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The League Cup will be decided this Saturday evening as two of the Premier Division's top sides clash at the home of Shamrock Rovers

Brian Laws takes charge of Shamrock Rovers for the first time on Saturday evening as the Airtricity Premier Division champions face Drogheda United in the EA Sports Cup final at their Tallaght home.

Laws was installed as director of football at the Hoops earlier this week as a replacement for Stephen Kenny and the former Burnley manager now has the opportunity to claim the first piece of domestic silverware of the season following an underwhelming campaign thus far.

He told RTÉ: "When I came in asked the players for blood, sweat and tears this week; I didn't think they take me literally, but we ended up with a few cuts and bruises, they've worked so hard this week.

"The players have given me a fantastic response and they are all really looking forward to the game.

"It is very unusual for your first game with a club to be a cup final, but that's the way it is. We want to start off well with a win tomorrow and then we will be looking at the last six games as a mini-league from which we will be looking to qualify for a European spot."

Rovers will be without the suspended Ken Oman and Pat Sullivan while Colin Hawkins, Craig Sives and Conor McCormack are doubtful.

Following a strong league season, Drogs manager Mick Cooke is relishing the occasion.

He said: "Training last night was a joy, everyone was working hard, but they were calm and relaxed at the same time and we are all looking forward to the game. If you can't get motivated by a cup-final then you shouldn't really be in football."

"A cup final is its very own entity and it can't be compared to anything else, Stephen Kenny obviously leaves 3-0 up against me, but it's now 0-0 between myself and Brian Laws. So clearly attitudes will be different in the Rovers camp."

Cooke cannot count on cup-tied trio of Michael Schlingermann, Michael Marks and John Sullivan.

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