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First Team News

Team news for the first game back after the mid season break when the Hoops travel to Ballybofey.

Shamrock Rovers away v Finn Harps, SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Ballybofey, Friday, June 26th, 2017. Kick off 8pm

Speaking to today was Shamrock Rovers head coach, Stephen Bradley:

“Maybe at a certain point fatigue played a part but we still should have won the game (against St Pat’s). In the first half we did enough to win and you’re going to be tired at different times throughout the season and you need to learn how to manage the game better when you are tired and see out the game 1-0. The players have had a good break, I think it was important they had a week off, mentally and physically that they switch off and get away from each other for a few days and obviously come back and train and be ready to go for Friday.

Paul Corry (injured), David McAllister (2 game ban) and Graham Burke (3 game ban) are out. When a player gets sent off for a tackle I can accept that but what Graham did is unacceptable and he knows that. The other lads (Dave Webster and Trevor Clarke, also suspended) are yellow cards that have built up over the season and Finn Harps have four out as well, Drogheda have three, Bohs have three, so I think a lot of people are in the same boat. But players have shown when they’ve come in they’ve taken their chances and stayed in the team, so it’ll be no different tomorrow for the lads that come in and play, it’s a chance to take the jersey and keep it.

Finn Harps are a decent side and they can cause us issues if you allow them to, they have players that can hurt you so we’ve got to be 100% ready and focused for tomorrow and make sure that whatever the game throws up that we’re ready to go and meet it head on. Whatever happens outside (with Bray playing Derry) doesn’t really concern us, we’ve got our targets that we have to hit and we’re on course to hit them right now. A win tomorrow would be big for us and we know that. We’ve to go and put in a performance. It’s a tough place to go but we’ll be ready, we’ve had a good run of form ourselves.”


Graham Burke Apologises to the Fans

Following his sending off against St Patrick’s Athletic in our last game, Hoops striker Graham Burke has come out to issue an apology to his teammates, the management and the fans for what he described as a “stupid” thing that he did against St Pat’s.

Graham said:

“I apologise for my actions in the last game, after scoring the opening goal of the game what happened after that was a stupid thing to do. It was a tight game, a Dublin derby and I just became frustrated. I know that I let everyone down; my teammates, the management and the fans and I can only apologise. Frustration got the better of me and I know that I have do deal with that. It was a stupid thing to do. All that I can do now is to get my head down, work hard to get back into the team  and do my best for the club and push on to end the season and finish as best that we can.”