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Rovers past present and future meet tonight in Bray


We all know the League of Ireland can be a bit of a merry go round but it’s not every week you face a side made up of six or seven of your former players managed by an ex player.

That’ll be the scenario for The Hoops tonight in their away clash with Bray Wanderers as they’ll probably face Gary McCabe, Conor Kenna, Derek Foran, Tim Clancy, Ryan Brennan, Aaron Greene and Anthony Flood with former great Harry Kenny of course in the opposition dug out.

The sea air seems to be agreeing with McCabe and his fine start to the season sees him out in front as the league’s top scorer with nine.

Last weekends shock win at Dundalk brought the Seagulls up to third in the league and The Hoops will definitely have a battle on their hands tonight.

The early season gloom looks like it could be lifting for Rovers though after two wins this week a victory tonight would restore some belief in Stephen Bradley’s fledgling squad.

The gaffer deserves plenty of time to build a team and you feel if they can get a run of four or five consecutive wins under their belt they really could become a formidable outfit.

Rovers’ revival seems to have coincided with the return of Brandon Miele after he was ruled out for a few weeks with a hip injury.

He came back from the dead over the Easter weekend with the winner against Sligo and then followed that up with two against Bohs in the League Cup on Monday.

Speaking ahead of tonights match, the manager said:

“They’re obviously doing really well this year, they have a good squad and they’re picking up results.

“Gary McCabe is doing well, he’s having a good year, he’s scoring goals and he’s dangerous if you give him time around the box so we have to be aware of that.

“It’s going to be a tough game, we know that, but we’re going into the game on the back of two good results, so we’ll be strong as well and it has all the makings of a good game.”

On the injury front Danny Devine is doubtful while Paul Corry has returned to full training this week but will probably miss out tonight as will Ryan Connolly who has an injured foot.

Kick off in Bray is 19.45 tonight