Rovers back to earth for Cup tie tonight

Shamrock Rovers return to domestic action tonight when they take on UCD in the fourth round of the FAI Ford Cup at Tallaght Stadium, kick-off 8.00pm.

Shamrock Rovers return to domestic action tonight when they take on UCD in the fourth round of the FAI Ford Cup at Tallaght Stadium, kick-off 8.00pm.

The Hoops made history on Thursday night in Belgrade after qualifying for the Europa League group stages and will be keen to maintain that form against the Students.

Dean Kelly (groin), Ken Oman (knee) and Conor McCormack (knee) all remain out of the Hoops squad through injury, while Karl Moore is cup-tied as the midfielder played for Galway United in the previous round before his switch to Rovers.

Rovers boss Michael O’Neill said: “This game is just what we need after the week just gone.

“It will help us re-focus and get our minds back on domestic affairs. We trained on Sunday and all the players had their minds completely on the game, which was great to see.

“UCD will be coming to try and cause an upset, as that’s how a win for them would be seen. But the cup is a big priority for us, especially after we were beaten in the final last year.

“Our two big wins against UCD this year will probably make them even keener to beat us. Every team has a sense of pride and I think that pride will be a factor in the game. They will want to beat us.”

College travel to Tallaght Stadium with doubts about Ciaran Nangle who has shin problems and Robbie Creevy who is struggling with a back injury.

Students manager Martin Russell said: "Rovers have done magnificently in creating history. They deserve a big crowd on their domestic return.

“This game is a fantastic challenge for us. We are looking forward to attempting something special ourselves."

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