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MATCH PREVIEW: Shamrock Rovers vs Shelbourne FC

Updated: May 26


Shamrock Rovers vs Shelbourne FC

Friday, 27th May

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Tallaght Stadium

8pm


Damien Duff brings his Shelbourne side across the Liffey to take on the reigning Premier Division champions this Friday, looking to down the Hoops to the second defeat in consecutive league games.


In what will be the first league game between the sides in Tallaght in-front of fans since 2013, Shelbourne come into the game looking for revenge after Rovers stole all 3 points in Tolka Park earlier on in the season.


An early Andy Lyons goal had put Stephen Bradley's side in-front at Tolka Park, before Shane Farrell levelled for the hosts just after the break. It looked like the sides would share the spoils, until substitutes Danny Mandroiu & Aaron Greene linked up in the 89th minute, before the latter would sink Shels to defeat with a fantastic 20-yard finish beyond Brendan Clarke.


Shamrock Rovers come into Friday's Dublin Derby overlooking the rest of the league with a seven point margin to Derry City - despite falling to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Drogheda United on Monday night at Head In The Game Park. Meanwhile, Shelbourne head to Tallaght in fine form, looking for their fifth win on the bounce, adding to victories against Sligo, Drogheda, St. Pat's & most recently UCD.


After their fine run of form in recent weeks, Shels now find themselves in sixth position, just four points off the European places, and now 14 points clear of the relegation zone - and also have a game in hand on those around them.


Friday's Dublin Derby will see Rob Hennessy referee the game, with Robert Clarke & Wayne McDonnell as his linesmen, with Damien MacGraith operating the fourth-official duty.


TEAM NEWS


Shamrock Rovers: Danny Mandroiu will serve a one-game suspension after receiving a red-card in Drogheda on Monday night. Jack Byrne picked up a knock against Drogheda United on Monday and will be assessed pre-game.


Shelbourne: Brian McManus returns to the match-day squad, after missing the last couple weeks through injury. Adam Thomas, Daniel Hawkins & Sean McSweeney all remain doubtful for tonight's game.


MATCH COVERAGE


LOI TV: As always, the game will be streamed live on loitv.ie for just €7. You can purchase a match pass for the game through the link below:


https://www.loitv.ie/en-int/playerpage/1361005


TWITTER: Live in-game updates, as well as pre & post game content, will be provided on the clubs official Twitter account. Follow the handle @ShamrockRovers to stay up to date with all the news.


MATCH TICKETS


Home Fans: Tickets are still available for Shamrock Rovers supporters to purchase in advance of the game. Follow the link below to purchase tickets online:


https://www.shamrockrovers.ie/first-team-tickets/


Away Fans: Shelbourne fans wishing to travel to Tallaght are advised to contact the club in regards to tickets. The away allocation will sell-out. Please do not travel to Tallaght without a match ticket, as you will be refused entry.


*Photo credit: Mark McDermott/SRFC Media Team*

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