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First Team News

Shamrock Rovers team news ahead of Monday’s EA SPORTS Cup semi final with Cork City at Tallaght Stadium


Shamrock Rovers v Cork City

EA SPORTS Cup semi final  

Tallaght Stadium

Monday, August 7th, 2017. Kick off 7pm


Speaking with Rovers’ Head Coach Stephen Bradley said:

On previous game v Derry City (0-2):

“I thought there were large spells in the game (against Derry) where we played really well and created lots of chances. We’ve obviously got to turn the chances we’re creating into goals. Gary hits the post, Ronan and Trevor have ones that go past the post. As long as we keep creating those chances I’m sure we’ll win more games than we lose.


The second goal is just one of those where Tomer makes the decision to go up and it happens. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn’t. We were the team pushing on at that stage. The important goal for them was the first one. We should have closed McEneff down quicker. We didn’t get to the ball quick enough and allowed someone who’s very good at shooting from distance to have a free shot which you can’t do.


I thought Lee Grace was excellent. It didn’t surprise any of us, we’ve watched him a lot this year and we knew what he’d bring to us. I think the fans got to see that first hand on Friday”.


Cork City game:

“Cork have won the league and they’re flying on all fronts for silverware. They’ve been the best team in the country this season so we know it’s going to be a really tough game. If we play like we did against Derry for large parts of the game we can cause any team problems. We’ve just got to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch, attacking and defensively.


Losing Sean Maguire and Kevin O’Connor, they’re two big players but they have other good players to come in and fill that void. They’ve a good squad so we’ve got to be ready for the best Cork and we will be. We did well against them in Tallaght, if you watch the game back. I thought we were good down in Cork too. They obviously beat us comfortably in the end but Trevor could have made it 2-0 and Davey was sent off and it changed the whole game.

We’ve got ourselves in this position now and we’ve got to go and try and get into a final. We have Cork ahead of us but the players are desperate to get into a final and go and win something. As a new group together we need to learn how to win things and win big games and tomorrow is a chance for us to go and do that. Sam Bone, Pico Lopes and Danny Devine are still out and Lee Grace is cup tied. Luke Byrne got a bad knock on Friday but he’s fine.”