Pat Fenlon looking to Shamrock Rovers to avenge cup defeat
Hoops manager knows team need to improve league record against other top-five sides
Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon: “Starting with Pat’s, we’ve got to go and beat them. We’ve Cork here in a few weeks as well and we’ve got to go and try and win that.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho
With just one win in seven games against the other four teams in the top five this season, Shamrock Rovers’ manager Pat Fenlon knows the importance of greatly improving on that if his side is to mount a challenge for the title.
“I think the big one for us is that we’ve got to beat the teams around us,“ said Fenlon after last Monday’s EA Sports Cup semi-final defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic, tonight’s opponents in the league at Tallaght Stadium.
“Starting with Pat’s, we’ve got to go and beat them. We’ve Cork here in a few weeks as well and we’ve got to go and try and win that.”
Recent signing Shane McEleney is suspended for St. Patrick’s who remain without injured striker Christy Fagan while central defender Sean Hoare requires a fitness test.
Fellow striker Sean Maguire’s international clearance has come through while defensive midfielder Chris Shields returns from suspension.
Manager Tommy Dunne’s long injury list shows little sign of abating while Enda Curran is a doubt. Defenders Aaron Barry and Dean Jarvis are doubts for Derry, though manager Peter Hutton adds new signings, Aaron McEneff and striker Ciaran O’Connor, to his squad.
Dundalk v Longford Town (Home: 2/11; Draw: 5/1; Away: 16/1)
Galway Utd v Derry City (Home: 8/5; Draw: 23/10; Away: 17/10)
Shamrock Rovers v St Patrick’s Athletic (Live on Setanta Ireland, 8.0) ( Home: 13/8; Draw: 21/10; Away: 9/5)
Athlone Town v Cabinteely (Home: 40/85; Draw: 10/3; Away: 6/1)
UCD v Waterford United (Home: 1/3; Draw: 4/1; Away: 8/1)
Wexford Youths v Finn Harps (8.0) (Home: 6/5; Draw: 5/2; Away: 11/5)