MATCH PREVIEW: Finn Harps vs Shamrock Rovers
Finn Harps vs Shamrock Rovers
Friday, 1st April 2022
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Finn Harps welcome Shamrock Rovers to Ballybofey this Friday evening, with the home side in search of their first home win of the season. Harps come into this game on the back of picking up their first 3 points of the season, with a comfortable 3-0 win away to Shelbourne two-weeks ago before the International break.
Meanwhile, Stephen Bradley's side are in search of their first win in three games, after consecutive draws against Dundalk & Sligo Rovers respectively before the International break.
There were mixed fortunes between the sides in their clashes last season. The most recent meeting between the sides came last October, when a 3-0 win for The Hoops clinched their 19th League of Ireland title in-front of a packed-out Tallaght Stadium.
The most recent meeting in Ballybofey took place last September, when an inspired Finn Harps impressively defeated Rovers 2-1, thanks to an 85th minute winner from fan-favourite Tunde Owolabi - who now of course lines out in the red and white of St. Patrick's Athletic.
Harps, who currently lie second-from-last in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table after six games, will be hoping the former-Hoops duo David Webster and Ethan Boyle are in top-form to cancel the danger that the Rovers attack will threaten through the likes of Jack Byrne, Danny Mandroiu & Graham Burke, among many more, throughout the ninety minutes in the Donegal venue.
Shamrock Rovers welcome back Roberto Lopes & Andy Lyons to the squad for the clash against Harps, after the duo were away on international duty with Cape Verde and the Republic of Ireland U21's respectively.
Finn Harps: Harps will be without the service of another former Hoop in Ryan Connolly, who serves a one-game suspension for accumulating five yellow cards early on in the season.
Shamrock Rovers: Roberto Lopes broke a bone in his hand while on international duty, but he will be capable of playing through it, according to Stephen Bradley. Rovers have a full squad to choose from.
LOITV: The game will be streamed live on loitv.ie from 7:45pm on Friday evening, with kick-off at 8pm. Match passes are available for just €7. Click the link below to access the game.
Twitter: Full in-game updates, as well as post match analysis, will be provided on Tipperary Hoops' Twitter page for those unable to attend or watch the clash in Donegal. Coverage will begin from 7pm, when team news is announced.
Tickets for the game are still available for both sets of fans to purchase. Click the link below to purchase.