Preview: Rovers vs Shams


Sligo Rovers vs Shamrock Rovers

SSE Airtricity League

Tuesday March 24th, 7:45pm

The Showgrounds


Sligo Rovers face Shamrock Rovers in search of a first league win of the new season tonight.

This will be the second home game in the space of four days following on from a 1-1 draw at the weekend against Derry City.

Eoin Wearen got his first goal for the club in the draw.

Shamrock Rovers have made a good start winning their first two games and then drawing 0-0 at home with Cork City at the weekend.


Team news                              

Rovers:  The Bit o’Red will again be without Jeff Henderson, John Russell and Richard Brush.

Shams: Luke Byrne is the only player missing for Shamrock Rovers due to a hamstring injury.



Owen Heary: “The results will start to come and people will start to see the difference, the team is new but they are doing things properly and I keep saying it will turn for us. From the start of the season to the end of this week will have played four of the top teams that will be up there so it’s a challenge and then we have a run of games where we need to dominate them and win them so it’s important that we get something from the two games left this week.”

Morten Nielsen:  “There is plenty of confidence in the team. The most important thing is that the chemistry is so good. Everybody is so positive. We have been playing good games we just need a little bit of luck here and there. It will come. Luck sometimes you have to search for it and that is what we are trying to do. I don’t think it is anything on the pitch, you just have to have that little edge to get the wins."

Eoin Wearen: “Without a doubt we are playing well enough to win, we are well equipped to face any team in the league. There’s confidence still in this dressing room. I think we’d be worried if we weren’t creating chances and getting into the right areas but we are so we will keep plugging away and go into Tuesday confident that we can get the three points.”



Shamrock Rovers have made a good start to the 2015 season sitting third in the table as one of four unbeaten teams.

Manager Pat Fenlon is in his first full season in charge having taken over from Trevor croly in August last year.

The hoops started the season against south Dublin rivals St. Pat's and got a 1-0 at Tallaght Stadium thanks to a debut goal from former Rovers player Danny North.

The following week they won comfortably 2-0 away to Longford Town with goals in the first half from wingers Sean O'Connor and Kieran Waters.

At the weekend they were held to a 0-0 home draw by Cork City.

There are several new faces at the club for this year with former Irish international Keith Fahey, Frenchman Max Blanchard, and Gavin Brennan as well as the aforementioned North among them.




Last meeting                           

29/08/14   Shamrock Rovers 1 Sligo Rovers 0

The hoops had already won both meetings so far in 2014 by the same 1-0 margin and made it three from three in Tallaght.

A first SSE Airtricity League Premier Division goal of the season from right-back Simon Madden gave them the win.

Rovers central defender Kalen Spillane came for the ball but missed, heading Madden’s ball down the channel away to put Waters in behind him.
The winger then cut in and let rip with a stinging left-foot shot that Rogers couldn't hold. Madden followed up to rifle the loose ball to the net.
Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy; Simon Madden, Conor Kenna, Jason McGuinness, Luke Byrne; Robert Bayly; Marty Waters (Ciaran Kilduff 62), Patrick Cregg (Ronan Finn 69), Stephen McPhail, Sean O’Connor (Shane Robinson, 79); Karl Sheppard.
Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers; Seamus Conneely, Gavin Peers, Kalen Spillane, Iarflaith Davoren; David Cawley, John Russell (Raffaele Cretaro 77), Paul O'Conor; Danny North (Ruairi Keating 77), Evan McMillan, Sean Maguire.

Match officials                        

Referee: Tomas Connolly

Assistant referees: Damien MacGraith & Robert Clarke

Fourth official: Adriano Reale



Commentary: Live radio updates on Ocean FM ( from Darragh Cox

Updates: Live updates on our Twitter account @sligorovers



Match sponsor: Fly's Cabs/Crozon Inn

Ball sponsor: Venue bar and restaurant Strandhill



Tickets will be available at the gate at the following prices:

Adult: €15

Student/OAP: €10

Kids under 12: €5

All major credit and debit cards will be accepted at the gate.




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