Team News in advance of Derry City game on Friday night:
Shamrock Rovers play their first home game of the season on Friday night at Tallaght Stadium versus Derry City, kick off at 8pm.
The occasion is made even more special with the opening of the new South Stand which adds more than 2,000 new seats to bring the stadium capacity up to 8,000.
Speaking about signings, the Hoops’ Head Coach Stephen Bradley said:
“It was great to win it in the last minute. There’s no better feeling, especially a tough game away to Waterford in the first game of the season with the conditions and a big crowd. I think one of the positives of not having a big turnaround in the group is that the new players have understood what it means very quickly, how we work and what’s expected here.
The lads felt that we should never have been a goal down at half time, we were playing well and creating chances. It was a fantastic free kick from Lynch, to beat Al from that distance. But we felt at half time that we just needed to keep pushing and keep playing and we’d get more opportunities, and take them when they come.
There was ten minutes after their goal that we got a bit scrappy; Waterford didn’t dominate in any way. But you’re away to a team that had a really good season last year and I’m sure will be strong this year, so you expect there to be patches in the game where you’re on the back foot. It didn’t surprise me that our three subs came on and did well, that’s the competition we want.
It was great for Aaron Greene to get his first goal (since returning to the club). I thought he was excellent, he worked the back line really well, held the ball up and was a nuisance for them all night. The goal was just reward. There was a debate amongst the players the next day about who scored the winning goal but Orhan Vojic was adamant after the game that he’d scored. It didn’t look like it to me at the time but when you actually see it back from the camera behind the goal, he definitely flicked it into the corner. It’s probably hard to see from the normal TV angle.
We’re obviously looking forward to playing our first home game and hopefully there’s a big crowd in Tallaght. There’s been good crowds around the league in the first round of games and hopefully we’ll be the same tomorrow, I’m sure we will. It’s going to be a good game.
I think the new south stand is going to be a positive, having our fans there. If you think back throughout the years it’s stands behind the goal that fans fill and when teams are shooting into it, it always gives them that extra edge and the will to go and score. It’d be great to see a full stand and I’m looking forward to seeing it.
Sam Bone had flu-like symptoms before Waterford and it put him down for the whole weekend. Trevor Clarke and Brandon Kavanagh had clashed heads on Thursday in training and both needed stitches. They’re all fine this week but we need to be patient with Trevor and understand that he’s coming back from a year off. He’s a top player but we need to make sure we manage him right. We’ve a fully fit squad.
Derry are a totally different team to last year, I think they’d maybe only one or two players against UCD that finished the season last year. So there’s no point in looking at last year’s games. They played really well in their first game, won 3-0 and it should have been 5 or 6. They were really dominant and played with a fantastic energy. They moved the ball really well. They’ll come here with no fear and looking to win the game, so I think it’s going to be a tougher game than last week”
Tickets are available from 12pm on Friday at the Megastore or online here