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Preview and Team News | Shamrock Rovers

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// 27 Sep 2020

Dundalk return to league action on Sunday evening when Filippo Giovagnoli’s side entertain title-chasing Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park.

The Lilywhites are heading into their first domestic match in over a fortnight after having two matches in Europe over the intervening period.

First we were in Andorra to face champions Inter Club d’Escaldes in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League and were 1-0 winners thanks to a David McMillan goal.

Then on Thursday Tiraspol in Moldova was the next destination and after a 1-1 draw, Chris Shields slotted home the winning spot-kick to send us through to the playoff against Ki Klaksvik of the Faroe Islands.

In the league last time out we took a 3-2 win over Shelbourne in what was interim manager Filippo Giovagnoli’s first league match in charge and currently his only match at home to date.

Giovagnoli will be hoping to continue his unbeaten record in the job as the Italian currently is on a four-match undefeated streak with three wins outright and a draw so far.

Team news

Sean Gannon is a doubt with an ankle problem and Dane Massey is out with a hip injury. Patrick McEleney made his return from injury on Thursday while Andy Boyle is available once more after his European ban. Jordan Flores, Nathan Oduwa, Josh Gatt and Cameron Dummigan are also in contention.

How can I follow it?

The match kicks off at the earlier time of 7.30 p.m. on Sunday evening at Oriel we will be carrying updates on official social media streams – @DundalkFC on Twitter, Dundalk FC on Facebook and dundalkfc_ on Instagram also. The post-match reaction will be available on all streams.

The match is being broadcast on WATCHLOI and also RTE 2 Television.

Current Standings

We are third in the league table, 10 behind Bohemians in second, although we do have three matches in hand. Opponents Shamrock Rovers are leading the way and we are ahead of Waterford. Sligo Rovers and Derry City come next with Shelbourne and St. Patrick’s Athletic next. Finn Harps and Cork City are in the bottom two places.

2019 vs Rovers?

We played out a 0-0 draw in the rain in Tallaght Stadium back in February in series four of the SSE Airtricity League. Then in April, we were 2-1 winners when Patrick Hoban and Michael Duffy netted in either half to give us the points. Orhan Vojic pulled one back late on however we took all three points. Then in June, Sean Gannon’s 73rd-minute strike was the difference at Tallaght Stadium. The final meeting in the league was the one which clinched the title when Robbie Benson, Sean Hoare and Michael Duffy found the net in a 3-2 win. The FAI Cup final was the final meeting between us for the season – Aaron McEneff had given Rovers the lead before Duffy’s equaliser in a whirlwind finish. Rovers went on to win in a penalty shootout

How did we get on in the league last time out?

We were 3-2 winners over Shelbourne in a thoroughly entertaining encounter. Early goals from Brian Gartland and Michael Duffy put us 2-0 up however Georgie Poynton and Dan Byrne levelled things up at 2-2. Greg Sloggett’s thunderbolt in the second half gave us the win.

Last time we met was in February…

Yes in a pre-pandemic world and it was an enthralling clash. Dylan Watts gave Rovers a 1-0 lead however the goal seen around the world from Jordan Flores made it 1-1. Patrick Hoban gave us a 2-1 lead however goals from Roberto Lopes and Jack Byrne handed Rovers a 3-2 win.

We had an interesting week…

We did. We travelled to Moldova on Tuesday ahead of our UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie with Sheriff Tiraspol. On Thursday, we were held to a 1-1 draw at Sheriff Stadium however won 5-3 on penalties to progress to the playoffs.

And a big one on Thursday…

Yes. We have the UEFA Europa League playoff against KI Klaksvik of the Faroe Islands at the AVIVA Stadium. We will be looking to reach the group stages of the competition for the second time in our history emulating the 2016 side.


Robert Harvey will be the man in the middle for this one with Allen Lynch and Darren Carey assisting him. Derek Tomney will be the fourth official.

Last 10 meetings with Shamrock Rovers (All competitions)

28.02.2020 (LGE) Shamrock Rovers 3-2 Dundalk (Watts 20, Lopes 71, Byrne 83; Flores 22, Hoban 63)

03.11.2019 (FCUP) Dundalk 1-1 Shamrock Rovers (McEneff pen 89; Duffy 90)

23.09.2019 (LGE) Dundalk 3-2 Shamrock Rovers (Hoare 28, Benson 45, Duffy 58; Greene 55, McEneff 64)

28.06.2019 (LGE) Shamrock Rovers 0-1 Dundalk (Gannon 73)

26.04.2019 (LGE) Dundalk 2-1 Shamrock Rovers (Hoban 40, Duffy 60; Vojic 83)

01.03.2019 (LGE) Shamrock Rovers 0-0 Dundalk

28.08.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 1-2 Shamrock Rovers (Duffy 54; Lopes 2, Watts pen 90)

01.06.2018 (LGE) Shamrock Rovers 2-5 Dundalk (Carr 4, Lopes 71; Hoban 37, Cleary 60, Massey 62, Benson 72, 77)

06.04.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 2-1 Shamrock Rovers (Benson 51, Shields 62; Carr 75)

23.02.2018 (LGE) Shamrock Rovers 0-0 Dundalk