Excitement is building with just a few hours to go until The Hoops biggest game of the season so far as they face Dundalk in the FAI Cup Semi Final Replay in Tallaght Stadium.
Following the entertaining 1-1 draw in Oriel nine days ago, tonights meeting promises to be another epic as the sides grow ever more sick of the sight of each other in what will be their third meeting in under a month.
Hoops fans had to watch on enviously last year as Dundalk played their Europa League “home” games in Tallaght Stadium.
Tonight they’ll have to play their part in making sure the visitors feel anything but at “home.”
Following the 1-1 draw last Sunday week, in comments that should interest The Hoops faithful, Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers said he thought home advantage would count for little for Rovers tonight:
“It’s still a good opportunity to go to Tallaght and get through to the final.
“That’s the most important thing, we are not out and we enjoy playing in Tallaght anyway.
“We won’t hold any fear of it.”
Speaking to shamrockrovers.ie yesterday, gaffer Stephen Bradley was relishing tonights clash:
“It’s a massive game, we know what it means to the club.
“To us and the fans. I think you saw by the response the lads gave in the second half in Dundalk, they understand how important it is.
“One of the things I wanted to change when I came here was that I wanted players to play for the jersey, to play for Shamrock Rovers for the right reasons.
“I fully believe this squad does that. It’ll be no different tomorrow night, we’ll give everything. If it’s good enough or not, we’ll see on the night but there’s no doubt they will leave everything on the pitch.”
The Hoops will be without centre back David McAllister, who is suspended following his red card in Oriel, and long term absentees Graham Burke and Paul Corry.
Kick off in Tallaght Stadium tonight is 7.45 and the club say a big walk up attendance is expected so please arrive early to buy tickets.