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Hoops should prove too strong for Bray

Updated: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 23:23 | Comments

Ronan Finn and Ciaran Kilduff have been in the goals for Rovers this season
Ronan Finn and Ciaran Kilduff have been in the goals for Rovers this season

By Ed Leahy

Shamrock Rovers entertain Bray Wanderers at Tallaght Stadium buoyed by their fight back to earn a point in Dundalk on Friday night, kick-off 7.00pm.

The Hoops were reduced to ten men and trailed 2-1 at Oriel Park on Friday night and a wonder strike from Ronan Finn in injury time saw Trevor Croly’s side leave with a hard-earned point.

And that will have worked wonders for Rovers’ confidence who has a bruising eight days as they played Dundalk twice and champions St Patrick’s Athletic all away from home.

Croly will be delighted to get his charges back on home soil as they take on Bray and if they can recreate their last home performance, where they totally outplayed UCD, they can expect to take all three points against Wanderers.

Dean Kelly (calf) and Sean O’Connor (hamstring) are out, while Ryan Brennan (hamstring) is a doubt for the game. Conor Kenna is suspended having received a red card on Friday night.

Speaking ahead of the game, Hoops boss, Trevor Croly said: “Our players have shown great fitness this season; you can see that in the number of goals we’ve scored in the last 20 minutes. And we’ve played well in two games with only ten men. So we’re looking forward to Monday night’s game against Bray and hopefully secure three points.”

Wanderers young squad have enjoyed mixed performances already this season but were very unlucky not to secure a victory against Derry on Friday having outplayed their opponents at the Carlisle Grounds.

At least, Alan Mathews’ side came through Friday's draw with no additions to their long injury list and they take the same squad to Tallaght.

Mathews, however, must still plan without six first team squad members including former Hoops Danny O'Connor, Jake Kelly, Eric Mc Gill, Shane O'Connor, Adam Hanlon and Shane Byrne.

Mathews said: "We will take a lot of positives from the (Derry) game and take them into Monday's game at Tallaght Stadium one of the best stadia in the country.”

Verdict: Shamrock Rovers

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