- Thursday April 14th, 2022 @ 15:00
Preview: Saints Vs Shamrock Rovers (15/04/22)
St Patrick's Athletic will travel to Tallaght on Friday night to take on Shamrock Rovers in another Dublin derby kick off to second series of games.
Kick-off is at 8pm, with a very small number of away tickets available HERE
Please note, no away tickets will be available at the ground and all must be purchased online in advance. The game will also be live on LOITV.
The Super Saints were in action last Friday night as they played out a 0-0 draw with Dundalk in front of a crowd of over 4,000 at Richmond Park.
St Pat's dominated for large spells and had the better chances but had to settle for a point.
St Pat's come into the game in third place, three points behind their opponents. Tim Clancy's side have won four, draw two and lost three of their opening series of matches.
Opposition Watch and Recent Meetings
Shamrock Rovers come into the game in second place, six points behind Derry City.
They have 17 points on the table, having won five, drawn twice and lost twice in the opening nine games.
They were also in action last Friday night and were 2-1 winners over Dublin rivals Shelbourne.
Andy Lyons's early goal for the Hoops was cancelled out by Shane Farrell after half-time.
It looked as if the game was heading for a draw before Aaron Greene's effort from outside the area rattled the back of the net to gift Rovers all three points.
The Saints and The Hoops have met twice already in 2022.
Eoin Doyle and Ronan Finn traded goals on the night before Rovers eventually lifted the President's Cup after a penalty shootout win.
The sides faced off again last month in the league at Richmond and a second half Chris Forrester header was the only goal of the game as it was enough to ensure all three points stayed in Inchicore after a great win.
Tim Clancy and his charges will be hoping for much of the same tomorrow night.
View From The Dugout
The Manager is looking forward to another big game:
"It's another Dublin derby, there's plenty of them this season and obviously it's the first game of the second round now so we are looking forward to it.
It was a really good game out in Tallaght in the President's Cup, it's going to be a brilliant pitch and atmosphere so really looking forward to it.
We beat them 1-0 in the corresponding fixture at Richmond earlier in the season and it was a huge win for us.
Rovers were very good that night as well so it's going to be a very difficult game but it's one that we have been planning for since the game on Friday so we are looking forward to it."
Darragh Burns has started the season impressively, hitting two goals, including the February Goal of the Month, and two assists in the opening nine games.
The 19-year-old sat down with Jamie Moore for an in-depth chat during the week, you can watch the full interview on Youtube or listen on the Talking Saints Podcast.
Burns is looking forward to another big test in Tallaght:
"It's another big game. Pat's and Rovers is always a big one. Obviously, we got the 1-0 win over them at Richmond in the first fixture of the season, but it's another game and no game is the same so it's going to be a tough one out there. It's a big pitch but I am looking forward to it.
I can remember how sore my legs were after the last game against them because we worked so hard. The boys put in a shift that night and Chris Forrester got the goal, it was a massive win for us and first time to beat them in a while so hopefully more of the same on Friday."
Team-news: Jamie Lennon (foot) is recovering from surgery while Adam Murphy, who made his first league start on Friday evening, and became the club's youngest league starter in the modern era on his 17th birthday, will miss out with a hamstring problem picked up in the game against Dundalk. Chris Forrester is available again after illness while Jack Scott has also returned to training after a hamstring strain. Paddy Barrett is nearing full fitness after an operation in the off-season.
Tickets: A very small number of away tickets available HERE
LOITV: The game will be live on LOITV, kick-off is at 8pm.
Updates: Alternatively, you can catch updates across all of our social media channels on Friday evening.
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