Shamrock Rovers v Derry City team news and preview

Despite hopes of a third successive league being well and truly dashed, Shamrock Rovers still have something to play for against Derry City at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Hoops will need all three points if they are to maintain any confidence in getting an automatic European qualification slot.

Derry players meanwhile may have one eye on cup final day next month after dumping Shels out 3-0 in the semi-final replay on Wednesday night, but manager Declan Devine says he won’t settle for anyone downing tools tomorrow.

“Places in the cup final team are up for grabs and we must be focused on our final two league matches,” he told the BBC.

“We have fallen down in certain areas this year but we do have potential and tremendous heart in our squad.

“Playing Shamrock Rovers away is good preparation for what is to come.”

Team News
Rovers will be without Gary McCabe and Colin Hawkins who are both suspended for the match, while Conor McCormack and Killian Brennan will face late fitness tests. Graham Gartland and Conor Winn remain out.

Derry have no injury concerns but Devine may rest some players who showed signed of tiredness and cramping towards the end of the semi-final replay.

Ones to watch
Shamrock Rovers – Ronan Finn is one of the few Rovers players who can hold their head high this season, the midfielder has been resplendent at times and is starting to show himself to be a goal threat as well.

Derry City – Stephen McLaughlin was deservedly given man of the match on Wednesday after two well taken goals, and the left-sided midfielder from Donegal will be looking to continue that form.

Derry’s season is almost run, and though they’ve been a handful on the road this year Rovers should have incentive enough to beat a tired team.

Former Ireland international and lifelong Shamrock Rovers fan Davy Langan will be signing copies of his book in the club shop from 6.00pm, CLICK HERE for full details.


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