Team news and match stats packs for Shamrock Rovers v Sligo Rovers on Good Friday:
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Friday March 30th 2018. Kick off 8pm
Speaking ahead of the game, Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley said:
“With the red card and then two left-backs going off injured in the same game, it was one of those nights [against Waterford]. But I still thought we were good. We played really well and deserved to get something out of the game even with ten men for 80 odd minutes.
The first one is a definite yellow card, there’s no doubt about that. The second one, a lot is being made of Ally’s position but he was in a great position. If you look at our camera which is on the sideline, when the ball is kicked the Waterford centre-forward is five yards offside. It’s not even close. If the linesman put up the flag, Ally doesn’t fall and collide with him. We were told that they were waiting on the centre-forward to touch the ball but that’s no good to us, our centre-back has just been sent off. When you look at it like that it was really harsh, and the fact that he didn’t tackle him or grab him, he’s obviously tripped.
Trevor Clarke has a knee ligament injury, he’ll be out for the season. We’re looking to get his operation done as quickly as possible and get him back. It’s going to be a long one for Trevor but he’ll be fine. He’s mentally really tough and he knows what he has to do.
Trevor is a top player. Any team in the country would miss him and we’re no different. We’re lucky that we have some really good players in that area of the pitch. Luke Byrne and Sean Kavanagh and Ally can play at left-back as well. That’s the positive out of it but obviously it’s a big blow.
Luke Byrne is available, he trained on Tuesday. He was a little bit worried because he got a bang on his knee but he’s fine. Sean Boyd pulled up in the last bit of training today so we need to have a look at that. Joey O’Brien is three or four days from getting back in.
Ally is suspended but we appealed Sean Kavanagh’s red card. We brought in the video evidence and to be fair it was a good process. They sat through it with us and it was plain and obvious to see that it wasn’t even a free kick, never mind a red card. So the right decision was made with just the one game ban.
Sligo are a good side. They lost 2-0 last week but they should have been two goals up in the first 15 or 20 minutes. They create chances and they’ve got some dangerous players. It’s going to be a tough game. I think they’re a better team than what they were last year but if we play to our levels like we have been and cut out the silly errors we’ll be fine. We want to continue our good form, obviously the results at home have been different to away but we’ve been good wherever we’ve played, other than Bohs, and I think tomorrow will be no different.”
There are a number of special Easter themed activities going on around tonight’s game see below