Team News: Rovers v UCD, Tolka Park Fri 18th April, 8pm
Thursday, 17 April 2008 00:00
Chris Mulhall remains out with a cartilage injury, while long-term casualties Aidan Price and Padraig Amond are both back training. Pat Flynn serves the final game of his five-match suspension.
Says Hoops' boss Pat Scully: "Both Aidan and Padraig came through an A game at the weekend and are training well although it might be too early to bring them back against UCD.
"Darren Stapleton has a slight thigh strain, while Ger O'Brien still has a bit of a knee problem, but I'd be very optimistic that neither of them will miss this week's game."
SCULLY SAYS ….
Pat Scully's thoughts ahead of Friday's game
Last Friday's 0-2 defeat against Cobh Ramblers
"It's been a disappointing couple of weeks. While the performances haven't poor, the results have been. Shamrock Rovers isn't just about performances – this is a club that demands results.
"We had a good start, but after those defeats against Bohs and Cobh it's now an okay start. We set high standards and as such we have to look at ourselves and see that it's not acceptable.
"I take full responsibility for these recent results – it's just not good enough and it's not acceptable. But we've got to move on and put these results behind us."
Friday's game against UCD
"They'e always a difficult team to play against, even though they seem to be always tipped for relegation. But I wouldn't be surprised if they survived again as Pete Mahon is a good manager. He's a wily old pro.
"This is a very important game for us. We don't want to and can't afford to slip any further behind the leaders Saint Pat's, even though it's still very early on in the season. We want to stay close.
"We've got to make sure - despite those bad couple of results in recent weeks - that we regain the momentum we had at the start and stay in and around the top of the table."
LAST FIVE GAMES: L L W D W
Results so far this season:
Drogheda U 0 Rovers 1
Rovers 1 Cork C 1
Rovers 2 Bray W 0
Kildare 0 Rovers 3 (League Cup)
Galway 0 Rovers 2
Rovers 0 Bohemians 1
Cobh R 0 Rovers 1
P W D L F F GD Pos
6 3 1 2 6 4+2 6th
Murphy, Rice, Baker - 2
Rice – 3
Murphy, Baker - 2
Doyle, Creevy - 1
League Clean Sheets
3 out of 6
4 out of 7
HOME Shamrock Rovers v St Patrick's Ath, Tolka Park, Sun Apr 27 (7pm)