2017 Squad Details

 

Tomer Chencinski

Goalkeeper

Squad number 1

Tomer was born in Israel but grew up in Canada, where he began his career with MLS side Toronto FC in 2007. He had spells with two American sides, Newark Ironbound and Express Harrisburg City Islanders, either side of a short stint with Moldovan outfit Nistru Otaci. Tomer played for VPS (Finland) in 2011 and Orebro SK (Sweden) in 2012 before returning home to join Israeli Premier League champions Maccabi Tel Aviv for two seasons. In March 2013, he was capped by the Canadian international team in a friendly with Belarus. Tomer made 12 league appearances for RoPS in 2015 and helped the Finnish side qualify for the Europa League, where they would go on to play Shamrock Rovers. He also had a loan spell with FC Santa Claus, another Rovaniemi based club that year. Tomer then joined Helsingborgs, making 19 league appearances as Henrik Larsson's side were relegated from the Swedish top flight through the playoffs.

Date of birth: 01.12.84.

Height: 190cm. Weight:

Kevin Horgan

Goalkeeper

Squad number 25

Kevin, the younger brother of Daryl and Colm Horgan, signed for Galway United from Salthill Devon in June 2015. His consistent performances between the sticks for United’s underage side impressed Tommy Dunne, seeing the keeper training regularly with the first team as the season progressed. Kevin went on to make his debut off the bench in the last game of the season against St. Patrick's Athletic, playing the last few minutes. He made 3 league appearances in 2016, the first in a 2-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium in April.

Date of birth: 27.04.97.

Height: 192cm. Weight: 81.7kg

Simon Madden

Defender

Squad number 17

Full back Simon re-joined Shamrock Rovers in November 2013 having previously played for the club for two seasons from 2008 to 2009 after he came home from Leeds United. When he left the Hoops, Simon had played for Darlington in the English League but returned to Ireland to join Dundalk for a further two seasons. In 2012 he signed for Derry City where he won an FAI Cup medal. Simon’s consistency with the Hoops has made him a favourite amongst Rovers supporters who chose him as their 2016 Player of the Year. He has been ever-present in the last two league seasons, providing the highest number of assists in 2014 (10) and 2016 (5).

Date of birth: 01.05.88.

Height: 178cm. Weight: 76.5kg

David Webster

Defender

Squad number 4

Former Bray Wanderers defender who made his debut for the senior team at the Carlisle Grounds against his current club Shamrock Rovers in the League Cup in May 2008. Dave made his league debut for the Seagulls in 2009 also against the Hoops. He had six full seasons behind him playing for Wanderers’ first team – a lengthy spell that saw him become club captain. Dave signed for Shamrock Rovers in late 2014. He scored one of the goals in the 3-0 win against Luxembourg side Progrés Niderkorn in the Europa League first round, second leg game at Tallaght.

Date of birth: 09.08.89.

Height: 193cm.  Weight: 77.6kg

Luke Byrne

Defender

Squad number 3

Luke signed for the Hoops in November 2013 from north city rivals Bohemians for whom he had joined in 2011. He made his League of Ireland debut at Bohs in February 2012 playing against Portadown in the Setanta Cup. In 2014, Luke played for the Irish Home-based Under 21 team and was further recognised with a call up for the Republic’s Under 21 squad for the qualifying game against Montenegro at Tallaght Stadium. He scored his first goal in senior football in Rovers' win away to Galway in June 2015 but the following April disaster struck. Ten minutes into a 2-0 defeat at Turner’s Cross, Luke tore his cruciate and lateral ligament, which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

Date of birth: 08.07.93.

Height: 183cm. Weight: 77.1kg

Sean Heaney

Defender

Squad number 23

Towering centre half signed from St. Kevin’s Boys during the summer of 2013, making his first team debut against Dundalk in a Leinster Senior quarter final tie. Sean has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 18 and Under 19 level. He proved he had the ability to make the step up during his time with the B team in 2014 and added to his experience while out on loan with Shelbourne during 2015. Sean finally made the breakthrough to Pat Fenlon's side the following season and kept his place under new manager Stephen Bradley. Always a threat at set pieces, he scored 4 goals in 22 appearances that year.

Date of birth: 27.01.96.

Height: 193cm. Weight: 88kg

Dan Devine

Defender

Squad number 15

Dan signed for Rovers from Tallaght side side Firhouse Clover. He played schoolboy football for Crumlin United and was capped for Ireland at under-15, under-16, and under-17 levels. Dan moved to the Aston Villa academy that included Mikey Drennan and Jack Grealish and led the side to the 2010 Youth Cup final. He was tipped for big things at Villa Park but injuries hampered his progression. Dan returned to Ireland in 2015 to play amateur football with Cherry Orchard where the young and commanding defender was key in the Orchard's promotion campaign.

Date of birth: 08.05.93.

Height: 195cm. Weight: 92.5kg

Roberto Lopes

Defender/Midfielder

Squad number 6

Signed for Dublin city rivals Bohemians in 2010 and made his debut in an FAI Cup semi-final defeat to Sligo. Roberto, whose father hails from Cape Verde, played both at centre-half and in midfield at Bohs and was their 2015 Player of the Year. He got the winner in last year's derby between the Gypsies and the Hoops at Dalymount Park. He also helped Bohs to their only trophy success in the last six seasons by scoring twice in the 2016 Leinster Senior Cup final against Wexford Youths. Roberto had been club vice-captain and their longest serving player along with Keith Buckley before Rovers captured his signature.

Date of birth: 17.06.92

Height: 186cm. Weight: 79kg

Shane Hanney

Defender/Midfielder

Squad number 2

Scored twice on his first team debut in the 2015 Leinster Senior Cup and represented Ireland at the UEFA Under 17 European Championship Finals in Bulgaria that summer. Shane signed professional terms in July 2016 and he has 13 senior appearances to his credit. He played mainly at centre-half for the Under 19s in his first season at the club. The former Templeogue United defender who joined two years ago has shown his versatility as a solid performer at right full and in the centre of midfield.

Date of birth: 19.02.98

Height: 186cm. Weight: 76.6kg

Sam Bone

Defender/Midfielder

Squad number 29

Sam was born in Malaysia but left the country when he was five. He started his professional career with Charlton Athletic in July 2014. The versatile teenager can play centre-back and midfield. Sam was highly thought of at Charlton and his playing style was compared to Michael Carrick by people at the club. Sam bravely battled cancer in the last year before getting the all-clear to come back to football.

Date of birth: 06.02.98

Height: cm. Weight: kg

Ronan Finn (Captain)

Midfielder

Squad number 8

Ronan was a League and Setanta Cup winner in his first spell with the club and a pivotal figure in the team that created history by qualifying for the group stages of the Europa League in 2011. He was chosen as the Supporters' Player of the Year the following season under Stephen Kenny. Began his career in the League of Ireland in 2005 in the colours of UCD but it was at Sporting Fingal that Ronan came into his own as a much-sought after midfielder. The collapse of the Dublin franchise club was to benefit Shamrock Rovers with then manager Michael O’Neill wasting no time in getting Ronan onto the books of the Tallaght club, where he would go on to score 33 goals in 172 competitive appearances over four seasons. The 29-year-old linked up with Kenny again at Dundalk, collecting two more league titles and an FAI Cup medal in 2015 and 2016.

Date of birth: 21.12.87.

Height: 184cm. Weight:

Brandon Miele

Midfielder

Squad number 10

Former Cherry Orchard player who signed for Newcastle United in 2010. Brandon, who has played for the Republic at Schoolboy and Youth level at all ages, made his debut for the Newcastle reserve team when he was just 16 years of age. An injury crisis in the reserves at St. James’s Park saw manager Peter Beardsley handing Brandon his debut against Manchester City in the F.A. Premier Reserve League. After he came home to Dublin he had a spell with Bluebell United in the Leinster Senior League before signing for Shamrock Rovers before Christmas 2014. He became an instant hit with the Hoops’ faithful, earning himself the club’s senior Player of the Year and the league's Young Player of the Year award in 2015. Also appeared for Ireland Under 21s in the friendly against Norway at the RSC in Waterford that year. Brandon has proven to be a prolific goalscorer by scoring 12 times in all competitions in his first season and 11 in his second.

Date of birth: 28.08.94.

Height: 176cm.  Weight: 78.6kg

Paul Corry

Midfielder

Squad number 18

Paul, like Roberto Lopes, played his underage football with Belvedere. The skilful midfielder was part of the UCD side that won the First Division in 2009. Paul made 29 appearances the following season in the Premier Division and was ever present in the league in 2011. Sheffield Wednesday signed him from Belfield in August 2012 on a three year deal during which time he was a teammate of Rovers sporting director Stephen McPhail. He made his league debut two months later when Wednesday hosted Leeds United live on SKY. He also had brief loan spells with both Tranmere Rovers in 2013 and Carlisle United in 2015. Paul subsequently went to Northampton Town to play in League Two but injury curtailed much of his football in the 2015/16 season.

Date of birth: 03.02.91

Height: 190cm. Weight: 84.2kg

Ryan Connolly

Midfielder

Squad number 7

Ryan joined Rovers after playing three full seasons with Galway United. He was their player of the year in 2014 as the Tribesmen were promoted to the Premier Division. Ryan was captain at the club in 2016 when he scored five goals from his 29 league starts, two of them in a 4-2 defeat to the Hoops at Tallaght Stadium in September. He spent time previously with Sligo Rovers and Longford Town (on loan from Sligo). He was part of the Bit O’Red squad that won the 2012 League of Ireland title. Prior to that Ryan was with Championship side Derby County and had a four month loan spell with Ayr United in Scotland.

Date of birth: 13.01.92.

Height: 177cm. Weight: 75.9kg

David McAllister

Midfielder

Squad number 16

David began his senior career with his native Drogheda in 2008. Mid-way through the season he was loaned out to Shelbourne where he scored 7 goals. After making the move to Tolka Park permanent, he scored 16 league goals in 2009 as Shels finished First Division runners-up again. David played one season with St Patrick's Athletic before joining Championship side Sheffield United. He made his debut in January 2011 as a substitute in an FA Cup tie against Aston Villa at Bramall Lane. David also had spells with Shrewsbury and Stevenage, both initially on loan, and he won promotion from League Two with The Shrews in 2012. Injury restricted the 28-year-old to just two competitive appearances with The Boro in 2015-16.

Date of birth: 29.12.88.

Height: 181cm. Weight: 79.2kg

Darren Meenan

Midfielder

Squad number 11

A Dublin-born midfielder who has three caps for the Northern Ireland Under-21s, one as a Finn Harps player in 2006 and two during his eighteen months with Monaghan United. He signed for UCD in the summer of 2008 as the Belfield club went on to suffer relegation. Darren played for both Shelbourne and Sligo Rovers in 2009 and featured in the Bit O'Red's FAI Cup final defeat to Sporting Fingal at Tallaght Stadium. He then briefly turned out for Drogheda United before a second spell with UCD and one season at St Pat's. Darren has since spent four successful seasons with Dundalk. He missed only one league game in 2014, proving an assist for 32 of their 107 goals in all competitions that year. Darren played in 3 of Dundalk's 12 European games in the 2016 season.

Date of birth: 16.11.86

Height: 172cm. Weight: 72.8kg

Trevor Clarke

Midfielder

Squad number 20

Trevor joined the Hoops in September 2015 after he came home from Middlesbrough, making his first team debut in the Leinster Senior Cup semi-final away to Bohs. Represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 16, Under 17 and Under 19 level. Trevor has won the hearts of the Hoops’ supporters with his runs along the wing and his desire to take on opponents and leave them for dead. His efforts last season saw him crowned as the SRFC Young Player of the Year. Trevor has scored twice in 35 competitive appearances for the first team to date.

Date of birth: 26.03.98.

Height: 165cm.  Weight: 65.1kg

James Doona

Midfielder

Squad number 22

James (19) came to Rovers in 2015 and turned a lot of heads with his flair and style in the Under 19s. He is a central midfielder who likes to get forward as much as he can and score goals. The Republic of Ireland Youth international had previously been with Lourdes Celtic, Crumlin, Stella Maris and St. Pat’s. James was one of the young batch of players promoted to the first team during 2016 and he has 15 appearances and 1 goal to date.

Date of birth: 15.01.98.

Height: 180cm. Weight: 67.5kg

Aaron Bolger

Midfielder

Squad number 21

A youth international and diminutive midfielder who packs a powerful punch in the middle of the park. Aaron was in the starting eleven for Rovers' pre-season friendly against Leeds United at Tallaght Stadium in July 2016. Three months later he became the League of Ireland's first post-Millenium born footballer as he made his competitive debut against Cork City in the FAI Cup.

Date of birth: 02.02.00

Height: 170cm. Weight: 65kg

Luke Kiely

Midfielder

Squad number 27

Former Waterford United and Clonmel Town midfielder who joined Rovers' Under 17s for the 2016 season. Luke settled in very quickly proving to be an effective performer along either wing. He made his debut for the first team against Bohemians in Dalymount Park last October at the age of 17 and went on to make a further two appearances as a substitute.

Date of birth: 09.06.99

Height: 185cm. Weight: 65.2kg

Dean Dillon

Midfielder/Forward

Squad number 24

Tall and strong forward who scored for fun during the 2016 season with Rovers' Under 17s. The Clondalkin lad was a league title winner with the Under 17s in 2015 and he has blossomed with the club. Dean got a taste of first team action when he played in a friendly against Leeds United at Tallaght Stadium last summer.

Date of birth: 08.06.99

Height: 178cm. Weight: 76kg

Gary Shaw

Forward

Squad number 14

Often confused with another player of the same name as having previously played for Shamrock Rovers. Gary’s only previous association with the Hoops is the Northern Ireland Milk Cup of 2009 when he played as a guest for the club. This Gary Shaw had been playing for Newbridge Town before he signed for Bray Wanderers in August 2010. He scored Wanderers’ second goal in the 2-2 draw with the Hoops in the final game of the season - that was a goal that caused a flutter in the hearts of all Rovers’ fans that night as it ensured a tense final 20 minutes in a game in which the Hoops needed at least a point (and thankfully got it!) to win their first Premier Division title in sixteen years. Gary moved on to Longford Town for the 2012 season with 2014 being his most rewarding year so far as he enjoyed tremendous form and played a big part in the ‘Town winning the First Division title. He signed for Rovers in December 2015 and scored his first goal for the club on his 24th birthday in the 3-0 win at home to Sligo.

Date of birth: 10.05.92.

Height: 196cm. Weight: 87kg

Michael O'Connor

Forward

Squad number 9

Michael spent some time with Bristol City before returning home to join Dundalk in late 2014. He made his senior debut in a League Cup tie against Shelbourne in April 2015. Michael's league debut came a year later against Bohemians and he scored his first league goal in a 5-2 defeat away to St Pat's in the second last game of the season. Made three league appearances and scored a total of four goals in 2016, two of those in the Leinster Senior Cup and one in the FAI Cup. The teenager also appeared in Dundalk's Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw at the Aviva Stadium. Last September, Michael scored the winning goal for the Ireland Under 19s against Austria in Tallaght Stadium.

Date of birth: 31.07.98

Height: 188cm. Weight: 88.4kg

Sean Boyd

Forward

Squad number 19

Sean played for Rivervalley Rangers up to 11 years of age before moving to Malahide for whom he played for four years. Joined Shamrock Rovers U19s for the 2014/15 season and finished the campaign as top goalscorer. His performances ensured it was only a matter of time before he progressed to the first team. Sean made his league debut in May 2016 and registered his first league goal in sensational fashion in the Dublin Derby win against Bohs at Tallaght Stadium. International recognition came his way too during the year when Sean was called up by the Republic of Ireland Under 18s. He has 28 senior appearances and 7 goals to date.

Date of birth: 20.06.98

Height: 195cm. Weight: 83.4kg

Aaron Dobbs

Forward

Squad number 26

Enniscorthy-based Aaron previously played for Moyne Rangers and St. Joseph’s Boys. A strong and powerful centre forward who won many admirers at Rovers as he finished the season as top goalscorer and SRFC Player of the Year for the Under-17 team. Scored on his senior debut in the 2015 Leinster Senior Cup final. Aaron's first league appearance for the club came as a substitute in the 2-0 win over St Pat's at Richmond Park in June 2016 and he has found the net twice since then away to Sligo and Longford.

Date of birth: 06.01.99

Height: 175cm. Weight: 80.4kg

Graham Burke

Forward

Squad number 28

Graham joined Aston Villa in 2011. The club had a large Irish contingent at the time that included Dan Devine and Mikey Drennan and he formed a good partnership up front with Mikey in the academy. Graham finished as top scorer in the 2012-13 edition of the Next-Gen Series, the forerunner of the Under-19 Champions League. He made two first team appearances for Villa, both in the League Cup. Graham had short loan spells at Shrewsbury Town and Notts County before the Under-21 international signed a permanent deal at Meadow Lane in 2015. Altogether he scored 5 goals in 52 competitive appearances for Notts, including a wonder strike against his former club in a League Cup tie at Villa Park.

Date of birth: 21.09.93

Height: 180cm. Weight: kg

 

 


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4 Shamrock Rovers 33 55
5 Sligo Rovers 33 49
6 Bray Wanderers 33 46
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