Rovers within one win of first title in 16 years

Rovers within one win of first title in 16 years

Shamrock Rovers will secure their first title in 16 years with victory over Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.

A draw might still be enough for the Hoops depending on the result at Dalymount Park, where Bohemians take on Dundalk.

James Chambers is a slight doubt for Rovers as he is struggling with an ankle injury, while Robert Bayly is suspended.

Dan Murray, Sean O’Connor and Pat Sullivan all remain out with knee injuries.

Hoops boss Michael O’Neill said: “We are going to Bray looking to get a win. That’s our sole aim. With that in mind, we’ll be going with a positive team selection.

“We are at our best when we are playing for a win, and at an upbeat tempo, so that’s what we will be going to do.

“We cannot go there with any other agenda; we know if we win, we win the title. We are very happy with the situation we find ourselves in, so now it up to us to make the most of it.”

Wanderers will be without Derek Prendergast (ankle), Sean Houston (thigh) and John Mulroy (hamstring), while Danny O'Connor serves a one-match ban.

There are doubts about Jake Kelly (hamstring), Dane Massey (shoulder), Chris Shields (knee) and Gary Shaw (hamstring).

Bray’s Director of Football Pat Devlin said: “All we can do is put out strongest team available to us and do well for the club and the League.”

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