Shamrock Rovers will collide on the pitch with Bohemians on 11th March in a game of the 5th round of the Premier Division. The two contending teams will meet at Tallaght Stadium. The hosts of the match are occupying 3rd position in the standings, after collecting 6 points, while the visiting side is down to 5th spot with a total of 5 points.
Rovers’ home derby clash with Bohemians on Friday night has sold out, with approximately 7,500 fans set to attend Tallaght Stadium for the SSE Airtricity League encounter. Bohemians were allocated 1,000 tickets, and after the Rovers website experienced technical difficulties yesterday due to the volume of the demand from visiting supporters, the remaining tickets sold out this morning.
The clubs clashed last season after Rovers allocated no away tickets for their home October league fixture, and Bohs retaliated with no away tickets at Dalymount Park for a meeting of the rivals the following month.
Defending league champions Rovers have lost two of their opening four games and are hoping to get back to winning ways on Friday, while Bohs are unbeaten after their first three games.
This match will also be a reunion of two players. Graham Gartland was at Shamrock Rovers in 2012, while Ollie Cahill’s Hoops spell was a little earlier in 2009-10 before he finished his career at Bohemians in 2011.
One player who won’t feature is Bohemians forward Promise Omochere after his red card in their 1-1 draw at Finn Harps for fouls on Ethan Boyle.
Both Gartland and Cahill regard Omochere’s absence as a significant loss for Keith Long’s side, opening the season with two goals from three games.
“I agree with Ollie that Promise has been excellent, he started the season really well. I saw him last season and thought he was a real handful. His willingness to run beyond people is very good but he’s also willing to stand and hold the ball up and be a presence down the middle of the pitch,” said Gartland, who felt the 21-year-old’s sending off was harsh.
The last match concluded in a home win for Bohemians, with a 3-1. The two opponents faced each other on the 12th of November, 2021. Bohemians have not suffered a loss in three successive games against Shamrock Rovers, registering a total of 2 wins and one draw. Playing at home has been a great advantage during the last ten encounters, with the hosting side recording seven victories and avoiding any losses in 8 out of 10. The result was a draw in only 1 of the last ten meetings. Of their last five clashes, two resulted in over 2.5 goals, and three had both sides scoring. Over that period, Bohemians succeeded in keeping one clean sheet, and Shamrock Rovers limited their rivals to no goals in one of the cases. The fans saw eleven goals exchanged in the previous five matches.