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MATCH PREVIEW: Shamrock Rovers -v- Waterford FC (12/04/2019)

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Shamrock Rovers -v- Waterford FC
Friday, April 12, 2019
Kick Off: 8pm
Referee: Robert Hennessy

Waterford FC are on the road again this Friday with a trip to Tallaght Stadium to face Shamrock Rovers looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat.

The sides met at the RSC earlier this season and it was a late, late goal that handed Shamrock Rovers the points. Kevin Lynch’s free kick had the Blues leading 1-0 but Aaron Greene and Ethan Boyle struck to steal the three points.

The Blues come into the game on the back of a defeat to UCD last Friday in the UCD Bowl as the home side deservedly took the points, but Alan Reynolds will now be looking for a response from his players.

The last trip to Tallaght ended in defeat back in October, as the Hoops grabbed third place in the final league standings last season. This season, Shamrock Rovers lead the way in the Premier Division with eight wins from their 10 league games so far.

Managers View: Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie ahead of Friday’s trip to face Shamrock Rovers, manager Alan Reynolds said:

“We were well beaten last week [against UCD] and we were all disappointed with it. We got back into the game and came in at half time at 2-1 but then to concede the 3rd goal like we did just killed any momentum we had. The players were disappointed but we have to get going again and we know we’ve got to be better than that this week.

“Rovers are top at the moment so that creates another massive challenge for us this week but it’s one that we relish. Waterford and Shamrock Rovers are big games and go back a long way so we’re looking forward to going to Tallaght. We’ve looked back over the UCD game and addressed different bits from it and we’ve built towards Friday’s game.”

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