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After progressing to the Setanta Sports Cup semi-final, Trevor Croly's Hoops play host to Dublin rivals St Pat's, while Cork City look for their first league win against Bohemians

Airtricity Premier Division: Round two Preview

Friday March 15
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Saturday March 16
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Shamrock Rovers - St Patrick's Athletic 1935 Sligo Rovers - Bray Wanderers 1945
Cork City - Bohemians 1945  All times GMT  
Drogheda United - Limerick
1945    
Shelbourne - Dundalk 1945    
UCD - Derry City 1945    

 Shamrock Rovers 
vs   St Patrick's Athletic

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma

Murphy
Sullivan, Powell, McGuinness, Foran
Rice, Chambers, Dennehy, Finn
McCabe, Kilduff
 


Clarke
O'Brien, Kenna, Browne, Bermingham
Russell, McFaul, Brennan
Byrne, Fagan, Forrester

TEAM INFO
  • This will be manager Trevor Croly’s first home game as Rovers manager in the league and, unsurprisingly, the game is expected to be a sell-out.
  • Unbeaten in last four competitive games after beating Linfield in midweek.
  • No suspensions; Mark Quigley remains a doubt with a calf problem but could yet feature.
 
  • Unbeaten in last four meetings with their Dublin rivals, a run going back to May 2012.
  • No suspensions or injuries from opening weekend win over Drogheda.
  • St Pat's are looking for a first league win at Tallaght Stadium since March 2010.
 Cork City 
vs   Bohemians

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma

McNulty
Murray, Dennehy, Dunleavy, Murphy
D Horgan, Healy, Morrissey, Turner
Behan, Kavanagh

 
Roma
Murray
Byrne, Paisley, Lopes, Heary

McEvoy, Moore, Mulcahy, Buckley
Hanaphy, Lyons

TEAM INFO
  • Cork welcome back John Dunleavy after he recovered from a bout of tonsillitis.
  • Brian Lenihan remains sidelined with a groin problem.
 
  • Bohemians have injury worries over Stephen Paisley (illness), Kevin Devaney (ankle) and Dave Scully (back).
  • Bohemians are currently top of the Premier Division table after a 2-1 victory over UCD last weekend.
 Drogheda United 
vs   Limerick

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma

    Sava
Hand Prendergast Byrne Grimes
Rusk R Brennan G Brennan Foley O'Conor
O'Brien
 


    Ryan
Nzuzi O'Callaghan Folan Williams
Tracy O'Leary Gamble
Curran Bofunda Galbraith

TEAM INFO
  • Alan McNally's recovery from knee surgery will last a few more weeks while Gary O'Neil is a serious injury doubt following a nasty knock against Derry City.
  • Mick Cooke has signed on to remain as manager for at least another 2 years following last year's successful campaign.
 
  • Joe Gamble will remain as stand in captain as Paddy Purcell and Shaun Kelly serve the remainder of their suspensions.
  • Despite the suspensions, Limerick could have close to a full squad to select from with Dominic Foley and Jeffrey Judge possibly fit enough for the bench.
 UCD
vs   Derry City

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Barron
Matthews, O’Connor, Boyle, Douglas
Benson, Creevy, Walsh
Corcoran, McMillan, Clarke

 


Doherty
Madden, McBride, S McEleney, McCaffrey
P McEleney, Deery, Molloy, McNamee
Rafter
Patterson

TEAM INFO
  • The Students have experienced a difficult start to the season with back-to-back defeats to Bohemians in the Airtricity League opener and EA Sports Cup on Monday.
  • Captain Mick Leahy remains side-lined with a knee injury while Barry McCabe is ruled out with a groin complaint.
  • Mark Langtry is suspended after being sent-off at Dalymount Park last week so Gareth Matthews is set to make his debut at right-back following his recent move from Shelbourne.
 
  • Like UCD, the Candystripes have lost two games in the past seven days with the narrow opening day defeat to Sligo followed by being knocked out of the Setanta Sports Cup on Monday by Drogheda United.
  • The FAI Cup winners will be without experienced defender Stewart Greacen while new signings Sean Houston (knee) and Paddy Kavanagh (hamstring) are both ruled out through injury.
 Shelbourne
vs   Dundalk

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Hanley
Memery, Shortall, Gartland, Ryan
Bayly, Cronin, Hanlon, Prizeman
Leech, Hughes
 
Roma

Cherrie
Towell, Sullivan, Boyle, Osbourne
Rossiter, O'Donnell, Meenan, Dillon, Ward
Byrne

TEAM INFO
  • Shelbourne will be without Paul Crowley who serves a suspension after being dismissed against Bray Wanderers.
  • Shels will look to bounce back from their opening day defeat against the Seagulls with a win.
 
  • Defender Dane Massey will serve a one-match suspension after being sent off against Shamrock Rovers last week.
  • Chris Shields will miss the tie with a knee injury.
  • This will be the second meeting between the two sides in five days after the sides met in the EA Sports Cup. A goal from Kurtis Byrne secured progression for the Lilywhites.
 Sligo Rovers 
vs   Bray Wanderers
 
PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma

Rogers
Keane, Conneely, Peers, McMillan
Cawley, Ndo, Gaynor, Connolly, Cretaro
Elding
 
Roma

Quigley
Webster, D O’ Connor, Knight, Hyland
Zambra, K O’Connor, Doyle, Dempsey
Waters, Byrne

TEAM INFO
 
  • Rovers, who have an unbeaten record in their last 13 games against Bray, will be hoping to finish with more than a draw this time to match the club records of four straight wins to start the season.
  • Danny Ventre has picked up an additional suspension from last season, but is available for Saturday's clash with Bray.
   
  • Jason Byrne's strike on the opening day of the season took his League of Ireland tally to 194 goals.
  • Byrne was on target against Sligo last season in a 1-1 draw.
  • Two of the three matches between the sides in 2012 ended in a stalemate, with Sligo edging the third.

Bet of the weekend

* Derry City to beat UCD at 5/4

Derry City suffered defeat at the hands of Sligo Rovers in their opening tie, but a trip to UCD should be an easier task for Declan Devine's FAI Cup Champions.

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