Bradley back for Rovers

Bradley back for Rovers

Shamrock Rovers will be hoping that home advantage at Tallaght Stadium will be enough to steer them through their FAI Ford Cup quarter-final replay against Sporting Fingal tonight, kick-off 8pm.

For Rovers, there are doubts about the availability of Darragh Maguire (calf) and Paddy Kavanagh (hip).

Stephen Bradley returns from suspension, while Pat Sullivan remains cup-tied.

Hoops boss Michael O’Neill said: “Stephen’s back in the frame while we’re hopeful that Ian Bermingham will be available. Paddy and Darragh aren’t as likely to make it.

“Other than that, everyone else is fit and available so we’ve a few options to consider ahead of the game.

“As all four FAI Ford Cup quarter-finals ended in draws, we’ve suffered no disadvantage by having to play an extra game. Everyone’s in the same position.

“But it was disappointing to lose a two-goal lead. We played some super football but we didn’t play enough of it, and we conceded two goals in a five-minute spell after the break.

“We’ve put Saturday’s second half behind us and intend to do the job properly in the replay. We’re ready, we’ve seen Sporting Fingal at first hand and know what needs to be done.”

Sporting boss Liam Buckley has a few injury concerns ahead of the game with Lorcan Fitzgerald (knee) and Daniel Corcoran (groin) set to undergo pre-match fitness tests.

Buckley said: “Playing at the new Tallaght Stadium will be a first for our players and they’re looking forward to the experience.

“Saturday’s draw was probably a fair result in the end as Rovers bossed the first-half while we came into our own after the break.

“It’s all to play for and the prize at the end of the tie of reaching the semi-final is certain to inspire both sets of players into producing another spectacle like we witnessed at Morton.”

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