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First Team News

Team News ahead of Friday’s Cup tie away at Shelbourne.

Shelbourne v Shamrock Rovers

Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup

Tolka Park

Friday Aug 25th 2017. Kick off 7.45pm


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


On the 2-1 win over Galway:

“I thought Dave Webster was excellent slotting in at right back, he looked comfortable. The rules have changed in the last few years, it’s not an automatic red card. It was a yellow card and a penalty, there’s no doubt about that, but he doesn’t have to go so that decision was right. They took the lead and I just felt at half-time if we upped our game and play at a better tempo we could win it.

We had to respond and go and win the game and it meant coming from behind (for the first time this season) and getting two goals. It was something we spoke about at half-time, that it’s something we’re going to have to do. Teams score against you and that’s what happens. I thought the lads were excellent in the second half and deserved it. I think we’ve improved away from home.

Two good goals by Gary Shaw. A great header for the first one, it’s a late header because he’s gone past the front post and sticks it in the back of the net. The second one was a great reaction because I think the ball came into him initially, he chested it down for Mikey who touched it and Shaw turned and hit it.

To have the support we had that week in terms of Limerick and Galway, two away games in one week, we know it’s not easy with people working and financially as well so it was brilliant. It was obviously nice we got the two wins for them as well, to show that we appreciated it. It was great to see that connection at the end, for us as a group it was to say thanks for that support.”


On Shelbourne:

“We know Shelbourne are going to be really up for it and we will be as well. So it has all the makings of a good game. They won well in Waterford (in the first round), we had them watched down there and in the last few weeks as well. They’ve been doing well and getting results so we know it’s going to be a tough game.

Owen Heary was one of the best players to play in the league, one of the most successful definitely in terms of what he’s achieved. We obviously played against each other a lot. He was a top player and I’m sure he’ll have Shelbourne ready to go tomorrow like we will be.

It’s two big clubs, two great clubs but for me it’s all about what we can do tomorrow and the history doesn’t come into this group of players. It’s about them trying to create their own bit of history.”


Squad news:

“Everyone is back from injury so we have nearly a full squad to choose from apart from Simon Madden who is suspended. If we wanted to, Luke Byrne can come back in, he’s done a good bit in the last day or two. It was a hamstring strain so we need to be careful that we don’t rush him back too early either.

I had a good chat with Danny Devine and he wanted to go and finish his education, which a lot of would be during the day and he would have missed training. It’s a shame because Danny was brilliant around the group, he was a top professional and did his work really well. He was a good character within the group, everyone really got on with him. It’s a shame that he left the club but we wish him all the best.”