The Hoops will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Pats two weeks ago when they host an in form Galway United later on in Tallaght Stadium (KO 8pm.)
With last weeks game away to Cork cancelled due to the involvement of Brandon Miele and Corks Sean Maguire and Kevin O Connor in the Ireland Under 21 squad’s Euro campaign, Rovers will welcome the chance to get out on their home patch tonight and get that first defeat of the season out of their system.
They are still without captain Stephen McPhail and Luke Byrne, who have yet to feature this season, and Danny North is also doubtful after picking up a knock in training this week. However Killian Brennan is fully recovered from the injury that kept him out of the clash with his old club two weeks ago and should come straight back into the team.
At this very early stage of the season Galway find themselves a point ahead of The Hoops in third spot in the league (having played a game more) and they come into the game tonight on the back of a 1-0 home win against Bohs last weekend.
Their last trip to Dublin was on the opening night of the season last month and they were very impressive in their 3-1 win against Pats in Inchicore. However they haven’t beaten Rovers in Dublin since October 1994, when they beat the then reigning champions 2-1 in the RDS. They have also lost their last 11 successive games against The Hoops with their last win coming back in 2006.
The visitors will be confident of taking something from Tallaght Stadium after their solid start to the season that has seen them take 10 points from their opening five games with the only blot on their copybook being a defeat against Derry City in The Brandywell in their last away game. The manner of that loss may still play on their minds as they went from leading 1-0 for most of the game to losing 2-1 to a last minute goal in a game they probably shouldn’t have lost.