ryan Brennan feed Kieran Waters in the box on the right and he turned inside but saw his shot from a great position go just wide.

Rovers conceded a lot of ground to the visitors and on 26 minutes a Killian Brennan free-kick on the right forced a good save from Barry Murphy. On 33 minutes a header by Kenny Browne from a corner was met at close range by Lee Desmond but his header bounced off the crossbar.

The Hoops rallied at the end of the half and when Gary McCabe ran at the Saints defence the ball fell kindly for Michael Drennan but he saw his shot crash off the crossbar. A corner in the dying seconds saw David O'Connor rise to head the ball but he also hit the crossbar with his effort.

The second half failed to produce as many chances but on 75 minutes a wind assisted curling Gary McCabe free-kick almost got a vital touch at the back post from Max Blanchard. 

With Brandon Miele and Danny North introduced the Hoops had a little more going forward and North almost got on the end of a Simon Madden pass. In the 90th minute James Chambers was wasteful in the box for the Saints after good approach play from Byrne and Greene. Michael Drennan then almost won it for Rovers when he combined with North but he saw his shot from the right-hand side of the box go narrowly wide.

The Saints had the best opportunities in the 30 minutes of added-on time when firstly Chambers saw his close range effort beaten away by Barry Murphy and then with seven minutes remaining Killian Brennan picked out the run of Byrne on the right and he shot past the advancing Murphy but David O'Connor got back to clear the ball off the line.

In the penalty shoot-out Killian Brennan gave the Hoops an early advantage when he blazed his penalty over the bar. Gary McCabe, Aaron Greene, Danny North and Conan Byrne all converted their spot kicks in style before Michael Drennan saw his kick well saved by Conor O'Malley. Chambers scored to heap the pressure on David O'Connor who then saw his kick hit the left-hand post and go wide. Substitute Ian Morris then sealed the tie for Pats with his penalty.



League Table

# Team M P
1 Dundalk 25 62
2 Cork City 26 57
3 Shamrock Rovers 24 50
4 St. Patrick's Athletic 26 49
5 Bohemian FC 26 41
6 Bray Wanderers 25 29
7 Longford Town 26 28
8 Derry City 26 25
9 Sligo Rovers 26 23
10 Galway United 26 23
11 Drogheda United 26 23
12 Limerick 26 19

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