Derry City v Shamrock Rovers, LOI

Derry City are fancied to ask searching questions of this season's league leaders at the Brandywell

John Curtis looks forward to the League of Ireland meeting of Derry City and Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell, Fri 19 Apr, 7:45pm


Derry are going into to this game on a fine run of form winning their last four games in the league scoring 10 goals and conceding three.

Their most recent win came on Monday night away to St Pats winning 3-1, they blew Pats out of the water within the first 30 minutes of the game. They seem to be going from strength to strength.

Derry seem to be getting goals from all around the park between defenders, midfielders, and their strikers all chipping in with their top goalscorer being the highly rated David Parkhouse with four goals.

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Shamrock Rovers are on an unbeaten run in the league since being beaten by Bohs on the third night of the season.

They are scoring goals for fun at times and then at times they’re getting the job done by winning games by the odd goal here and there.

The big statement came from them when they beat Finn Harps a few weeks back with Greg Bolger scoring the winner in the 85th minute, this time last year Rovers probably would have given up the chase of a goal.

Last week they beat Waterford 2-1 in Tallaght Stadium, Sean Kavanagh and Roberto Lopes scoring for them to basically seal the deal. However they did suffer a bit of a nervy end when Aaron Drinan scored late on for Waterford.

The Match:

This match earlier in the season saw Shamrock Rovers run out 2-0 winners in Tallaght Stadium, Dylan Watts scoring midway through the first half, with former Derry City player Aaron McEneff scoring a penalty late on in the game to secure the victory.

This game should be a good entertaining game, and for people who can’t make any games on Friday and have access to RTE 2 should tune in.

The Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium will see a massive crowd come through the gates, the two teams are the most in-form in the league at the present moment with goals coming from all angles for both sides.

Derry will be backed by a passionate home crowd on the night that will be doing their best to get the team over the line. Rovers will also have the backing of a strong away contingent.

I can see this game being a cagey affair for the opening 15-20 before exploding into life. With both teams finding their feet and working each other out.

This will be a stiff task for Rovers, especially going to the Brandywell where Derry are always known to be a hard beat at home.

Both teams like scoring goals and in the last five league games between the two teams there has been 12 goals scored in those five. Shamrock Rovers scored 11, and have won four of the last five vs Derry with the other game being a dull 0-0 draw.


Like I said, I can see this being a cagey affair for the opening part of the game.

Derry haven’t got a good record against Rovers over the last number of years, but I expect the Candystripes to be a lot stronger against Rovers this year on their home turf.

Declan Devine has got the backing once again of the Derry faithful and is putting a lot of trust into his young team.

Rovers will want to come away from this game with a positive result of some sort, obviously they’ll want to get the win and keep the pressure on the chasing pack, but I think if you were to offer Stephen Bradley and the Hoops fans a point now they’d take it.

I can see this being a score draw with both teams scoring goals for fun lately, one thing for sure it won’t be a dull game.

There will be goals, plenty of tackles and passion shown, both on the pitch and in the stands for the duration of the game.

One to look forward to.

Draw and Both Teams to Score at 18/5

Derry City – First Team to Score at 6/4

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