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Airtricity Premier Division round four preview - UCD and Shelbourne looking for first points of the season

Airtricity Premier Division round four preview - UCD and Shelbourne looking for first points of the season

Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

The Students host Dundalk, while Shelbourne are at home against Shamrock Rovers, with both clubs rooted to the bottom of the table. At the top, Sligo Rovers entertain Limerick

Airtricity Premier Division: Round four Preview

Saturday March 23
Kick-off (GMT)
St Patrick's Athletic - Bohemians CANCELLED
Sligo Rovers - Limerick 1945
UCD - Dundalk
1945
Sunday March 24
Kick-off (GMT)
Drogheda United - Bray Wanderers 1500
Cork City - Derry City 1530
Shelbourne - Shamrock Rovers 1555

 Sligo Rovers
vs   Limerick

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma

Rogers
Keane, Peers, McMillan, Gaynor
Djilali, Connolly, Cawley, Lynch, Cretaro
Elding

 


Ryan
Nzuzi, Purcell, Folan, Williams
Tracy, Bradley, McGann, Gamble, Galbraith
Curran
TEAM INFO
  • Danny North, Joseph Ndo, and Danny Ventre are all injury worries.
  • Striker Anthony Elding has hit five goals in his last four games for the Bit o' Red.
  • Pascal Millien returns after being away on international duty.
 
  • Dave O'Leary, Rory Gaffney and Dominic Foley are absent through injury.
  • Jeffrey Judge's fitness is also a worry for manager Stuart Taylor.
  • This is the first time in eight years that the sides will meet.
 UCD
vs   Dundalk

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


 
Barron
Matthews, Coyne, O’Connor, Douglas
Benson, Kavanagh, Russell, Clarke
Burke, McMillan
 
Roma

Cherrie
Sullivan, Boyle, Massey, Osborne
Dillon, Towell, McDonnell, Ward
Byrne, Hoban.
TEAM INFO
  • UCD are only one of two teams yet to get off the mark this season.
  • The Students have shipped nine goals and scored just the one in previous two games.
  • Manager Martin Russell has no injury or suspension worries.
 
  • Manager Stephen Kenny looking to bounce back from first defeat as Dundalk manager last week.
  • Head to Belfield with a solid record: 10 wins; 6 draws and 7 losses in 23 games.
  • Like UCD, they have no suspensions or injuries.
 Drogheda United
vs   Bray Wanderers

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma

Sava
Gannon, Byrne, Grimes, Hand
Daly, O’Conor, Cassidy, R. Brennan, G.Brennan
D. O’Brien


 
Roma

Quigley
Webster, D O’Connor, Knight, Hyland
Zambra, K O’Connor, Doyle, Dempsey
Waters, Byrne
TEAM INFO
  • Drogheda won all three corresponding fixtures between the sides last season, scoring ten goals in the process.
  • Mick Cooke will be without first choice defensive pairing Alan McNally and Derek Prendergast through injury with Gary O’Neill also unavailable.
  • United will be looking to pick up their first win in the league this season following an opening day defeat to St. Pats and draws with Limerick and Derry City.
 
  • The Seagulls' midweek fixture against Cork was one of several postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
  • Despite having played a game less, Bray sit above Drogheda in the league in 8th place with three points from their opening two games.
  • Recent signing Danny Joyce could be in line to make his debut.
Cork City
vs   Derry City

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma

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

 


Doherty
Madden, McBride, S McEleney, Crawley
P McEleney, Houston, Molloy, McNamee
Griffin, Patterson

TEAM INFO
  • Brian Lenihan still has not recovered from a groin injury.
  • City manager Tommy Dunne will wait to assess the fitness of Neal Horgan (knee) and Daryl Horgan (hamstring).
  • The match is at risk of postponement due to heavy rainfall in Cork.
 
  • Rory Patterson became the first player to score a hat-trick this season with his goals against UCD last weekend.
  • Kevin Deery (knee) and Barry McNamee (foot) are both doubtful.
  • Sean Houston and Patrick McEleney return to the squad.
Shelbourne
vs Shamrock Rovers

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Burdon
Memery, Shortall, McCabe, Ryan
Bayly, Hurley, Hanlon, Prizeman
Leech, Hughes

 
Roma

Murphy
Sullivan, Powell, Oman, Ledwith
Rice, Chambers, Dennehy, Finn
McCabe, Kilduff

TEAM INFO
  • Paul Crowley and Graham Gartland are both out, having seen their suspensions carry over from Monday's cancelled clash with St Pat's.
  • Ger Hanley and Glenn Cronin are back in contention following injuries.
 
  • Jason McGuinness is unavailable due to a hamstring inury, while David Elebert is out with a groin problem.
  • Derek Foran is suspended.
  • The game is due to be broadcast live on RTÉ Two.

Bet of the week

* Cork City and Derry City to draw at 11/5

Derry City travel to Turners Cross full of confidence after a 6-0 drubbing of UCD. However, Tommy Dunne's side will prove a much more difficult challenge, and if the game goes ahead, the pitch conditions could provide for a sluggish afternoon of football.

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