Match Preview: Rovers travel to Tolka Park on Friday

The Bit O’ Red take on Shelbourne on Friday night at Tolka Park in the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division.

The game is the last one before this season’s mid-season break, with no fixtures next weekend before we get back to action on June 23rd away to UCD.

Rovers come into the game on the back of two defeats, one last Friday away to Bohemians and on Bank Holiday Monday against Shamrock Rovers at The Showgrounds.

Manager John Russell is keen to go into the break with a positive result:

‘’It’s been a tough run of results lately. We’ve suffered with player injuries which has no doubt impacted us.

‘’We are fully aware of the situation we’re in and everyone is working extremely hard to turn the corner.

‘’We want to go into the mid-season break on the back of a positive result. The last time we played Shelbourne, we never turned up. Friday night gives us an opportunity to put that right’’.

Away supporters travelling to the game can purchase their tickets now via the following link: Supporters will be situated behind the goals in the terraced area at Tolka Park.

Russell thanks supporters for a large following in last Friday’s game in Dublin and is hopeful of another big turn-out in Tolka Park

‘’Our travelling support has been immense this season. Even during tough moments like last week, away to Bohemians, they stuck with us.

‘’We’re expecting another big following on Friday night in Tolka Park. We want to send our supporters home happy’’.

In team news, Rovers continue to be without a number of players with injury.

Garry Buckley, Mark Byrne, Karl O’ Sullivan, Gary Boylan, Eanna Clancy, Fabrice Hartmann, James Finnerty and Conor Walsh are ruled out.

Greg Bolger, Nando Pijnaker and John Mahon could return to the squad having missed Monday’s game with Shamrock Rovers.

The game is live on LOI TV from 7.45pm