St Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers, LOI

Michael Drennan celebrates scoring a goal against UCD Image Credit: ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

John Curtis looks forward to the meeting of St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers at Richmond Park, Fri 8th Mar, KO 7:45pm

Form:

St Pat’s started off the season with two wins from two against Cork City at home and Sligo Rovers away with Mikey Drennan scoring in both games.

However their last two games have been two draws. Drawing 1-1 with UCD in the UCD bowl with Mikey Drennan scoring yet again. Followed by another draw Friday just gone when Finn Harps frustrated them in Inchicore to a 0-0 draw.

Rovers started the season just like Pat’s did with two wins from two followed by a little bit of inconsistency losing away to Bohs in the Dublin derby 1-0. That defeat was followed by a draw on home turf against Dundalk last Friday night.

They then played Finn Harps on Monday night. The game that was rearranged because Tallaght stadium was being used for the u17s championship later in the season.

Rovers left Finn Harps for dead in the first 45 minutes with goals coming from Roberto Lopes, Dylan Watts and Aaron Greene.

It could have been more only for Dylan Watts hammering his penalty into the new South stand in Tallaght midway through the first half.

The Match:

This match normally throws up one team scoring all the goals with the other being kept scoreless.

Last season the four games in the league gave us seven goals scored between both teams, Rovers winning three games with score lines of 1-0,3-0, 1-0 with Pat’s winning the other game 2-0 in Inchicore.

This game presents two teams that have started the season off in an ok fashion. Both sides have defences tightly locked in the opening part of the season, Pat’s have scored three goals in their opening four games conceding only once.

Rovers on the other hand, have scored seven in five while conceding twice.

This sort of Dublin Derby normally attracts a massive crowd whenever the game comes around.

For me, this has the potential to be one of the best games of the season, with both teams strengthening in the off-season, particularly both sets of midfield.

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Rovers did shrewd business, likewise St Pat’s.

There should be plenty of chances in this game with both teams looking to bring the bragging rights home until the next time they meet each other.

Stephen Bradley always has his team set-up well for the big derbies.

Harry Kenny will be hoping this is the match that can get his side back to winning ways having drawn their previous two games with the two newly-promoted teams.

The last five meetings between these teams in Inchicore have produced three wins for the home side and two for the travelling Rovers.

Verdict:

I can see this game being a tight affair for the first half hour or so, then exploding into life when the two teams find their footing in the game.

I’ve seen Rovers this season, as recently as last week against Dundalk, and they’ve certainly tightened up at that back from previous seasons.

Their midfield is strong and energetic, one player in the midfield that stood out was former St Pat’s man Greg Bolger who looked back to his old self.

Pat’s seem to be struggling to kill teams off this season but they do have an in-form striker in Mikey Drennan.

The former Shamrock Rovers man could provide the key to unlocking the Shamrock Rovers defence on the night, with plenty of supply coming his way from the likes of Chris Forrester and Rhys McCabe.

I’m going to say a score draw for this game with both teams taking a bit of an edge to the game.

Correct Score 1-1 at 9/2



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