Finn Harps vs Shamrock by Luke
After victories over St Patricks and Limerick, players of Finn Harps couldn't build up on these two, taking only a point away to Sligo Rovers before the international break. The side did just enough before the international pause, as the team gathered seven points in three matches, escaped from the relegation zone and improved psychology before the next part of the season.
However, it must be said that they were struggling on the road to Sligo last time out, as the players of Finn Haprs stood way more defensively than they should and generally wanted to defend their own goal at first which they did, however without threatening much in attack. The side is now at eight position, having just two points more than relegating worried Sligo Rovers and need to continue in the same way in order to remove relegation troubles.
Hosts have headache selection worry for this one, as they miss four players due suspension: offensive midfielder Ethan Boyle (17/1), forward Caolan McAleer (17/2), right back Damien McNulty (14/0). Forward Danny Morrissey (10/3) is also suspended.
Shamrock Rovers, on the other side, also comes from a point taken before the international pause, as the team actually under performed and took just a point in front of own fans against St Patricks in a 1:1 draw early in June. They took the lead first, in 17th minute with a goal from Burke, however visitors replied at the start of the second halftime via Fagan.
It could be even said that the players of Shamrock were better in the repetition and were chasing for that second goal, however once Burke got second yellow card back in 78th minute, it wasn't easy for them to dominate and the hosts had to get satisfied with a point taken. The team is now at fifth position and still chasing the European exit, being two points behind third placed Derry City and in case of a victory here, they would improve their chances strongly.
Left back Luke Byrne (8/0) is injured for this one, with forward Graham Burke (15/5) being suspended after picking up red in previous game. Visitors will also be missing central defender Trevor Clarke (16/2), central midfiedler David McAllister (13/2) and right back David Webster (18/0).
There is certain quality difference that speaks in favor of Shamrock and I'll go with them here. They already won early in March, winning also three out of last four meetings and tonight should be no difference. Finn Harps shouldn't be able to respond in attack to the visiting side.