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First Team News

Team News ahead of today’s home match v Limerick F.C.

Shamrock Rovers v Limerick FC

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division  

Tallaght Stadium

Friday, April 28th, 2017. Kick off 8pm

Speaking to today was Shamrock Rovers Head Coach, Stephen Bradley:

On Bray last week:

“I think we started the game really well, first 25 minutes we were really good, we played some good football, controlled the game, scored a goal and then for 10 minutes we’re too easy to play against. We weren’t compact, we defended in ones and twos, we made wrong decisions on the ball and Bray punished us every attack they got. They punished us for that 10 minutes and it cost us the game.”

The penalty:

“I honestly think it was a poor decision from the referee. Should Tomer react the way he reacted – no – but there’s nothing in that. That happens every week. You’ll see that up and down the country tomorrow night, you’ll see it every week. For the referee to give a penalty there, when you watch it back it’s scary how he can give a penalty.”

Suspensions of Michael O’Connor and Trevor Clarke:

“Michael’s sending off is stupid, he knows that. It’s very similar to Graham’s one in Dundalk, two moments of madness. We’ll miss them. Trevor’s been excellent, he’s brought a lot to us, so we’ll obviously miss him but Luke has been training really hard, he’s played a few games behind closed doors, so he’s ready to come in. Danny trained this morning a little bit, we’ll have to assess him in the morning and see how he is. Paul Corry trained this week for the first time, so Paul’s still a little bit away and Ryan Connolly is still out injured.”


“They’re obviously doing well, they did well up in Derry the other night, we had them watched, they obviously scored early and tried to hold on. They’re a good side, they’ll come here and play like a lot of teams do, play with freedom, and we need to be ready for that and ready to match them and take 3 points. We want to finish (the first round of games this season) with a win. We want to go and oppose ourselves on Limerick, start right and finish off our chances, and when things are going against us for a few minutes, which it will, we need to make sure we’re together and be hard to beat”.

On finishing his playing career with Limerick:

“It’s a really good club, good people down there. I enjoyed my football, at the end it was just too much travel for me every day up and down to training. I know Pat O’Sullivan had some really good ideas for the club, they want to try and build a club, an academy like we do, so I think it’s a club going places.”

Tickets available online or at the stadium.