Match Preview: Shamrock Rovers vs Galway United - July 23rd
Extra.ie FAI Cup
Shamrock Rovers vs Galway United
Tallaght Stadium - 8pm
Friday, July 23rd
Shamrock Rovers begin their 2021 FAI Cup campaign with the visit of Galway United to Tallaght Stadium this Friday in an 8pm kick-off. Rovers will welcome John Caulfield's side to the capital - in a game that will be played in front of just 500 fans.
The Hoops come into this cup clash on the back of an impressive 4-2 win over Derry City at The Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium last Friday, whilst the Tribesmen come into the game after a 0-0 draw away to Bray Wanderers last weekend too.
This is the first meeting between the two sides since 2019, when Rovers narrowly beat Galway 2-1 thanks to an injury time winner from Carrick-On-Suir man Lee Grace. Maurice Nugent had given the hosts the lead in the first-half, with Aaron Greene netting the equaliser for Stephen Bradley's side before Grace's late winner.
Speaking to the Shamrock Rovers media team ahead of the game, Stephen Bradley gave his thoughts on this weekend's opponents:
"I’ve watched their last few games & they’re doing really well. We know John (Caulfield) is a top manager, and he’ll have them right at it tomorrow night. They’ll come with no fear, it’s a free shot for Galway, and we’ve got to be ready for that. We’ve got to respect that, and make sure that we give Galway the respect we gave Slovan and the respect we gave Derry, because anything less will give Galway a right chance of winning the game. "
Galway boss John Caulfield also gave his thoughts on the game to galwayunitedfc.ie:
“It is going to be a different level. We will go there to work hard and do our best. We will enjoy the occasion and it will be good for the lads to see the difference in standards between the two divisions. “We will give everything and have a go but it will be a real challenge against the top club in the country.”
Shamrock Rovers: Rovers will be without the injured pair of Chris McCann & Neil Farrugia, who both continue to recover from hamstring injuries.
Galway United: The visitors have a lengthy injury list, and will be without the services of Francely Lomboto, Ronan Manning, Carlton Ubaezuonu, Killian Brouder, Conor O'Keeffe, Shane Doherty and David Hurley for this Friday's cup clash in Tallaght. Former Hoop, and current Galway United captain, Conor McCormack will miss the game through suspension.
Twitter: You can keep up-to-date with all the match action, as well as pre-match & post-match news, over on our Tipperary Hoops (@TipperaryHoops) page. The official club account will also be providing live-match updates of the clash.
LOITV.IE: You can watch the game live on loitv.ie for just €5 this weekend. This game is not included in your supporters subscription package so it costs €5 for all fans to view the game. Click the following link to purchase the match pass: https://www.loitv.ie/en-int/playerpage/772163.
Audio Described Commentary: Fans can also listen to the action, thanks to the audio described commentary service the club provides for every game. To listen to this free service, click the following link from 7:45pm to keep up to date with the game: tinyurl.com/radiorovers.