Shamrock vs St Patricks by Luke
Shamrock Rovers did what was needed and actually got their victory in quite easy and professional manner, as the team won over Bray in front of own fans with a 2:0 result on Tuesday evening. They entered the game very strongly and took the lead in fifth minute with a goal from Miele, doubling up the lead in 20th minute via Shaw.
They lowered the tempo from that moment on, but still had some decent chances till the end of the match, while the players of Bray generally weren't up to their best and looked worse than what was expected. This was third consecutive home victory for Shamrock as the team remains with more than decent 6-1-2 record in front of own crowd, being at the moment at fifth position with just two points less than third placed Bray. The team surely wants to keep good home momentum and approach even further European positions with a three pointer here.
Midfielder David McAllister missed previous game but is expected to return here in place of Ryan Connolly. Midfielder Darren Meenan (14/1) remains probably absent for this one. They should be lined up in 4-4-2 formation with Shaw and Burke as forwards.
St Patricks isn't coming into this one with a good momentum, as the side suffered two consecutive defeats, coming from a 0:2 home defeat against Dundalk last Friday afternoon. Could be said that it was actually easy match for the visiting side who scored a goal in each halftime sealing the victory without much of problems.
Guests took the lead via Duffy in 21st minute and even though the hosts tried to respond, they couldn't create many dangerous situations, while the visitors sealed the three pointer with a goal from McMillan in 68th minute. As said it was their second consecutive defeat with the team remaining without a victory in last three, remaining at the rock bottom position at the table of Premier Division, with fourteen points earned so far - still just two less than safely placed Drogheda at ninth position.
Guests should also employ a version of 4-4-2 formation with Byrne and Fagan in attack. Midfielders Patrick Cregg and Jonathan Lunney returned to their starting lineup and should start here as well. Defender Darren Dennehey (2/0) remains injured and out.
Home team is in a better momentum, but also having plenty of more individual quality and I simply can't see visiting side walking away with something here. Everything except an easy home victory will be a surprise here.